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Beautiful views at Cherry Tree Hill, Barbados

This detailed Barbados travel guide has all the information you need to plan a great holiday on the island, including top things to do, restaurants, hotels and plenty more.

Just a few weeks ago I returned from Barbados in the Caribbean . It was my first time on the island, and while I’ve been to a few of the Caribbean islands, I just love how varied they are. They have their own characters, landscapes and traditions.

Is Barbados Worth Visiting?

Barbados is relatively flat compared to others, as its one of the few without a volcanic origin. It’s also famed for its bright turquoise water, paradise beaches and killer rum punch! I mean, just take a look at this gorgeous view over Crane Beach – isn’t it stunning?

Crane Beach, Barbados

A few weeks before visiting, I learned that more Brits travel to the island, than any other nationality. Most visit for the (almost) guaranteed warm weather and fantastic beaches.

If you’re reading through Barbados reviews online, you might find a slightly divided opinion. Some love it so much they go back year after year, while others prefer the less developed / touristy Caribbean islands

Being an adventurer and foodie at heart, I wanted to get beyond the beaches and find out what else this island offers. I wanted to taste the food, see the landscapes and feel the heart beat of this independent nation. From the south coast to the north, Saint Lawrence Gap to Crane Beach, the fun of Crop Over Festival to the rich history of the island, I couldn’t wait to explore in detail. 

Bridgetown in Barbados, Caribbean

Fittingly, our trip was designed to appeal to the five senses. So from tasting the local rum, to seeing the incredible underground caves and even hearing Rihanna herself (yes really!) – it’s time for sensory overload in Barbados! So whether you’re looking for adventure, food, culture or relaxation, I’ve got you covered with lots great ideas packed into my Barbados travel blog. 

As a quick aside, if you’re still deciding which island to visit, don’t miss my comparison of Barbados vs Antigua !

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Best Time To Visit Barbados

If you’re wondering when to visit Barbados, there are a few things to think about. It’s warm all year round in Barbados with temperatures between 23 – 30 Celsius. There’s a wet and dry season across the Caribbean, with December to March being a good time to visit for rain-free sunshine-filled days.

It tends to get busy around Christmas though, so if you can time your visit for out of the key holiday periods, you’ll have a more relaxing experience.

May to October is when rainy season hits the Caribbean, which brings with it heightened humidity too. It’s also important to be aware of hurricane season, from June to November, although tropical storms are more likely to be an issue.

Lots of people rate March to May as a great time to visit. It’s a shoulder season, so crowds are lower, but it’s still lovely and warm.

Wondering when to go to Barbados? How about shoulder season

Things To Do In Barbados For Adventure Lovers

Prepare yourself for some serious fun on this island! You’re about to engage all five senses with these adventures in Barbados…

Snorkelling in Barbados

When we were planning a trip to Barbados, I’d heard the snorkelling was incredible, with numerous opportunities to spot turtles around the south and west of the island. I love that you don’t need to book onto a tour to spot them.

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You can just wander out from beaches such as Paynes Bay, Sandy Lane or Folkstone Marine Park and you’re likely to spot a few. For an extra special experience, book onto a catamaran trip and be shown some of the best spots on the island! 

Check prices for snorkelling tours in Barbados.

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Diving in Barbados

My partner plunged deep into the ocean to dive amongst some impressive wrecks. His favourite was the sunken submarine, not far from St Peter’s Bay. Along with plenty of colourful exotic fish (including lion fish), there were a few turtles down there too. Adventure holidays in Barbados are popular, and this is the perfect activity to include in your itinerary!

Check prices for diving in Barbados.

Diving in Barbados (Photo: Macca Sherifi)

Animal Flower Cave

I had no clue what animal flowers were (what comes to your mind?!) but they’re a type of small sea anemone which live in the waters of these caves. Right on the northernmost tip of Barbados, this is the rugged Barbados.

As I stood on the cliff edge listening to the crashing waves, took photos of the epic jagged rocks and explored the rough caves carved over hundreds of years – I couldn’t believe this was the same island known for paradise beaches. It’s such a wonderful contrast!

Macca snapping pics at the Animal Flower Cave, Barbados

Considering other islands in the Caribbean? Check out these guides to St Kitts , St Martin , Antigua and Cuba . Also, order a copy of the Lonely Planet Barbados guide before you go.

Paddle Boarding in Barbados

One of my favourite adventures of all was hopping on a paddleboard and cruising the shoreline. It was a way to see the coastline and reflect on the beauty of the island. Most hotels on the west coast have a stack of paddle boards and kayaks, and there’s a lovely feeling of liberation as you glide across the turquoise waters. 

Paddle boarding in Barbados

Island Safari

Woohoo, well wasn’t this a lot of fun…? Until it rained anyway, but let’s forget that part for now!

How long does it take to drive around Barbados? Approximately three hours. Although this island tour doesn’t take you to every spot, it gives you a great overview of what the island is like. 

I’d recommend you book this for one of your first days in Barbados, as it gives you an intro to the island’s geography, history and culture, all while showing you some top places to return to later in the week.

Coastline in Barbados, Caribbean

The Barbados tour guides are super enthusiastic, love sharing their home with visitors and are happy to answer all the questions you’ve been dying to ask. They’re also keen to get you away from the east coast with its cruise ships and resorts, and to show you the rugged east and less-developed centre of the island. Trips to Barbados often only give you the glossy view of luxury resorts and high end restaurants, but seeing more of the island left us with a better idea of what life is like here.

Oh and they also ply you with rum punch, which makes the off-road parts even more fun! Check availability and latest prices here.

Taking in the views of East Barbados on our island safari

Harrison’s Cave

Delve deep into the core of Barbados with this interactive tour of Harrison’s Cave. After swotting up on the history and geology of the island, it’s time to board a cute little train to drive around the cathedral-like chambers.

With underground waterfalls, crystal clear pools, and stalagmites and stalactites formed over thousands of years, it’s somewhere you’re guaranteed to engage all five senses.

Check prices for a tour of Harrison’s Cave.

Harrison's Cave, Barbados

Things To Do In Barbados For Foodies

Next up, it’s time to smell and taste your way around the island. These Barbados trip ideas are guaranteed to make you hungry! 

Mount Gay Rum Tour

It’s a given that any visit to Barbados is going to involve a fair amount of rum. It’s the drink of the island. At most places, you’ll be welcomed with a rum punch, and you’ll soon that there are good ones, and there are REALLY good ones. People have their own recipes.

THE way to truly get into the spirit (!!) is with a trip to Mount Gay . They run tours every hour, which strike just the right balance between informative and fun. And great news, they start with rum punch and end with tastings of three of the distillery’s top sellers.

Check prices for the Mount Gay Rum Tour.

Mount Gay Rum Tour, Barbados

Agapey Chocolate Tour  

Your nose will guide you to Agapey – a cute chocolate shop in Bridgetown! This isn’t Willy Wonka style, but they do have a small chocolate factory on site, and it’s certainly worth booking onto a chocolate tour to find out more about the processes and see the machines up and running.

The chocolates filled with Mount Gay were my favourites, and a box of those would make a great present.

Check prices for a Barbados Chocolate Tour.

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Oistins Fish Fry

You guys recommended we add this to our itinerary, and we listened! Every Friday, hundreds of tourists and locals gather in the small fishing village of Oistins for a big old knees up.

The rum punch flows, the seafood stalls serve up mountains of grilled tuna, flying fish, swordfish and more, and as the night wears on, performers take to the stage to throw some shapes to the DJ’s tunes. It was a highlight of our week in Barbados and certainly a way to FEEL the island’s beat!

Tasty food at Oistin's Fish Fry, Barbados

Restaurants In Barbados

There are plenty of top restaurants on the island. For fine dining, book a table at The Cliff or Cin Cin . For flavoursome cajun shrimp, I loved The Waterfront in Bridgetown.

