Saturday 23 March 2019

Barbados: my top 5 colourful places to visit on the island

Hey you babes, it's been a while! I returned home from a trip to Barbados earlier this month and was immediately hit with major holiday blues. Throughout most of February and March I took a step back from blogging to focus on other projects and found the longer I stayed away the harder it was to come back. Saying that, when I'm not blogging I do miss it. But without further ado I thought it was high time I shared some Barbados content with you! Last February I took a vacay to the island as well, but this time round my boyfriend and I both agreed we fell even deeper in love with beautiful Barbados. 

Barbados is everything you could possibly dream of; it's colourful, vibrant, fun, tropical, kind-hearted and welcoming. The island is stunning, with lots to see and do. Palm trees frame golden coasts and aqua blue seas. You get frequent rain showers but typically those end within minutes before the sun bursts out again blissfully. Everyone is incredibly friendly and the pace of life ticks along refreshingly slowly. Yep, we loved every minute. Seeing as we're fairly familiar with the island now, I thought I'd talk about my favourite colourful locations we discovered whilst staying there.

Read on for my top 5 colourful places to visit that are a must-see in Barbados! 

Dover Beach 
We stayed at the mega colourful Dover Beach Hotel, which I'd definitely recommend if you want the stunningly divine Dover Beach on your doorstep... literally! The room blocks are painted vibrant, rainbow colours and last year as we were situated in the blue block, I gazed adoringly at the pretty pink hotel building but this year we were granted a pink paradisal room of our own! Cue our pink balcony becoming my very own insta outfit shooting backdrop. Dover Beach and the surrounding sights are full of colour and happiness. The area is a must-see if you're after a luxurious hotel stay and a babelicious beach.

St. Lawrence Gap
Vibrant and funky, St. Lawrence Gap is buzzing with colourful nightlife and dreamy restaurants. We particularly adored Mimosas which overlooked the crashing waves and served the most delicious rose. There are cocktail bars and sunroof cafes, a Chattel village with its own restaurant and many bars that have live music playing during the evenings. Only a five minute stroll from Dover Beach, St. Lawrence Gap provided all the piña coladas and pizza we needed after many a day sight-seeing or beaching it up.

Holetown Chattel Village 
Holetown is easily one of my favourite places to visit in Barbados. This year we decided to take it easy and mainly have beach days instead of venturing out so much, but Holetown was first on our list when it came to exploring. The Chattel Village is one of the main attractions; brightly coloured huts that materialise as shops, cafes and boutiques, and sit prettily amongst balmy palm trees. The nearby beach is a beauty while there's a cute shopping mall a few minutes away and even a pink phone box!

The pink phone box 

A personal favourite of mine, this pink gem of a phone box was found during our trip to Holetown, to see the Chattel village. If I'm being honest, it's a superstar in its own right! Perfect for some fun blog photos, we took our opportunity and click-click flashed away.

One of my favourite colourful hot-spots, it's worth a walk by if you're already hitting up Holetown. Opposite the Chattel Village, it's too cute to miss! Not far from the phone box is Holetown beach, a gorgeous haven of soothing waves and unblemished sand. There's also a shopping village nearby with a cafe serving to-die-for smoothies.

Oistins is one of the most talked about must-see places on the island of Barbados. They host their annual fish fry which is a big thing every Friday and also have music and food stalls. Turtles can be spotted by the nearby shores. The brightly coloured huts drew us in but unfortunately we had a bad experience with a dodgy woman who kept offering us a free tour of the island and wouldn't leave us alone, so we fled the place before too long to escape her clutches. A lot of people seem to have gone to Oistins and loved it, and due to its colourful nature I felt it only right to feature it in this blog post too. Despite that one experience last year at Oistins, we felt really safe on the island and it now feels like an absolute home from home.

Have you ever been to Barbados? 



  1. Thank you for this! My husband friend lives there and he keeps inviting us over :) I really want to go! saving this for the future trip :)

  2. Oh these locations look wonderful!! So dreamy, I would love a trip to Barbados. Also lovely to see you blogging again xx

  3. wow everything looks so rainbow-y! such a great place to visit indeed!

