This Barbados travel guide starts with the beaches because whatever else you do, it’s likely some time will be spent adorning the white sand of this island idyll. Jump the waves on Crabe Beach; laze in the calm waters of Reed's Bay; sunbathe on the Zen sand of Bottom Bay; dip a toe or more in the crystal clear waters of Long Bay. Better still, dive or snorkel with turtles, body board or paddle, surf or kite-surf, kayak or sail a Hobie Cat. Back on dry land, taste a Bajan Black Cake at tea-time, sample a selection of local rums or dine barefoot by candlelight on the sand, making sure to try ultra-fresh fish, plantain, tasty local curry and the traditional cou cou, a clever mixture of okra and cornmeal.
Barbados also does history and heritage. Visit Fort St Ann and George Washington House (where the future first president once stayed, on his only ever time away from what would become the USA); discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bridgeton and its Garrison; hike between stalactites and stalagmites in Harrison's Cave and enjoy a calypso atmosphere during a cricket match at Kensington Oval. By know, you’re a true Bajan!