There was a huge menu, the service was friendly and the location was lovely, overlooking the capital’s marina.

Cajun shrimp and rice at Waterfront Cafe, Barbados

Juma’s in Speightstown is another top choice with a tasty menu (the blackened mahi mahi was delicious!) and a great location overlooking the beach. Décor was eclectic with a beach shack roof and lava lamps dotted around the restaurant – it felt fun with that real holiday vibe!

Blackened fish at Juma's Restaurant, Speightstown, Barbados

Our meal at The Fishpot was one of our favourites, again right on the beach just a little way north of St Peter’s Bay. The seafood was excellent, and we enjoyed big grilled shrimps, and tasty Asian tuna for mains. Any of these would be great at lunch too, especially with those dreamy beach views.

Shrimp at The Fishpot, Barbados

If you’re visiting Barbados as a big group or would like the option to self-cater some of your trip, I’d recommend taking a look at Airbnb. Usually the properties are owned by locals so you can enjoy an authentic experience and ask for lots of expert tips for the area. You can claim £35 / $45 off your first trip by clicking here .

Things To Do In Barbados For Culture Vultures

Gospel breakfast at the crane.

Hearing the voices of a group of gospel singers at breakfast time is a special experience. This is how our Sunday morning began at The Crane Resort – the Caribbean’s oldest continually operating hotel and one of the best places to stay in Barbados.

It’s a standard hotel buffet where you pile your plate high with sausages, bacon, eggs and pancakes, but the ambience is anything but standard. During our visit in December, we enjoyed a few festive numbers along with some gospel classics.

Gospel Breakfast at The Crane, Barbados

St Nicholas Abbey

Built in 1658, St Nicholas Abbey is a beautifully preserved plantation house. It’s fascinating to see the island’s history through the ages, and walking through the house really is like turning back the clock.

One of my favourite parts of my visit was exploring the forest outside, and even if you don’t fancy adventuring into it, you can enjoy lunch on the terrace overlooking the jungle floor.

Check prices for a tour of St Nicholas Abbey.

Exploring the forest near St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

Rihanna Drive

When you ay Barbados to many people, they think of Rihanna. She’s an international superstar who well and truly flies the Barbados flag around the world. Our trip to Barbados coincided with the island’s Independence Day which was extra special, as Rihanna’s home street was renamed Rihanna Drive. 

It’s already somewhere tourists love to visit, but now there’s even more reason! It was absolutely amazing to see the community turn up to the event, and to hear Rihanna’s pride for where she grew up. 

Rihanna attending the opening of Rihanna Drive, Barbados

Things To Do In Barbados For Relaxation Seekers

Many people visit the island for a week of R&R. You want to kick back and relax, with a drink in one hand and a book in the other. That’s fine – we all need down time!

Serenity Spa at The Crane

For a treat, book in for a treatment at The Crane, easily one of the most stunning resorts on the island. Located on the south, the cliff top location has incredible views down to Crane Beach with its ferocious waves and soft white sand. The spa is excellent too, and a massage will certainly leave you feeling relaxed.

The Crane, Barbados

Seaduced Catamaran Trip

Seaduced catamaran Barbados

This luxury catamaran experience was another highlight. Sailing along the west coast at sunset is stunning enough, but with a cocktail in hand it’s even better! The crew pride themselves in delivering incredible high-end service, from the food and drink to the general ambience – it was all top notch and a wonderful way to see more of the island.

Hunte’s Gardens

Genuinely one of the most relaxing spots in Barbados, Anthony Hunte has created a gorgeous garden up in the lush hills in the middle of the island. Tall palms sit next to colourful orchids while exotic birds fly through the air.

As you explore, you stumble across secret seating areas – places perfect to enjoy the views, the sounds and the scents of nature. When you need a refreshment, head to Mr Hunte’s lodge for a rum tasting or a cold drink, and a chance to chat to the nature-lover responsible for the garden.

Check prices for a tour of Hunte’s Gardens .

Exploring Hunte's Gardens, Barbados

Barbados Beaches

I’ve mentioned them already, but the beaches are as good as you’ve heard! Top marks for Crane Beach for its epic landscape, Mullins Beach for being lively and St Peter’s Bay for being nice and quiet. On a bright sunny day, the water is an insanely bright shade of turquoise that looks photoshopped!

Enjoying the beaches in Barbados

Where To Stay In Barbados

If you are looking for your own home away from home,  Top Villas  offer vacation rentals in various locations across the island.

We stayed at Pendry in the north west of Barbados. They have a range of 1, 2 and 3-bed apartments, each with stunning terraces, lounges and full kitchens. The enclosed marina has moorings and also offers a water taxi to sister property St Peter’s Bay (perfect as Port Ferdinand isn’t right on the beach).

There’s a restaurant/bar area on the ground floor overlooking the boats, and a great floating pool area with a bar which you reach along a jetty. It’s one of the best places to stay in Barbados if you’re considering self-catering options, and plan to hire a car to get around. It’s also about to be even more desirable with the upcoming opening of Nikki Beach, moments away from the property. 

Port Ferdinand view

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Great travel guide on Barbados with useful information and gorgeous photos. Thanks for your help with my trip planning!

Thanks Krishna – so happy you found it helpful. Glad you had a great trip too!

Barbados is such an amazing destination to spend the vacation.

Thanks for your amazing travel guide and photos are mind-blowing.

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! It was wonderful out there.

I loved visiting Barbados and can entirely agree with you that Oistin’s Fish Fry is amazing on Fridays. I’m so glad I was able to experience it. I was interested to learn that Barbados is popular with fellow Brits but it has a lot going for it so I guess that’s why. I think I need to return to explore more of the island after reading your post.

Love this guide! We are big Barbados fans too and agree it’s got so much to offer alongside just beaches (although they are beautiful!) We also did the Seaduced trip which we loved. We stayed in Port St Charles (next to Port Ferdinand) in the past so it’s interesting to hear how you found staying there. So many good options in Barbados!

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Our Barbados travel guide answers some of the most frequent questions about visiting Barbados. Additionally, see our other travel related articles at the bottom for more inspiration to plan your next trips!

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Where is Barbados?

What are the barbados travel restrictions, do i need a visa to visit barbados, when is the best time to visit barbados, what are the best things to do in barbados, where to stay in barbados, what currency does barbados use, is barbados expensive, is barbados safe to travel alone.

Barbados is an island nation in the southeast side of the Caribbean Sea. It’s a relatively short flight from the southeast side of the United States, making it a great vacation destination.

The Visit Barbados tourism site includes the current travel restrictions and protocols for entry into Barbados. We recommend checking the site before you start planning a trip. Remember to check the site frequently leading up to your vacation to make sure you are familiar with any changes to the Barbados travel restrictions.

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Currently, US citizens do not need a visa to enter Barbados. As long as you have a valid passport, you are permitted to stay for up to 6 months.

Visitors from other countries might need a visa, so it’s best to double check the requirements for your country on the Barbados Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade website here . It’s best to always check a countries official website to make sure you’re getting the most up to date information.

December to April is the best time to visit if you want to avoid the rainy season and hurricane season. Visiting in the summer months is usually still ok if you want to miss the crowds. This is because Barbados’ location makes it rare for hurricanes to hit the island. Additionally, rain is almost always followed by the sun, which means it isn’t very disruptive.

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1. Relax on the beach

If you’re visiting a Caribbean island I’m guessing you’re at least mildly interested in checking out the beaches. Barbados beaches are definitely worthwhile and it has quite a few choices.

Some of the popular beaches worth visiting are Bathsheba Beach, Dover Beach, and Miami Beach. Bathsheba Beach has good surfing and offers beautiful views to enjoy. Plus, the rock formations are great for photographers looking to capture stunning images of their vacation.

