About Barbados - Fringed by white, sandy beaches, sapphire seas, and colorful reefs, Barbados is a sophisticated tropical island with a rich history, lodgings to suit every taste, and plenty to pique your interest both day and night. If you’re heading to the Little Britain of the Caribbean, northeast of Venezuela, experience the very best of it by staying in one of the vacation rentals from Owner Direct - conveniently located, great amenities, and offering complete privacy - it will give you the chance to really enjoy this tropical island.
Where to Stay & Why - Choose from a number of apartments, cottages, villas, and condo rentals available that would serve as your sanctuary to come home to while you’re in Barbados. Almost all bedrooms are equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, TV, comfortable mattresses and bed linens, also towels and beach towels.
The kitchen is fully equipped and some villa rentals offer an open plan together with the living and dining areas that lead out to the covered patio where you can enjoy outdoor grilling and extra seating. Swim in the pool or relax in the loungers around it while taking in the breathtaking sea views. Other amenities can include free WiFi, cable TV, board games, high chair, cot/crib, safe, laundry facilities, iron and ironing board, and parking.
Some rentals have an extra storage room if you’ve decided to bring your bike or other sports equipment with you. Other owners include airport transfers and the use of a local cell/mobile phone during your stay.
What to See & Do - If you’d decide to stay in a gated community, you can have access to the swimming pool, tennis court, and clubhouse. When you’re ready to see what Barbados has to offer, the cave tours, wildlife preserves, gardens, and rum/cigar factory tours are just a sampling of Barbados’ many and diverse attractions. Golf and water sports are popular, as are outback tours by horse, on foot, or on ATV/4x4. For solitude, try Bottom Bay near Sam Lord’s Castle. All beaches in Barbados are free and open to the public. Bridgetown is a great city for strolling, and the island’s many museums are a testament to Bajans’ proud history and sense of identity.
Where to Eat & Drink - Casual by day then island-sophisticated by night, Barbados cuisine is anything but bland. There’s an abundance of fresh-caught and fried fish available in street stalls and luxury restaurants. The national dish here is Cou-cou (cornmeal and okra) and flying fish topped with spicy gravy. Spiced dishes like rice and pigeon peas, salt bread, the classical Caribbean roti, breadfruit, and beef stew are energizing and readily available almost anywhere on the island. Rum lovers are in for a treat too, since high-quality dark rum from the famous Mount Gay distillery (est. 1703) runs freely.
Bridgetown is known as one of the nightlife capitals of the Caribbean. You’ll find everything from big-city sized discos to open-aired dance clubs, and bars with local bands banging out reggae, calypso, soca, and more. Dinner cruises also are popular, and a lingering dinner at one of the island’s great restaurants is always a romantic option. St. Lawrence Gap has staged dinner shows, street parties, and a variety of nightclubs with live music.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - By plane, you can get here by Sir Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI). By boat, many cruise ships dock in the Bridgetown deep-water harbor, just expanded to accommodate more vessels. The terminals are served by taxis, as well as shuttle “buses” to/from downtown Bridgetown. Private moorings are available around the island.
The best way to see the island is by car (or mini-moke) to see many of the out-of-the-way sights.
When to Go - Barbados weather is generally warm and sunny all year round. Though the dry season runs from April to November, note that the wet season is considerably milder than other Caribbean islands, as it is located outside of the Atlantic Hurricane Belt. As such, it’s a popular island for off-season travel, especially since one of its largest events is held in July and August, the traditional harvest festival known as the Crop Over. If you’re looking to escape the winter, Barbados is also an excellent choice.
Stop dreaming and start planning your vacation. Stay in one of our Barbados vacation rentals so you can taste the flavors, feel the sand between your toes, and enjoy all aspects of this delightful and unique Caribbean island.