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Things to see and do in Barbados

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An expert's guide on things to do in Barbados

On a recent trip to Barbados, Libby found a few gems that’ll take you beyond the beaches.

5 amazing wellness holidays in the Caribbean

The Caribbean will make you feel fantastic. It's a splash of paradise, but which island is your kind of paradise?

The Insider: Barbados

What Patricia Affonso-Dass, Group General Manager of Ocean Hotels, doesn’t know about having a magical time on Barbados, isn’t worth knowing.

Best thrills in Barbados

Rum, boats, caves and jeeps – the four essentials to make your Barbados holiday amazing.

Awesome music festivals from around the world

With Glasto round the corner, it’s time to dust off your tent, grab your shades and set off for summer’s hottest festivals.

15 things to do in Barbados

A white-sanded paradise and the Caribbean home of stage and screen’s finest, Barbados makes a lasting impression upon visitors. Whether it’s the kind climate, hospitable culture or traditional food and drink, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to just kick back with rum punch in hand and simply drink in the paradise views.

Which Caribbean island is for me?

The Caribbean is a holidaymaker's paradise. The islands that make up the region are classic examples of everything we love about getting away – white beaches, fun and friendly locals, delicious food, natural beauty and bright blue seas – so it comes as no surprise that lots of people dream of visiting. If you're one of these people, you might be wondering which of the islands is for you – read on to find out your Caribbean soul mate!

Caribbean for Families

In the Caribbean we've had some of the most famous families spending time over here. Posh and Becks, Gwyneth and Chris, and Jay Z and Beyonce, all with the kids in tow. But something's missing - you guys.

Hidden gems of the Caribbean

The Caribbean is famous for white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and luxury accommodation. If you’re looking for something above and beyond pure relaxation on your holiday, we’ve compiled a list of the very best hidden gems of the Caribbean. You’re guaranteed the perfect mix of history, adventure, and of course, a luxury hotel-stay that the destination is renowned for.

More about Barbados

If it's Friday night then you have to head to the Oistins Fis Fry — a family-friendly open-air seafood cookout. Soak up the sounds of infectious calypso music and the firecracker slap of dominos, and enjoy the mouth-watering aromas from the flowing grills

Wherever you visit in Barbados the people and the sunshine are bound to be what you’ll remember the most. A trip inland allows you to taste the real Bajan life and from sugar plantations to rum shacks, make sure you soak up the sights as you sample the roti.

Island vibes

We checked the thesaurus. We phoned a friend. But nope, we're still lost for words when it comes to describing the startling clarity of the waters that surround Barbados. You may have snorkelled elsewhere, but swim off the Bajan coast and you'll feel like you're flying.

Sea Turtle Bajan coast

For the ultimate Caribbean experience check out the Virgins Ahoy trip that takes you on a crewed catamaran ride along the exclusive West Coast – awesome

Catamaran tour

A party is known as a ‘lime’ to Bajans. And Oistins Fish Fry in Christchurch is one of the best ways to enjoy it. This fish market becomes a party venue on a Friday night where Calypso music, craft stalls and barbecued Bajan food make for an infectious atmosphere.

Oistin's fish fry

While it's tempting to stray no farther inland than your resort's beach bar, we highly recommend hiring some wheels and exploring the lush tropical interior. Visit imposing sugar mills and stately plantation houses, or just kick up some dust on a foodie tour.

Explore beyond the beach