2. Mount Gay Visitor Center (Rum distillery)

The Mount Gay rum distillery provides tours to see behind the scenes of what it takes to make their spirits in Bridgetown. Rum enthusiasts can learn about the history and techniques used by this historic distillery. Plus, they offer packages that include a traditional Bajan lunch and sessions to craft your own cocktail.

Additional information can be found on the Mount Gay website here .

3. St. Lawrence Gap Nightlife

Enjoy some drinks and dancing at St. Lawrence Gap. The Gap is a mile long stretch that includes bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Barbados recently renovated and upgraded the area to enhance the experience, as it is one of the primary nightlife entertainments areas in Barbados.

4. Visit historic Speightstown

Speightstown is one of the larger cities in Barbados. It’s a great place to stop for a meal and walk around town to enjoy the architecture. The town has maintained a lot of the historic charm, and is full of colorful buildings and shops.

There are also museums and nearby beaches if you want to make a full day of your visit.

5. Harrison’s Cave

Adventure seekers can explore the stream cave system and admire the columns in this wonder. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the cave and are treated to a nature walk. Just note that this excursion is a little more costly than some of the other things on the island.

6. Walk the Barbados Boardwalk

The Barbados Boardwalk offers beaches, views, and bars. It’s about one mile long, and makes for a nice morning jog if you’re feeling motivated. While there are a lot of fun things to do in Barbados, this is a decent option for all ages and it’s free.

Barbados offers a variety of places to stay depending on your budget. Visitors that are looking for an all inclusive resort that don’t mind spending a little more have a few good options. The Sandals or Turtle Beach resorts both have good reviews.

Budget conscious travelers can try to search for deals at hotels. In general, many of the hotels are a little more expensive than some of the other Caribbean islands. Also, Airbnb is an option and a local host can be beneficial if you’re looking for insider knowledge on the island.

Barbados resort

The official currency in Barbados is the Barbados Dollar (BBD). However, many places around the island will accept the US Dollar.

Generally speaking, Barbados can be on the expensive side compared to other vacation destinations. It’s a popular destination and because they import many items it raises the cost.

If you make your own meals with food from local grocery stores and travel in the off-season from May-early December, it’s possible to reduce the cost by a lot.

Yes, Barbados is a relatively safe place to travel alone. The locals are very friendly and the island has low crime rates. As always make sure you are smart as even generally safe locations have some level of crime.

Be careful of theft by keeping expensive items locked away and not carrying too much money. Avoid isolated, unfamiliar areas if you’re not in a group. Also, make sure you only use licensed taxis.

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Southwest has been long known for not listing its fares on Google Flights or with online travel agencies.

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Something that was once seen as unlikely now seems to be a reality: Southwest Airlines is on Google Flights. 

It’s unclear when exactly the change occurred, but it appears that Southwest fares began popping up on Google Flights Wednesday. The carrier has been long known for not listing its fares on Google Flights or online travel agencies as a way to cut out distribution costs and to build loyalty among its customers.

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Southwest said it wanted to increase its visibility on the travel platform.

“We’re extending the reach of Southwest.com by giving users of Google Flights enhanced visibility into our available flights, fares, and the benefits of our products and services,” Southwest said in a statement. “In our initial piloting of this partnership, we’ve made it possible for Google Flights users to compare our different fare options and click directly into Southwest.com to book their selected itinerary.” 

This marks one of the biggest strategy shifts in Southwest’s history as the carrier looks for ways to remain competitive amid an international and premium travel boom. 

Besides a change in consumer preferences, the airline has also been affected by Boeing delivery delays as it has cut capacity and paused pilot and flight attendant hiring .

The carrier’s flights also started appearing on Chase Travel’s booking portal, but so far, other credit card companies don’t have access to Southwest flights.

Southwest may also have a benefit with displaying fares on Google Flights, according to travel blog View From the Wing . The new Department of Transportation rules require airlines to disclose all ancillary fees associated with purchasing a ticket, even on third-party sites. Southwest already didn’t have change fees or checked bag fees, so displaying fares on Google Flights may make it look more attractive compared to its competitors.

Southwest Considers Bigger Changes

Southwest is currently conducting an in-depth study into consumer preferences as it debates making more major changes to its model. The airline hasn’t conducted such a study in several years, CEO Bob Jordan said during a call with analysts April 25.

In particular, Jordan said Southwest is weighing whether to implement assigned seating and to add premium cabins to its fleet. These changes would be some of the biggest for Southwest, which has used its economy seating and open boarding process to differentiate itself in the industry.

“We remain committed to our industry-best, customer-friendly policies, but we are also committed to understanding and meeting customer expectations,” Jordan said during the call. “We have transformed before, adding things like Wi-Fi, larger bins and in-seat power, and we will continue to adapt as needed.” 

Chase Travel Has What the Other Cards and Online Travel Agencies Don’t — Southwest Flights

Chase Travel Has What the Other Cards and Online Travel Agencies Don’t — Southwest Flights

Online travel agencies and credit card companies — other than Chase — have Southwest-envy. Not having Southwest flights is a major hole in their travel offerings.

The carrier reported a first-quarter loss of $231 million compared to $159 million during the same time last year, which was slightly below Wall Street expectations and worse compared to many of its competitors. 

At the Skift Aviation Forum 2023 , Jordan said there was “nothing underway, no story there,” when asked about changing seating and boarding.  

However, Jordan said Southwest would not consider baggage fees. American Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue have raised baggage fees, citing inflation and rising operating costs. Southwest, on the other hand, lets customers check in two bags without any fees. 

“The reason we’re not considering bag fees is because people choose Southwest Airlines because we don’t have bag fees,” Jordan said. 

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We pre-booked a taxi and were soon on our way to Port St Charles. As we drive north the weather improved and the sun was shining in Speightstown. We have stayed at PSC many times but not for a few years. This year we pushed the boat our and booked a beach front apartment. It is stunning and has set the bar very high for future visits!

We unpacked, explored the apartment, had a Banks and a sandwich and were in bed by 8:30 pm.

After a good night’s sleep we were up at 5:30 am, it’s normal for us when we we are it here to be up and about by 6 am and normally in bed by 10 pm.

After a light breakfast the car was delivered by MAH and we headed to Masseys in Holetown for our “big” shop. We decided as the apartment is so beautiful we will be spending more time there and eating in a lot more. As usual there was a shortage in Masseys, this time fresh meat, but to compensate the fresh produce was plentiful and of a high quality. Noticed prices were higher than our last visit but we had expected this.

We headed back to the apartment had lunch and had our wine delivery from Platinum Wines. We are now well stocked. We then decided to spend some on the beach but as we settled down for some sun and a swim it began to pour down. Back inside! It’s sad to see the amount of erosion and the steep drops that have developed at PSC but tides are particularly high due to weather conditions. Some large deposits of sargassum visible out to sea but hasn’t come ashore thankfully. As the rain appeared to be set in and to get a bit of exercise we decided to walk down to Pier One for a drink. We got soaked but just as we arrived the sun was out again. Had a great couple of hours catching up with old friends and having a drink or 2 with Paul who is also members of the TA Forum and his wife Sue, also met people we are in contact with via the Barbados for Travellers FB group. It’s a small world these days. Pier One was quite busy and it was so lovely to be back there. I have a feeling we’ll be spending a lot of time there over the next few weeks..

Walked back to the apartment and I experimented with a Levi Roots recipe for Jamaican Pork which even though I say so myself was delicious. A nice bottle of wine to help us sleep!

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Looking forward to reading your reports. We’ve booked Aer Lingus for the first time for our trip in November but have read poor reviews of the food and staff. What have your experiences been like please?

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Hi Chris, it only seems like the other day that we were reading your last one!! Have a great time, making us all envious no doubt! Will look forward to the updates.

