Barbados - Stay at One and Play at Two
All About the Island
The Island of Barbados is home to two Sandals properties, music, romance, and all-included luxury. Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados are sister properties combining 21 acres of beach, pools, and magnificent accommodations on the white sands of Dover Beach. Sandals Royal Barbados is the newest addition to the Sandals portfolio and it is outrageous with the roof top pool, bar and restaurant. Imagine your destination wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or romantic getaway in this tropical oasis that rarely sees a hurricane pass over its shores. If you feel like island hopping, this is the perfect opportunity to visit Sandals La Source in Grenada.
Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royals Barbados are a short 15 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport (check out our advice on navigating the airport). The St. Lawrence Gap area, known for its restaurants, nightlife, and shopping is a 5-minute cab ride away. Like jazz? This is the place for you!
Barbados weather is generally warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 30°C / 86°F. In fact, Barbados has over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year! The prevailing northeast tradewinds blow steadily so that although it is bright and sunny, it is not unbearably hot. The nights are usually slightly cooler. The rain typically comes in quick showers. The dry season lasts from January to June.
St Lawrence Gap draws crowds at clubs such as Sugar Lounge and Reggae Lounge. Music fans will enjoy the Waterfront Caféin Bridgetown for Dixieland bands, and The Boatyard on Carlisle Bay is another popular venue for live bands. In Holetown, on the west coast, the Beach House and numerous spots on First and Second Streets see throngs of people searching for the action at the weekend.
Barbados has been a trading centre ever since the English arrived in 1627. Drawing on their many years of experience, Bajan retailers have successfully established this island as the tax-free haven of the Eastern Caribbean and one of the best shopping and duty-free destinations in the entire region. With long-standing links with the world’s major business houses, retailers in Barbados sell only high-quality products. Popular items purchased by visitors include fine jewellery, watches, crystals, fragrances, cameras and audio equipment. Abundant souvenirs and crafts made from local materials include carved mahogany figurines, pottery and ceramics, woven baskets, shell craft, jewellery, soaps, lotions and leather items. Other crafts include sandals, blown glass, innovative wire and metal pieces and textiles.
Prices in Barbados are typically between 30 and 50 per cent cheaper than in Europe and North America, meaning that visitors often return home with a smile and more luggage than they arrived with!
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