So you’re planning your next trip and you can’t decide on where to go next. The one thing you’re sure of is there’s a tropical destination that’s calling your name. Sure, there’s Hawaii, but there’s a reason why several holiday seekers always choose Barbados – well more than one reason! No matter what type of traveller you are, here are few things for you to think about!
Flights and hotel prices in Barbados and Hawaii are similar, but once in Barbados getting around and sight-seeing is a lot more affordable than in Hawaii. Food in Barbados is a bit more expense (but trust us, it is worth it)
Getting around Barbados is quick, easy and cheap on the ZR vans (or reggae buses as the visitors call them) just $1 USD per ride on each route. Top tourist attractions in Barbados are very reasonably priced, most of them include a complimentary hotel transfer too!
There are lots of free things to do in Barbados like swimming with sea turtles, snorkelling shipwrecks, swimming with horses (you read that right) hiking, exploring the historic Bridgetown, visiting local markets and art galleries and of course simply relaxing on the beach.
Some people travelling to Hawaii will require a US visa, this may add to your overall travel cost. Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit Barbados. You can check the full list here.
Tip: Travel to Barbados during the slower summer months (June – November) flights, hotels and attractions are a lot cheaper. Many restaurants will have fixed price summer special menus.
If you are looking to do something a bit different, you should consider the small romantic island of Barbados. Barbados has such a charm to it with the friendliest people in the world and some of the most incredible music and food.
Look for a hotel that offers a honeymoon package or a honeymoon suite. They will help you cater your honeymoon in Barbados to be as unique as you. Honeymooners at Sugar Bay can enjoy private sunset dinners on the beach, couples’ massages, rum factory tours, horseback riding through the countryside and along the beach and more.
Fact: Barbados has the highest visitor return rate out of any other island in the world (including the Hawaii islands). The love for the island and its people is infectious.
The exotic locations of Barbados and Hawaii are both prime adventure travel destinations. Hawaii has more of the physically challenging outdoor activities like hike and volcanoes, whereas in Barbados we have a different sense of adventure.
To us, adventure is trying new things. Be adventurous and try our national dish ‘cou cou and flying fish’. Barbados has some of the best food in the world! Hang out with the locals in a Bajan rum shop, and if you are feeling extra adventurous try our world famous ‘Bajan Rum Punch.’ Explore the underwater world on a submarine or by scuba diving. Swim with sea turtles or watch them hatch. Learn to surf in Barbados where you will find some of the best surf conditions in the world and the famous Soup Bowl surf break. Of course there is also hiking! Hike Barbados is sponsored by the Barbados National Trust and this popular group does hikes just about every weekend in the year. All you need to do is choose the hike option that’s best for you – Stop ‘n’ Stare is great for sightseeing and fantastic photo ops of places in Barbados that are off the beaten path. The best thing about the adventure in Barbados is that it is suitable for all ages and fitness levels so no one in the family is left out.
Fact: Barbados is only 166 square miles but the scenes and coastlines change drastically on the Caribbean west and south coast compared to the Atlantic north and east coast.
A +12 hour travel time, with a connecting flight and toddlers, does not sound like an awesome start to a family vacation. Barbados’ prime location in the Caribbean makes it a relatively short, direct flight from major cities in Canada, the USA and Europe.
Once in Barbados, you can relax on the white sandy beaches. The calm Caribbean waters along the south and west coasts of Barbados are great for young swimmers looking to snorkel, sail or learn to surf. The rougher waters of Hawaii may be a bit more dangerous.
Barbados and Hawaii are both family-friendly destinations, but Barbados is way more affordable for families travelling on a budget – many restaurants/attractions are free for kids under 12 years. The attractions in Barbados are all kid-friendly and safe!
Tip: Look for a family-friendly hotel with a kids club like Sugar Bay Barbados, this way the kids can make new friends while mum and dad relax or explore.