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Honeymoon to Barbados: Your Ultimate Guide

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If you’re thinking of honeymooning in the Caribbean, Barbados is a really great option. With year-round sunshine, glittering beaches and breathtaking scenery, it’s easy to see why this island is a dream honeymoon destination.

Before visiting Barbados, I assumed there wouldn’t be loads to see and do on the island. When in fact, this is a destination that boasts a ton! So no matter your style or the activities you love doing, you’ll find lots to fall in love with during a honeymoon here.

So if you’re not sure what exactly you can expect on a honeymoon to Barbados – you’re in the right place!

Whether you’re in the midst of planning or simply looking for inspiration, here’s everything you need to know about a heavenly honeymoon to Barbados…

Why visit Barbados on your honeymoon

Barbados is one of those places that so many people dream about visiting. Located in the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, Barbados is a tropical paradise.

As the most easterly of the Caribbean islands, it also offers something a little different because its Atlantic coast is a beautifully rugged setting.

As you can guess, incredible beaches are a draw of a honeymoon to Barbados. Across the island, you can expect pristine sands, turquoise waters and an abundance of tropical vibes.

So, if your idea of bliss involves palm trees, cocktails and sunsets in paradise (*raises both hands*), this country won’t disappoint. 

Better still, all beaches in Barbados are open to the public – meaning you can visit any you wish, even if they’re in front of other resorts. 

As well as postcard-worthy scenery, you’ll also find super stylish beach clubs (Nikki Beach is a fav) and luxury hotels that are perfect for a honeymoon.

But – if you don’t want to spend all day at your hotel or lounging on the beach, you’ll find lots to experience here, too. A diverse and lively country, Barbados will definitely tick the right boxes if you have itchy feet and want to get out and explore.

Things to see & do in Barbados

If you’re after adventure and the chance to see new surroundings, Barbados is a great little island.

The lush scenery is the perfect backdrop to a romantic honeymoon and much of your time will involve in-land nature experiences or glittering sea-based activities.

Snorkelling & diving

In the Caribbean, you’ll always be blessed with crystal waters and Barbados is no exception. Here, the sea is abundant with coral and, with 70 feet of visibility, it’s a haven for ocean lovers. 

If you’re an adventurous couple, Barbados is also renowned for its dive sites so it’s the perfect place to grab some gear and head underwater.

Whether you’re pros or beginners, there are plenty of sites to choose from. Plus, if you want something a little different, you’ll also find lots of sunken shipwrecks to explore.

A turtle under the sea

Catamaran cruising 

From windsurfing and jet skiing to diving and snorkelling, there’s much to enjoy in Barbados if you’re a water lover. But, if you’d rather be on the sea rather than in the water, a luxury catamaran cruise is a must!

This is a heavenly way to while away the hours and you’ll have a choice of companies to choose from.

For a romantic option, try a twilight cruise. You’ll set sail in the late afternoon and have time to bask in the sun or snorkel alongside the deck before watching the sunset over the water. 

Local rum tours

In Barbados, rum is a big part of the lifestyle, so if you fancy a drink, you’ll love what’s available.

Distillery tours are a fun way to spend an afternoon – Mount Gay is the most famous and you’ll be able to sample the world’s oldest rum or take part in a cocktail class.

If you don’t want a tour, make sure you stop at one of the island’s 1,500 rum shops during your honeymoon to Barbados. These tiny roadside shacks offer an authentic taste of Caribbean life… it’s the perfect place to raise a rum punch and toast your life as newlyweds!

Off-road safaris

On land, Barbados is a home of natural beauty so make sure you spend time on the shore, too. A safari tour is a brilliant way to discover the island and experience its lesser-known areas.

Traditional colourful houses in rural Barbados

Not only will you find uncrowded beaches and breathtaking scenery, but an experienced guide will take you off-road and share insights to the country’s past and everything Barbados has to offer. 

Hiking & nature trails

If you’re after active options, hiking and nature trails are also a must on your honeymoon to Barbados. You’ll find lots of companies you can book hiking tours with if you want a guide.

A lone palm tree next to the sea in Barbados

Taking you through varied landscapes, this is an amazing way to explore the wilder side of this stunning destination. You’ll be treated to some breathtaking views along the way which are great for getting all those dreamy honeymoon photos!

