Barbados

A Taste of the Caribbean

Code: BBWHW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Culture

Level

  • Easier
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £2,869.00 - 10 nights

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Holiday overview

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  • Enjoyable coastal walks
  • Discover the colourful history of the island on guided walks
  • Evening entertainment including star gazing and local bands
  • Walk with local guides, and explore a Barbados discovered by few visitors
  • Discover sites of early settlement, tropical gardens and birds, and delightful woods and valleys

Holiday highlights:

Relax and soak up the magical mixture of tropical beaches, gentle walks, fascinating history and vibrant culture that makes any stay on the sunkissed island of Barbados an enriching experience.

Price includes:

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, except 1 lunch
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a local guide and an HF Holidays leader
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Accommodation

We stay at the Coconut Court Beach Hotel, located on a white-sand beach on the south coast of Barbados. This is a comfortable hotel with excellent facilities, including a swimming pool, a cold water spa tub, beachfront dining, and poolside barbecues.

Most evenings at the Coconut Court Beach Hotel offer opportunities to listen to local music, dance, try a little cocktail, or to do some star-gazing under the tropical night skies.
The tropically decorated, air conditioned rooms include fridge, microwave, toaster, satellite TV, personal safe and either a balcony or patio.         


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

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A relaxed holiday with tours and walks taking us through historic sites, varied countryside and along beautiful beaches. Walks are generally between 1 - 5 miles (1.5-8km), with only short sections of ascent. Extensions to some walks may be possible.

Day 1: Arrive in Barbados - Transfer to the hotel, swim or explore the hotel gardens, before dinner.

Day 2: 'Little Bristol' & Holetown - Take a tour of historic ‘Little Bristol’, walk through the town and along the beach on which Cromwell’s Admiral landed to subdue the country. On to Holetown, where we enjoy a walk along its west coast beach, then a short walk to Folkestone, and Folkestone Marine Park.

Day 3: Farley Hill National Park and St Nicholas Abbey - to Farley Hill National Park for a woodland walk and views over the Atlantic coast before we visit St Nicholas Abbey, a 355 year old Jacobean styled plantation house. We then stroll up Cherry Tree Hill for some excellent views, and finish our walk a the Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill. Farley Hill Monkeys

Day 4: Pre-European Barbados - An easy walk from Salt Cave Cove along the white sands of Long Beach to the archaeological site of Chancery Lane swamp, an important resting site for migratory birds.

Day 5: At leisure - Today is a free day, with time to relax on the beach, swim or snorkel, or to take one of the various optional activities on offer, including a yoga session or a trip on a catamaran.

Day 6: Turner's Hall Woods - starting from White Hill Lookout Point with superb views, walk in Turner’s Hall Woods, which boasts at least 32 different species of tree and is the only area of original forest surviving from the time of European settlement in the 1600s

Day 7: Bridgetown - Morning visit to the vibrant capital, Bridgetown, for a guided historic walk and visit to the Parliament Building, the oldest in the Western hemisphere. A picnic lunch on the beach before our walk takes in the Garrison historic site, dating back to 1702.

Day 8: Andromeda Tropical Gardens - After visiting the spectacular plant collection at the Andromeda Gardens, we enjoy lunch overlooking the Atlantic, before enjoying a walk following the old railway line to St Andrews station.

Day 9: Sunbury House- a short walk along a beautiful strech of beach, from Long Bay to Bottom Bay and then a visit to Culpepper Island. We then walk to the picturesque fishing village of Skeete's Bay before a short drives takes us to historical Sunbury Plantation for a tour of this great house.

Day 10: Harrison Cave and Welchman Hall Gully - Morning walk through the wonderful Flower Forest, 12 acres of tropical flowers and plants sourced from all over the world. Follow the trails to Harrison’s Cave, one of the largest caves in the Caribbean, and then walk through the national park of Welchman Hall Gully.

Day 11: Departure day - Enjoy a relaxing morning stroll or a swim, before our afternoon flight home.

Day 12: London - Morning arrival.

General Information

Passport
A full passport is required and must be valid for the duration of the stay.

Visas
No visa is required by British passport holders for stays of up to six months. 28 days entry is granted on arrival. At the time of writing, citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and EC member states do not need a visa to enter Barbados, but please check for up to date details with your nearest Barbados embassy or consulate.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk   www.traveldoctor.co.uk

From 1 October 2016, the UK-Barbados reciprocal health agreement will come to an end. Visitors must pay for all medical services which can be very expensive. Adequate health insurance is therefore essential.

