As a tropical island Barbados is home to many beautiful beaches. Barbados beaches are as diverse as the island. On the calmer west coast, palms sway on white sandy shores while the azure waters lap gently at the shore. Relax onshore soaking up the rays or take a dip in the clear waters. Jet skiing, kayaking, catamaran cruises, swimming and snorkeling all await you.
Heading south you will continue to find beautiful sandy Barbados beaches protected by coral reefs. The more lively surf in the south and south-east are ideal for a host of water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing and boogie boarding.
Along the east coast the beaches are wide and wind-blown. Here the shore is pounded by the Atlantic making it a delight for the surfers who visit from all over the world.
In the north, coral and sandstone cliffs rise straight out of the sea reaching up to a hundred feet in height. But even here, you will find the occasional sheltered cove.
All along the Barbados shores large and small beaches are dotted with coral formations and bays.
Barbados beaches are truly some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean, in fact the beach at The Crane was rated “one of the ten best beaches in the world” by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Barbados is a coral island and its beaches are made from finely ground coral forming a clean fine grain sand.
Barbados is known for…
Golf Beaches Water Sport Weather Tennis Polo Spas Sea Turtles Sailing Luxury
The climate in Barbados tends to be fantastic all year-round with temperatures ranging from 23 to 31 °C (73 to 88 °F). The dry season runs from November through mid-April. June through October is the wet season although Barbados tends to remain very sunny.
High: 31ºC (88ºF)
Low: 23ºC (73ºC)
There are an abundance of excellent restaurants in Barbados, offering from fresh and unique local cuisine to a world class international fine dining experience.
The Cliff Restaurant in Barbados was voted as within the top 50 best restaurants in the world.
Barbados has an estimated population of 284,000 people with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country’s capital.
Politics and Law
Known as “Little England”. The influence of the English on Barbados is more noticeable than on other islands in the West Indies. A good example of this is the island’s national sport: cricket. Barbados has brought forth several great cricketers, including Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Frank Worrell.
In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s leading tourist destinations and is one of the most exclusive islands in the region.
Barbados functions as a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, modelled on the British Westminster system, with Elizabeth II, Queen of Barbados, as head of state, represented locally by the Governor-General and the Prime Minister as the head of the government.
Barbadian law is based entirely on English common law with a few local adaptations.
Barbados is the 51st richest country in the world in terms of GDP (Gross domestic product) per capita and has a well-developed mixed economy. According to the World Bank, Barbados is classified as being in its 66 top High income economies of the world.
Flights and Travel
There are direct flights from the United Kingdom (London, Manchester), United States (New York JFK, Atlanta Georgia, Dallas Texas, Philadelphia, Charlotte North Carolina, Miami), Puerto Rico (San Juan), Canada (Toronto, Calgary and Montreal), Germany (Frankfurt) Berlin and Holland (Amsterdam), Brazil (Sao Paulo). Most major cruise liners from the US and Europe have a route that includes Barbados.
There are daily flights from the other Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.
Why Barbados is Different
Barbados is a naturally stunning Caribbean island, which has been enjoyed by international visitors, homeowners, developers and investors for the last 40 years.
The homes are stunning; the people are truly lovely; the economy is stable; there is a vast range of world class and exclusive restaurants, golf courses, spas and beach bars; the pure white sandy beaches are heaven; and, the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea provide the opportunity to truly relax and escape the world’s woes.
Barbados also has one of the finest marinas in the World in Port St. Charles which can accommodate mega yachts up to 250ft. It is not unusual to see the likes of Sir Richard Branson (Virgin), Paul Allen (co founder of Microsoft), Roman Abramovich (Russian Oligarch) and the British or Qatari Royal Family.
Barbados offers something for everyone. You can completely disappear and relax on a white sandy beach with a good book and cocktail for company or you can mix with worlds elite and global whos who at the many world class beach bars or restaurants.
