When people think of Barbados, they will probably conjure up images of the fantastic white-sand beaches and laidback lifestyle in the sun – and not of mysterious tunnels beneath a historic garrison, or of architecture protected with UNESCO World Heritage status.


Nor are they likely to think of a grand gastronomy festival, or of international sporting events. It is these and many more surprises that makes Barbados the little island with big ideas. These multiple aspects of Barbados give the island a uniquely universal appeal to visitors.


Barbados is one of the most diverse islands in the Caribbean – from the rugged beauty and wild beaches of Bathsheba in the east, to the glamorous west or vibrant south with its nightlife or quieter laidback north.
The contoured area of the island is Scotland, a district of hills in the north broken up by botanically rich cleavages in the limestone capping.


This tiny island has established itself as a destination of choice for A-listers, writers and lovers of the good life. But don’t just take what we say for granted – we invite you to come and experience the island for yourself, and assure you that you won’t be left feeling disappointed.


The newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit race track; a redeveloped multi-purpose motor sport and entertainment facility.


British Airways

Fly to more Caribbean islands from Europe than any other airline. Whether customers are looking for a calm island retreat, an action-packed adventure, or a place to get away from it all, the Caribbean has something for everyone. Spotlight topic

Barbados is also served by direct Thomson, Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic flights. Regional services into Barbados are operated by InterCaribbean Airways, LIAT, Rainbow International Airlines and Trans Anguilla.  More information in the Guide to the Caribbean (pages 56-57).


Carnival Cruise Lines are pleased to offer cruises across the world to exciting destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and Panama. Spotlight topic


Barbados is a major stop-off on many Caribbean cruise itineraries. More details will follow shortly.


Sandals Resort
Scattered amongst the tropical islands of Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Grenada and our first and newest resort in Barbados are 15 incomparable Luxury Included® Sandals resorts. Spotlight topic

Elite Island Resorts

Elite Island Resorts is an impressive collection of seven unique beachfront resorts and provides the best in Caribbean holidays. Spotlight topic

Barbados offers a wider range of accommodation options from guest houses to five-star luxury hotels. More details will follow shortly.

Tour Ops

Some 19 CTO-member tour operators serve Barbados. See pages 58-59 of the Guide to the Caribbean


I have been to Barbados many times. It’s beautiful – from the caves to the beaches, the food to the incredible people. I loved it the first time I went, and come back every year. The annual Food & Wine and Rum Festival always exceeds my expectations, every year it gets better. It’s a definite itinerary highlight, a great opportunity for locals to mix with tourists while enjoying to-die-for sample dishes. It’s a tribute to the island’s long-standing love affair with food, fine wine and its famous tipple, and you can’t help but get swept up in the island’s proud passion – and tuck in yourself. The Festival takes place each November.

Marcus Samuelsson, New York chef, restaurateur, author and broadcaster. He often features in the celebrity chef line-up at the Food & Wine and Rum Festival.