Vaccines: Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccinations are recommended. Diphtheria and Typhoid are sometimes recommended too.

Dengue Fever is found in Barbados so precaution should be taken against mosquitoes throughout the day by using insect repellent and wearing suitable clothing to cover bare skin. Water is clean and safe to drink.

Climate
The island has a delightful climate with mild subtropical weather that varies little throughout the year. The lowest recorded temperature on Barbados is 15ºC. During the winter the evenings can be cool. Rain, which usually consists of short showers, is most likely to occur from July through to November. Most of the walks take place either in the early morning or in the afternoon - the period between 11am and 2pm tends to be the hottest part of the day making walking less comfortable.

Money
The unit of currency is the Barbados Dollar (BD$). You should take US Dollars either as travellers cheques or bank notes to exchange. It is a good idea to have a supply of small denomination dollar notes for unexpected tips etc. You should ensure that you have access to emergency funds, probably by means of a credit card. For spending money, you will only need to allow for snacks, drinks and souvenirs.

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

Walking gear

Although this is an easier walking holiday, you might want to take walking poles, and you will definitely require sturdy walking shoes/boots for some of the walks as well as sandals for leisure time.

 

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab 

Leaders

Graeme Jones

Since 2007, Graeme has led many of our holidays both in the UK and Europe, including Italy, Menorca, Austria, the Canaries, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Montenegro.

He has also travelled extensively in the USA and South Africa, visited the Caribbean islands including Cuba, and trekked to Everest Base Camp, where he had the good fortune to meet Sir Chris Bonington. In 2014, he travelled through Thailand, Cambodia and the length of Vietnam. Closer to home, he has walked the length of the South West Coast Path.

Graeme is leading our 15 November 2016 departure.

Roy Treloar

Roy has been leading for HF Holidays since 2004, including a number of UK and European destinations such as Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Menorca, Cyprus, Crete and Lanzarote.

He has visited many of the Caribbean islands before, including Barbados travelling as a dance host, and therefore has first-hand knowledge of many of the traditions and cultures of these islands – the influence of the English and of course the island's home grown Calypso and Soca music which he simply loves dancing along to. He'll be happy to show some simple dance steps to any guests wishing to join in.

Roy will be leading our 31 January 2017 departure.

Howard Matthewson

Howard has been a mountain leader for HF Holidays since 2006. He has led numerous walking holidays in the UK, in Europe and as far afield as China, and Morocco. He particularly enjoys researching about the holiday destinations and sharing this with HFH guests.

In his career, he has run large international industrial businesses and been fortunate to travel to innumerable countries (for work & leisure). He now works part time as a business turnaround consultant but also combines this with voluntary work as a qualified National Park Ranger in the Peak District and Director of the Community Forest Trust. When not leading for HF Holidays, he enjoys exploring the outdoors - walking, cycling or indulging his passion for downhill skiing.

Howard has previously toured the Caribbean independently – from St Lucia to Martinique, Dominica, through Guadeloupe on to Antigua and back via Barbados. He has a huge range of travel experience, gained from extensive travel to over 60 countries

Howard is leading our 14 March 2017 departure.

Reviews

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23 Feb 2016, 12:10 a.m.

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We enjoy hiking and walking with HF Holidays. The walks are very well organized and the itinerary suits our interests.

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It was a great itinerary: we saw a lot in eleven days. The accommodations and the meals were much to our liking.
16 Feb 2016, 5:33 p.m.

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Great Holiday
16 Apr 2015, 1:21 p.m.

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I found this holiday needs a little improving in areas.
15 Apr 2015, 7:52 a.m.

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Booking/service was as usual easy

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Local guide was not good at history, only botany! Poor organisation of days resulting in visit to capital Bridgetown on Sunday when everything (even bars/coffee shops) were shut. Quite a miserable experience.
15 May 2014, 7:46 p.m.

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We are regular HF Holidays customers and this was the first HF overseas holiday we'd taken since 2005. The experience for us was better than before - relaxed and a good balance between walking and sightseeing in a pleasant family run hotel.

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The itinerary for this trip was confusing: two different outlines were sent to us before we left home and a third was given to us on arrival. There were two very knowledgeable and interesting local historians as well as the local guide and an HF "representative" from the UK. This was too many guides/leaders and it was obvious that some of the activities weren't fully thought through or agreed between them beforehand. Eg: timing of lunch arrangements, lack of clear information about what we were seeing, distances and duration of some walks. The hotel was lovely, a great situation on the beach. Food in the hotel restaurant was surprisingly good. Everyone was friendly - including the local agency personnel who made us feel very welcome. Barbados is an interesting destination and we'd recommend this holiday.
13 Apr 2014, 3:51 p.m.