Popular and Regular Visitors to Barbados
Rihanna, Jay Z and Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Mark Wahlberg, Simon Cowell, Wayne & Coleen Rooney, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mariah Carey, Sir Phillip Green and daughter Chloe Green, Kylie Minogue, Tiger Woods, Gerrard Butler, Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Prince Harry and William, Sir Paul McCartney, Michael Buble, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Clarkson, Hugh Grant, Heidi Klum, Minnie Driver, Nelly Fertado, Jennifer Hudson, Liv Tyler.
Popular Interests and Sports
Barbados has numerous internationally known luxury hotels. Private villas which dot the island have space available if booked in advance. The southern and famous “Platinum West Coasts of Barbados are popular, with the calm light-blue Caribbean Sea and their white and pinkish sandy beaches. Along the island’s east coast, which faces the Atlantic Ocean, there are tumbling waves that are perfect for surfing.
Shopping districts are popular in Barbados, with ample duty-free shopping. There is also a festive night-life in mainly tourist areas. Other attractions include wildlife reserves, scuba diving, helicopter rides, golf, festivals (the largest being the annual Crop Over festival July/Aug).
In the music business, Rihanna is currently one of Barbados’ most well known Grammy winning artists. As of 2009 she was appointed as an official Honorary Ambassador of youth and culture for Barbados by the late Prime Minister.
The largest carnival-like cultural event which takes place on the island is the Crop Over festival. As in many other Caribbean and Latin American countries, Crop Over is an important event for many people on the island, as well as the thousands of tourists that flock to the island to participate in the annual events. The festival includes musical competitions and other traditional activities. The male and female Barbadian that harvested the most sugarcane are also crowned as the King and Queen of the crop. It gets under way from the beginning of July, and ends with the costumed parade on Kadooment Day, held on the first Monday of August.
Polo is very popular on the island and the ‘High-Goal’ Apes Hill team is based in the St James’s Club. It is also played at the private Holders Festival ground.
Golf is extremely popular with courses such as Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill. In December 2006 the WGC-World Cup took place at the country’s Sandy Lane resort on the Country Club course, an 18-hole course designed by Tom Fazio. The PGA Seniors Tournament is often hosted in Barbados.
Cricket is very popular on the island. In addition to several warm-up matches and six “Super Eight” matches, Barbados hosted the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. At The Kensington Oval in Barbados on the 16th May 2010 England beat Australia to win the World Twenty20 title and secured their first victory at an ICC limited-overs tournament with a seven-wicket win.
Language and Literacy
English is the official language of Barbados.
Barbados’ literacy rate is ranked close to 100%, with both UNESCO and the Minister of Education stating that Barbados was in the top 5 countries worldwide for literacy rate thus placing the country alongside many of the industrialised nations of the world.
Barbados Property Market Comment
Barbados has been voted as within the top 10 places in the World to live and remains the most exclusive destination in the Caribbean.
Barbados is a prime destination in the world with an extremely strong and safe property market. Property prices range from $200,000 to $30 million, providing a price point for most buyers. The market is diverse including a choice of leading luxury golf residential estates such as Apes Hill, Royal Westmoreland or Sandy Lane. We also have a wonderful selection of super luxury beachfront homes and condominiums. Known as “Little England” and previously a British Colony, Barbados has appealed strongly to UK, US, Canadian and European buyers for many years.
The Barbadian property market has proved resilient despite the uncertainty in international financial markets and remains a firm favourite.
At Chesterton Barbados we are currently experiencing more flexibility in vendor’s willingness to negotiate and we have in turn in some cases seen prices reduced by 10%– 15% since 2008, however we are certainly seeing values on the rise again.
During an economic downturn, it is always the exclusive locations that win through first. Places such as Central London, New York and Barbados will be fine. For buyers and for good reason, there is a certain comfort level attached to securing a good deal or discount on a property in Central London, New York or Barbados.
At Chesterton Barbados our office has experienced a fantastic and ever growing level of sales transactions. In addition holiday rentals have increased dramatically as visitors continue to enjoy Barbados.