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Perhaps the most British of all the Caribbean islands, Barbados is a sophisticated yet unspoiled destination, steeped in tradition and dotted with picturesque places to soak in the sun. Spend lazy afternoons on white sand beaches and relaxing at luxurious resorts. Visit historic sites and play golf. Enjoy sumptuous flying fish dinners accompanied by delicious Bajan rum punch.
Whatever you plan on your Barbados travel, let Orbitz guide your itinerary. Our Barbados vacation guide highlights the best time to go, top 10 highlights and insider gems from fire-throwing shows to private home tours.
Barbados weather is pleasant in year-round, with an average daily high temperature of 78 degrees, and an average daily rainfall of less than a quarter of an inch. Crowds and rates spike from mid-December through mid-April. Hurricane season, which lasts from June through October, is the best time for discount prices and fewer crowds.
Major annual events include Crop Over, a five-week summer festival that dates back to the 1780s which marked the end of the sugar season. Today, it's the island's biggest celebration with parades, parties, live Calypso music and more.
There's nothing like connecting with the locals to really understand a destination. The Barbados National Trust's Open House program, which takes place on Wednesday afternoons, allows vacationers to visit elegant private homes and find out how Bajans live.
Be sure to try flying fish, so popular it's now an island symbol. The Waterfront Café in Bridgetown is an ideal place to sample it, perhaps accompanied by Cou Cou, a tasty corn meal and okra dish.
One of the liveliest places to enjoy Bajan nightlife is at Harbour Lights, a nightclub that stages a colorful dinner dance show -- complete with fire throwers and acrobatic performers -- on the beach, every Monday and Wednesday.
For the best windsurfing, hit the Silver Sands area between November and April.
Bajan breezes, hot Caribbean sun and Coconut Court Beach Hotel are only a plane ride away. Get your bags packed, because the beach and Barbados are calling your name! Coconut Court Beach Hotel is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site district of the Garrison... More
Almond Beach Resort is your ultimate Barbados holiday -affordable- relaxed and completely carefree. Bask on a beautiful white sandy beach and enjoy your choice of water and land diversions and gourmet dining options while the young ones are fully entertained so that you... More
The Accra Beach Hotel & Resort, centrally located on the south coast of Barbados, sits on one of the island's most spectacular beaches -- a soft, sun-kissed stretch of sand on the Caribbean sea. Designated Hotel of the Year by the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Associates... More
Beach View Barbados is a recently constructed property on three acres of landscaped gardens overlooking Paynes Bay on the Platinum Coast. Each room offers convenient access to gorgeous, postcard-perfect beaches. Two- and three-bedroom suites feature beach-friendly... More
This residential resort is renowned for its unique cliff-top setting on one of the most beautiful pieces of beachfront in the world. Contemporary additions have transformed the Crane Resort and Residences from a small property into a first-class experience. The Crane is... More
With a name like Pirate's Inn, expect this hotel to be a bit rebellious. This is not the place for posh candlelit dinners -- guests come to the Pirate's Inn to cut loose and have fun. The hotel motto is "comfortable, affordable and repeatable," which pretty well sums it... More
The Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa is graciously located on the North West Coast & Caribbean side of the Island Barbados. This 4 star deluxe Boutique Hotel is set upon a hilltop and has a charming Mediterranean architecture amongst tranquil and tropical ambiance. The... More
In a desirable location on the south coast of Barbados, this 59-room hotel is actually spread over three blocks just off the lively St. Lawrence Gap, an area internationally known for its wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, banks, and salons. The hotel... More
This redesigned 4-star resort on the west coast of Barbados features 104 contemporary and spacious guest rooms and suites, all with private balcony or patio as well as facilities like cable flat-screen TV, air conditioning, iPod docking station, en suite bathroom with... More
Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, located on the south coast of Barbados, sits on Dover Beach and along the St Lawrence Gap, known for lively nightlife, dining, and open-air shopping. Guests enjoy beautiful wide, sandy beaches -- made extra inviting by gentle currents. A... More
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Bajan rum is legendary, and you can enjoy it right at the source with a distillery tour. Follow it with dinner at the facility's Verandah restaurant overlooking the sea.
Gorgeous tropical flowers dot the island of Barbados, but for an especially big eyeful, head to Andromeda Gardens, the Flower Forest and Orchid World.
Take an electric-powered cart through the cave to explore the subterranean world. Dramatic stalactites and stalagmites punctuate the scenery at the Crystal Room, where streams, lakes and waterfalls create an idyllic setting to explore and take photos.
Built in the mid-17th-century, lovely St. Nicholas Abbey is home to one of only three Jacobean mansions in the entire western hemisphere. Take a free, guided tour of the antiques-laden home as well as the rum distillery.
For high-quality artistic gifts and souvenirs, check out Earthworks Pottery, where artisans create custom-made works. For unique jewelry, head to Heather Harrington Jones, a jeweler that carries beautiful pieces from Barbados designers.
Ever since it first opened in 1660, Sunbury has been a symbol of Bajan grandeur and wealth. Today, you can tour the plantation and dine at its Courtyard restaurant.
Hop on the Island Safari's 4x4 Land Rovers and bounce through gullies and forests. Explore lesser-known corners and coastal roads with stunning views.
Barbados vacations are ultra rewarding for golfers, thanks to five scenic countryside courses. Choice spots include the Barbados Golf Club, Sandy Lane Golf Club, Royal Westmoreland Golf & Country Club, Rockley Golf Club and Almond Beach Club Resort.
Located on the northeast Atlantic coast, the Soup Bowl is heaven for surfers, especially when the swells arrive. Just starting out? Several surf schools dot the area.
The only house where young George Washington lived outside of the United States, this lovely restored home hosted the future president and his brother for two months in 1751.
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