Blues skies, turquoise seas, gorgeous white-sand beaches, sunshine, smiles and rum. All of these are in endless supply on the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados, and so much more. Spirit Journeys is absolutely delighted to be the Scottish representative for Barbados Tourism. Let us show you around and tempt you to take your own trip to Barbados!
Welcome to Barbados
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Barbados is easy to fly to from several major UK airports including Glasgow, Manchester and London. In under 10 hours, you could be enjoying the sunshine, laid-back atmosphere, and delicious Caribbean cuisine, wondering when this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip can be repeated!
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Things to do in Barbados
At around 166 square miles, Barbados is easy to get around and explore during your holiday. Let’s have a look at just some of the things you might get up to when you visit Barbados …
History & Heritage
Fully immerse yourself in the Barbadian way of life by first learning all about its fascinating history. Here are a few key facts to pique your interest!
- Barbados was inhabited by Carib and Arawak Native Americans for centuries before being colonised by the English in the early 17th century.
- Through the plantation system and slavery, it became the world’s prominent sugar producer by 1650.
- Barbados became fully independent from the UK in 1966.
- Bajans (the familiar term for Barbadians) speak English with a very distinct accent, that is spiced with words in West-African-English pidgin – also called Bajan!
There are so many interesting buildings, landmarks, museums and monuments to visit. In particular, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison is an absolute must-see on any cultural tour of the island.
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Beaches & Water Sports
Did you know there are more than 80 pristine white-sand beaches on Barbados? Perfect for laying around, soaking up the sun and relaxed atmosphere – with maybe a cheeky rum cocktail in hand! If you prefer more active pursuits, there’s every conceivable option available here: kayaking, sailing, diving, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, deep-sea fishing, sailing and more. How about snorkelling in the clear water on the west and south coasts of Barbados? The beautiful coral reefs are home to a fantastic range of sea creatures and exotic tropical fish. You can even arrange a trip to swim with sea turtles!
Activities & Excursions
From walking tours to pottery, wildlife reserves to golf – there are so many quality, fun and memorable activities and excursions waiting to be experienced in Barbados! Cricket, shopping, segway, spas, hiking, mountain-biking and many more options are available to show you the best of what Barbados has to offer. Perhaps you’d like your trip to coincide with one of the fabulous events and festivals that take place throughout the year. Let us know what you enjoy and we can tailor your perfect trip.
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The birthplace of rum!
Mount Gay Distillery – founded in 1703 – is believed to be the oldest producer of rum in the world. Rum is entirely intertwined with the history of Barbados, and you’ll enjoy finding out all about it as well as tasting the many different ways it can be served. Relax and enjoy – as they say, time flies when you’re having rum!
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To find out more about Barbados, see www.visitbarbados.org
Contact us today – you can visit Barbados!