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Spending more time in the apartment and eating in a lot more,looking forward to this trip report.

Lovely to meet you and Jane yesterday Chris. The weather is awful again today. We're surviving in our apartment with Pizza, beer and a very pleasant Shiraz.

I had a nice snorkel this morning before the rain. Sea was really calm in front of PSC.

The high shelf on the beach was a result of the stormy sea on Sunday. It was perfect last week

#5 yes pretty awful weather today, a day for relaxing and maybe a bit of liming later!

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9 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Barbados

Posted: August 7, 2023 | Last updated: August 7, 2023

<p><a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/story/eat-stay-play-barbados-black-history?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">Barbados has a wealth of culture</a> and is known for having some of the most unspoiled beaches in the world, balmy weather year-round, and an outstanding culinary scene that celebrates its people’s heritage. The best all-inclusive resorts in Barbados provide an ideal home base for accessing all of this—plus a relaxing <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/inspiration/islands-and-beaches?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">beach vacation</a>. Picture filling up on fish cakes and breadfruit, posting up by the pool, and overlooking the <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/caribbean-top-resorts?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">Caribbean</a> Sea, rum punch in hand—Barbados is the birthplace of the spirit, after all.</p> <p>An all-inclusive option provides comparable amenities to <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/story/barbados?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">the island’s best luxury hotels</a>—such as the secluded beach access and top-notch service at <em>Condé Nast Traveler</em> favorites like <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/barbados/holetown/sandy-lane-barbados?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">Sandy Lane</a> and <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/st-peter/cobblers-cove?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">Cobblers Cove</a>. The all-inclusive point of difference, though, is its clear-cut, up-front price tag. And although all-inclusives sometimes get a bad rap, many are just as luxurious as their resort-style sisters. Take the fall 2023 opening of <a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/8iV3Xocz8fbxXfP7LvQLHHVtRV3wKjsfUgfLHEAH73wZaXEFyyosTRPwGbbiCevY4X9pF2jh5kP7RBQ8o7VLJSEcJDNxP3FAQsw61tb4eDoJeyk3ooZ32oG4bJn" rel="sponsored">Sam Lord’s Castle</a>: The upscale Wyndham Grand Resort, with an eco-luxury focus, will offer each of its 422 guest rooms and suites as all-inclusive packages <em>only.</em></p> <p>The best all-inclusive resorts in Barbados offer something for everyone, from photo-worthy <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/barbados/st-philip/the-crane?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">Crane Resort</a>, with its cascading cliff-top pools, to family-friendly <a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/3DgAfmDFCbAvbr5n2SrZLmtEmnL1f9VGcaWSFo5txL15MLFaob7N2ADFU5Y56baV6WRbHV5pMjyKcgYJDoL7kveAq4nQfNbdjSHXpWa3d1btL5sT7GW8HEVp8s78L5NYiwoXrLfLQyZDzB33xCKBcBRbZZhEX7rJubZzeVSzeod9KWMUf5Xdp9KTgHKUAAtNztdwxku1eVjFhrim8nndkdm9A6fezjg" rel="sponsored">Sugar Bay Barbados</a>, a short walk from Bridgetown’s iconic boardwalk. Read on to discover your next all-inclusive getaway.</p> <h2>The Sands</h2> <p><strong>Top amenities included:</strong> Rooftop restaurant, saltwater pool, non-motorized water sports<br> <strong>What’s nearby:</strong> Walkable to lively Worthing and Rockley beaches</p> <p>The most modern spot on this list, the Sands’ 87 rooms are housed in white-and-blue-glass structures with spacious patios and a sleek saltwater rectangle pool running the length of the property, pointing toward the ocean. The on-site spa is spectacular with a variety of treatments for the whole family, including special pampering options for the kiddos. While the resort only has two restaurants, both offer elevated takes on Caribbean dishes. 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Since 1975 the Blades family has created a proudly “island time” environment for those seeking to escape to a quintessential tropical getaway. The property is located on a protected lagoon which offers safe swimming and snorkeling conditions, full of sea turtles and colorful coral reefs. 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Barbados has a wealth of culture and is known for having some of the most unspoiled beaches in the world, balmy weather year-round, and an outstanding culinary scene that celebrates its people’s heritage. The best all-inclusive resorts in Barbados provide an ideal home base for accessing all of this—plus a relaxing beach vacation . Picture filling up on fish cakes and breadfruit, posting up by the pool, and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, rum punch in hand—Barbados is the birthplace of the spirit, after all.

An all-inclusive option provides comparable amenities to the island’s best luxury hotels —such as the secluded beach access and top-notch service at Condé Nast Traveler favorites like Sandy Lane and Cobblers Cove . The all-inclusive point of difference, though, is its clear-cut, up-front price tag. And although all-inclusives sometimes get a bad rap, many are just as luxurious as their resort-style sisters. Take the fall 2023 opening of Sam Lord’s Castle : The upscale Wyndham Grand Resort, with an eco-luxury focus, will offer each of its 422 guest rooms and suites as all-inclusive packages only.

The best all-inclusive resorts in Barbados offer something for everyone, from photo-worthy Crane Resort , with its cascading cliff-top pools, to family-friendly Sugar Bay Barbados , a short walk from Bridgetown’s iconic boardwalk. Read on to discover your next all-inclusive getaway.

Top amenities included: Rooftop restaurant, saltwater pool, non-motorized water sports What’s nearby: Walkable to lively Worthing and Rockley beaches

The most modern spot on this list, the Sands’ 87 rooms are housed in white-and-blue-glass structures with spacious patios and a sleek saltwater rectangle pool running the length of the property, pointing toward the ocean. The on-site spa is spectacular with a variety of treatments for the whole family, including special pampering options for the kiddos. While the resort only has two restaurants, both offer elevated takes on Caribbean dishes. The rooftop Restaurant Noir takes things into the fine-dining territory with options like the sous vide rack of lamb and six-hour roasted sweet potato with confit carrots.

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Coconut Court Beach Hotel

Top amenities included: On-property white sand beach, snorkeling What’s nearby: Tour of the historic horse racing establishment Garrison Savannah

Newly offering all-inclusive packages as of last May, this second generation, family-operated hotel is located on the lively south coast of Barbados. Since 1975 the Blades family has created a proudly “island time” environment for those seeking to escape to a quintessential tropical getaway. The property is located on a protected lagoon which offers safe swimming and snorkeling conditions, full of sea turtles and colorful coral reefs. There are three dining options: Cocos, which serves up Caribbean favorites; a dive-y bar and grill called Jake’s; and Captain Charlie’s, which guests call “the friendliest beach bar in Barbados.”

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<p><strong>Top amenities included:</strong> Chef-driven dining, mixologist-prepared cocktails, modern design<br> <strong>What’s nearby:</strong> The O2 Beach Club & Spa is in St. Lawrence Gap, a popular area for shopping, dining, nightlife—don't miss the rotis as Lisa's Doubles</p> <p>This chic all-inclusive resort made its debut in 2021, showing off pops of vibrant colors in the modern lobby and room designs. The O2 Beach Club & Spa is a food lover’s paradise with five chef-driven dining options, along with a “culinary concierge,” whose entire job is to provide and recommend the best dining experiences in Barbados. Cool off in one of the property’s three pools: an adults-only lazy river, the main pool with its two swim-up bars, or the rooftop splash pool where you can grab a drink while you watch the sunset.</p><p>Sign up to receive the latest news, expert tips, and inspiration on all things travel</p><a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/newsletter/the-daily?sourceCode=msnsend">Inspire Me</a>

The O2 Beach Club & Spa

Top amenities included: Chef-driven dining, mixologist-prepared cocktails, modern design What’s nearby: The O2 Beach Club & Spa is in St. Lawrence Gap, a popular area for shopping, dining, nightlife—don't miss the rotis as Lisa's Doubles

This chic all-inclusive resort made its debut in 2021, showing off pops of vibrant colors in the modern lobby and room designs. The O2 Beach Club & Spa is a food lover’s paradise with five chef-driven dining options, along with a “culinary concierge,” whose entire job is to provide and recommend the best dining experiences in Barbados. Cool off in one of the property’s three pools: an adults-only lazy river, the main pool with its two swim-up bars, or the rooftop splash pool where you can grab a drink while you watch the sunset.

