Barbados is indeed the ideal island for a perfect vacation getaway. Known both locally and around the world by names such as Island in the Sun, Gem of the Caribbean or little England, Barbados has so much to offer. The island is rich with exotic locations and exciting history, while the extensive variety of culture, sports and activities makes for a grand time in adventure, exploring or relaxation. With more than 80 public beaches on this beautiful vacation island, we welcome visitors for sunning, swimming, surfing and getting married. Barbados enjoys year round warm sunny weather with occasional rain showers to maintain its lush tropical gardens, and green gullies.
A Caribbean island wedding is a dream for many. Bon Vivant Villa will make that dream an idyllic reality. Say, “I do” at one of our romantic, tropical settings and allow us to assist with all of the essential details.
Our tropical weddings are everything you would imagine and more. Our resort weddings are a truly unforgettable experience for both the happy couple and their guests. Your special day will take place in a dreamlike setting with a tranquil atmosphere that only the Caribbean can offer.
Milestone Birthdays And Reunions
Whether celebrating a 50th birthday this year, heading south for the holidays, or planning a family reunion, our villa specialists can help select the perfect villa while our concierge team brings together all the special touches to make your milestone magnificent!
Dining And Nightlife
Whether it is a super-romantic splurge you are after, or something casual and fun, Barbados' famed St. Lawrence Gap is a 1.3 kilometer stretch of road that delivers it all. Famous for its fine dining, good shopping and lively nightlife, "The Gap", as it is commonly known, is home to the best rum shops, chic cocktail bars and day-till-dawn nightclubs and it is a place that should not be missed. Hop in a cab or rent a limo and experience it all! If you are lucky you could stumble upon one of the regular street parties that have become commonplace on this part of the island.
Barbados has a wonderful array of carnivals, street fairs, sporting events, music and cultural festivals throughout the year. Many of the cultural events bring tourists from around the world in addition to internationally acclaimed artists and local talent. Festivals such as Crop Over Festival, Holetown Festival, Oistins Fish Festival, Holder's Season, Gospelfest, Celtic Festival and the Barbados Jazz Festivals are but a few of the many that can be attended in Barbados. These festivals aim to highlight the variants in culture from many places whilst culminating to bring Barbados' culture to the fore in oneway or another.
Barbados is a limestone-coral island, which means that its beaches are made from finely ground coral, resulting in clean, soft, often pink-tinged sand. Each part of the island provides something different, the calm west coast is perfect for swimming and snorkeling, the lively south coast is great for more adventurous water sports like kite surfing, the windy east coast is a surfer’s paradise, and the north coast offers dramatic cliff views for picture-perfect picnics.
Barbados is home to some of the best duty free shopping in the Caribbean. Many luxury brands have retail outlets here that offer prices that are very competitive to major cities around the world. To take full advantage of this all you have to do is walk with your passport and departure card. Stores will show items with a local price and a duty free price for tourist which is significantly cheaper.
Nature And Wildlife
With its beautiful beaches and gorgeous landscapes, Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s most stunning islands. But there’s more to the island than sun, sea and sand. A trip to Barbados is not complete without exploring the less obvious natural beauty dotted across the island from gardens and wildlife parks to breathtaking caves.
Barbados On The Map
Barbados is the easternmost Caribbean island, located about 60 miles due east of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Trinidad and Tobago is located approximately 250 miles southwest of the island.
Barbados is now extremely accessible with direct flights to Barbados from London Gatwick (BA and Virgin Atlantic) every day and 5 direct flights a week to Barbados from Manchester in the winter months (Virgin and Thomas Cook) and 2 flights a week to Barbados from Manchester (on Virgin Atlantic) in the summer months. There are also direct flights to Barbados in the winter months from Birmingham and Glasgow (Condor/Thomas Cook). This makes Barbados the perfect place for a holiday.
There are many direct flights from the US to Barbados. Jet Blue and American Airlines fly direct to Barbados from New York and Miami daily and Delta fly direct to Barbados from Atlanta. There are also direct flights to Barbados from Toronto with Air Canada or West Jet.
Entry And Visa Requirements
Every visitor to Barbados must have a valid passport and a valid return or onward bound ticket. Under 18 traveling alone will also be expected to be carrying a consent form showing their parents have given them permission to travel. Travelers from the UK, Canada and USA don’t need visas to visit Barbados. Travelers from outside these countries should check with the Barbados authorities prior to their visit.
Whilst a little hotter and slightly more humid in the summer months, Barbados offers fantastic weather virtually all year round and is now extremely popular during July and August when the children in Europe are on school holidays. If you are thinking of visiting Barbados in school holidays it is advisable to book flights well in advance. Barbados weather is generally warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 30°C / 86°F.
With the northeast trade winds blowing steadily throughout the year so, whilst it is generally bright and sunny, Barbados is not unbearably hot. The nights are usually slightly cooler and rain typically comes in quick showers. The dry season usually lasts from January to June.