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 in size, you'll be surprised by the amount of 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 vacations that may be of interest to you for your time on the island.
No matter what time of the year you decide to visit, a vacation in Barbados basically guarantees you'll enjoy 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 how to maximize a restful and relaxing Barbados vacation.
Coming to Barbados with the family? Then lazing all day in the sun probably isn't going to cater for everyone.
Never fear, you'll find plenty of family friendly options for things to do both on land and in the water that are sure to keep the whole crew entertained.
Located near to 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 the space. Many people visit the Gardens as a special trip, staying all day. Others visit as part of their east coast tour.
What about having Christmas in the sunny tropics? Beautiful Barbados is definitely the place to be to enjoy your Christmas dinner and celebrations beachside.
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 of these highly competitive sports and has produced some Barbadian world champions.
If you fancy some horse riding on your vacation, then there's also plenty of equestrian centres on the island that can take you riding through sugar cane fields or on along the white sandy beaches and shoreline.
Do you prefer your sport at a slower pace? In that case, read all about Barbados' golfing holidays and the great choice of fishing trips that are available to you, as an entire holiday vacation style or simply just for the day out.
If you prefer to be a sporting spectator instead then you could enjoy a day out at the 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, there are rum shops 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 then Barbados also comes alive after dark in certain areas such as like St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast. In fact, the whole south coast main road is home to lots of bars and nightclubs to enjoy, while the west coast houses some really great places to enjoy a cocktail or two overlooking out to the calm Caribbean Sea.
Want to know more? Read our Nightlife section to find out where the best party spots are located for you to dance the night away under the stars.
If you consider yourself a bit of a 'foodie', Barbados could be just the taste you're after.
The island is home to some world famous fine dining restaurants, as well as many 'grassroots' options for eating out. on both the south and west coasts of Barbados.
No matter what type of holiday you're are looking for, 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 business traveller in Barbados and learn more about Barbados business.
Last, but certainly not least, you may just be passing through Barbados on one of the many cruise ships that dock in Bridgetown. If so, then check out our shore excursions for our recommendations to ensure to you get the most out of your Barbados vacation in a short amount of time.
As you can see, a vacation in Barbados can be enjoyed by all ages and catered to suit all budgets. We hope our vacation suggestions keep everyone entertained and make your experience on the island a Totally Barbados one - enjoy!
Contributor: Brett Callaghan