Mini Guide to Your Romantic Barbados Trip

Just mentioning a Barbados getaway makes you instantly float away to the relaxing sounds of waves and chattering exotic birds, right? So this time, the Romance Compass crew has highlighted the very best bits of this truly fabulous destination – what to see, where to eat and which place to choose to stay at.

Amid the tropical landscape of Barbados survives the island’s colonial past: old plantation homes, endless sugar-cane fields, rum distilleries and period townships.

What to see

St Nicholas Abbey makes one of the most antique plantation villas in the Caribbean. The location is simply gorgeous, so are the nearby rum and sugar museums’ historical artifacts, including numerous ledgers.

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The George Washington House was once the home to the legendary US president during his stay back in 1751. Nowadays the building hosts a museum bringing Barbados of the 18th century back to life.

Oistins is synonymous with its huge, bustling fish market. Every Friday and Saturday the place becomes a home to the island’s biggest party with pop, reggae, and soca music, locals selling all types of barbecued fish and rum being spilled all around. In these days it is roughly 20% locals, 80% tourists, and the fun lasts till 2AM.

Very few travelers follow the coastline to the south of Bathsheba. However, they really should! When there, look out for signs leading to Martin’s Bay, where you will find a nice tiny beach and just an outstanding rum shop. Travel about two more miles, and the road will bring you to awesome Bath Beach.

Speightstown, together with its old winded façades and unique local character, combines colonial charm with relaxed down-to-earth vibe. Be sure to drop in to Arlington House, which hosts a museum of the island’s heritage organized by the National Trust.

Where to eat

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The Fisherman’s Pub is one of those local institutions serving up fish delivered straight from the boats docking at the restaurant’s back deck, with live music every Wednesday. When there, you absolutely need to try out the national dish called cou-cou, consisting of cornmeal and okra in addition to some flying fish too!

David’s Place is an absolutely romantic place overlooking stunning St Lawrence Bay. Waiters glide all around with platters full of seafood and Creole curries.

The Roundhouse Restaurant overlooks the picturesque reef break popularly known as Soup Bowl. Taste the place’s famed banana bread served for breakfast, fish sandwiches and salads for lunch, and a few special offers, including famous breadfruit soup for dinner.

The Brown Sugar is a true tropical paradise on Earth. The West Indian cuisine is the most popular one there and the Bajan pudding is a rich rummy delight.

Where to stay

The famed Atlantis Hotel is a topnotch wooden hotel complex facing out to shoreline. Colonial-designed rooms come up with antique furniture and beds with mosquito nets.

Sea-U Guest House is a lovely plantation house featuring a veranda overseeing the sea. A few cottages and a fine restaurant round out the spot. Each of the seven rooms has kitchen facilities and first-class island decor.

Little Arches is a Mediterranean-style mansion comprising 10 rooms with lovely tropical decorations, terracotta floors and locally produced pottery.

The Coral Reef Club steps up with 88 luxury suites in addition to almost 12 acres of lavish landscaped grounds. The building is a real gingerbread fantasy with a mix of English furniture and local artworks.

Getting around

You can get anywhere you want by public bus. A number of car rental agencies operate on Barbados as well, prices vary a little and most agencies will deliver a car right to the airport or your hotel. Many hotels can arrange bikes too.

When to go

July is considered to be the wettest month on the island, it is also the time when Barbados holds its largest festival, lasting for the three weeks, called Crop-Over. All in all, March and April have just fine weather for you to enjoy the wonderful Barbados.

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