Barbados

Unexpected Barbados

Step away from your sun lounger and discover what the real Barbados has to offer

We’re not saying you shouldn't spend time soaking up the sunshine while on holiday in Barbados. The island has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, from lively, fun-packed resorts to unspoilt stretches of sand where you'll have no-one but the waves for company.

But if you've had your fill of sea, surfing and swimming with turtles, you'll discover there's much more to this island than its sunny reputation. Whether you're strolling through Farley Hill National Park or taking in the cricket at the Kensington Oval, catch a cheap flight to Barbados and have a different adventure every day.

Eat, explore and enjoy

Fish frying on a BBQ

Taste the real Barbados

Head to Oistins for the Fish Fry, a lip-smackingly good feast of (yes, you guessed it) fish, freshly cooked at a jumble of beachside stalls. Friday night is party night.

Horse racing, Garrison Savannah

And they're off

Take your family and join the locals for horse racing at the Garrison Savannah. Soak up the atmosphere in the stands, or chill out at the side of the track.

Go deep beneath the surface

Enjoy a tram ride through Harrison's Cave, a jaw-droppingly spectacular limestone cavern. Just make sure you've got a hand to hold for the bit when they switch the lights off.

Get busy in Bridgetown

There's a lot more to Bridgetown than duty-free shopping. Spend the day sightseeing and hanging out with the locals, then soak up the vibes when the sun goes down.

Have a Bajan adventure

Make like an explorer, with a National Trust hike through the Barbados most people don't get to see. If you're in the mood for love, you can even do it by moonlight.

Explore the Virgin Atlantic blog for more information:

Here's where you'll find hundreds of ideas and recommendations for all of our destinations, including plenty of tips and stories from our staff and crew.

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