With sun-filled days and balmy nights, Barbados is a tropical paradise. From colonial history to white sand beaches, Rhianna and rum cocktails, Barbados is a Caribbean destination worth travelling for. As with any overseas trip, it pays to be safe and buy travel insurance before you go.

The Old Jamm Inn

To be found in St Lawrence Gap, this bar is ranked #1 in Barbados by travellers. Come for the delicious rums, but stay for the home grown live music. Thursdays are jazz nights, and fantastic fresh food from sizzling hamburgers to sweetly savoury pulled pork is served. This buzzing bar is a hit with locals and tourists alike- dance out on the deck with a cocktail in hand under the Caribbean moon at this happening joint.

Harbour Lights

Hop along to St Michael Parish for this waterside bar. Monday nights are all-you-can drink, and entrance deals sometimes include a meal with the price of admission. The bar is actually a great place for vegetarian food in the daytime, but come for the evening shows which include limbo dancers and cabarets: the BBQ food is popular and the rum flows freely.

Drift Ocean Terrace Lounge

Based in Holetown, this pretty bar is based on Barbados’ western coast, and makes a great early evening venue- grab a seat on the terrace, and watch the sun go down over the sea with a glass of fizz in your hand. This classy beach bar offers tasty snacks based around locally sourced food such as flying fish pate. Prices are a little higher here, but this bar is reasonably fancy, with branded spirits, cocktails, and live jazz music.

Mullins Beach Bar

If you’re in the Caribbean and you fancy a drink, you’d be silly to miss out on a great beach bar, and the town of Mullins provides just the thing. With European-Caribbean fusion food, the vibe here is very chilled. The Rum Punch comes highly recommended, and Sundays see a live band play on the terrace- another perfect Bajan bar to sit in and watch the sun go down.

Once you’ve drunk your way around the island, and slept off the previous night’s excesses on the beach, you might want to do some exploring. Barbados has quite a few sites and activities which are actually totally free: walk around the historic capital of Bridgetown, and soak up the culture of this Caribbean city. Check out the synagogue, Parliament buildings, and Barbados Museum & Historical Society on a self-guided tour. Alternatively, if you’re in Hastings then walk down the South Coast Boardwalk, taking in the sights of the beach- a perfect place for a jog or a swim, and totally free.

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