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Barbados, live the dream...

A Barbados holiday may seem like a distant dream for now, but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy planning that dream. Lively, sophisticated, friendly, rhythmic and perfect for travellers of every taste and budget!

Barbados is the Caribbean island that is big on personality, adventure, good vibes and world-famous rum. With lashings of warm Bajan hospitality, a host of water sports, award-winning restaurants and breathtaking white-sand beaches, holidays to Barbados are unlike any other. Pack in adventures full of authentic Caribbean experiences with our round-up of reasons to visit this incredible island. 

Did you know? The name 'Barbados' is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island.

Best time to go, Barbados typically enjoys year-round warmth, with temperatures generally in the late 20s. The most popular time to visit is from December to April when the weather is dry and humidity is low. Crop Over Festival between June and August is another exciting time to discover the island as it celebrates the end of the sugar cane season.

History and culture

Barbados combines visually stunning buildings with the chance to learn about the famous historical architects behind them. It is packed with more stunning historical architectural buildings than anywhere else in the Caribbean. Previously, buildings were constructed from coral rather than wood, a natural resource which was popular on the islands.

When you explore Barbados and you’ll stumble across historical architectural styles gracing the imposing and unique great houses, some of which date back as far as the early 17th century. Plantation Houses such as these showcase Caribbean colonial architecture which dates from the British influence of the Georgian and Jacobean eras. Interactive audio and video along with the exceptional high-quality exhibits make a visit to the Museum of Parliament and the National Heroes Gallery fun for all ages.

Iconic landmarks

There are historic lighthouse's dating back to the mid 1800s. Blackwoods Screw Dock is beautiful and unique historic site, it is the only remaining screw dock of its kind in the world featuring a historic Maritime Centre as well as Blackwood’s Tavern. Close to Bridgetown and home to horse racing in Barbados, The Garrison Savannah was once a place British officers gathered to race their horses and another historic landmark to visit.

Attractions and activities

Harrison's Cave, this unique crystallised limestone cave is one of the island’s most popular attractions. Adventureland Barbados , discover the heart and soul of Barbados on an expedition that will lead you into the interior of the island to view points where the scenery of countryside and rugged coastlines will leave you breathless. Enjoy the classic, unique, and fun open bus, Bajan-style. Available for sight-seeing, historic tours, private charters, bar or beach hopping, and more!

Sports holiday enthusiasts flock to the island to play golf as Barbados is home to several courses designed by world-leading architects. Motorsport fans can head over to Bushy Park Racing Circuit. There is so much do for water lovers, on and in the warm turquoise sea, surfing, fishing, snorkeling, diving and plenty of watersports!

Culinary highlights

Bajan food is a unique blend of foods with African, Indian and British influences. The national dish of Barbados is Cou-Cou & Flying Fish. Although Fishcakes and Salt-bread is a close second. Common staples on Barbadian tables include yams, sweet potatoes, cassava, breadfruit and rice, usually served with a variety of fish. Street food is popular on the island, and key locations include Baxter's Road near Bridgetown, and Oistins, with its Friday Night Fish Fry. Tasty West Indian curries and rotis are also not to be missed, you're on holiday after all, so try them all!

Why not start planning!

As now is the best time to start planning your dream holiday in Barbados, try your hand at making their national famous dish or a rum cocktail, recipes below, and enjoy them whilst you explore what the island has to offer and decide where you want to stay!

Cou Cou & Fried Flying Fish is the national dish of Barbados and can be found in restaurants all across the island.
Prep: 35 minutes | Cooking time: 50 minutes
Cou Cou Ingredients; 2 cups fine cornmeal, 2 cups water, 2 tablespoon butter, 1 + 1/3 cup thinly sliced okra, 4 cups water, 1 + 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Cou Cou Directions; Pour 2 cups of water into pot with 1/2 teaspoon salt, okra and let boil for 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon or strainer to remove the okra to a small bowl and set aside reserving the liquid for later use.
Turn heat to low under medium sized saucepan. Add the remaining water, cornmeal, salt and butter; stir constantly using a whisk to avoid lumps and the cornmeal mixture from scorching.
As the cornmeal begins to dry out, add the reserved liquid in stages, stirring with a wooden spoon constantly until the cornmeal is cooked. This process takes about 20–30 minutes. Stir the Cou Cou at 1-minute intervals to ensure that it is not sticking to the bottom of the pot or getting lumps. As the mixture begins to break away clean from the sides of the pot, add the cooked okra and stir to incorporate fully.
Let Cou Cou continue to cook until firm (but not stiff). Season to taste black pepper and salt. The Cou Cou should break away easily from the sides of the pot; or when you insert a wooden spoon in the middle of the Cou Cou, it should stand and remove easily from the mixture.
Transfer the Cou Cou into a generously buttered bowl and swirl it around to form a mold. Invert the bowl with Cou Cou onto a plate. Create an indentation in the center of the Cou Cou and heap with stewed fish, meat, poultry or vegetables letting the rich sauce spill over to the side. Serve with Fried Flying fish.
Fried Flying Fish Ingredients; 10 flying fish fillets, 2 limes, 2 Cups Cold Water, 4 Tbsp Bajan Seasoning, 2 Cups seasoned Breadcrumbs, 1 Cup Flour, 1 tsp all purpose seasoning, 2 Eggs, 2 tbsp water, Salt, Black pepper, Canola Oil (or sunflower oil can be used an an alternative), 5 wedges of lime or lemon.
Fried Flyish Directions; Place fresh lime juice and salt on fish and leave overnight in fridge. Rinse the fish and coat completely in the Bajan Seasoning. Place the flour season with all purpose seasoning in one plate, the breadcrumbs in another plate and the eggs with water (seasoned with salt and pepper) in another bowl.
Pour the canola (or sunflower oil) in a frying pan to just cover the bottom (about a 1/8–1/4 inch layer) and over medium high heat. Coat each fish fillet in the flour, then dip in egg-wash and coat bread crumbs, shake off any excess and place into the oil to fry.
Repeat with all the fish. Cooking until golden brown on both sides. Remove from pan place on a plate with 2 sheets of paper kitchen towel to drain. Arrange on platter and garnish with lime or lemon wedges.
The Barbados Cocktail; A simple tropical cocktail that less sweet than many similar cocktails.
Ingredients: 2 oz. light rum | ½ oz. triple sec | 1 oz. pineapple juice
Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in all the ingredients and stir.

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