In many ways, Barbados is your typical paradise island. With its stunning stretches of white-sand beach, clear blue oceans, palm trees and friendly locals, it's every bit the perfect paradise for escaping every day life. But it's so much more than that too - there's so much to do! Drink like a local and visit one of the many rum distilleries on the island - Barbados is famous for creating Mount Gay Rum - or head to the incredibly vibrant Oistins Fish Fry that happens every week, for a feast of music, street food and fun!
Most visitors to the island of Barbados tend to stay on the south side of the island, where most of the luxury hotels and resorts can be found. The north side of the island is notorious for its wild, untamed natural beauty, and as a result, most of the watersports like surfing and diving tends to happen on the other side of the island, where conditions are safer!
A holiday in Barbados will see you enjoying a truly laid-back lifestyle, beautiful weather and some of the friendliest locals you could hope to meet - we'd suggest booking your cheap flight to Barbados as soon as possible!
British Airways, Thomson Flights and Virgin Atlantic all offer cheap flights to Barbados from a number of UK airports: London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Doncaster Sheffield. That said, there are also indirect flights available from other major UK airports including Newcastle and Bristol, but, illogical as it may sound, these tend to be more expensive than taking the direct route!
Bridgetown is home to the only airport, Grantley Adams International, which is located around 13 kilometres from the centre of the capital. There are regular bus services to Bridgetown, while taxis are also widely available. They don't use meters so you'll need to negotiate a price before you get in. The blue buses are run by the Barbados Transport Board and the yellow buses tend to be run by private operators. If you're feeling adventurous you could always hire a moped to get around, but exercise caution as many of the roads can be fairly treacherous.
If you want to have complete freedom, we'd definitely suggest < a href="http://www.dealchecker.co.uk/cheap-carhire/barbados.html"> hiring a car - it will give you the chance to explore the lesser-known parts of the island that aren't just inhabited by tourists. If this is out of your price range, though, the transport system is still fairly effective, with buses running quite regularly around the island.
Peak season in Barbados is between mid-December and mid-April - you'll find travel to be the most expensive at this time and the beaches will be the most crowded. If you choose to select your flight to Barbados during this time, you'll get to experience festivals like the Holetown Festival and the Barbados Jazz Festival! Between July and November, it's considered the 'low season', in which you'll find that many Barbados hotels are much cheaper, but the weather is still just as incredible as the high season. If you fancy grabbing a cheap flight to Barbados, low season is the time is the way to go!
Bridgetown: Head for a holiday in Bridgetown and you'll soon realise why the Barbados capital is such a draw. Wander the sun-dappled streets and head to National Heroes Square, which was once called Trafalgar Square, features a statue of Nelson, and which predates our own Trafalgar Square. Cricket fans will want to visit the great cricket mecca that is Kensington Oval, while a great day out can be had touring the distillery of Mount Gay Rum - the oldest rum in the world. Other must-sees include the Parliament Building and the Garrison Historic Area.
Oistins Fish Fry: Oistins Fish Fry is a weekly event every Friday in the area of Oistins, and is a noisy reggae-infused affair with stalls selling mouth-watering street food for under $10. You eat outside on big, noisy tables, there's dancing, music and an electric atmosphere - who says a holiday to Barbados has to break the bank?!
Animal Flower Cave: Named for its sea anemones, Animal Flower Cave is the island's only accessible sea cave, located under the North Point cliffs in the parish of St. Lucy. Although it's not as popular as Harrison's Cave or beaches like Foul or Bottom Bay, it's definitely worth a visit - the scenery is truly spectacular - make sure you bring your camera! There is a handful of craft stalls selling souvenirs near the cliffs too, so bring a few Barbadian dollars just in case!
Foul Bay: The money you shelled out for those Barbados flights will all seem worth it when you see Foul Bay for the first time - and no, the name isn't indicative of the quality of the beach! It is one of the most panoramic beaches in Barbados and is popular with Bajans rather than tourists - meaning you'll get a real taste of authentic Bajan life instead of just the usual tourist hot-spots! Barbados is all about the beaches, at the end of the day - so it's important to find the cream of the crop!
Barbados Wildlife Reserve: One of the best things about visiting the Barbados Wildlife Reserve in Speightstown, St. Peter's parish is getting to interact with animals up close and personal. The park is the home of numerous tropical birds, brocket deer and iguanas, but the most notorious creatures are the red-footed tortoises that wander down the reserve paths, as well as the green monkeys, who have been known to pinch whatever is in the guests hands!