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We've really enjoyed the many holidays we've had with HF. Accommodation, food and leaders have all been first class. We can't wait for the next one!

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This was our 3rd visit to Barbados with HF and possibly the best. Certainly the best for location. The lunch on days 2&3 was rather too late. Lunch on day 2 would have been better in Speightstown rather than later in Holetown. Dinner at the Waterfront Cafe was fabulous and the following day (day 5) it was lovely to receive fresh coconuts on our beach walk. I think the day in Bridgetown needs a rethink. I can understand why Sunday was chosen, but we didn't get a real feel for the place. A weekday would be much better and provide the opportunity for a coffee stop which was much needed. The group was running out of steam by the end of a long tiring morning. Otherwise an excellent programme.
Thank you for your recent holiday review. It was good to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Barbados and I have fed back your comments to our holiday planning team. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Thanks, Sarah Davis
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5 Apr 2014, 8:50 a.m.

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Our first Hf holiday experience was generally very good.
2 Apr 2014, 3:26 p.m.

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I have been on several HF holidays and have enjoyed every one of them. HF engage good quality local guides and the HF representatives with us are always there to help us as well as guide on walks.

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Lovely warm holiday with comfortable accommodation on a very nice beach. Our local guides were really nice people as was Sunshine our driver and their knowledge of the island was extensive. *Name removed by Feefo* was the HF person and although he advised us that he was there to observe the holiday he still did an excellent job of guiding us gently where necessary. Over the course of the week he gradually wrote a fantastic poem about our adventures and read it out to us at dinner on the last evening, he's a clever man! I would like a copy of it if possible.
I think that one or two days out could have been improved upon though. We went to Bridgetown on Sunday when everything was closed so it seemed rather pointless and I would have preferred to go to Oistins fish market during the day and also on the Friday evening when there is a kind of local party going on.The bus used all week had sliding windows that rattled badly because of the bumpy roads all over Barbados and a bus with fixed windows would have been better for hearing our guides. I thought overall that Barbados restaurants both in the hotel and the other restaurants served very limited and very same food such as flying fish and chicken or a club sandwich everyday and very little fresh fruit and veg although the chips were home made and that makes a pleasant change from frozen ones usually served in restaurants today. On the other hand there was pretty much 3 proper meals a day on offer so more than plenty to eat. The group of people on this holiday all got along very well and we enjoyed much laughter together and that's what's important to us.
Thank you for your feedback. It was good to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Barbados. I have contacted your leader to ask if we can have a copy of the poem and I will forward this as soon as it reaches me.

Thanks, Sarah Davis
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2 Apr 2014, 8:46 a.m.

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A VERY GOOD VARIETY OF HOLIDAYS AND DESTINATIONS

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THE ACCOMMODATION WAS GOOD, EARL THE LEADER AND THE TWO GUIDES WERE EXCELLENT. MY ONLY NEGATIVE COMMENT WOULD BE THAT THE WALKING WAS TOO MUCH IN THE HEAT PARTICULARLY THE WALK WE DID AFTER LUNCH AT THE ROUND HOUSE. THE GARDENS VISITED WERE EXCEPTIONAL. THE HOTEL WAS VERY NICE AND THE STAFF VERY HELPFUL.
Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Barbados, the accommodation and the leaders. I will have a look and speak to our leaders about the walk that you mention at the Round House. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Thanks, Sarah Davis
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1 Apr 2014, 10:41 a.m.

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as always, well organized.
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very enjoyable variety of walks --the local guides were a wealth of knowledge
nice to have some meals in hotel and some evening dinners at local restaurants

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
31 Jan 2017 BBWHW - Barbados Taste of the Caribbean
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 31 Jan 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Feb 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Bridgetown Grantley Adams International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 10 Feb 2017, 5:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 Feb 2017, 5:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Bridgetown Grantley Adams International
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
10 £3,329.00 Book Now
14 Mar 2017 BBWHW - Barbados Taste of the Caribbean
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Mar 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Mar 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Bridgetown Grantley Adams International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 24 Mar 2017, 5:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 25 Mar 2017, 5:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Bridgetown Grantley Adams International
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
10 £3,399.00 Book Now
14 Mar 2017 BBWHW - Barbados Taste of the Caribbean 10 £2,869.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £720 (£560 in November) (2016) £820 (2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person