reasons why you should trade a white snowy winter for a white sandy one.

8 reasons why you should trade a white snowy winter for a white sandy one.

Imagine wiggling your toes in the warm sand instead of them freezing off in your boots. Thinking about escaping the cold this winter? Here are 8 reasons why you should trade a white snowy winter for a white sandy one.


1/ Relaxing in the sun is better than shovelling snow.

Take a long deep breath in and relax! No need to think about blizzards, shovelling snow or clearing your car off while you are in Barbados. Layout and soak up the warmth of winter with a cool cocktail in your hand.

Tanning Barbados


2/ Flying south is the best cure to SAD (Seasonal Affective Discover)

SAD is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. Symptoms usually start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. The best cure is to fly south where you can get an extra dose of vitamin D from the longer sunnier days. Your body will benefit from absorbing the sun and by taking more natural light in through your eyes. This will help keep your body clock in check and things running the way they should. An added bonus is the improvement in your mood because you’re on holiday mode with not a care in the world.

SAD fly south



3/ Summer wear is more fun than winter coats

Forget layering clothes – hats, mittens and scarfs – you only need one article of clothing in Barbados… your bikini/swimming trunks. Pack your favourite tropical prints and flip flops to take pictures on the beach to share with your friends back home. Caution, this may result in your jealous friends unfollowing you 😉

 reasons why you should trade a white snowy winter for a white sandy one

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4/ Who needs the snowy slopes when you can waterski and surf?

Sign up for a surf lesson and you will be standing on your first day! Barbados is the perfect place to learn to surf. There are many surf schools to choose from and many breaks suitable for learners. Waterskiing is a bit more challenging, but once you master it you won’t want to stop. Watersports guarantee an action-packed winter in Barbados.

Surfing in Barbados




5/ Tropical cuisine and cocktails FTW!

Barbados is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Spend your winter enjoying fresh local seafood, fruit and tropical drinks. Around Christmas time you can look out for local favourites like jug jug, great cake and sorrel, a Bajan Christmas tradition.

Bajan Christmas Food


6/ Barbadian Christmas traditions are awesome!

Apart from the tasty Christmas cuisine, you can also enjoy Christmas traditions like Carols by Candlelight. This annual family fun night out is in aid of a local charity and is well attended by locals and visitors alike. Get in the Christmas mood by going for a drive through Bridgetown at night to see the parliament buildings and trees lit up in celebration. Look out for decorated houses and roundabouts along the way while listening to local radio stations playing Caribbean Christmas songs along with the classics.

Bridgetown at Christmas


7/ There’s lots to see and do in Barbados in the Winter.

Barbados comes alive in the winter time. The island has the highest visitor return rate in the world with many people calling Barbados their second home. Most of these visitors return in the winter and are known by locals as ‘snowbirds.’ During the wintertime, Barbados hosts many festivals and events. Read our lists of things to do in Barbados this winter here.

Barbados Polo Season



Two words… the beach… need we say more? Barbados has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world including Maxwell Beach where you can find Bougainvillea Beach Resort. At Bougainvillea you can relax on a beach lounger while watching your kids build a sandman instead of a snowman. Barbados is the place to make magical memories. What are you waiting for? Book your winter escape today!

Christmas in Barbados


Things to do in Winter in Barbados

Things to look forward to this Winter in Barbados

Winter is coming… get your sunblock! If you are lucky enough to be escaping to Barbados for the winter, you will certainly be spending lots of time at the beach. But there is so much more to Barbados than sun, sand and turquoise waters. Here are some things to look forward to this winter in Barbados.


Christmas Markets – December 22

Shop for local gifts and crafts or local produce for your Christmas meals at one of the many farmer’s markets around the island. The Holder’s Market, Hasting’s Market and Brighton Farmer’s Market are some of the most popular spots. Go early and enjoy a morning coffee and fresh bites to eat, there is sure to be Christmas baking for sale too. Take the kids to Brighton Farmers Market on the Saturday before Christmas for a special visit from Santa Clause and a ride in his tractor (no reindeer in Barbados).


Carols at St. Nicholas Abbey – December 23

Each December, St. Nicholas Abbey hosts Carols at The Abbey, featuring carols by local artists including the Royal Barbados Police Force Band. Food, drink, artwork, crafts and gifts are on sale. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Pediatric Ward in Bridgetown. Guests are also encouraged to bring a wrapped gift for a child at the hospital – a great way to give back at Christmas time. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children.

