Cheap flights from Barbados

Barbados, a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, is located in the western part of the North Atlantic, about 100 kilometres or 62 miles east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Situated outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt, Barbados is an independent state and Commonwealth realm as of 1966, with its own monarchy, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. The country is considered as part of the Caribbean, although it is classified as an Atlantic island. The capital and largest city of Barbados is Bridgetown in the parish of Saint Michael.

Where to go

Barbados is a major tourist destination in the Caribbean. Head to the west coast and choose among its numerous deluxe resorts offering great beach, swimming, and other water activities and opportunities. The various breaks along the west coast provide surfing opportunities. The east coast also offers excellent spots for water sports, such as surfing at the Soup Bowl. The south coast, on the other hand, also has great surf spots, as well as a spot on the world windsurfing tour at Silver Sands. Silver Rock on the south coast is the main beach for kitesurfing. Catamaran cruises, scuba diving, and swimming with sea turtles are also some of the popular tourist activities by the coasts. In the interior highlands, Barbados boasts of many historical sites that are notable not only because of their importance, but also because of the scenic views that can be seen in those areas. The Botanical Garden houses a wide range of fauna, more than most similar places in the world. There is also Harrison’s Cave in St. Thomas, which is an underground cave that features amazing stalactites, stalagmites, small waterfalls, and pools. In the capital, Bridgetown, among the popular attractions is Mount Gay Rum Distillery Ltd., which offers tours of the distillery, including rum tasting. When within the capital, cricket is also a popular pastime.

From Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, short haul international destinations that can be reached with direct flights include Toronto, Montreal, Miami, Antigua, Kingston, Port of Spain, Saint Martin, Georgetown, Paramaribo, Grenada, Tobago, Saint Lucia, Atlanta, New York, Sao Paulo, Boston, Dominica, Fort-de-France, Saint Kitts, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Punta Cana, and Charlotte.

Toronto, the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario, is an international hub for business, finance, arts, and culture. Tourists will find here a variety of cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, entertainment districts, festivals, and sporting events. Additionally, the city is also popular for its skyscrapers and high rise buildings, such as the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.

Long haul flights can also be taken from Grantley Adams International Airport. From here, travellers can fly to Dusseldorf, Munich, London, Frankfurt, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Exeter, and Newcastle.

Dusseldorf in Germany is popular for its fashion and trade fairs, with Messe Dusseldorf as the organiser of almost one-fifth of the world’s top trade shows. The city also hosts the Rhenish Carnival celebrations, as well as the Largest Fair on the Rhine every July, one of Germany’s biggest funfairs. The fair features beer and food tents, amusement park rides, and vendors.

How to get out

The only airport that serves Barbados is Grantley Adams International Airport, located in Seawell, Christ Church. It serves as a major gateway to the eastern Caribbean, and handles flights to destinations in the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, and Europe.

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