A Barbados Honeymoon Offers Something for Every Couple
One of the southernmost islands in the Caribbean Sea, Barbados truly does feel a world away from, well, the world. A large island with multiple cities, plenteous beaches, loads of culture and an amazing food scene, Barbados offers it all.
Couples on a Barbados honeymoon will enjoy an amazing mix of relaxation, adventure and culture that's as fast-paced or leisurely as you'd like. Plus, Barbados is easy to reach from most US air hubs. And while it's not the cheapest Caribbean honeymoon destination, it's certainly not the most expensive, making it a good option for honeymooners looking for a relatively affordable destination that provides both budget and luxe options.
Ready to learn more about this perfect honeymoon spot? Here's everything you need to know about honeymooning in Barbados.
Is Barbados Good for a Honeymoon?
Pros of a Barbados Honeymoon
The best part about choosing Barbados for your honeymoon is that the island truly does have a little something for everyone. Larger cities, such as the capital city of Bridgetown, offer history, museums, shopping and near-endless dining and drinking options. Some of the island's turquoise-water beaches are rocky with rough Atlantic waves, while others are pristine and calm. Accommodations and activities range from budget-friendly to super-luxurious, relaxing (like couples massages) to adventurous (like water sports).
Cons of a Barbados Honeymoon
If you're not a big fan of planning a detailed itinerary for your trip, you might not enjoy Barbados as much as you might another Caribbean island where all-inclusive resorts are the norm. Getting the most from this island requires a bit of planning and research. While you can certainly find Barbados resorts that come with their own restaurants, shopping options, spas and activities, the Barbados experience is best enjoyed off-property.
Additionally, it's important to note that Barbados does run on island time, so if you appreciate speedy service and convenience at your fingertips, you may want to look elsewhere.
The Best Times of Year to Go on a Barbados Honeymoon for Good Weather
Barbados experiences both a rainy and a dry season. The rainy season coincides with hurricane season, and occurs from July through November. Because of Barbados' southern location, it's far less likely to be impacted by a hurricane than other Caribbean islands. Still, expect rain during these months.
For drier weather, you'll want to visit between December and June, when you can expect temperatures in the 80s, with nice breezes and cooler nighttime temps to offset the heat.
Things to Do During a Barbados Honeymoon
Hop Between Beaches
One amazing thing about the beaches in Barbados? Every single one is open to the public—even those in front of resorts. If there's a stretch of sand that intrigues you, you're welcome to it.
See some of the best beaches on the island, whether you want to stop by a few over the course of a day or visit a different beach each day of your honeymoon. Favorites include Crane Beach, with its pink sand and dramatic cliff backdrop; Carlisle Bay Beach, with its gentler waves and convenient location close to Bridgetown; and the beaches along Bathsheba, which are loved by surfers for their strong waves and beautiful rock formations.
Sample Local Rum
If you and your honey hardly ever turn down a well-made drink, then the Barbados locals will be more than happy to introduce you to their favorite cocktails. Rum is the name of the game here, and the most famous distillery is Mount Gay. Take a tour and maybe even a mixology class. If distilleries aren't your thing, you can also visit one of the more than 1,000 rum shops scattered across the island or stop by your hotel bar and order the unofficial island drink: a rum punch.
Snorkel or Scuba Dive
Barbados is considered the shipwreck dive capital of the Caribbean, so if you and your spouse-to-be are adventurous, strap on your snorkeling or scuba diving gear and head beneath the ocean's surface to explore the countless dive sites. Ships date back to World War I and are easily reachable with the help of a qualified guide.
Enjoy Some Liming
No, it's not a fruit—at least not when you're in Barbados. Liming is the Bajan term for hanging out in a social setting with drinks, food and live music, and it's a can't-miss experience for honeymooners visiting the island. The locals will be happy to have you join in on the fun, especially at the weekly fish fry in Oistins. The regular event includes seafood vendors, music, dancing and free-flowing rum right on the beach.
Best Hotels and Resorts in Barbados for a Honeymoon
The Crane Resort
This five-star beachfront hideaway sits right on Crane Beach and is only a short drive from the airport. While it's a little further removed from all the action in Bridgetown, you'll enjoy a luxurious experience thanks to the resort's suites, which include plunge pools and ocean views. Check out the multiple fine-dining restaurants, spa, pools and bars on-site. The entire resort features a historic 1800s ambiance that's perfect for a romantic getaway.
Sandals Royal Barbados
If you don't mind planning a few off-property excursions but still want an all-inclusive resort with a range of honeymoon packages, the Sandals Royal Barbados resort in Oistins is probably a good pick for you and your sweetie. The adults-only property pulls out all the stops for newlyweds.
Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels
This Marriott property is another all-inclusive option that has a sophisticated vibe. Situated on the island's West Coast, the intimate resort has fewer than 100 rooms. Even with the smaller size, the resort delivers all of the amenities you could ever need. You'll also have easy access to Saint James Parish, a neighborhood known for its high-end hotels, nightlife and luxury shopping (as well as a few historic sites, such as a neighborhood church that dates back to the 1600s).
What to Pack for a Barbados Honeymoon
Beyond all of your beachwear and gear, make sure to bring a range of clothing items. You'll likely want a few casual outfits for sightseeing and exploring (don't forget comfy shoes), as well as a few dressier outfits for dinners and nights out. For a more complete list, check out our full guide on what to pack for a tropical honeymoon.