Barbados looks a lot like an English heritage village transplanted onto a Caribbean paradise. Between the white-sand shores and glittering blue seas, you'll find historical buildings, a heritage railway, horseracing course, and even a cricket stadium.

Of course, there's plenty about Barbados which is very unlike a little English village, quite aside from the delightful beaches. Barbadian culture is very vibrant and colourful. One of the best times to see the village at its best is during the carnival-like Crop Over, when musicians and revellers parade the streets in bright and sequined costumes.

What to see & do in Barbados

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Things to do in Barbados range from endless stretches of soft sand and clear blue waters to an exciting variety of historic activities, arts and culture, and adventure for families. From relaxing on the beach or snorkelling in an entire underwater alien world to cave diving, live music, and exploring the birthplace of rum, it's all here.Head for the Animal Flower Cave beneath towering cliffs or take a ride on...

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Where & what to eat in Barbados

Food and dining in Barbados offer special moments with locally sourced fish and meats, sustainably farmed plantains, peas, and rice, and a fusion of Caribbean and West Indian cuisine. Here you'll enjoy breakfasts with freshly squeezed tropical juices, homemade pastries, and unique omelettes, as well as lunch and dinner options that range from casual to upscale. You can head for The Cliff or the Animal Flower Cave Restaurant to dine along...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Barbados

Shopping in Barbados ranges from quaint, small beachside boutiques with handmade clothes and crafts to large shopping centres with endless options and big name brands. The island is famous for its duty-free shops where you can buy expensive designer brands at sharp discounts and with no import/export taxes. Famous shopping districts in Barbados include the must-visit areas of Broad Street and Swan Street in Bridgetown, or you can head for suburban...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Barbados

Nightlife in Barbados offers the party atmosphere you want, from some of the hippest, throbbing clubs to live entertainment from the hottest international bands. You can find every kind of late-night experience here, from drinking, dining, and live music to casual cocktail lounges. Popular nightclubs here include the Red Door Lounge and Harbour Lights. Festivals go on all year long, including the Crop Over Festival, Holetown Festival, and of course, the...

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  • 10 Best Towns and Resorts in Barbados

    Barbados is amongst the most iconic islands in the entire Atlantic and is home to a variety of towns that show off a rich culture and unforgettable experiences. From the capital city to smaller and more obscure villages, Barbados is filled with diverse atmospheres, unique environments, and special offerings that, despite their differences, all speak to the wonders of this...

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