Crop Over festival

There’s never a bad time to visit Barbados but, throughout the year, there are different events and festivals you can enjoy.

If your honeymoon is in early August, Barbados will be alive with the famous Crop Over festival. This event honours the end of the sugar cane season and is considered one of the best festivals in the world.

With breakfast parties starting in the early hours, countless afternoon events, and all-inclusive evening festivities, Crop Over offers so many opportunities to celebrate.

If you want to embrace life like a local, grab a ticket to Jambalasse – this all-night paint party is a highlight.

The Kadooment Day parade is amazing, too. With options to take part or watch, the colourful parade closes the festival and is a magical event to experience.

Beach hopping

The beaches will undoubtedly be a highlight of your honeymoon to Barbados. And while most resorts will already be on the shore, beach hopping is a fun way to spend your time.

Around the island, you’ll find a host of different beaches – from the pristine west coast sands to the impressive cliffside beaches on the Atlantic coast.

The Carlisle Bay area is home to some of the most loved beaches in Barbados including Brownes Beach and Pebbles Beach.

Located on the Southwest coast, Carlisle Bay has a protected marine area, which makes it an amazing dive location. As well as colourful marine life, there are shipwrecks in the waters around here, too.

On the Southeast coast, you’ll find Crane Beach, which is one of the most famous beaches on the island. This photogenic beach has powder-soft pink-hued sand as well as calm turquoise waters.

Fringed by lush coconut trees and rugged cliffs it’s a picture-perfect setting to enjoy on your Barbados honeymoon.

Bottom Bay is a gorgeous secluded beach in Barbados that delivers desert island vibes. This is a real tropical paradise with coconut palms, shimmering waters and sugar sands.

Swimming isn’t recommended at Bottom Bay because of the unpredictable currents, but it’s a lovely spot if you want to sunbathe and take in the scenery.

Where to stay in Barbados 

Barbados isn’t short of incredible places to stay. From luxe resorts to boutique hotels and villas, there’s accommodation to suit every style. 

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels

For an authentic luxury experience, Colony Club by Elegant Hotels is an amazing choice. Rather than a cookie-cutter resort, this beachside hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and lagoon-style pools.

Colony Club hotel's lagoon pool with palm trees and loungers
Colony Club by Elegant Hotels

It also boasts spacious rooms that mix traditional styling with contemporary touches. There’s a choice of room types so you’re covered at different price points, too – choose from garden and sea view rooms to luxe suites and swim-up options.

Sandals Royal Barbados 

Sandals Resorts are perfect for honeymooners – their couples-only resorts are all-inclusive and ultra-luxurious. The company has several resorts sprinkled around the Caribbean and Sandals Royal Barbados is an amazing choice.

If you’re feeling fancy, stay in one of the Love Nest suites. This super romantic option is the pinnacle of luxury – it comes with butler service!

Beach Houses by The Crane

Beach Houses by The Crane offers the privacy of a home away from home with its luxury villa accommodation. Tucked away on the lesser-travelled east coast, each villa offers a heavenly honeymoon sanctuary.

As well as a private infinity pool and indulgent in-villa spa service, your stay includes access to the nearby five-star facilities at The Crane Resort. Plus, you’ll get your own rental car so you can explore the island.

Cobblers Cove

Centred around a plantation house and surrounded by tropical gardens, the award-winning Cobblers Cove combines English elegance with Bajan charm. With just 40 suites, this is a boutique hotel that’s ideal for a tranquil honeymoon!

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love it here, too – the hotel’s Camelot Restaurant is renowned as one of the best on the island.

A palm tree framed against a dark sunset sky

When to visit Barbados

Barbados has sunshine and a warm climate throughout the year. There’s a rainy season from June to November, where you might have a few showers, but this will be followed by plenty of sun.

Temperatures stay between 28° and 30°C year round.

There really is no bad time to visit Barbados, but the peak season is from December to April – making it perfect for a winter sun honeymoon!

A view across the landscapes of rural Barbados

Getting to Barbados

Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) is the main airport and is in the south of the island. Virgin Atlantic offers daily direct flights from London Gatwick, as well as three flights per week from Manchester. Flights take around 9 hours.

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