From the rugged coastline and wild surf of the east coast to the relaxed luxury and calm Caribbean Sea in the west, there’s something for everyone. Although tempting to stay by the beautiful beaches, inland there are delightful treasures to be discovered - old plantation houses, quaint villages with their Anglican churches and cricket pitches, beautiful botanical gardens, and colourful rum shacks


By the shore or inland - this island has treasures to discover

The birthplace of rum

The Mount Gay Rum tour, one of the island’s most popular excursions, tells the story of the world’s oldest (and some say finest) rum.

The 300 year story of how a plantation in Barbados’ northern parish of St. Lucy became home to one of the world’s most famous rums is told through presentations, artefacts, photo galleries, a video show, a visit to the bottling area and, of course, not to be missed tastings.

The perfect beach picture?

On the island’s southeast coast there’s a flight of steps that lead down to hidden Shark Hole - a small strand of white beach that’s almost completely encircled by rocks.

This secluded cove offers beautiful photo opportunities, with the gap in rocks revealing vistas of the reef beyond. This picture-perfect beach is also a great place for swimming as the reef keeps the waters calm and clear. It’s also a favourite spot for the local kids pastime of taking acrobatic jumps off the rocks.

Plantation stories

When touring the north of the island, make sure to stop at St Nicholas Abbey – a Jacobean-style mansion that is one of the oldest plantation houses in the Caribbean. There’s the Great House, a rum distillery and gardens to explore.

It’s also a good stop for a light lunch as the café is perched on a deck that overlooks the forested valley. Before leaving stop at the gift shop for a bottle of single-cask rum made on-site.

When to visit

Trade winds from the northeast mean conditions are generally comfortable year-round, while the busiest months with visitors to the island are December to March. To experience the best of the Bajan culture, a visit between the months of June and August will coincide with the festival of Crop Over with its music, parades, arts and crafts and culinary flavours.