Welcome to Bridgetown, Barbados
Situated on Barbados’s southwestern coast, the capital city of Bridgetown breathes in warm, Caribbean sunshine and exhales island hospitality all year long. Home to the bustling Bridgetown Port, this vibrant city offers everything for Bridgetown Radisson Hotel guests, from yachting and fishing to duty-free shopping and colorful festivals.
Despite gaining independence in 1966, Barbados holds tight to its British identity with traditions like cricket, afternoon tea and horse racing at the Garrison Savannah. Now a posh port of call for both sun worshipers and history buffs, Bridgetown blends laid-back Bajan style with beautiful colonial architecture and some of the world’s best beaches for an unforgettable Caribbean getaway.
Reasons to Visit Bridgetown
- Pink Sand, Perfect Weather: With coral-flecked sand that disappears into the turquoise ocean, Accra, Brighton and Brandon’s beaches are what daydreams are made of. For Oahu-like surfing, head to the Soup Bowl on the island’s eastern coast.
- Parliament Buildings and the Garrison Savannah: Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bridgetown’s 19th-century Parliament Buildings juxtapose Victorian London with a backdrop of palm trees. The fortifications in the historic Garrison area point to Bridgetown’s past significance in British Atlantic trade.
- Peaceful Excursions: Escape the city’s bustle for a relaxed tour at Sunbury Plantation House or St. Nicholas Abbey. Some of the homes are more than 300 years old, offering a glimpse of colonial life.
- Cricket and Golf: Sports are massively popular in Barbados, and you’ll find nearly every radio on the island tuned to the days-long cricket matches held in Bridgetown’s Kensington Oval. If golf is your game, celebrity-level course designers and tropical landscaping make the greens at Barbados Golf Club and the Sandy Lane Hotel a can’t-miss.
- Nightlife: Wash off the sand and put on your dancing shoes to experience Bridgetown’s legendary nightlife along Bay Street or farther south at St. Lawrence Gap. Stars like Rihanna sometimes make appearances at the city’s pulsing reggae lounges, beach bars and nightclubs.
- Rum Punch and Flying Fish with Cou-cou: Bridgetown Radisson Hotel guests leaving without a swig of Barbados’s own Mount Gay Rum would be a travesty, and it goes down smoothly in a fruity rum punch. Pair your drink with the national dish of fried flying fish and spicy cou-cou, a cornmeal and okra side dish similar to grits.
When to Visit Bridgetown
Beaches beckon year-round in sun-soaked Bridgetown, where high humidity is a constant addition to every outing but a small price to pay for gorgeous 75⁰F to 85⁰F weather and sunshine.
Cold weather at home pushes vacationers to seek Bridgetown’s warmth and resort vibe from December to April, but locals tempt visitors off the beach with jazz in January, cultural celebrations at the Holetown Festival in February and high art at Holder’s Season—a music and theater festival held mid-March to mid-April.
The rest of the year is quieter, with occasional storms June through November that don’t put much of a damper on the frequent parties swinging to calypso late into the night. The wildest party of the bunch, the Crop Over Festival, stretches several weeks in July, turning Bridgetown into a Mardi Gras-like experience.
Bridgetown Travel Tip
One of the best ways to see Barbados is by foot on a free Sunday hike led by locals who are employed by the Barbados National Trust. These hikes leave at 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and take about three hours to complete.