What to see & do
One of the best times to visit Barbados is between July and August. During this period the Crop Over takes place, the largest carnival-like event in the country and is also an important event. It involves musical competitions and traditional activities. This is also where the King and Queen of crop are recognised – the male and female Barbadians who were able to harvest the most sugarcane. Crop Over starts at the beginning of July and ends with a costumed parade on Kadooment Day on the first Monday of August.
Places of interest in Barbados include the west coast, where there are many deluxe resorts as well as historical sites with scenic views. The Botanical Garden in the interior highlands is also a must visit for its great concentration of fauna. In Bridgetown, there is the Mount Gat Rum Distillery, which offers tours that include rum tasting. Another popular attraction in the country is Harrison’s Cave in Saint Thomas. It is an underground cave featuring stalactites, stalagmites, small waterfalls, and pools. For a lively scene, go to Southern Barbados, in the parishes of Christ Church and Saint Philip, where there are bars and restaurants.
World-class water sports can also be enjoyed in Barbados. Soup Bowl on the east coast and the breaks along the west coast offer great surfing opportunities. The south coast also has a nice surf spot, as well as great windsurfing opportunities at Silver Sands. A catamaran cruise can also be arranged, which includes transportation to and from the harbour, with drinks and a buffet lunch, and snorkelling opportunities with the sea turtles and above the shipwrecks.
How to get around within Barbados
When driving within Barbados, travellers must be aware that driving is on the left. This is ideal when visiting out-of-the-way sights. The country is also served by an extensive bus system that travels on the main route. Buses in Barbados varies from the blue buses that are operated by Barbados Transport Board, the yellow buses run by private operators, and the white one which are private mini-vans. Taxis in Barbados do not use meters, so it is best for travellers to negotiate the price first before getting in.
How to get there
The only airport in Barbados is Grantley Adams International Airport, located in Seawell in the parish of Christ Church. The airport serves as a major gateway to the Eastern Caribbean, and operates direct service to destinations in the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, and Europe. Airlines serving Grantley Adams International Airport are Air Berlin, Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airways, Caricom Airways, Condor, Delta Air Lines, Gol Transportes Aereos, JetBlue Airways, LIAT, Monarch Airlines, Phoenix Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet.