From Andrew Harper

Barbados offersbotha tranquilCaribbeanshorewithfinewhite-sandbeaches, and a wild Atlantic coastline. Inland, the rolling landscape of sugar fields is dotted with  colonial plantation houses, some of which date to the 17th century. (The first British settlers  arrived in 1627.) The southern coast is crowded, overdeveloped and best avoided. Most of  the desirable hotels are strung along the west coast in the parishes of St. James and St. Peter.  During the winter high season, Barbados has a party atmosphere and is unsuitable for those  in search of serenity.

WHEN TO GO : The weather is sunny and warm, with year-round trade winds and little temperature variation. Driest months are December-June.

CURRENCY : Barbados dollar (BBD). Set rate valued at BBD2 = US$1.00 as of April 2014. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

U.S. EMBASSY : Bridgetown, Tel. 227-4000.

DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in Barbados, dial 1 + 246 (Barbados code) + local numbers in listings.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS : Passport. Visit, and for travelers’ health information,


All recommended hotels in Barbados

Saint James, Barbados
Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane

Luxury resort amid mahogany trees in a parklike setting fronting a broad crescent beach.

Saint Peter, Barbados
Cobblers Cove
Cobblers Cove

Tranquil beachfront English country house-style hotel on the northwest coast.