There is no better time to visit Barbados as a family than during the summer, when the island is in full-bloom with activities, cultural events and an effervescence that highlights all of its hidden charms. Barbados sets the mood for you to reconnect and create lasting summer memories with those who matter most. Our island is proud to be a welcoming, safe holiday environment where visitors and families enjoy interacting with the locals for an authentic taste of Barbadian life. So, whether it’s something entertaining, relaxing or educational you crave, we’ve got the whole family covered with our top picks on how to make the most of summer in Barbados!
Hit the Water
Topping our list is definitely everything beach related. Beautiful weather punctuated by exciting beachside possibilities will more than fill up your holiday to-do list. Stay along the shore and soak up the sun at popular spots like The Boatyard which offer an array of enjoyable water activities for kids or the ‘kid in you.’ Or, if you are fortunate enough, just head a few paces away from your holiday home to the powdery beachfront and build castles in the sand. Learn something new together like paddle boarding or surfing, or take a family cruise on one of the island’s catamarans, like Tiami, which sail along our picturesque coast – complete with “bucket list” moments like feeding and swimming amongst turtles! For a different perspective of Barbados’ beautiful marine life, dive hundreds of feet below the water’s surface and experience the wonderment that is the Atlantis Submarine!
Explore Nature and History
Besides its beautiful beaches, the island has several nature and historic spots and reserves where the whole family can explore and discover the natural side of the island. Tee off at one of our world class – and stunningly beautiful – golf courses, where kids can enjoy lessons, or take a walk through Welchman Hall Gully while monkeys play in the trees. Better yet, take a gander to the wild side and enjoy an off-road Island Safari along the unbeaten paths of rural Barbados. But one of the most spectacular experiences may well be a tour of Harrison’s Cave, which ventures hundreds of feet below ground providing stunning displays of Mother Nature’s handiwork at its best. And for a glimpse of by-gone Barbados, make the journey east to the historic Sunbury Plantation House, or hear the iconic story of the island’s 300-plus year old rum at Mount Gay.
Treat Your Taste Buds
Barbados is considered the culinary capital of the Caribbean, so there is no doubt that your summer holiday here should include exploring the amazing treats the island has in store. Beachside grills and restaurants offer the best in lunches with unbeatable scenery, while fine dining restaurants bring the world to your taste buds. For the perfect family “party” visit the Harbour Lights Extravaganza where you and your kids enjoy dining on the sand, and dancing to calypso while marveling at local stilt walkers, fire eaters and other local performers. For the perfect family “sanctuary” stay in your own villa to enjoy the treats and spoils compliments your personal villa chef. Or raise the stakes even higher by taking family cooking lessons and enjoying a feast of your homemade creations.
Feel at Home
Last, but in no way least, on our list is finding the perfect holiday home away from home… From oceanfront villas for small families to stately private tropical estates perfect for landmark family celebrations, Barbados is home to some of the best villas in the Caribbean. Villa stays offer families a place to truly kick back, relax, and reconnect without the hotel crowds. With over 30 years of experience our team at Blue Sky Luxury have perfected planning exceptional villa holidays for families. This summer, we’re offering 15% off your stay at several of our beautiful – and equally homely – holiday rentals. Start planning your best family summer holiday yet by perusing our selection of beachside villas, stately country homes and condos, where kids play for free all summer long!