Pristine beaches, crystal blue waters, perfect year-round weather and the indomitable spirit of the Bajan people, Barbados offers so much more than what its diminutive size and ideal location may suggest. Discover a place steeped in the timelines of American, African and Caribbean history and where British traditions and place names continue to abound including afternoon tea and a passion for cricket at the Kensington. Barbados is undoubtedly the most sophisticated of the Caribbean islands, boasting elegant resorts, internationally acclaimed restaurants plus a thriving and lively nightlife. Experience true Bajan culture on a Friday night at Oistins Fish Fry, an open-air party with traditional music and fresh barbequed fish.
Beaches Like other Caribbean nations, Barbados is also famous for its gorgeous beaches. Beaches in South Coast always top the lists of water sports lovers. Flawless sandy strips offer favourable conditions to experience the jaw dropping experience of surfing and other sports such as boogie boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. Surfers can also consider adding East Coast beaches to their itineraries. Relaxed setting of West Coast beaches boasts a romantic vibe and travellers can choose to be a part of catamaran cruises to feel the romance in the air.
Nightlife Caribbean's party-like atmosphere has no difference in Barbados. As the sun sets, the island nation shines out with the gleaming attire of effervescent nightclubs, pubs and bars. Bay Street and St. Lawrence Gap are dotted with country's best clubs. Epicureans can contemplate being part of dinner shows to gorge on local and international delicacies while experiencing the exhilaration of live entertainment. Add a romantic twist to your night with romantic cruises such as Atlantis by Night and the Spirit of Barbados.
Shopping Since Barbados offers tax-free merchandise, shopping here is fun! Broad Street in Bridgetown is the hub of shopping in Barbados. Besides duty free stores, you would also come across large departmental stores and world class shopping malls. Bayshore Complex is the most eminent shopping precinct here that makes visitors spoilt for choice with its wide selection of shops, stores, nightclubs and restaurants. If you are looking for mementos such as batik, wall hangings and straw bags, visit Pelican Village located in the outskirts of the capital city. Besides Bridgetown, other popular shopping areas in Barbados are St James and St Peter.