The island has some of the Caribbean’s best beaches, and despite its high-roller reputation, there is great value to be found, says Bajan local
When I tell people I’m from Barbados, I usually get some variation of the same response. ‘Ooh, paradise,’ they say, as they conjure up coconut trees, tropical drinks, sunshine and foam-crested azure waves.
But on an island where holidays can come at shockingly high prices, this idea of paradise feels woefully beyond the reach of the average traveller.
However, as every Bajan knows, the charms of this tiny coral island between the Caribbean and the Atlantic can be unlocked without breaking the bank at a luxury hotel or being limited by a package deal.
There are plenty of charming low-cost hotels, cheap-and-cheerful restaurants, under-the-radar beaches and free or low-cost fun activities to be enjoyed if you know where to look.