Beach and sun, Family, North America

The Caribbean is the winter sun destination of choice for many and it’s easy to see why. With so many islands to choose from and warm sunny climate in January, it’s the perfect place to unwind and get a winter tan your work colleagues will be jealous of. Barbados is our island of choice in January, here’s why.

Barbados¬†is an island made entirely of coral that was pushed up from the sea bed by volcanic activity. You’ll find pure white sandy beaches along the island’s west coast with a beautiful turquoise sea colour quite unlike any other. There’s an abundance of coral reefs around the shore which are easy to snorkel around, sometimes just yards from the resort hotels that hug the beach line. It’s also a great place for Scuba diving and swimming with turtles too. Definitely something everyone should experience. While the west coast is calm and serene, the North-East coast is battered by the trade winds, whipping up dramatic waves that crash against the rocky coastline. These winds keep the tropical temperatures here at a pleasant 26C and in January you can expect a high number of dry and sunny days.

What to do in Barbados

Barbados was famous for its sugar plantations so if you’re looking to learn more about them head to Sunbury House in St. Philip. The Great House is more than 300 years old and is a great example of a stately home-built during the British colonial period. Since 1983 its been a museum and educational tourist attraction with a restaurant and tours of the grounds every day. It’s a great way to understand more about the history of Barbados and its sugar plantations.

In 2003 British Airways retired one of their Concorde planes, the world’s only super-sonic commercial jet. It used to service the daily route between London and Bridgetown and now resides in a museum dedicated to it, right next to the international airport. If you never got to fly in this magnificent aircraft then it I highly recommend a visit where you can learn more about its technology and take a tour inside to see how the rich and famous travelled.

Night life in Barbados

Friday night is the night the island really wakes up and heads our for some fresh fish. Oistins is the place to go and its a truly local outdoor dining experience. Live bands play while you browse the many cafes for some locally caught fish and chips. It all kicks off around 7pm and goes on until late. Families are very welcome here and you’ll find Oistins right next to the beach. Most resorts run excursions to the area or you can easily jump in a taxi and head down there.

How to get there

You’ll find flights to Barbados leaving daily from most major airports in the United Kingdom. Flight time is around 7.5 hours and with just 4 hours time difference between the two nations you’ll quickly be over your jet lag. Flights cost as little as ¬£182 in January and you’ll find some great deals on package holidays and all-inclusive resorts too.

If you’re looking for a high quality, relaxing resort holiday with some interesting excursions this coming January then look no further than Barbados.