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As a long haul beach destination, holidays to Barbados are very popular. With a well established tourism infrastructure, plenty of accommodation options from self catering villas to all inclusive luxury resorts, and plenty of flights from the UK, Barbados continues to make the most of our need for a tropical beach holiday.

The island is great for all holiday types, from families looking to spend quality time together to couples celebrating a wedding, honeymoon or anniversary. What's more, you can see and do as much as you like, with resorts dedicated to letting you enjoy the whole time by the pool, while others have an endless list of sports, excursions and activities to make the most of your time in Barbados.

Getting To, From And Around Barbados

Direct flights from the UK to Barbados can take around nine hours with direct scheduled airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The tour operator, TUI, also has regular and charter flights from a number of UK airports including Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI).

Once on the island, you have a couple of options in terms of getting around. A shared airport coach transfer may have been included in the cost of your holiday so check to see what is and isn't included. If not, this can be a cost effective way to get to your hotel, especially if you plan to spend most, if not all, of your time at the resort.

Alternatively, a private airport transfer or taxi will give you a little more privacy and freedom after a long flight to the Caribbean. Taxis are generally waiting outside the airport and your hotel can help you organise one locally once you've checked in.

If you're staying in private accommodation such as a holiday villa, car hire could be a good option for you, giving you the freedom to explore Barbados at whatever pace you like. Barbados is a great island to explore so if you do fancy a day away from the pool or beach, organised excursions can be a good option for this, with some attractions or activities including transport to and from your hotel.

Things To Do

There is lots to do in Barbados but at the same time, it's an ideal place for simply sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the tropical sunshine.


There are so many beaches to enjoy on the island that it's hard to know which to choose, but some of our favourites that you have to try and seek out include Miami Beach in the south, close to Oistins, Holetown Beach in St James on the west of the island and Accra Beach, close to Hastings in Christ Church.

Day Trips & Attractions

If you like to get out of the hotel and explore, there are a number of fantastic day trips and excursions to enjoy on the island. With such crystal clear waters, snorkelling is definitely an option, with trips helping you discover the incredible sealife including turtles.


If you love golf in a tropical environment, you'll love golf in Barbados. From the infamous Green Monkey course at Sandy Lane to the convenient Barbados Golf Club in the south of the island, combining a beachside resort with a few rounds of golf can be the perfect combination.

Eating Out

There are the most amazing restaurants here, ranging from your typical American feasts to more local, Caribbean cuisine. Take a trip to St Lawrence Gap in the south of the island to discover some of the best restaurants and bars on the island.

Where To Stay

Although the capital of Barbados is Bridgetown, you'll likely be staying in another part of the island. There are a couple of key areas teeming with beach resorts that you're more likely to want to stay in. From self catering apartments to all inclusive holidays in Barbados, there are plenty of options to suit a lot of budgets.

West Coast

Facing in, towards the Caribbean, Barbados' west coast enjoys calmer waters and soft sandy beaches, which are more protected than other areas of the island. It's here that you'll find areas like Sandy Lane, Six Mens and Mullins Beach, each enjoying wonderful coastal locations and a range of hotels and resorts depending on your budget.

East Coast

The east coast of Barbados is a little more rugged and wind swept. Facing out into the Atlantic Ocean, the waters here can generally be cooler, but it's the perfect spot for a bit of surfing if that's what you love. With many tourists wanting to spend time on the west coast, there aren't as many hotels here but apartments and villas are popular accommodation options.

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