Escape to our Unique Resorts on Barbados
Rarely touched by inclement weather, Barbados is the easternmost of the Caribbean Islands. Its stunning beaches, colorful coral reefs, wide range of activities, and average 86-degree F temperatures make this bright, sunny paradise the perfect year-round vacation spot for scuba divers, snorkelers, and those looking for an authentic island experience. The island of Barbados is home to two Divi Resorts: Divi Southwinds Beach Resort and Divi Heritage Beach Resort.
To learn more about the island of Barbados, please visit the Barbados Tourism website.
Divi Resorts on Barbados
Divi Southwinds Beach Resort is an all-suite resort located on the southwest side of the island in Christ Church in the St. Lawrence Gap area. The St. Lawrence Gap is a lively location with numerous shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Divi Southwinds Beach Resort is an excellent value choice with a wide selection of amenities.
Divi Heritage Beach Resort is on the western side of the island in the St. James area, an exclusive area of Barbados noted for stunning beaches and high-end shops and restaurants. It is an intimate, oceanfront property with 22 villas available to adult guests only — perfect for special romantic occasions and quiet escapes.
Barbados’ British Heritage & Unique Culture
Because Barbados was originally a British colony, the island has adopted many British customs, traditions, and even its style of government (Parliamentary democracy). Barbados retains many of these ideals today, even though it gained full independence in 1966.
A few noticeable British influences include Barbados’ love of high tea and the sport of cricket. Cricket is the most popular sport on the island, and its team has won numerous regional titles. One of the most highly regarded cricket players of all time, Sir Garfield Sobers, calls Barbados home.
You can see the rich history of Barbados firsthand by visiting one of the many historical sights on the island. Through the years, the island has preserved and restored many of its historic buildings, which feature traditional wood and stone construction as well as a little coral to add Barbadian flair. Visit a plantation house for a trip back in time, see the towering lighthouses that once led ships to safety, or explore the historic towns that are an important part of our past and present. A few popular hotspots include:
- Sunbury Plantation House
- King George V Memorial Park
- Holetown (First Settlement)
- Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum
- Lancaster Great House
- South Point Lighthouse
- Harrison’s Cave
- Sandy Beach
- Bridgetown (Capital & Commercial Center)
More About the Island
Barbados boasts sandy white beaches and coral reefs off the west coast of the island, while the east coast has a dramatic and beautiful shore. Discover the beauty and uniqueness of the island by joining walking tours, renting a bicycle, or taking a horseback, driving, or sailing excursion.
In addition to the beautiful nature of the island, Barbados features picturesque towns, shopping, and many authentic dining options. Barbadians or Bajans (one of which is the famous pop star Rihanna) are known for their vibrant and warm personalities and spiritual culture.
Things to Do on the Island of Barbados
From lively neighborhoods and beautifully landscaped golf courses to stunning beaches and untouched nature preserves, Barbados is just waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Read on for some of the best things to do during your stay.
The St. Lawrence Gap & St. James Parish
The St. Lawrence Gap is a walkable neighborhood stretching along the southern coast of Barbados. Whether you’re traveling with your spouse, a group of friends, or your family, you’ll find plenty to do in this bustling area. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of many restaurants, soak up some sun and participate in fun beach activities, browse local shops for unique souvenirs and gifts, experience the exciting nightlife scene —The Gap offers something for everyone.
St. James Parish is known as the “platinum coast” of Barbados, offering gorgeous beaches, delectable dining, and several golf courses. The area’s growing popularity has attracted many a celebrity, though it is still a haven for sun-starved tourists. Here, you’ll find historical attractions like St. James Parish Church and the Portvale Sugar Factory, as well as numerous shops and restaurants.
Beaches in Paradise
Barbados offers some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean — perfect for windsurfing and kiteboarding, though especially surfing. Surfers will be delighted with the powerful waves produced by the island's far-out location in the Atlantic Ocean, which allows waves to travel thousands of kilometers on the bottom of the sea before finally unloading all the power developed during the long journey over Barbados' coral reefs.
Hike & Explore the Island
Discover the unique geological and social structure of Barbados as you hike through cane fields, gullies, tropical forests, and coastal communities. You can explore some areas on your own or take a guided tour for more information about the area.
Charter Fishing on Barbados
Barbados is also a haven for fishermen. The warm waters off the coast offer ideal fishing for Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin (Dorado), and Marlin. There is a fleet of Cabin Cruisers available for charter, most of which include drinks, tackle, and bait.
Entertaining Island Festivals & Events
Visit any time of the year to experience the rich culture that Barbados has to offer. Barbados’ annual calendar is filled to the brim with unforgettable events, including music festivals, sporting events, culinary affairs, and performing arts. A few annual events include:
- January — Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series
- February — Holetown Festival
- March — Cricket Tournaments
- April — Barbados Reggae Festival
- May — Top Gear Festival & GospelFest
- June — Sol Rally Barbados
- July — Foreday Morning Street Party
- August — Crop Over Festival
- September — National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA)
- October — Barbados Music Festival
- November — Food, Wine, & Rum Festival
- December — Old Year’s Night