Destination guide

Get your tan on from your Barbados vacation rentals

Slather on the sunscreen and get ready to work on your tan – it's always sunny in Barbados. This Caribbean jewel is the perfect place to swim, hone your surfing skills, and drink your daily dose of Vitamin Sea. But while Barbados' beaches are dreamy, you'll have to venture further out to fish or swim with turtles. Then, head inland from your vacation rental to sample the music scene, taste the nightlife, and savour mouthwatering Caribbean cuisine. Barbados also has hiking trails leading to coastal lookouts, rainforests, and cane fields, making the island a popular getaway for families, couples, and solo travellers.

History

You only need to walk around Bridgetown, Barbados' capital city, for a peek at its past. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bridgetown's downtown tells the story of a former British colony, with a garrison for colonial troops and a statue of Admiral Lord Nelson in the middle of its city square. Outside the city, you can tour the plantation houses from which British overlords produced sugar on the backs of slave labour. Also outside the city is a poignant counterpart to Admiral Lord Nelson's statue – the Emancipation Statue, depicting a slave breaking off his chains.

Food & drink 

Enjoy a Bajan feast near your Barbados vacation rental

Bajan cuisine boasts of British, African, and Indian influences, and there's no lack of fine-dining restaurants serving them up all over the island. But if you want a true Bajan dining experience, you're better off hitting the fry shacks near the beach, where you can sample mouth-watering fresh seafood. Fried, grilled, or steamed flying fish is common fare, but you can score lamb, pork, or chicken too. Enjoy your meat with some cou-cou, a dish of cornmeal and okra. And since Barbados claims to be the birthplace of rum, you'd be well advised to finish off your feast with a daiquiri or 3.

Essential info

Fast facts for making the most of Barbados vacation rentals

Barbados is an island country on the Caribbean Sea. A former British colony, it's part of the Commonwealth of Nations that recognises the monarch of the United Kingdom as its head of state. The island has a total area of 439 sq km and a population of around 280,000. The people of Barbados call themselves Bajans; they speak English and the English-based Bajan Creole. More than 90% of Bajans are descended from Africans, while the rest of the population is made up of Caucasians, Indians, and multiracial people. The country's official currency is the Barbadian dollar.

Where to stay near Barbados?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 2,505 house rentals near Barbados. From 408 Houses to 1,076 Villas, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Barbados for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Barbados?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Barbados. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Holetown: 2,216 vacation rentals
  • Bridgetown: 2,429 vacation rentals
  • Saint Lawrence Gap: 279 vacation rentals
  • Speightstown: 1,666 vacation rentals
  • Oistins: 1,936 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Barbados! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Barbados?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Barbados:

  • Holetown: 2,216 rentals
  • Bridgetown: 2,429 rentals
  • Speightstown: 1,666 rentals
  • Oistins: 1,936 rentals
  • Fitts Village: 2,243 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Barbados?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Barbados. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dover Beach: 2,497 vacation homes
  • Barbados Polo Club: 2,495 vacation homes
  • Christ Church Parish Church: 2,492 vacation homes
  • Rockley Beach: 2,497 vacation homes
  • Miami Beach: 2,495 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Barbados listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.