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Barbados is your typical paradise island. With its stunning stretches of white-sand beaches, clear blue seas, palm trees and friendly locals, it's a relaxing sanctuary. But don't think that's all it is. Barbados is busting with life for you to discover. Drink like a local and visit one of the many rum distilleries on the island. Try out the wonderfully vibrant Oistins Fish Fry that happens every week, for a feast of music, street food and fun!
A holiday in Barbados will see you enjoying a truly laid-back style, beautiful weather and some great, friendly locals. We suggest booking your cheap flight to Barbados as soon as possible!
British Airways, Thomson Flights and Virgin Atlantic offer great value on flight tickets to Barbados from airports in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield. 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 has the only airport, which is called Grantley Adams International and is located around 13 kilometres from the centre of the capital. There are regular bus services into Bridgetown; the blue buses are run by the Barbados Transport Board and the yellow ones are run by private operators. Taxis are also available, but as they don't run on meters so make sure you set a price before you get in! You could even hire out a moped, but be careful as the roads can be quite tricky.
Barbados' west coast, to the north of Holetown, is known as the Platinum Coast. This is where all the most exclusive resorts are, and you'll likely see sun kissed celebs frolicking on the powdery white-sand shores.
Towards the south of the island is also popular, with luxury hotels and resorts, plus some more affordable places to stay dotted in-between. The south is also home to Bridgetown, Barbados' colourful capital which is worthy of a day trip, if only for the Mount Gay Rum distillery tour.
The north side of the island is notorious for its wild, untamed beauty, and as a result, most of the watersports like surfing and diving happen on the other side of the island, where conditions are safer.
Peak season in Barbados is between mid-December and mid-April. The weather can't be faulted, but you will find travel pricier at this time and the beaches will be at their fullest. Peak season is also the time of some of Barbados' best festivals, such as the Holetown festival which was founded in 1977 and highlights the history and culture of the island through art, craft, food, music, fashion and drama. You can also experience the Barbados festival, which is a week-long celebration of music. It has been hosted in the past by artists such as Boney James and Little Ritchie.
July to November are considered to be low season, in which you'll find that many Barbados hotels are much cheaper, but the weather can be just as marvellous as the high season. Low season is definitely the time for a cheap flight to Barbados.
1. Why not try Bridgetown? You'll soon realise why the Barbadian capital is such a draw. Walk through the sun-dappled streets and head to National Heroes Square. This was once called Trafalgar square, it features a statue of Nelson, and predates London's famed Trafalgar square. Cricket fans will want to visit 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.
2. Oistins Fish Fry is one not to be missed! Every Friday in the area of Oistins, take part in a noisy reggae-infused affair with stalls selling mouth-watering street food all for under $10. There's dancing, there's music and a real electric atmosphere - who says a holiday to Barbados has to break the bank?
3. Located on the northern point of Barbados is the Animal Flower Cave. The name comes from the sea anemones found in the cave's pool. The surrounding cliffs offer amazing views of the northern coast of Barbados and there are a handful of craft stalls selling souvenirs nearby, so don't forget your wallet.
4. Foul Bay makes every penny spent on Barbados flights worthwhile! It's one of the most panoramic beaches in Barbados and is popular with Bajans rather than tourists - meaning you'll get an authentic taste of Bajan life. Barbados is all about the beaches, so it's important you get the very best!
5. Make some new furry friends at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve in Speightstown, St. Peter's parish. You'll get to interact with the animals up close and personal. Meet brocket deer, tropical birds, the notorious red-footed tortoises (ok, they're not so furry) and the cheeky green monkeys, who have been known to pinch whatever is in the guests' hands.