Barbados vacations are known for their spectacular beaches, many of which are in close driving distance from Barbados villas. The entire West Coast is bordered by the gorgeous Caribbean Sea and offers sugar white sand and clear calm waters. For more information regarding Barbados Vacations and Barbados villas, please click here.
Many taking Barbados vacations will stay in Barbados villas that we represent, located on the calm West coast along the tranquil Caribbean Sea where swimming is fabulous and safe. An almost unbroken chain of beaches forms the coastline between Speighstown to the north and Bridgetown to the south, some Barbados Villas lie in between this stretch and provide the perfect backdrop for Barbados vacations.
Barbados - Gibbs Beach is a magnificent stretch of beach that offers calm, clear waters and good snorkeling on a Barbados vacation.
Mullins Beach - just south of Speightstown at Mullins Bay, offers glass clear waters that are ideal for snorkeling and swimming as well as Barbados watersports and the Mullins Restaurant which serves snacks, meals and drinks.
All of the beaches during Barbados vacations are open to the public including all staying at Barbados villas. Barbados has no nude beaches and nudism is actually illegal due to its history of conservative British traditions.
Barbados - South Coast:
The south coast offers gentle waves for body surfing, buggy boards, surfboards and some of the best windsurfing in the world. Many can be reached from Barbados villas.
International surfing competitions are held on both the South and East coasts and make a great addition to all Barbados vacations.
Barbados-East & North Coasts:
The East and North coasts of Barbados are bordered by the Atlantic Ocean where huge waves crash along the shore and is, therefore, not safe for swimming except in a few of the protected bays. When taking a Barbados vacation, those few Barbados villa guests that are near this shore should drive to other beaches for ocean swimming.
Glass bottom boat tours are popular for guests on Barbados vacations, as well as theme cruises where passengers are able to swim, dance and party on the deck of a huge ship.
Historic Babados Vacations
Barbados Estates & Plantations:
Some great historic expeditions lay in wait for those on Barbados vacations. The island of Barbados was colonized by the British in the 1600s and is home to many lavish estates and mansions that brim with history. In the past, these homes were often owned by the operators of sugar plantations. Today these beautiful estates and plantations provide interesting history lessons during barbados vacations and are frequently situated in the most picturesque locations on the island.
Located high on a hill, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and offers one of the most spectacular views of the East Coast of Barbados. Built in 1743, Codrington College is the oldest Anglican theological college in the Western Hemisphere. The grounds are open to the public and visitors will enjoy strolling past the magnificent grounds lush with palm trees and lily pond on their Barbados vacation.
Drax Hall was built in the 1650s by brothers from a very wealthy and well connected family. The Drax made their fortune in sugar and their plantation holds considerable influence with historians and architectural buffs. A classic Jacobean mansion it features steep gable roofs, casement gable windows, corner finials, carved archways and a Jacobean staircase of mastic wood. Drax Hall is the oldest surviving Jacobean mansion in the Western Hemisphere.
Located on the grounds of Tryol Cot, Heritage Village is a living museum and one of the most popular showcases of Barbadian history and culture. It is comprised of a collection of attractive Chattel Houses, each displaying works by traditional craftsmen and artists. Visitors will find leather goods, ceramics, pottery and local confectionary as well as the island’s world famous rum.
Sam Lords’ Castle:
The Castle was built by the buccaneer Sam Lord and is still considered one of the island’s finest mansions. Built in 1820, the opulent estate offers magnificent double verandahs and majestic plaster ceilings created by Charles Rutter the craftsman responsible for some of the ceilings in England’s Windsor Castle.
St. Nicholas Abbey:
St. Nicholas Abbey is the oldest building in Barbados and one of only three surviving Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Built in the 1650’s, the great house featured Dutch gables, coral stone finials, a Chippendale staircase and fine antiques and china. Its original owner, Colonel Benjamin Berringer, supposedly still haunts the Abbey.
Barbados Vacations Events:
Having the right timing can mean a great deal when planning Barbados vacations. From jazz to opera to fishing, Barbados vacations offer a plethora of island fun.
January: Barbados Jazz Festival & the Barbados Windsurfing Championships
March: Holder’s Opera Season-a celebration of opera, music and theatre & the Cockspur Cup Race
April: Mount Gay International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament
May: Barbados Pan Festival (steel pan music), Kensington Oval world cricket test matches.
June: Barbados Golf Club Tournaments
July: Crop Over Festival –dating back to the 1700s a major carnival that celebrates the sugar cane harvest with festivities that include parades, calypso music, crafts and plenty of good times.
August: Banks Hockey Festival-one of the largest field hockey tournaments in the Western hemisphere drawing teams from around the world.
November: Independence Pro Surfing Championships
December: Barbados Marathon
Active Barbados Vacations
A variety of hiking opportunities exist during Barbados vacations…The rugged east coast is popular with adventure seekers taking Barbados vacations, while those looking for a more leisurely hike head inland or on the Arbib Nature & Heritage Trail which explores the history of Speightstwon. Additionally, the Barbados National Trust leads hikes throughout the year that provide interesting information on the history and natural beauty of the island.
Barbados vacations offer three seasons that run throughout the year and race days are gala events with bands and dancers. The main event of the season is the Sandy Lane Gold Cup (formerly known the Cockspur Gold Cup) with a prize that attracts jockeys from the Caribbean, United Kingdom and Canada. Barbados villas offer a spectacular setting for a post race celebration.
Barbados Horseback Riding:
Several companies on the island offer guided tours that lead visitors through spectacular scenery as well as riding through the surf on deserted beaches, a romanatic interlude for many Barbados vacations.
Cricket, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Sports Fishing, Diving, Parasailing, Sailing, Surfing, Polo, Tennis, Kayaking and Windsurfing are all available to those taking Barbados vacations.
Barbados Snorkeling & Diving:
Barbados vacations offer exceptional close-in snorkeling directly off it’s spectacular white sand beaches. The best underwater adventures are found on the west coast of the island where reefs, shipwrecks and myriads of aquatic life abound.
While on Barbados vacations, the majority of the large hotels and resorts on the island have tennis courts that may be booked even if you are not a guest. Additionally, there are public courts at the National Tennis Center and Folkestone Park, many are accesible from some Barbados villas. Please note that traditional whites are generally worn when playing tennis on Barbados vacations.
Barbados vacations provide one of the world’s top destinations for windsurfing. It is ranked in the top 10 for ideal conditions with year round winds and warm waters. Indeed, Barbados hosts numerous events on the professional windsurfing circuit. Most of the competition takes place on the island’s south coast at a spot known as Silver Sands. International windsurfers visit annually for events that include the Barbados Cup and the Professional Windsurfing Association’s Silk Cut Purple Wave Grand Prix. Barbados vacations offer some of the best access to windsurfing in the world.
Natural Barbados Vacations
Barbados Wildlife Parks:
A wide variety of exotic wildlife exists on Barbados including the green monkey and whistling frogs.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve:
Offers a unique experience for visitors to experience a variety of exotic fauna, peacocks, ducks, turtles and other friendly creatures that are permitted to roam free on the reserve.
The Barbados Zoo is a unique facility in that it was once a working sugar cane factory until recently.