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Luxurious Barbados villas

Ah, Barbados. Often synonymous with the idyllic, pristine beaches of the Caribbean and sun-drenched island afternoons, it’s no wonder Barbados villas are so popular. Offering the perfect balance of beachfront living, bustling bars and restaurants, unlimited water sports and an island packed full of cultural sights and thrilling activities, whether you’re traveling with your immediate family, a large group, or as a couple, this island offers something for everyone. And so do our Barbados villa rentals!

When you’re on the search for the ultimate in luxury vacations, the sprawling manor homes in Barbados are simply unmatched. Offering utter feasts for the eyes, these homes come with out-of-this-world swimming pools, beachfront locations so you can make the most of the scenery, and incredible amenities such as home theaters, and in-house staff. For smaller groups, our Barbados apartments offer everything you could possibly desire for the perfect tropical vacation, whilst providing the perfect amount of space. 

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Useful information

Where is Barbados?

Barbados is an island in the east of the Caribbean, which is well-known for its incredible array of tropical destinations. Some of the other popular Caribbean destinations that are close to Barbados include St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Is Barbados safe?

Yes. For tourists, Barbados is a typically safe destination, but as you would anywhere, you need to take the time to consider your surroundings. Keep your safety in mind and try not to visit the cities, towns and beaches at night time, and ensure you take all necessary precautions with your belongings. 

What is the currency of Barbados?

The current Barbados currency is the Barbados dollar. Many places will also accept US dollars, but you will need to be aware that you will likely receive your change back in Barbados dollars rather than US. 

When is the best time to visit Barbados?

When it comes to tropical islands in the Caribbean, for a lot of the year, you can expect soaring temperatures and unbelievable sunshine. However, they do experience a rainy season, and increased chance of hurricanes at other times of the year. We recommend paying a visit between December and May. Find out all you need to know about when to visit Barbados with this guide. 

How big is Barbados?

In total, the island covers a total area of around 430 kilometers squared - that’s 166 miles squared. It would take you about an hour to drive from north to south, and 50 minutes to drive from east to west across the widest part of the island. 

Where is the best place to stay in Barbados?

When it comes to deciding where to stay in Barbados, where we recommend to stay would depend on what kind of experience you are after. For the beaches, we would recommend choosing a location along the west coast, as the beaches on this "Platinum Coast" are simply beautiful. You will find plenty of sunbathing spots at beaches such as Sandy Lane and Paynes Bay. If you want to stay close to Barbados's thriving cities, we recommend Holetown and Speightstown, and for golf the courses close to Sandy Lane are unbeatable.

What are the main cities of Barbados?

There are two main cities in Barbados, each within a forty minute drive of each other. Speightstown is further north, found along the west coast, and Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, is also found on the west coast towards the south of the island. 

What is Barbados known for?

Barbados is known as a thriving Caribbean nation, famed for its pristine beaches, bustling cities dripping with history and culture, and plenty of spots all over the island for some serious vacation fun. 

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Things to do in Barbados

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Activities for a Barbados family vacation

If you are traveling with your family and ready to enjoy what Barbados has to offer aside from the beaches, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is plenty to do and visit. Some of our favorites include the Atlantis Submarines Barbados in Bridgetown, the National Botanical Gardens, Harrison's Cave Eco-Adventure Park, the Barbados wildlife Reserve, the St Nicholas Abbey and Steam Railway, the Mount Gay Historic Distillery, and the Animal Flower Cave Barbados found in the north of the island.

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Barbados golf courses

If golf is your thing, you’ll be in good company. There are an array of excellent golf courses in Barbados. You can visit Sandy Lane, which boasts 3 world-class courses including the Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course, and Sandy Lane Green Monkey Golf Course. You could also visit the Royal Westmoreland club, which is located close to many of our vacation rentals in Barbados. And finally, you can choose the Apes Hill Golf Club, which is often considered one of the best on the island.

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Barbados snorkeling and scuba diving

Experiencing the incredible colors and vibrant life beneath the glittering surface of the Caribbean ocean, is certainly one to remember. There are plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving across the island. Head to the Folkestone Marine Park and Visitors’ Center on the west coast, jump on a tour with one of the various companies across the country, or bring along your own snorkeling gear and get stuck in wherever you’re staying.

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Platinum Coast beaches

Some of the very best Barbados beaches are located along the exclusive west coast, aptly nicknamed the Platinum Coast. This upmarket area is home to exquisite powdery-white beaches overlooked by some of the most exclusive vacation rentals in Barbados, including Paynes Bay Beach, Sandy Lane Beach, Paradise Beach and Mullins Beach. There are also world-class restaurants here too, plus first-rate golf courses, duty-free shopping malls and a handful of charming local parishes.

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Barbados nightlife

Just because the sun has dipped beyond the horizon, doesn’t mean it's time for the day to end. The nightlife in Barbados is utterly thriving - from beachside bars, to vibrant lounges and nightclubs. Some of the most popular destinations on the island to make the most of the night-time include the St Lawrence Gap area of Christ Church, along the south coast, Harbour Lights in Bridgetown, and the Red Door Lounge in Holetown, close to plenty of our houses for rent in Barbados.

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South Coast beaches

The south coast is more heavily developed than the rest of the island, but its beaches are excellent and varied. This end of the island is ideal for watersports, especially the surfing. Encompassing the popular Christ Church area, make sure you pay a visit to Dover Beach, Miami Beach, and the popular Silver Sands Beach.

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Festivals

A great time to visit Barbados is during its famous festivals and street parties. Crop Over is the biggest and most popular festival, taking place through the summer months. The Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival in November is another don’t miss event. There’s also a Friday night fish fry in Oistins each week, where you can eat fried fish, drink rum punch and dance to calypso music until the early hours.

Barbados holiday apartments to rent

Barbados is a true luxury paradise, with a huge selection of sprawling manor homes fit for even the largest of groups. But if you’re traveling with a small group, or perhaps just your immediate family, you might not have need for all that extra space. Don’t worry about losing each other in the grand halls of these manor homes - we also offer an extensive range of apartments for rent in Barbados. Complete with stunning views, the perfect number of bedrooms, luscious decor, prime beachfront locations, and with access to communal swimming pools (and sometimes even your own pool and hot tub!) these Barbados holiday rentals may be small, but they are just as mighty as their larger counterparts. 

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Travel extras for an all inclusive Barbados vacation

When you book with Top Villas, you will gain access to a team of friendly and professional Travel Planners, who are on hand to help you book absolutely anything you need to help you transform your vacation to Barbados all inclusive. Through the team, you can book car hire, maids, butlers, private chefs and chauffeurs, as well as order fully-stocked fridges and decorations for your arrival if you're celebrating something special. Whatever it is you want from your vacation, our Travel Planners will make it happen.

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Long term rentals Barbados

Sometimes, a week or two in the sunshine simply isn’t enough. With beaches as gorgeous as these, with vibrant cities as bustling as Speightstown and Bridgetown, and with an island jam-packed with more activities than you can reasonably fit into a quick vacation, these Barbados long term rentals are the perfect solution. Whether you want to stay for a month, or several months, plenty of our vacation homes accept bookings longer than the traditional length of a vacation. That means you can really settle in, and enjoy life in the Caribbean at your speed. Plus, make sure you take advantage of our incredible Travel Planners, who can help you with your car rental, organize for a chef to visit your villa, and even ensure your fridge is stocked with everything you need before you arrive, so you can enjoy all of the comforts at home right here in Barbados.

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