Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of the sea by volcanic activity long, long ago.
Undeniably the most “British” island in the Caribbean. Cricket is the national pastime, the ritual of afternoon tea and dressing for dinner are all firmly entrenched in tradition. However, it is hardly stuffy. It is still in the Caribbean.
Depending what type of surroundings are desired will determine what part of the island to visit. Book luxury villas on the West Coast, featuring a coral shore beach of fine white sand and a blue green sea that offers excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.
The South Coast is the rolling terrain of limestone hills along with a vast array of caves and underground lakes. Central Barbados has sugar cane plantations with vast plantation homes where the first settlers of Barbados can be seen. The East Coast is where the Atlantic Ocean connects with the island. Surfing is very popular in this area.
If looking for villas on the beach in Barbados, the majority of locations are on the West Coast, with a few on the South and Southwest Coasts. If beach clubs, putting greens, and private or secluded locations are more appropriate, other areas offer exclusive access to golf and tennis.
The most telling reason it is the best island to visit is that everyone wants to go back, with the highest percentage of return visitors of all the Caribbean islands. Typically Barbados offers sunshine everyday with eight to nine hours of sunshine per day. Average temperature range is 28 to 31 degrees Celsius.
December through May are the driest months and September through November are the wettest months. Rain showers are normally over very quickly. They tend to be early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Hurricane season officially runs from June through October. However, a hurricane there is a very rare occurrence. The last direct hit was in 1955, and prior to that in 1898.
Check online bookings or popular events during the time you want to travel for cricket matches, jam-packed Reggae on the Hill event, the annual season of outdoor theater and musical performances hosted in The Gardens of Holders Great House.
Decisions to make ahead of time include the number of bedrooms, appropriate budget, and other desires related to each of the villas locations, i.e. proximity to beach or nightlife or if a private location is preferred.
Definitely know the date range desired. Booking in advance is recommended, especially during peak months of December through April.
It is also helpful to know which premium features are desired: air conditioned bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, exclusive locations, private swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sun deck, sun loungers, private stairway, restaurants within walking distance, white sandy beach sand, coves, and use of cook, maid, laundry, or housekeeper services.
Inquire about desired elements or email requirements to host property, such as presence of management at each of the villas and availability of other staff (cook, butler, maid, laundress, security). After a vacation rental has been booked, contact the host property to help organize the extras: airport transfers, booking restaurants, groceries, hiring a car, or even making sure all baby needs during stay are secured.
If available, request airport transfers in advance. After being on a plane that long, someone to pick everyone up and take everything straight to the villa will be a welcome sight. There are also car rental agencies. Ask each property to arrange a car rental, either for pick up at the airport or for drop off at the villas. To book directly: Stout’s Car Rental is a family-owned company that offer good quality car hire rentals.
Items definitely needed include: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, mosquito protection, light clothing, camera / video camera, driver’s license. Whether you are looking for nightlife, shopping, sports, sightseeing, or just want to relax at one of the beautiful villas on the beach, Barbados has it all.