Bridgetown is the capital and largest city on the stunning Island of Barbados. With its palm lined white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, it has long been a favourite destination for honeymooners. The laidback local attitude, thriving music and party scene also means it appeals to a much broader audience too. It is also a popular get away destination for many celebrities who come for a taste of paradise away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. With options available to suit most budgets, it is far from a destination exclusive to the rich and famous.
A 4x4 is the perfect way to navigate around Barbados and will be handle the often bumpy roads.
Driving in Bridgetown
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Important things to note
Roads on the Island tend to be quite narrow, the exception being the ABC highway.
Be aware there are many bus stops on the side of the roads, but no walkways, so be on the lookout for people wandering around at the sides.
Most roads on the island are paved but have sharp turns, steep inclines and can be very bumpy.
Highlights & Hotspots
The beaches of Barbados are nothing short of picture perfect, and there’s plenty to do for those that like to take a dip in the ocean. You can go snorkelling or diving with turtles and tropical fish amongst the coral reef, and there’s a variety of other water sports on offer such as jet skiing.
It would be rude to visit Barbados without sampling the local rum. Connoisseurs may want to visit the Mount Gay Rum distillery, which includes a trip around the factory and a chance to sample several delicious rums. There are various packages available, including the chance to join their very own mixologists to learn how to make the perfect cocktail, or to enjoy the buffet tour.
Oistin’s Friday Night Fish Fry is a local institution. Stalls are set up selling tasty, freshly caught fish and local beers. It’s a great place to mix with other tourists and Barbadians, who are more than happy to get you involved. Costing roughly £10 for a plate of fish and a beer, it’s not going to break the bank either.
If you like to let your hair down for a good night out, then head down to St Lawrence Gap. Featuring a strip of bars playing anything from live music, RnB and dance, there’s something to suit all tastes. Nocturnal types who don’t want the party to end can then check out one of the clubs on offer.
Grantley Adams International airport is very modern and has been acknowledged as the the leading airport in the Caribbean. It is just an 8 mile drive from the capital of Bridgetown.
The airport is one of the busiest in the entire Caribbean and, as a result, is likely to experience delays during peak times, especially in the summer.