    Cate // 35mminstyle

  4. Love this colourful & interesting post, darling, really enjoyed reading it & the pics are gorgeous! xxxx��������

  5. Barbados look amazing! Color are so wonderful and I really like your photos! Also you look amazing, I love your outfits! I hope so that you have amazing time and enjoy in Barbados!

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  6. Oh dear I need a holiday! I have not been to Barbados before, but yes, I want to visit for sure. Nice, colourful place for sure. You look stunning in these outfits my dear Sophie. Welcome back! :-)

  7. I know exactly what you mean. You leave for a week, that extends to another and another and next thing you know two months have past! For me I never quite realise just how much I missed blogging until I visit other blogs or if I've got something near in completion or being published. I have missed you on here though. Barbados looks like a good time. And I am so happy you finally got some sun (though you totally could have taken it from my hometown these past few months hahaha!) Dover beach and that hotel sound like a dream. I'd never associate colour with Barbados. Then again I am completely uneducated when it comes to this part of the world so thanks for sharing. Most would no doubt only focus on the beaches and sand, and not the Island as a whole.


  8. It looks like such a beautiful place, I can see why you'd keep going back! it's so colourful and pretty in every shot :) I've never been though!

    Hope you're having a lovely week :) We finally have some cooler autumn weather - I got to wear jeans yesterday!

    Away From The Blue

  9. Oh Wow Sophie such a dream vacation Welcome back babe I am so glad you are back and full of vibrant colours and pink everywhere. I can't believe you found a pink phone booth. It is super cute. So happy to know you guys had a great time there. I love all the images here, outfits and accessories babe. Have a wonderful weekend and I think your IG gallery is awesome. xoxo Cris

  10. Such a fantastic photos and fabulous places! I always wanted to visit Barbados!
    Have a wonderful week dear!


  11. Never been, but looks like it's full of fabulous places!! I love that rainbow colored crochet top by the way!

  12. Barbados sounds like such a laidback place and looks magnificent! You look so pretty prancing aroung the place, I can imagine how good it must have felt to be there and experience the relaxing atmosphere you speak of. I like places that slow me down, take my mind away and help me focus on the present moment. It is one of the best feelings to live in the NOW! Thank you for all your comforting words that you left on my blog Sophie. I appreciate your thoughfulness and encouragement. I will be away for a week, but once I get back from my trip I'm going to stick to a a schedule on posting. Connecting with other bloggers makes me happy and inspires me. Happy we have stayed connected Sophie!! Can't wait to see your journey throughout the year. Can you believe it's almost Summer? Yay!! Love your Barbados location tips and I will make sure to come back to them if I ever go there. Sending you loads of love Sophie!!


  13. These photos are stunning, I loved reading about your Barbados adventures! I had no idea the island was that colourful, that makes me want to go even more! The pink telephone box is amazing and it's so cool you got to stay in a pink room/building. I also love your outfits - especially that pink/white (yeah not the best at describing colours) sequin skirt is gorgeous and looks amazing on you! I'm literally reading this post whilst working on my dissertation so I've got some major holiday cravings right now, I could do with a week relaxing in the sun x I can see why you love this island so much and it was amazing getting to know it through your eyes. xxxx

  14. Oh, Sophie! You were absolutely born to roam around Barbados and all of these colourful buildings :) I adore the colour and happiness that goes into each and every one of your photos. Hope you're loving life with your partner in your new place!! x

  15. Such a beautiful holiday with such a beautiful girl!
    Wonderful time, with 28 degrees average temperature, friendly and welcoming people and the most amazing beaches.
    (I know you want to go back already!)

  16. Just all of the little places you find If I ever get to Barbados I'll be sure to seek them all out!

  17. I've never been to Barbados before but I'm loving the colours there and just in general how aesthetically pleasing it looks with all the colour; it suits you so much!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode