The Perfect Girl’s Trip to Barbados
The Caribbean may be a well-known romantic destination and go-to families looking to frolic in the sun, but did you know that it’s also a great place to getaway with your best girlfriends? Barbados is an ideal island for a girls trip because of its host of activities, smaller size, and range of price points to meet almost any budget. I went to Barbados with two of my friends and we had a great time! If you have Barbados on your radar for a girls trip, here’s a guide to make planning your trip easier. Grab your girlfriends and let’s go! I know I'm going back soon, who wants to join me?
WHERE TO STAY
Barbados offers a broad scope of accommodation styles to meet the needs of almost any type of traveler. That being said, you’ll want to have a chat with your girlfriends about what kind of activities you plan to do, which part of Barbados you want to stay on, and budgets before booking a place to stay. You’ll also have to decide if you want to go with a communal sharing situation like a villa, or if you’ll each want to have your own private room at a hotel. When I went on my girls trip to Barbados we stayed at the beautiful Hilton Barbados in Bridgetown. This hotel was centrally located near the Historic Garrison area, with a beach within walking distance and a free shuttle to the Copa Cabana Beach Club on weekends. The rooms were clean, spacious and well-equipped. I also enjoyed that it was a smaller-sized hotel, because we were able hang out in each others’ rooms without wandering down endless hallways or having to go up and down several floors. The staff was warm and friendly, and it felt more like a boutique hotel experience than an international hotel chain.
BEST THINGS TO DO
The best things to do in Barbados will ultimately depend on what your group is into. Before planning a girlfriend’s getaway, you have to clearly define what the ideal itinerary would look like for each girl. For the adventurous traveler, snorkeling in Carlisle Bay or surfing near Miami Beach would be great activities. If your group is interested in history, then you can add a visit to the George Washington House or a walking tour of the Garrison Historic Area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – to your itinerary. For pop music fans, a visit to Rihanna Drive is an absolute must to grab a photo on the steps of the famed Barbadian’s childhood home. A few other must-do activities include a ride on the underground train at Harrison’s Cave, a photo stop on the east coast at Bathsheba, and at least one afternoon sipping local rum punch on the beach! We went in October to attend the Barbados Food and Rum Festival, I recommend you put in on your list of things to do.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT
Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean Chain. Because of this you’ll find a constant breeze from the trade winds, which gives the island a mild tropical climate year-round. December and January are peak seasons because the weather is typically dry and it’s less likely to rain. December is a pleasant time to go because the holiday season is in full swing. Bridgetown is gorgeous during Christmastime, and there are decorated trees all around town.
If your group loves to party, then Crop Over is a must! The Grand Kadooment festival, which marks the end of the sugar cane harvesting season, takes place in August. Festival activities include a number of themed parties, events and the occasional Rihanna sighting if you’re lucky!
WHAT TO EAT
Barbados has been proclaimed the culinary capital of the Caribbean, so seeking out the best eats should definitely be a priority! If you get a chance, try Flying Fish and Cou Cou, the national dish in Barbados. This very local staple is often cooked in Bajan homes, and key ingredients include a tasty Creole tomato sauce, cornmeal, okra and flying fish – a type of fish native to the island of Barbados. You can also try local fish in the form of a cutter (Bajan sandwich) at Cuzz’s Fish Stand at Pebble Beach. If you are lucky enough to visit during the Food and Rum Festival in October, even better. There are so many activities going on you wouldn't want to miss.
I highly recommend a trip to Oistins on a Friday night for their weekly fish fry. There you’ll find a row of locally owned and operated shacks serving grilled and fried fish plates. The shacks are open daily, but Friday nights feature live music and performances so you’re sure to have a great time. For a more refined but still beachy experience, have diner at La Cabane. This seaside restaurant’s menu combines the best ingredients from the island with a touch of French flair. If there is a vegan in the group, make sure to stop by the PEG Farm & Nature Reserve for fresh farm-to-table eats. We tried the Cliff and not only was the food amazing but the views were spectacular. It was a little pricey, but definitely worth the money.
Barbados is on the top of the list of Caribbean Islands to visit. You will not be disappointed and I'm sure you will want to return time and time again. Have you been to Barbados? What are you waiting on?