<p><strong>Top amenities included:</strong> Private entrance to property’s exclusive beach, access to five distinct pools<br> <strong>What’s nearby:</strong> Lush landscape and rugged coastlines just steps away from the resort</p> <p>This resort, founded in 1887, is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the entire Caribbean. There are several pools that cascade along the cliff top overlooking the ocean, and down below, Crane Resort guests have a private entrance to the powdery pink sand and the beach club. On the historic grounds are six restaurants ranging from contemporary Caribbean to southern Italian. Bar 1887 stands out for its homey environment with a wraparound veranda serving up nightly live entertainment and signature cocktails, including the infamous Crane Rum Punch. Between dips at the pool and exploring the island, the Serenity Spa offers a large range of treatments to kick back while the kids meet new friends at their own club.</p><p>Sign up to receive the latest news, expert tips, and inspiration on all things travel</p><a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/newsletter/the-daily?sourceCode=msnsend">Inspire Me</a>

The Crane Resort

Top amenities included: Private entrance to property’s exclusive beach, access to five distinct pools What’s nearby: Lush landscape and rugged coastlines just steps away from the resort

This resort, founded in 1887, is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the entire Caribbean. There are several pools that cascade along the cliff top overlooking the ocean, and down below, Crane Resort guests have a private entrance to the powdery pink sand and the beach club. On the historic grounds are six restaurants ranging from contemporary Caribbean to southern Italian. Bar 1887 stands out for its homey environment with a wraparound veranda serving up nightly live entertainment and signature cocktails, including the infamous Crane Rum Punch. Between dips at the pool and exploring the island, the Serenity Spa offers a large range of treatments to kick back while the kids meet new friends at their own club.

<p><strong>Top amenities included:</strong> Wedding and honeymoon packages, sailing, daily yoga<br> <strong>What’s nearby:</strong> Paynes Bay Beach, the best sunset in town</p> <p>Those looking for an idyllic romantic hideaway should opt for this St. James all-inclusive. The relatively small 34-room property specializes in honeymoon and wedding packages and has a stunning beachfront location and lots of private areas to sneak away to. The wedding experts at The House make it incredibly easy to plan any type of wedding, from an elopement to a full buy-out of the resort. There are many venue options, packages, and communication channels for couples to use from planning stages to the big day—an ideal way to create a seamless <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/inspiration/destination-weddings?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">destination wedding</a>. For those not celebrating milestone romantic moments, The House is still a great option with a spa, water sports, and a great dining program which allows guests to go to any restaurant at Elegant Hotels around the island as part of the all-inclusive offering.</p> <div class="callout"><p><a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/4Q5NDE1dgN4W3hpebNBtgnhuNLQVW3dJh9TpbLL6gnKxuSC3iGDLopTBxuhorVL7n569v2Ae8e6effB4Li3uCxFt2dEW7aiQFKzZohmRedDHjTph4Jctt2YeFS6Cq2y8VsT8yPfxmif4v28jVD6RyorYJd4RD8h88wFEmHjHYQ6" rel="sponsored" title="Book now at Marriott">Book now at Marriott</a></p> <p><a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/NXK4oxtFZ3fpMunLK9TszMwvykajVi6XKZ5AMGHccbscFSqHgaHwTnLaZFsPRsrjj7wgUBhnZJ8BLhyFH2NkCmMDRgMKuMPRYv2PGFtKbwWpB6a6tdHr5aocH3tZWUicDMKfKKTj4xETB9dWQZGCPSB1Cn5riwH8LD7wQxJJhV863BggnSxEL82p81XAUXhvhrGqRwcwwKPK5nBErWVUDB9iutomc6xHG1wRttna" rel="sponsored" title="Book now at Expedia">Book now at Expedia</a></p> </div><p>Sign up to receive the latest news, expert tips, and inspiration on all things travel</p><a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/newsletter/the-daily?sourceCode=msnsend">Inspire Me</a>

Top amenities included: Wedding and honeymoon packages, sailing, daily yoga What’s nearby: Paynes Bay Beach, the best sunset in town

Those looking for an idyllic romantic hideaway should opt for this St. James all-inclusive. The relatively small 34-room property specializes in honeymoon and wedding packages and has a stunning beachfront location and lots of private areas to sneak away to. The wedding experts at The House make it incredibly easy to plan any type of wedding, from an elopement to a full buy-out of the resort. There are many venue options, packages, and communication channels for couples to use from planning stages to the big day—an ideal way to create a seamless destination wedding . For those not celebrating milestone romantic moments, The House is still a great option with a spa, water sports, and a great dining program which allows guests to go to any restaurant at Elegant Hotels around the island as part of the all-inclusive offering.

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<p><strong>Top amenities included:</strong> Horseback riding on the beach, tailored food excursions<br> <strong>What’s nearby:</strong> Folkestone Marine Park & Visitors' Center, featuring an artificial reef for snorkeling and a small aquarium</p> <p>Located on the island’s west coast, the look of the rooms and lobby at Tamarind by Elegant Hotels feels more like a hotel in the Mediterranean than in the Caribbean. But where the Bajan spirit really comes alive is in this property’s programming—ranging from private tours of the island and horseback riding on the beach to tailored food excursions. There’s also an array of water sports, three dining venues, and a large wellness program.</p> <div class="callout"><p><a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/meh9fHuiYWLir8AsqJRQ4ZNqLMGyRcQwrx1pCdVvsbf3N7ahALZaiZfjaEn44FJPu8WfJ2jQ2cGLBTkMKpL5XC5K3KTzE5PwSvh5ojwiyaJzVpUnzaPxdhB72Mvks1afJjYR7mPWK173daAWWQEuj6LJx6sKkDZp6sr19b34r" rel="sponsored" title="Book now at Marriott">Book now at Marriott</a></p> <p><a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/EGJMnSBTAYUGzm8zVukbHgrPSfPdgdZRuEK7cXNihQTudeDSKc1u8Xzwe2Cpcx7z1nqBVjjLxRCX1DxYVjGRJ9bEMndbvkzUnZrNGP6usQcY8mdgcNS6GGd6AHANJZrJf56TwB2x1JnFm7xnrAysxfksBGT9BgKg1EWR5L6xJ6xEpztd4WQwa9aKf7Nmy9zjw6JoB1M9QXY4KDDyZdPVg" rel="sponsored" title="Book now at Expedia">Book now at Expedia</a></p> </div><p>Sign up to receive the latest news, expert tips, and inspiration on all things travel</p><a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/newsletter/the-daily?sourceCode=msnsend">Inspire Me</a>

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Top amenities included: Horseback riding on the beach, tailored food excursions What’s nearby: Folkestone Marine Park & Visitors' Center, featuring an artificial reef for snorkeling and a small aquarium

Located on the island’s west coast, the look of the rooms and lobby at Tamarind by Elegant Hotels feels more like a hotel in the Mediterranean than in the Caribbean. But where the Bajan spirit really comes alive is in this property’s programming—ranging from private tours of the island and horseback riding on the beach to tailored food excursions. There’s also an array of water sports, three dining venues, and a large wellness program.