St. Nicholas Abbey


Christmas Morning in Queen’s Park – December 25

Hundreds of Bajans head to out to Queen’s Park in Bridgetown in their best dress early Christmas morning. We are not talking about ‘Sunday Best Dress’ but fabulous outfits fit for a ball. Christmas tunes fill the air compliments of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band all against the beautiful backdrop of the park. All are welcome to share in the Christmas spirit.



Boxing Day Party – December 26

The Barbados Boxing Day Party remains a mystery until the day before. After you finish eating Christmas dinner, the announcement is made, and the location becomes official. Thousands of people flock to the beach for Barbados’ biggest beach party. Locals, visitors and celebs can be spotted on floaties or enjoying drinks from their coolers. The Boxing Day Party is one of the best parties of the year, it is very relaxed and best of all, it’s FREE! Just be sure to walk with your drinks.

Boxing Day Party barbados

Photo by Instagram user: its.barbados





K9 Friends Annual Fundraising Auction – December 28

Hosted by dog lovers Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman, this annual charity auction is in aid of stray animals in Barbados and supports shelters like the Barbados RSPCA. This year the event will be held at the one and only Nikki Beach. Tickets are $125 USD – it is always a great night for an incredible cause.

Simon Cowell Barbados



Anonymous Charity Art Show – December 7 – February 5

Christmas is the time we stop and think to give back. One way to do that is by attending the opening night of The Frame & Art Co. second annual Anonymous Charity Art Show. Over 180 original paintings created in diverse styles and subject matters will be featured on 12 x 12-inch canvases to be sold anonymously. The artist remains a mystery, until after the purchase. Artists may range from highly sought-after, famous artists to up-and-coming first exhibitors. All pieces will be sold for $375 BDS. This year’s show will benefit the Ark Animal Welfare Society.

ANONYMOUS Charity Art Show



Old Years Night Events

New Year’s Eve, or ‘Old Years Night’ as we like to call it in Barbados, is a night to dress up and go out dancing or drinking. There are many party venues around the island, but what we like to do is celebrate with family first and then head out for the after party. Bougainvillea Beach Resort hosts a fabulous Old Year’s Night Party and Dinner every year. This themed, family-friendly event has live entertainment, lots of dancing and a few other surprises. After the kids go to bed you can head to one of the other parties like the popular ‘First Light’ cooler party on the East Coast.




Barbados Independent Film Festival – January 11 – 20

The Barbados Independent Film Festival highlights the work of filmmakers, producers and actors from around the world. The Festival provides a platform for independent films that embrace the power of storytelling to inform, inspire and entertain. Great for Indie movie lovers!

barbados film festival


Holetown Festival – February 10 -17

The first settlers arrived in Holetown Barbados on February 17, 1627. Today the Holetown festival is celebrated every February in remembrance. This week-long celebration of culture, history and traditions includes folk singing and dancing, sports and games, street parades, markets, and Bajan food stalls. Taste some of the favourite local bites like fishcakes, macaroni pie, sugar cakes, tamarind balls and more.

Holetown festival



Run Barbados – December 7 -9

Run Barbados is the premier sporting attractions on the island with a festive atmosphere and a spirit of fun that goes with the theme: “Come for the Run, Stay for the Fun!” There are many races to choose from like the fun walk and the 5K or the half and full marathon!

The mostly flat scenic route takes you through Bridgetown, the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site. The friendly local culture and historic beauty of Barbados make Run Barbados stand out from other races around the world – Come for the run and stay for the fun!

 run barbados


Barbados Polo Season – January 1 – May 31

Polo is quickly becoming one of the most popular events in Barbados. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the exciting atmosphere of polo played by local as well as visiting clubs from overseas. Follow the Barbados Polo Club to see where the matches are being held as there are many polo grounds in Barbados. Our favourite match is Battle of the Sexes – ladies vs gents, be sure to stay for the after-party, it’s always the best time!

Polo Barbados



Sailing Week – January 16 – 22

Barbados Sailing Week is the Caribbean’s opening Regatta for the sailing season. The headlining 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race gives crews a chance to win their skipper’s weight in rum (you read that right) if any of the 20 records are broken. Join a boat as a guest crew or watch the round the island race from North Point, a favourite lookout spot.



International Cricket – January 23 – 27

Cricket lovers, you are in luck. This winter Barbados will host the biggest International Home Series between the West Indies and England since 2009!

The all-format two-month visit by England, which begins in January, will see them face the West Indies in 3 test matches, 5 one-day international matches and two Twenty20 International matches. The Test series will be followed by five ODIs commencing in Barbados on Wednesday 20 February.



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