A romantic getaway to the sun, Barbados offers a huge variety of accommodation and resorts to suit all budgets. Known as the ‘Little England’ of the Caribbean, it embraces its British Colonial roots – afternoon tea is still a tradition and cricket is the national sport. Golden sandy beaches, calm and tranquil waters, luxury honeymoon resorts, lush tropical greenery and a vibrant night life – what more would you ask for a perfect luxury honeymoon?
Things to do
Of course, any Caribbean holiday must feature beaches high on the agenda. Barbados has a huge variety to choose from, ranging from Barclays Park for a romantic picnic, to Mullins beach, where a whole host of water sports are on offer. Water sports are, of course, hugely popular – expect to see diving, sailing, surfing and snorkelling with the indigenous sea turtles in the beautiful turquoise waters.
However, the Caribbean does not need to be all about the beaches. Barbados offers a huge range of alternative excursions, for example you can explore the grandeur of the spectacular Harrison’s Cave or take a visit to St Nicholas’ Abbey. You will discover several zoos and wildlife reserves, safaris, helicopter tours and guided hikes through the forest. Bursting with Caribbean flora and fauna, Barabados’ many parks and plantation gardens are an ideal opportunity for a romantic stroll.
If you love rum, take a tour around the Malibu Visitors Center in St. Michael. You will see how the sweet rum is made and relax by the beach to sample a glass. Also open for visitors is the Mount Gay Rum factory.
The nightlife in Barbados is lively, with the fun continuing into the small hours. The island’s many hotels and bars offer live music, cabaret and traditional dancing.
Places to stay
As a general rule, the sheltered west coast (also known as the Gold Coast) is considered to have the most luxurious accommodation available, with flat and calm water unless there is an adverse weather system. The more affordable south coast has good moderate waves for surfers and a wide selection of restaurants and shopping. The Atlantic coast has less hotels and restaurants and the surf is rough and occasionally it is not possible to swim.
As with any holiday abroad, you should give serious consideration to some form of travel or honeymoon insurance policy. It covers things like delayed baggage, cancellation or getting you home if you have an accident. Why leave things to chance on what is probably going to be the holiday of a lifetime!
Don’t forget your wedding insurance policy too – vital if you’re having a wedding abroad and just as essential if your wedding is in the UK.