<p><strong>Top amenities included:</strong> Water sports, rum tastings, on-site piano bar<br> <strong>What’s nearby:</strong> <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/barbados/holetown/sandy-lane-barbados?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">Sandy Lane’s</a> three golf courses, all bookable in advance</p> <p>You won’t get bored at this adults-only paradise on Barbados’ west coast. Included in the all-inclusive package is kayaking, paddle boarding, Hobie catamaran sailing, dance classes, rum tastings, and cooking classes—and that’s just scratching the surface. When you want a break, lounge at the spa, beach bar, or central pool, which will always have a good vibe without cannonballing children. Each of the 160 guest rooms offers spacious accommodations with garden or ocean views, and don’t miss the lively piano bar where guests sing along to classic oldies.</p> <div class="callout"><p><a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/4iheeJwWD8ieHvgE4QS2ww2NgLdLKM3duVwFJf7KdCPBqLR2e4QkWqanPWMnKd1VTD7qT6igwe2Mz9TZbm5PMV6WvXKZVzZSjXF66GRK9bNX3AwMPVMSAVfw5qfHG25e9VZYSb3WgLrAwoQ7yzK62R4Avp7p26bXL8qvJN6KdNRqCvJuvPzQKe3x6z" rel="sponsored" title="Book now at Expedia">Book now at Expedia</a></p> <p><a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/MKEh7BpQXwWWMvycFimWDhV7ujdQiA7y9pCWEwsaJNMiYCBptGkwd82KWcY3o2kjSvtesi1XBYLqN6nhP4sCDRoFBFHsMLA67dS1yF2LavFpKxdJaHmFvjhNYPYxSNAmoCE87eT9qdhNWN92Ccgta8pobcA87rpwx" rel="sponsored" title="Book now at Booking.com">Book now at Booking.com</a></p> </div><p>Sign up to receive the latest news, expert tips, and inspiration on all things travel</p><a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/newsletter/the-daily?sourceCode=msnsend">Inspire Me</a>

The Club Barbados

Top amenities included: Water sports, rum tastings, on-site piano bar What’s nearby: Sandy Lane’s three golf courses, all bookable in advance

You won’t get bored at this adults-only paradise on Barbados’ west coast. Included in the all-inclusive package is kayaking, paddle boarding, Hobie catamaran sailing, dance classes, rum tastings, and cooking classes—and that’s just scratching the surface. When you want a break, lounge at the spa, beach bar, or central pool, which will always have a good vibe without cannonballing children. Each of the 160 guest rooms offers spacious accommodations with garden or ocean views, and don’t miss the lively piano bar where guests sing along to classic oldies.

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Top amenities included: 10 restaurants, butler service, romance packages What’s nearby: Maxwell Beach—try the PADI certified scuba diving lessons

The Sandals Royal Barbados is an all-suite resort with over-the-top amenities that include butler service and chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce transfers. In addition to an extensive list of restaurants (there are 10, not including the nearby Sandals Barbados’ other 11 dining venues which are also included in the package) and excursion opportunities, the resort is doing its part to give back to the community. Partnering with the non-profit Pack for a Purpose , the Sandals Royal Barbados collaborates with local schools to bring supplies to children as well as training to the teachers. Guests can get in on the action by donating items, such as book bags, colored pencils, solar lantern lights, flash cards, and books.

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<p><strong>Top amenities included:</strong> Kids’ and teens’ clubs, on-site natural lagoon<br> <strong>What’s nearby:</strong> Bridgetown’s south coast boardwalk, UNESCO Historic Garrison</p> <p>The all-inclusive Sugar Bay Barbados is designed for families and multi-generational travel. Located a sandal-toss from the beach, as well as a short walk from Bridgetown’s South Coast Boardwalk, there are plenty of things to do for the whole family. The resort offers children under three a free stay, along with the first child from age four to 16. If parents want to explore on their own, a kids club, teen clubhouse, nursery, and babysitting services are all available.</p> <div class="callout"><p><a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/3DgAfmDFCbAvbr5n2SrZLmtEmnL1f9VGcaWSFo5txL15MLFaob7N2ADFU5Y56baV6WRbHV5pMjyKcgYJDoL7kveAq4nQfNbdjSHXpWa3d1btL5sT7GW8HEVp8s78L5NYiwoXrLfLQyZDzB33xCKBcBRbZZhEX7rJubZzeVSzeod9KWMUf5Xdp9KTgHKUAAtNztdwxku1eVjFhrim8nndkdm9A6fezjg" rel="sponsored" title="Book now at Expedia">Book now at Expedia</a></p> <p><a href="https://cna.st/affiliate-link/2YfVS2JkEsZbEbPErbyMRy3h7Vm9hefFkquKn4ZCDyfGSLgNnMJYx6Rzphhr3LAk2MSrzAp1JDXLYU8YhEQ4YVrT7aE5TEgZTuDtkQrVpURgcbuNacs4fMALrNG4A2gqEcSvBN8FcayKHec5X6c1pdgPuG4mBZzM4CW" rel="sponsored" title="Book now at Booking.com">Book now at Booking.com</a></p> </div><p><strong>For more ideas, take a look at our readers' favorite <a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/readers-choice-awards-caribbean-resorts?mbid=synd_msn_rss&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=syndication">Caribbean resorts</a>.</strong></p><p>Sign up to receive the latest news, expert tips, and inspiration on all things travel</p><a href="https://www.cntraveler.com/newsletter/the-daily?sourceCode=msnsend">Inspire Me</a>

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The all-inclusive Sugar Bay Barbados is designed for families and multi-generational travel. Located a sandal-toss from the beach, as well as a short walk from Bridgetown’s South Coast Boardwalk, there are plenty of things to do for the whole family. The resort offers children under three a free stay, along with the first child from age four to 16. If parents want to explore on their own, a kids club, teen clubhouse, nursery, and babysitting services are all available.

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It’s a clear morning.

I have an online meeting at midday so the plan is to relax at the apartment in the morning and go out in the afternoon. So tan on the pool until the meeting.

After the meeting we have a sandwich lunch, then drive to Folkestone. Pluses of Folkestone is that it’s easy to park near the beach and there is a buoyed off area, so no need for the divers warn8ng buoy.

It’s quite busy, both on the beach and by the bar.

The water is a bit choppy. Into the water and immediately we spot a huge shoal of small white fish in the shadows.

The snorkelling is good, lots of fish including a large box fish.

Out and dry off. Drive home to chill in the lovely evening sun.

Shower, tea, relax.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to do a trip report. It sounds like you are having a very relaxed and enjoyable time. Sounds perfect.

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K, you left out tea? I enjoy hearing about the food shopping and what you make with it. I used to cook many meals on holiday, but the last 4-5 trips I’ve been eating out more. Since Covid I’ve been making meals at home and eating out very little. Eating out at home has gotten so expensive and the restaurants are struggling with service.

Thank you for the feedback bgisnumber1 and Jcm. Jcm, lunch was a cheese and tomato sandwich (the NZ cheddar is a reasonably priced cheese here) and tea a steak sandwich - the tenderloin from Costuless with fried onions, lightly toasted bread with mustard spread on it. With a Waitrose red that is very drinkable/Banks.

We always buy a big block of the NZ when we arrive. Hubby grates it into a Tupperware to make it easier to use.

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Masterchef eat your heart out!!!

Thanks for the recipe Sylvana, always good to know of holiday recipes.

Hi K. I have noticed that you stay in different accommodation each time you stay but don't seem to review these. What has been your favourite area/accommodation so far?.

Yes we’ve stayed in several accommodation. I’ve reviewed on the site VRBO and Airbnb after.

First place was in Reeds. Beach front. Plus was beach, minus was road noise, plus too hard a bed. House not comfortable enough. No pool.

Second place was Fitts. Near beach front. House lovely but Fitts a bit far away from centre and road very noisy.

Third place Sunset Crest, great location, great value, great place but no pool

Fourth place Sunset Crest, great location, pool, good price, but tired, too small kitchen and availability not easy.

