Barbados Blog Posts

Tipping in the Caribbean: An Island by Island Guide

Tipping can be one of the trickiest parts of travel— some regions won’t accept tips at all, whereas others will tack on additional fees until you’re bone-dry. The Caribbean is made up of several different cultures and islands, and our team at WhereToStay wants to clear up any misconceptions or…

Christmastime in Barbados: 5 Festivities You Can't Miss

Looking to escape the typical Christmas and holiday stress, but want it to still feel like Christmas? This is a conundrum many people face when planning for the holidays. Barbados, an eastern Caribbean island with residents who love celebrating the holidays, is a great destination for families and friend groups…

Barbados' Crop Over Festival

As July comes to a close, one of the liveliest festivals in Barbados is heating up: the Crop Over Festival. The island is well-known for its many festivities and celebrations, but this particular festival is over 200 years old! Crop Over marks and honors the end of the sugar cane…
The Kensington Oval Barbados

Is it Time for some Liming in Barbados?

If you enjoy good food, good drinks, and a good time, then you won’t find it hard to master the Barbadian art of “liming.” This unique island term is used to describe any leisurely activity that includes, food, drink, and the exchanging of stories with no real purpose other than…

Snorkeling On Barbados, Hop On A Catamaran

During our recent Barbados visit, Cole wanted to check out a tour offered through Action Charters. A friend of his spent a day on one of their cats earlier in the summer and could not stop raving about all that the tour offered. So of course the three of us…

Surfing Freights Bay Barbados with Barry from

Learning to surf is practically a rite of passage for island frequenters and water fanatics everywhere, and for lessons in Barbados, I recommend checking out Barry's Surf School - Barry Banfield, a champion surfer and native Barbadian, and his wife, Christie, operate out of their surf shack on Dover…

Family Friendly Carnivals In The Caribbean

The Caribbean is beaches, sun, sand, exotic locales and...carnivals? Most definitely. Carnivals aren't just crazy, costumed parties. They are a great way for you and your family to soak up a bit of local Caribbean culture, religion, history and food while having a lot of fun doing it. And yes,…
View from the massive pool at Ocean Mist villa in Barbados

Best of the Week - Ocean Mist, Barbados

Encompassed by lofty coral walls and coconut trees, Ocean Mist Villa is ideally situated on the low cliff front of Barbados’ southeastern coast. This week's Best of pick is perfect for guests seeking an intimate and idyllic vacation on the island's windward side. Gorgeous décor lures you into the…
conch shell sign

Top 9 Caribbean Bucket List Items - What’s Your #10?

Whether it’s a neatly organized Pinterest board, a scratched up legal pad list or a multi-page journal entry, most of us have crafted some sort life “wish list” of accomplishments we want to achieve before we kick the proverbial bucket. In our humble opinion, a bucket list just wouldn’t be…
Barbados' metropolis and beaches aren't all there is to see on the island

Top Five Barbados Cultural Tours

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you stop learning! One of our favorite things to do while traveling is learn the history of wherever we are— it connects you to the location, the people, and the culture on a whole other level! Check out a few of our top…

Don’t Just Vacation, Carnival!

Carnival celebrations are seemingly synonymous with the Caribbean. However, the tradition of Carnival began in the Catholic region of medieval Italy. Just before Lent, they held a huge costume festival. Since Catholics weren’t allowed to eat meat during Lent, they named their festival “Carnevale”, meaning “to put away meat”. Over…