Soft white sands, the sweet smell of rum and the sound of lively drum beats welcome travelers again. With Barbados tourism resuming, it's time to discover what Bajan life has to offer
Cradle of rum and home to stunning natural beauty, Barbados is an authentic Caribbean gem offering rich cuisine and numerous typical events that Brazilian travelers are sure to enjoy. The destination has something for every visitor, from historic attractions to its rich and growing cultural scene.
Foodies will fall in love with Barbados. The island is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, and is the first and only island to be rated Zagat (outstanding in the gastronomic world), with more restaurants per capita than any other island in the Caribbean. A meal can range from the most casual to the most luxurious, from the most vibrant street snacks and food trucks to acclaimed restaurants serving international cuisine. Local favorites include locally caught fish, grass-fed meats, sweet plantains, rice and peas, as well as savory West Indian curries and rotis.
New restaurants on the island include QP Bistro, formerly known as The Cliff. This new Italian restaurant has a Michelin-starred chef and one of the most impressive views in the region, as well as a romantic atmosphere. In it, couples will have a true Italian experience in the middle of the Caribbean and will be able to enjoy the panoramic view from the terraces while enjoying a relaxing lunch or dinner. Other new options include the Baia restaurant, which specializes in “peruvian fusion” (a fusion of Peruvian and Asian cuisine) and specialty cocktails; Deia Beach, with ingredients that come to the table directly from the gardens, and La Cabane, Mediterranean-style, to name just a few.
The Food & Rum Festival is an annual event not to be missed. Returning in October 2022, the four-day festival highlights local talent and international chefs. All year round, visitors can find fresh produce at Cheapside Market and order fresh fish cut at one of our many famous fish markets. There are also several farmer's markets offering farm-to-fork sustainability and organic produce, as well as unique works of arts and crafts, which are perfect gifts and souvenirs to pack.
Among these rich meals, visitors can exercise with numerous sports and adventures through the varied landscape of the island, such as bike trails, hiking, surfing and kitesurfing. Travelers can discover the island's rugged side and local wildlife by jeep, or explore the caves at Harrison's Cave. The new parks in Barbados are perfect for kids and teens; Bushy Park is an unforgettable karting experience, while Rascals Waterpark is ideal for a hot day. The water park also has a children's area, the first wetball park in Barbados, as well as a free swimming school.
Cycling around Barbados allows visitors to see the island up close and personal; THE Eco-Bike Tours offers mountain bike electric, with just the right amount of assistance for every skill level. Visitors can choose from nine different Ebike rides, challenges and hikes. Off land, the ocean offers even more fun, whether deep sea fishing, diving, jet skiing, snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding. And for those who want to see marine life without getting wet, diving with the Atlantis Submarine is another way to get to know the island!
Back on the coast, families can have a relaxing vacation while learning about Bajan's nature and history. Take a trip to St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway is a step back in time when the island was one of America's most important trading spots. Other options are horse racing at Historic Garrison Savannah, cricket at Kensington Oval, horseback riding on the beach, or visiting gardens such as Andromeda Botanical Gardens and Hunte Gardens.
Living the luxury life is also easy on the island, from the traditional polo practice, several golf courses with unparalleled views, yachts and marinas, to luxury shopping. Among Barbados' extensive lodging offerings are private villas that offer the comfort and convenience of first-class amenities and services.
Barbados recently announced the return of its twice-weekly flights to the Bajan capital of Bridgetown from Panama City in summer 2022 via Copa Airlines, a major gateway between Barbados and Latin America.
The shared ties between Barbados and Brazil – from a shared passion for carnivals to beach culture – make the island an ideal destination for travelers from Brazil. Regardless of the activities on the itinerary, travelers are sure to embrace the Bajan lifestyle and want to return to Barbados.