Fifth place Sunset Crest, pool, lounge seats uncomfortable and now renovated but price gone up considerably

Sixth place Gibbs, lovely place but pool not always available and difficult to book as very popular

Seventh place Sunset Crest same as fourth place, New owners and now gone up considerably in price

Eighth place Gibbs excellent, pool, price and location. This was the planned destination for this trip but there were renovations needed.

Ninth place Holders - currently here, a plan B to stay due to Gibbs unavailable. Apartment with sole use of pool. Good price, good location, very comfortable. Would return.

In terms of location, we would stay from Paynes to Gibbs. So can travel easily to Holetown

Thanks K that's really useful 👍

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As I have enjoyed reading aprilsbhoy thread so much I thought I’d do my own…hope it is of some use to people.

My wife and I’s sixth time on this beautiful island - we keep coming back.

Captain announced 32 degrees and clear blue skies! What a fabulous start.

Security was a breeze, all of the new ‘self check in’ computers help speed up the process. Lucky flight was early as an Air Canada and American Airlines flights had landed around the same time so was busy.

I got the car sorted while my wife got the luggage. Simple handover ( we have always used MAH cars ) recommended to us on our first trip and we have always been pleased. A little Suzuki Jimny for our 2.5 week trip. We did 5 weeks last year and 4 the year before so we will need to cram a lot in!

We are staying at ‘Lumiere’ in sugar hill. A penthouse apartment. We have always opted for Sugar Hill or Royal Westmoreland as we like the facilities and the locations.

The drive from the airport was very quick, luckily missed the Friday rush hour traffic which meant we managed an hour round the main pool at Sugar Hill.

Very tired but we were peckish so popped to Massys for some provisions. The new self scan tills were empty (god knows why) so that was a breeze. A couple of Banks beers on the balcony with some cards before heading to bed.

Day 2 (7/10)

Early start (5:15) so headed to the gym for a workout. Sugar Hill is extremely quiet and peaceful at the moment.

Our favourite coffee place (Buzz Box) in Limegrove had a fire earlier in the year so is still being redecorated. Instead we head to Italia Coffee House, just up from sunset crest and enjoyed an Oat Milk Flat White and a Dirty Chai. Pleasantly surprised.

7:30 and it was time to head to QP Bistro for one of their delightful Almond croissants - forgot how good they were!

A day at Fairmont Beach Club today ahead of reservations at Sea Shed this evening.

See you tomorrow!

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Thanks Warren. Love your updates.

Day 5 - 10/10

Another glorious day with very little cloud. A perfect day for our Catamaran trip.

A very lazy morning with breakfast on the balcony.

Our red Bajan party bus picked us up at 8:50 and the driver, Chris pointed out some landmarks to everyone on our trip down to the marina. We have usually travelled via taxi to the catamarans so this made a nice change to be in an open sided bus!

All of the trips follow the same itinerary (and there is no need to change it) but what set Cat & Fiddle apart were a few things. In no particular order:

The boats - they really are special

The crew - fantastic (to be fair we have never had a bad crew)

The bar and food - all premium and delicious

The timing of lunch - whilst we were sailing so we got to enjoy the stop more without eating

The laid back atmosphere (we found Silver Moon too formal)

The water toys - a floating lily pad, stand up paddle boards, a floating chair or take the tender to the beach

A brief overview of the other trips:

Cool Runnings - great if you want a party. Too crowded.

Silver moon - fabulous boats but too formal.

Calabaza - our go to and we are doing a sunset cruise with them this trip.

It truly was a fantastic day and so good we are booking again!

Home around 3:30 and a trip to the main pool and a siesta. Then a very lazy evening drinking rum and Coke on the balcony.

See you tomorrow.

Warren thanks for doing your reports they are highly informative!

One question about Cat & Fiddle - what makes their boats special?

Upupandaway, google Lagoon 630 motor yacht!

The boats are large, spacious, comfortable and 5*. We were on ‘Over the Moon’ which has no sails.

Their other sail catamaran is a lagoon 620. Just as luxurious inside. They really are a cut above the rest.

Was your trip private? Or shared? How long was your trip? Curious as well about the rates.

We have only ever done Cool Runnings on many occasions as a family of four and they were so great with the kids. However, now that we will be travelling as a couple I would like to experience something a bit more upscale, e.g. having a table to sit at for lunch would be fun? I do like the idea of sailing as opposed to a motor yacht.

I am also fine to skip the turtles for ecological reasons. But I guess they all do that?

It was 10-3 which is a slightly later start than the others we have been on.

Upupandaway - they all stop for snorkelling with turtles. Entirely up to you if you want to take part - it isn’t mandatory.

Eating can be done at a table….calabaza much smaller (and max 12 guests). C&F has a lovely table on the deck but we chose to take our plates and sit on the back of the boat and enjoy the view!

Day 6 - 11/10

A very relaxed day following the catamaran trip the day before. We woke early so went to the Italia Coffee House for a drink.

We then spent a few hours by the main pool reading a book and sunbathing. Weather has still been fantastic.

For lunch we headed in to Speightstown and went to The Orange Street Grocer. We both had a baguette and they were delicious. It’s a very simple restaurant with a great view out to sea. **note** they are cash only here.

‘The Blue Machine’ cash point in Speightstown worked with my Starling card which meant I could pay for lunch!

We picked up some supplies on the way home and then spent the rest of the afternoon around the pool.

We booked a tennis court and played for an hour. It was $20BBD for the racket hire and $20 for some balls. We had good fun, it was 6PM and still very hot.

We cooked dinner using fresh pesto and Clifton market sausages and they were delicious.

A few rums listening to the tree frogs before bedtime!

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Following the announcements of Copilot+ enabled AI PCs at the Microsoft Build developer event on May 20, Microsoft released new developer tools, enhancements to Microsoft Azure AI and new enterprise options for Copilot. GitHub Copilot received a lengthy list of new capabilities enabled by first- and third-party services.

Meanwhile, reactions to the AI memory feature Recall include some backlash against its observation of all of the user’s activity. Recall, announced at Microsoft Build on May 20, makes any activity on a Microsoft AI PC searchable, allowing the user to ask natural language questions and receive answers from across all of their activity on the device.

Team Copilot, AI agents and Copilot Studio open up business opportunities

Microsoft, on May 21, offered three new ways to work with its AI Copilot assistant : Team Copilot, Copilot agents and Copilot Studio in Microsoft Power Platform.

“Driving the use cases for AI-accelerated PCs to the enterprise makes perfect sense for Microsoft,” said Olivier Blanchard, research director at The Futurum Group. “It’s a massive opportunity for Microsoft, PC OEMs, and silicon vendors, from Qualcomm to Intel and AMD as a full ecosystem play.”

“By taking the lead from the OS, support, software, and developer ecosystem angles, Microsoft positions itself as the primary orchestrator and enabler of AI PC adoption in the enterprise, which takes a lot of pressure off PC OEMs and silicon vendors,” said Blanchard.

Team Copilot

Team Copilot adds more initiative to the AI assistant, letting it work, as Microsoft said, as a sort of teammate or facilitator. Team Copilot can take notes, manage meeting agendas, flag important information or unresolved issues and manage projects. Customers with a Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 license, which costs $20 per month, will be able to try Team Copilot in preview later in 2024.

Team Copilot can ‘sit alongside’ people in meetings, taking notes and offering suggestions.

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With copilot agents (which Microsoft writes in lowercase when referring to this specific offering), you can prompt AI to take on roles custom to your business needs. For example, a copilot agent might handle orders, automate processes, add context to processes and meetings or learn based on user feedback. Agents are available to customers in Microsoft’s Copilot Studio Early Access Program, with wider availability expected later this year.

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To create copilot agents, you can use Copilot Studio , the prompt-based, no-code platform, to design and test what actions the copilot can take. Developers can request their copilot perform specific tasks, then provide the AI with the text or other resources it might need to have context about that specific business process. Microsoft Copilot Studio is free with a Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 license in limited private preview.

