Barbados Vacations

Why Choose Barbados for Your Island Vacation

There are many reasons why Barbados is the perfect destination for your next island vacation. First and foremost, the island’s beautiful beaches offer a serene escape for those looking to unwind.

The crystal-clear turquoise waters and soft, white sands create a picturesque setting you won’t forget. Barbados is also home to a vibrant coral reef system, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts.

Additionally, Barbados offers a rich cultural experience with a history deeply rooted in British colonialism and African heritage. The island’s unique blend of influences can be seen in its architecture, food, and local customs. Finally, with many hotels and resorts, Barbados accommodates every budget and preference.

Your Vacation. Your Style. Your Barbados.

So you’ve decided to come to Barbados for a vacation? You can rest assured you’ve made the right choice.

Although the island is small, you’ll be surprised by some things you can do and experience on your Barbados vacation.

We’ve taken most of the hard work out of your holiday planning by providing details on types of Barbados holidays that may interest you for your time on the island.

No matter what time of the year you decide to visit, a vacation in Barbados guarantees you’ll enjoy the beautiful sunshine, white sandy beaches, and crystal-clear blue water – the perfect recipe for unwinding and relaxing.

We at Totally Barbados understand you know for yourself how you like to relax. However, we’ve provided some helpful insider tips on maximizing a restful and relaxing Barbados vacation.

Coming to Barbados with the family? Then lazing all day in the sun isn’t going to cater to everyone.

Never fear; you’ll find plenty of family-friendly options for things to do on land and in the water to entertain the whole crew.

Located near Bathsheba Beach on the east coast of the parish of St Joseph, Andromeda Botanic Gardens is a ‘must-see’ tourist attraction. There is so much to see and experience as one wanders through space. Many people visit the Gardens on a particular trip, staying all day. Others attend as part of their east coast tour.

What about having a Christmas Vacation in the sunny tropics? Beautiful Barbados is the place to enjoy your beachside Christmas dinner and celebrations.

Perhaps you’re a sports lover? Then an action holiday may be more your scene. Barbados experiences some of the best conditions for water sports, so why not check out our sections devoted to windsurfing, kite surfing, and surfing and start planning your adventure?

Barbados experiences some of the best conditions for all three highly competitive sports and has produced some Barbadian world champions.

If you fancy some horse riding on your vacation, then there are also plenty of equestrian centers on the island that can take you riding through sugar cane fields or along the white sandy beaches and shoreline.

Do you prefer your sport at a slower pace? In that case, read about Barbados’ golfing holidays and the vast choice of fishing trips available, as an entire holiday vacation style or solely just for the day out.

If you prefer to be a sporting spectator instead, you could enjoy a day out at horse racing, held at the historic Garrison Savannah, or perhaps a polo match at one of the many international standard playing fields throughout Barbados.

For those history enthusiasts, reading our A-Z of historical places to visit will guarantee you don’t miss out on learning all about the heritage of Barbados during your stay on the island.

If you want to party on your vacation, rum shops are dotted all over the island, and a visit to at least one is a must during your Barbados vacation.

If you are looking for a lively holiday, Barbados also comes alive after dark in specific areas, such as St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast. The whole south coast main road is home to many bars and nightclubs, while the west coast houses some great places to enjoy a cocktail or two overlooking the calm Caribbean Sea.

Want to know more?

Please find the best party spots by reading our Nightlife Guide to see where to dance the night away under the stars.

The island is home to world-famous fine dining restaurants and many ‘grassroots’ options for eating out on Barbados’s south and west coasts.

No matter what type of holiday you want, make sure it involves at least one night out eating food at one of these fantastic dining options. See our Restaurant Guide for further information.

Perhaps your trip to Barbados is work-related? If so, refer to our Business Guide section to find out what facilities are available to the trade traveler in Barbados and learn more about Barbados’ business.

Last but certainly not least, you may pass through Barbados on one of the many cruise ships that dock in Bridgetown. If so, check out our shore excursions for our recommendations to ensure you get the most out of your Barbados vacation in a short time.

As you can see, a vacation in Barbados can be enjoyed by all ages and catered to suit all budgets. We hope our Holiday suggestions keep everyone entertained and make your experience on the island a “Totally Barbados” one – enjoy!

Barbados Tour Operators

To come to Barbados and not take a tour of the island would be a mistake. There are so many natural, man-made, and historical wonders on our small island that it would be a shame to miss them all. Please view our list of recommended tour operators in Barbados.


View photos of the towns and places of interest in Barbados within our Totally Barbados Adobe Portfolio.

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Brett Callaghan is the founder and managing director of Totally Barbados. I specialize in writing content for the tourism industry for my island home of Barbados. I help companies build strategies to grow online businesses with SMART marketing, advertising, and social media goals.