This island nation is located in the Lesser Antilles about 60 miles east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. It is the easternmost island in the region with near-perfect weather (78°F is the daily average) which makes for enjoyable sunbathing, sports and water play. With a tasty Rum Punch in hand, honeymooners can explore the beautiful white sandy beaches of Barbados’ west coast. Barbados’ water, which happens to be some of the most transparent in all of the Caribbean, has visibility reaching up to 80 feet. From surfing to parasailing to snorkling, Barbados offers a wide variety of water sports for you both to enjoy.
Tropical Drinks & Food
Rum punch and exciting adventures make newlyweds swoon for a Barbados honeymoon. Rich in culture and tropical beauty, Barbados is a land where the people prize their rum, appreciate their surroundings and celebrate their lives. Rumored to be the oldest brand of rum in the world, Mount Gay Rum is created here. Barbadians can be heard reciting the light-hearted Rum Punch chant, “One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, Four of Weak,” which translates to: one part lime juice, two parts sweetener, three parts rum, and four parts ice. Before a night on the town, newlyweds can nibble on Cou-Cou and Flying Fish, the country’s national dish. Cornmeal and okra, along with flying fish, make for a savory culinary concoction.
The gullies and caves of Barbados are a must see for every couple. The gullies, marvelous stacks of landmasses formed from erosion, surround visitors as they explore the vibrant nature within the land. Living in the trees and vines of the Welchman Hall Gully are the famous green monkeys. These playful primates will provide newlyweds great viewing pleasure. Caves, including Harrison’s Cave, contain awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites. The circuitous nature of the caves lends mystery and unexpected thrill to all honeymoon adventurers who venture through it.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Getting There: 5 hours from NYC, 10 hours from LA. Cruise ships often stop at the capital, Bridgetown.
Language: English is the official language of Barbados. Because of its British roots, you will likely notice British spelling of many English words on the island.
Currency: The Barbados dollar is pegged to the US Dollar and widely accepted, however change is often given in the local currency.
Passports: A valid passport and round trip (return) ticket are required for entry into the country. Stays shorter than 28 days do not require a Visa.
Time Zone: GMT -4 hours (the same as East Coast US)
Budget: A wide range of accommodations from the economical to the expensive. You can set your budget and find the honeymoon best suits your style.
Internet: Internet connections are readily available and reliable. US cell phones usually work here although roaming charges are high. Consider renting a cell phone to avoid roaming charges.
Travelers Tips: Crime is relatively low and generally occurs as pickpocketing and petty theft. Because they drive on the left side in this country, Americans are cautioned about driving vehicles or scooters and to use extreme care when doing so.