Chances are, if you’re planning a luxury Caribbean holiday, Barbados and The Bahamas are both at the top of your list. But which one will most fulfill the kind of vacation you’re looking for? While both destinations are tropical havens known for their true blue oceans, hot sun, and breathtaking landscapes, there are a few notable differences worth considering when planning a trip!
The Bahamas offers 3542 miles of coastline while Barbados offers 97 miles. But size is not everything! Most of the islands in the Bahamas are uninhabited and difficult to get around, and there is actually a lot more area to explore in Barbados!
Both Barbados and The Bahamas offer visitors a myriad exciting beach and water sports attractions to explore, from jet skiing to scuba diving, and more. However, while many of The Bahamas’ beaches are known as “footprint free,” Barbados beaches are generally busier. The Bahamas’ Paradise Island is considered one of the best party beaches in the world, while Pink Sands is known for being the most romantic. Barbados’ lively southern stretch of white sand beaches, aka its Platinum Coast, is a luxury attraction to many, as are the cliffs and soft pink sands of Crane Beach. The famous Sandy Lane Beach is located on the west coast of the island. The sea here is exquisite and calm, and even though it’s popular among the rich and famous, the public enjoys full access as well! Visitors to Barbados beaches are in for a treat when it comes to natural wonders, marine life, and dancing to authentic Caribbean beats.
One of Barbados’ most enticing draws is the delicious and varied nature of its cuisine. Dishes you’ll find in the best local restaurants are built around local fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, and sea eggs. Its national dish is flying fish with coucou—this favorite fish can be fried, steamed or pickled and it comes out tasting truly delicious every time. From seaside fine dining to a casual fish fries, Barbados has it all. The Bahamas leans more strongly in the direction of fine dining, featuring ingredients like guava, rock lobster and conch. Influenced by the cooking style of the American South, visitors will find grits are common, as is lots of spice. From Japanese sushi bars to Italian restaurants, to local seafood, all bases are covered!
The best time to visit Barbados is between July and November. Although this falls within the Caribbean hurricane season, Barbados is rarely affected. Temperatures stay between the mid-70s and mid-80s year-round, so there’s less reason to travel during the busy peak season, which is from late December to mid-April. The best time to visit the Bahamas is from mid-December to mid-April, the country’s peak season. Though year-round temperatures rarely dip below 60, the islands do fall within the hurricane belt, so this is worth considering between June and November.
It’s very easy to travel from the US to the Bahamas, and even more so since December 2018 when American Airlines added five new flights, increasing the number of nonstop and connecting flights from Chicago, Miami, and Charlotte. There are many flight options when traveling to Barbados from the US as well. American Airlines offers daily non-stop flights to Barbados from New York, Miami, and Dallas Fort Worth three times a week.
At Rental Escapes we offer a large number of beautiful luxury villas in Barbados, fully equipped with a qualified staff, including private chefs, butlers, laundresses, and housekeepers, making your getaway that much more carefree. Our chic, spacious villas in the Bahamas are sure to please as well, and can of course also be customized with any staff you require to make your stay an unforgettable one.
Whether you choose The Bahamas or Barbados for your next dream vacation is largely a matter of personal taste. Contact Rental Escapes today to book your next Caribbean getaway!