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It may be a small Caribbean island - with a coastline that stretches only 60 miles – but, if you want to really experience all that’s on offer, hiring a car in Barbados is the best way to do it.
And there’s plenty more than idyllic beaches to take in here, too. Barbados has certainly found its way into our hearts thanks to its perfectly white sand and glimmering turquoise bays, yet it boasts a lot more for those prepared to explore a little. There’s fantastic nightlife, exquisite dining opportunities, a Unesco World Heritage–listed capital and a beautiful interior that is dotted with charming gardens.
What’s more, wherever you pull up in your hire car there’s that warm Barbadian welcome.
Expedia makes it possible to book your car hire in Barbados in advance. You can arrange to pick up your car from most major resorts or towns, or you can start your car hire at the airport itself.
Most visitors arrive on the island at Grantley Adams International Airport, in Seawell, on the south of the island. It’s a 10-mile drive from here to the bustling capital of Bridgetown, over on the west coast.
Expedia partners with a wide network of car hire providers to offer you all the best deals available. Our network also ensures we provide you with a great choice of locations to pick your car up from and a fantastic selection of hire cars. So, whether you are looking for a small car or a spacious SUV, you’ll always be able to find the perfect vehicle for your holiday.
Our suggested road tour of the island starts in Bridgetown. This attractive capital contains many sights and old colonial buildings that are a joy to wander round. There’s great shopping on Broad Street and Swan Street, and the entire downtown area has been named a Unesco World Heritage site for its historical significance.
Drive just a little north from here and you’ll pass the luxury resort of Holetown. If you’ve packed your mask and snorkel you can enjoy the accessible and abundant marine life just off the shore here.
Further up the island, charming Speightstown is worth a visit to experience the atmosphere of its colonial old town. The battered wooden buildings really add character to the place.
It’s the shortest of drives before you reach Port Ferdinand, where you can take a catamaran cruise to admire the Barbadian coast from the water.
At the tip of Barbados, the tiny fishing village of Six Men’s is a great place to see the locals mending nets and hauling in catches. A little beyond this you can pull over to admire the dramatic view from Animal Flower Cave.
There are numerous bays you may wish to stop at as you head down the east coast, but one of the most scenic views on the island can be enjoyed from Cherry Tree Hill. Stop off to take in the Morgan Lewis windmill before you head any further south.
Continuing down the coast you will get to Bathsheba, home to Barbados’ world famous surfing spot, the Soup Bowl. There are a few bars dotted along here, so you can watch the surfers do their stuff, or hire a board and join them, if you dare! The waters are much calmer just down the coast at the aptly named Bath, should you not fancy feeling the full force of the crashing waves.
If you can pull yourself away from the coast a drive inland will bring you to St. John’s Church and Codrington College. St. John’s Church is a beautiful gothic church built in 1836. It has stunning views along the east coast from its picturesque location. Codrington College is the oldest theological school in the western hemisphere. Its beautiful driveway is lined with palm trees, and there is a pond full of fish and ducks to relax by.
At the very southern tip of Barbados you will find Oistins. It’s a mile or so east of St. Lawrence. This emphatically modern town is the heart of the island’s fishing industry. It is full of atmosphere, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when it hosts a regular Fish Fry. This is the island’s best party, and your chance to eat well and dance badly with the locals.
And this brings you back to Bridgetown, with a camera full of memories and a bellyful of fried fish. Maybe it’s time to slump on the nearest beach again and just soak up the sun?