There’s a reason why Barbados is considered one of the world’s most romantic destinations.
With its year-round sunshine, breathtaking landscapes, amazing cuisine and the warm and friendly atmosphere, it makes for the perfect winter sun romantic getaway.
Then of course the Caribbean hotspot is renowned for its spectacular white sand beaches, turquoise waters and luxurious resorts, but there’s so much more to see and do if you’re after adventure.
In fact, there are heaps of opportunities for couples to fully immerse themselves into the culture, heritage across the island, not to mention the brilliant culinary and romantic exploits.
To help you plan the perfect romantic break, we’ve teamed up with Visit Barbados for top tips on the best activities for couples, as well as the top foodie spots not to miss.
Check out our guide below…
Best activities for couples in Barbados
Barbados is renowned for its picture-perfect beaches, but there is also a wide array of activities perfect for creating life-long memories with someone special.
In fact, you can find everything from the extravagant and upscale, to simple and low-key excursions.
2019 is the Year of Wellness and Soft Adventure on the island; think unforgettable days out that will still leave you feeling rested and refreshed when you head home.
Check out our top picks of the seven best ones…
Discover the island’s gullies, forests, remote bays and best coastal viewing spots on this guided tour which exposes the hidden secrets of Barbados.
There’s everything from nature and history to culture and folklore on the itinerary, while the 4×4 Land Rovers mean that you’ll get to see areas usually inaccessible to ordinary vehicles.
2. Indulge with sunset cocktails
We don’t need to tell you that sunsets make for romantic backdrops, but there’s something extra special about the views to be found across Barbados.
Hotels across the island open up their glamorous lounges and serve up sumptuous cocktail menus, making for the ideal date night setting before dinner.
Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of a luxurious catamaran while gliding over the sparkling, crystal-clear Caribbean waters with unrivalled views of the palm-fringed beaches.
Sounds like bliss.
You can take cruises throughout the day but at lunchtime the catamarans anchor in one of the many beautiful coves on Barbados where you can tuck into delicious meals whipped up by top Caribbean chefs.
There’s nothing like a trip to the spa for ultimate wellness and a bit of quality time together – and The Spa at Sandy Lane delivers.
This luxurious spa is nestled in a splendid Romanesque building complete with a freeform swimming pool that features its very own waterfall.
There are nine VIP treatment suites, each with their own showers, bathroom and changing facilities as well as extra touches from warm wood decor to mood-enhancing lights.
5. Romantic walks on the beach
There’s a reason that Barbados is hailed as an idyllic beach destination; its white sand shores never fail to disappoint.
Think long beaches made for romantic walks whether you’re looking to take in the views in the day or want to make the most of the cooler hours of the early evening.
History and architectural enthusiasts need to add this beautiful Jacobean mansion to their itinerary.
Learn all about the family and the abbey’s early days, explore the boiling house and rum distillery, or take a stroll through the picturesque gardens and orchards.
Oh, and there’s even a restored 1914 steam locomotive that’s well worth a visit!
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Planning a trip for 2020? Then you won’t want to miss out on this celebration of all things Barbados!
This exciting festival will kick off in the north of the island in January 2020, moving southward each month, when each local parish will be able to showcase the best of its icons, social life and the food.
The celebrations will culminate in the parish of St Michael in November, before an elaborate Christmas extravaganza in December.
Where to eat and drink
Barbados is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, and it’s not difficult to see why.
Foodies will find a plethora of restaurants, beach bars and culinary exploits to sample across the island, whether you’re looking to taste the mouthwatering local fare or sip the iconic rum to be found here.
You won’t struggle to find brilliant foodie spots no matter where you’re staying, but to give you a starting point here are the top four we think you won’t want to miss…
For an authentic destination experience, head over to Barbados’ most popular market place on a Friday or Saturday night where you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere filled with music, dancing and local treats.
Join the Bajan locals dancing arm in arm to music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to work up an appetite, then tuck into traditional Bajan fare from mouth-watering fish cakes and macaroni pie, to grilled fish and fried chicken.
Oh, and while you’re there, why not pick up some souvenirs at the arts and crafts stalls?
The Cliff Restaurant needs to be on your radar for a date night to remember. Boasting a breathtaking location perched above the Caribbean sea, not only does it offer seriously spectacular views but the food is incredible too.
Tuck into dishes from Chef Paul Owen’s tempting menu while sat by the fiery lanterns lighting up the sky above the tables, sample some of the delicious wines from the restaurant’s extensive wine cellar, or even enjoy a post-dinner tipple at the groovy cocktail lounge.
The Mount Gay Rum Visitor Centre needs to be on any foodie’s bucket list. Not only will you get to sample some of the iconic drink, but you’ll also get to learn how the world’s finest rum is made and watch the Distiller showing how he creates the precious spirit.
It’s not all about the drink – you can also tuck into delectable Bajan dishes in the Verandah restaurant overlooking the sea!
This four-day bonanza makes it easy to experience the best of Barbados’ food and beverage offerings, all in one exciting event! Tantalize those taste buds, uncover new flavourful experiences and delve into plenty more colourful foodie delights.
The Food and Rum Festival takes place on the 24th-27th October 2019.
You can find out more and plan your perfect romantic getaway on the Visit Barbados website.