Happy December everybody! Can you believe that 2017 is almost over? We certainly can’t – but we have one more Port of the Month left in store for you, and we’ve definitely saved the best ’til last! We welcome you to Barbados, one of the Caribbean’s most special tropical islands!
Barbados is an absolute gem of a destination. Not only is it one the prettiest places in the Caribbean, but it has some of the best water sports, world-class cricket, intriguing historic sites, museums to match and of course, world-renowned beaches. Barbados has a keen sense of its own history, and tells its story well with some great cultural experiences on offer. In fact, it’s quite astonishing just how much there is to see, do (and eat!) on this 167-square mile tropical island.
Bask in the Caribbean sunset
Barbados is one of the top places in the world to watch the sun go down – the sunsets here are simply to die for. The west coast of Barbados commands uninterrupted views across the azure Caribbean sea, and as you dock into Bridgetown you’ll experience this first-hand! You’ll come away feeling inspired by this idyllic setting.
The history here is remarkably well-preserved in the old buildings of Bridgetown and at selected sites across the island. It’s even possible to visit the house where George Washington stayed during his only-ever visit outside the US! The historic area of the Barbados Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to the high concentration of historically significant buildings. Established in 1780, this is simply one of the best places in the entire Caribbean to cultivate an understanding of British Colonial history – and the Barbados Museum is the obvious place to start.
Stroll through the rainforest
Head inland to Hunte’s Gardens in the Barbados rainforest to be delighted by a fantastic array of tropical flora. Planted by a famed horticulturalist into a series of lush gardens, Hunte’s is a refreshing break from the coast. Find one of the benches in the gardens and take some time to enjoy nature at it’s finest – you might be lucky enough to spot some creatures and plants you’ve never set eyes on before!
Hit the beaches
You can’t come to Barbados without sprawling out on a beach – they’re just too inviting to pass up! The island is spectacularly well-endowed with these heavenly retreats – visit the west coast for relaxing white sand, cocktails, safe swimming waters and snorkelling. The south coast is great for kite surfing and windsurfing, while the east coast has the surf vibe and rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast. Look hard enough on the north coast and you might just find one of many hidden sandy coves, such as Archer’s Bay.
A sea-foodies dream
Being in the Atlantic Ocean as much as it is within the Caribbean, Barbados is a seafood lover’s dream. Excellent fishing waters ensure fresh fish of tremendous variety is always available everywhere you go, from street vendors to top -end restaurants. Bridgetown Fish Market has just about everything you can wish for, and it’s a real must-visit. Top restaurants include Lobster Alive and The Cliff – so what’s it going to be? Flying fish? Swordfish? Mahi Mahi? Or even shark?!
Catch a test match
Even if you’re not a cricket fan, you can’t escape the sport here – and neither should you. The national sport is played everywhere across Barbados and this little Caribbean island has produced a disproportionate number of the world’s top players. December is prime playing season in the Caribbean, so you might happen to strike lucky and catch the West Indies in action. Watch a match at the world-famous Kensington Oval just outside Bridgetown, or visit the adjacent cricket legends museum.
Did you know?
- The people of Barbados are called Barbadians
- Throughout history, Barbados has never successfully been invaded by a foreign power
- Most of southern Bridgetown was once a huge swamp
- Cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers was born in Bridgetown
- Barbados has the world’s third-oldest parliament, in operation since 1639
Located just 13 degrees north of the equator where the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean meet, Barbados has a hot tropical climate with not much difference in its high temperatures through the year. December’s the start of the dry season and you’ll get lots of sun at this popular time.
Atlantic winds will keep you cool, while there’s not much difference in weather around the island – as it’s relatively flat. You’ll get more rain around the mountains though, and the west Caribbean coast’s calmer than the north and east Atlantic coasts.
The average high in Bridgetown is 26ºC in December, and you’ll stay nice and warm in the evenings, which only cool to 24ºC. The average sea temperature is a warm 28ºC, while humidity remains high. You can expect nine hours of sunshine each day and UV levels will still be very high – so make sure to pack your sun cream. Sunset’s at around 5.30pm throughout most of the month.
Ready to set sail?
Make sure you include Barbados in your Caribbean itinerary – you’ll have the time of your life! Give one of our cruise experts a call on 0800 107 2323 – they’ll help you find your dream sailing in no time. Alternatively, take a look at the deals section to see if there’s currently any great savings to be had by clicking here.