Copilot stack and Snapdragon Dev Kit for Windows open up Copilot+ PCs

For developers getting ready to work on the new Copilot+ PCs, Microsoft introduced the Copilot stack on Windows, additions to the OS that take advantage of and facilitate development of further AI models and capabilities. The Copilot stack includes:

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More updates to Microsoft Fabric are detailed on the Microsoft site.

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GitHub Copilot, the generative AI coding assistant, has received upgrades to allow it to talk to first- and third-party partner services, which are bundled as Copilot Expansions. Of particular relevance to Microsoft Build is GitHub Copilot for Azure, which lets GitHub users deploy to Azure using prompts.

Copilot Expansions are only available to invited users for now. The complete list of first- and third-party services GitHub will be able to pull data from is split by availability date.

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At Build 2024, Microsoft announced general availability of Azure AI Studio, the pro-code platform for generative AI development. Azure AI Studio can be found at ai.azure.com for free. An Azure account is required to build a copilot.

Microsoft expanded Azure AI Studio’s suite of Responsible AI tools and safety features, including filters for specific content, prompt shields to fight against prompt injection attacks and extra precautions against hallucinations.

Some of Azure’s new features will take advantage of NVIDIA’s Blackwell AI accelerator .

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After Microsoft announced the Recall AI search function on Copilot+ laptops on May 20, some praised its novel approach to searching across an entire PC. However, the “snapshots” the AI takes of users’ activity have led the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office to reach out to the Redmond giant for more information.

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Microsoft said Recall snapshots are stored only on the local PC — a feature enabled by the on-device AI accelerator. Users can pause Recall, set Recall to ignore individual websites and apps or delete individual snapshots and ranges of time.

Blanchard said the ability to delete records or selectively choose what shows up in Recall means “users are in control of the experience and of their own privacy. Also, unlike Search Engines, that data will be stored on users’ PCs, adding an additional layer of privacy and data security to the feature,” he said.

However, Blanchard said, “What Microsoft will have to figure out though is what happens to that data when PC users replace or upgrade their Copilot+ PCs in a few years, but there’s time to figure that out.”

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Tourism is back to pre-pandemic levels, but challenges remain.

  • High-income economies in Europe and Asia-Pacific continue to lead the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Index, with the United States, Spain and Japan topping the rankings again.
  • Despite post-pandemic growth, the global tourism sector still faces complex challenges, with recovery varied by region; only marginal overall score improvements since the 2021 edition.
  • Developing economies are making strides – who account for 52 out of 71 economies improving since 2019 – but significant investment is needed to bridge gaps and increase market share.
  • Read the report here .

New York, USA, 21 May 2024 – International tourist arrivals and the travel and tourism sector’s contribution to global GDP are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels this year, driven by the lifting of COVID-19-related travel restrictions and strong pent-up demand, as per the new World Economic Forum travel and tourism study, released today.

Topping the 2024 list of economies are the United States, Spain, Japan, France and Australia. The Middle East had the highest recovery rates in international tourist arrivals (20% above the 2019 level), while Europe, Africa and the Americas all showed a strong recovery of around 90% in 2023.

These are some of the top findings of the Travel & Tourism Development Index 2024 (TTDI) , a biennial report published in collaboration with the University of Surrey, which analyses the travel and tourism sectors of 119 countries around a range of factors and policies.

“This year marks a turning point for the travel and tourism sector, which we know has the capacity to unlock growth and serve communities through economic and social transformation,” said Francisco Betti, Head of the Global Industries team at the World Economic Forum. “The TTDI offers a forward-looking window into the current and future state of travel and tourism for leaders to navigate the latest trends in this complex sector and sustainably unlock its potential for communities and countries across the world.”

Post-pandemic recovery

The global tourism industry is expected to recover from the lows of the COVID-19 pandemic and surpass the levels seen before the crisis. This is largely being driven by a significant increase in demand worldwide, which has coincided with more available flights, better international openness, and increased interest and investment in natural and cultural attractions.

However, the global recovery has been mixed. While 71 of the 119 ranked economies increased their scores since 2019, the average index score is just 0.7% above pre-pandemic levels.

Although the sector has moved past the shock of the global health crisis, it continues to deal with other external challenges, from growing macroeconomic, geopolitical and environmental risks, to increased scrutiny of its sustainability practices and the impact of new digital technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence. In addition, labour shortages are ongoing, and air route capacity, capital investment, productivity and other sector supply factors have not kept up with the increase in demand. This imbalance, worsened by global inflation, has increased prices and service issues.

TTDI 2024 highlights Out of the top 30 index scorers in 2024, 26 are high-income economies, 19 are based in Europe, seven are in Asia-Pacific, three are in the Americas and one (the United Arab Emirates) is in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). The top 10 countries in the 2024 edition are the United States, Spain, Japan, France, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Italy and Switzerland.

The results highlight that high-income economies generally continue to have more favourable conditions for travel and tourism development. This is helped by conducive business environments, dynamic labour markets, open travel policies, strong transport and tourism infrastructure, and well-developed natural, cultural and non-leisure attractions.

Nevertheless, developing countries have seen some of the greatest improvements in recent years. Among the upper-middle-income economies, China has cemented its ranking in the top 10; major emerging travel and tourism destinations of Indonesia, Brazil and Türkiye have joined China in the top quartile of the rankings. More broadly, low- to upper-middle-income economies account for over 70% of countries that have improved their scores since 2019, while MENA and sub-Saharan Africa are among the most improved regions. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the only high-income economies to rank among the top 10 most improved economies between 2019 and 2024.

Despite these strides, the TTDI warns that significant investment is needed to close gaps in enabling conditions and market share between developing and high-income countries. One possible pathway to help achieve this would be sustainably leveraging natural and cultural assets – which are less correlated with country income level than other factors – and can offer developing economies an opportunity for tourism-led economic development.

“It’s essential to bridge the divide between differing economies’ ability to build a strong environment for their travel and tourism sector to thrive,” said Iis Tussyadiah, Professor and Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. “The sector has big potential to foster prosperity and mitigate global risks, but that potential can only be fully realized through a strategic and inclusive approach.”

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Mitigating future global challenges

According to the World Economic Forum’s 2024 Global Risks Report, the travel and tourism sector faces various complex risks , including geopolitical uncertainties, economic fluctuations, inflation and extreme weather. Balancing growth with sustainability also remains a major problem, due to high seasonality, overcrowding, and a likely return of pre-pandemic emissions levels. The report also analyses persistent concerns about equity and inclusion. While the tourism sector offers a major source of relatively high-wage jobs, particularly in developing countries, gender parity remains a major issue for regions such as MENA and South Asia.

Despite these challenges, the sector can play a significant role in addressing them. To achieve this, decision-makers should prioritize actions such as leveraging tourism for nature conservation efforts; investing in skilled, inclusive and resilient workforces; strategically managing visitor behaviour and infrastructure development; encouraging cultural exchange between visitors and local communities; and using the sector to bridge the digital divide, among other policies.

If managed strategically, the travel and tourism sector – which has historically represented 10% of global GDP and employment – has the potential to emerge as a key contributor to the well-being and prosperity of communities worldwide.

About the Travel and Tourism Development Index 2024

The 2024 edition of the TTDI includes several improvements based on newly available data and recently developed indicators on the environmental and social impact of travel and tourism. The changes made to the 2024 Index limit its comparability to the previously published TTDI 2021. This year's report includes recalculated 2019 and 2021 results, using new adjustments. TTDI 2024 reflects the latest available data at the time of collection – end of 2023. The TTDI is part of the Forum’s broader work with industry communities actively working to build a better future enabled by sustainable, inclusive, and resilient industry ecosystems.

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