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New York Highlights
New York is a must-visit destination on everyone’s list. A towering cityscape full of iconic buildings that is infused with beautiful green spaces and awash with people, history, colour and some of the best food you’ll ever eat. It’s difficult to overstate how magical ‘The City that Never Sleeps’ really is, but once you’re here, she’s yours to discover.
The City of Landmarks
New York City is home to striking and often revolutionary architecture in the form of glossy skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, the Art Deco style of the Chrysler Building and the quirkiness of the Flatiron Building. Its famous landmarks also include contemporary museums, expansive parks and historic monuments, all waiting to be explored.
New York City is renowned worldwide for its iconic shopping opportunities, from the legendary elegance of Fifth Avenue and Macy’s - an 11-story department store in Herald Square - to the scores of retro clothing shops and bustling neighbourhood flea markets. So, in our opinion, you may need another suitcase!
There is a melting pot of different cultures, flavours and styles in New York, which is reflected in its ever-revolving cornucopia of restaurants, bars and cafés in all corners of the city. There are long-standing establishments serving up classic dishes within a familial, community atmosphere, as well as Michelin-starred fine dining spots and pop-up food stands - both packing a punch with equally delicious fare.
New York is abundant with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, whether it’s catching a Broadway show, taking flight in a helicopter ride over the Statue of Liberty or riding a horse and carriage through Central Park. Yet, excitement can be found even in the seemingly routine; hail down a famous yellow taxi, navigate the frenetic subway system or gaze through the shop window at Tiffany & Co. for a truly unforgettable experience.
Sun, sea, and driving on the left! What more could you need? Barbados may be small but she’s mighty and with flawless sands, shimmering sea and welcoming vibes, this is the ultimate tropical paradise. Its beaches are all public and open to everyone, so whether you’re splashing out on a five-star resort or staying in a modest apartment, you can enjoy the best of everything this Caribbean Island has to offer.
Boasting more than 50 gorgeous beaches, Barbados’ coastline will leave you speechless, with picture-perfect white sands, gently lapping waters and an abundance of water sports opportunities, it’s truly heaven on earth. The island’s west and south coasts are wonderful for families as the beaches are wide and the waters gentle, while the more dramatic north and Atlantic coasts provide spots to simply sit and marvel at the powerful waves from the comfort of dry land.
With a rich cultural heritage stemming from African, British, Irish, Creole and Indian influences, Bajan cuisine exudes flavour and flair and is best enjoyed by the beach. Naturally, seafood is king here, especially flying fish, which is one half of the country’s national dish and the other being ‘cou-cou’, a tasty mix of okra and cornmeal.
Barbados boasts some of the most beautiful hotels in the Caribbean, offering five-star services, first-rate spa and leisure amenities and luxurious accommodations fit for royalty. Many hotels overlook the sea with rooms and suites directly on the beautiful white sands, particularly on the island’s calmer west coast – the perfect spot for those show-stopping sunsets.
Rum, Rum, and More Rum
One of Barbados’ finest exports is its sweet rum. The island is known as the birthplace of rum and there are various attractions to learn about and sample this authentic taste of the Caribbean. Take an interesting distillery tour or simply sit back in a welcoming beach bar and indulge in a drink, or three!
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NEW YORK & BARBADOS HOLIDAY FAQS
NEW YORK & BARBADOS HOLIDAY FAQS
NEW YORK & BARBADOS HOLIDAY FAQS
When planning New York and Barbados multi-centre holidays, there are a few things to bear in mind in terms of climate, as the two destinations vary significantly.
In general, autumn (in particular late September to early October) is a great time to visit both. In New York, you'll enjoy pleasant autumn weather without the sweltering heat of the summer, making it a great time to explore the city without the crowds. Barbados will be coming to the end of hurricane season, so it’s a good time to bask in the island's sunny and pleasant climate.
If you don’t mind the milder temperatures in New York, spring (from April to June) can also be a good time to plan your trip. The city comes alive with blooming flowers, while Barbados has warm and pleasant weather, although there may be slightly more rainfall than other times of year.
If you’re after guaranteed warmth and sunshine in Barbados, consider heading there during the winter months (December to March). It’s also the dry season on the island at this time. Opposingly, New York transforms into a winter wonderland with its festive holiday decorations - a special sight to behold.
Shoulder seasons, including late November and late April, give a good balance between reasonable weather conditions and affordability, and during these months, you'll find fewer crowds and potentially better deals.
New York is usually 5 hours behind the UK, and Barbados is 4 hours behind. However, bear in mind that when the UK observes Daylight Saving Time, the time difference can be reduced by 1 hour. There is no time difference between New York and Barbados.
For multi-centre holidays to New York and Barbados, you'll usually start your journey from one of the major UK airports, including London Heathrow Airport (LHR) or London Gatwick Airport (LGW).
In the US, your primary entry point will be John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. When it's time to head over to Barbados, the main airport is Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Bridgetown.
Booking can be done well in advance, allowing you to start planning up to 36 months before your desired departure date. To secure your travel plans and lock in the price, you can start the process by making an initial deposit, then you have the flexibility to spread the remaining cost into manageable instalments.
The easiest way to get from one destination to the other is by air. When you’re planning your multi-centre itinerary, you can book a direct flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados. This direct route means a relatively smooth and quick journey, typically lasting somewhere between 4 to 5 hours.
The length of your stay in New York, will, of course, depend on the total duration of your trip. From a weekend getaway to an extended stay, you can plan your New York multi-centre itinerary around the kind of experience you’re looking for.
For a brief weekend getaway, 2 to 3 days in the city gives you enough time to explore the quintessential New York landmarks, including Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building. It’s a great length of time for getting a taste of the city's vibrant energy, but may be a bit rushed for some, particularly if you’ve just flown in from the UK.
If you're looking for a more comprehensive experience, consider a 4 to 5-day trip. This gives enough time to take things at a slower pace and delve deeper into the city's cultural scene, visiting museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. You can also explore additional neighbourhoods like SoHo, Chelsea, and the West Village.
For a more well-rounded experience, a 7 to 10-day stay in the city allows you to experience many of the diverse boroughs that tourists don’t always get a chance to see. In addition to Manhattan, head over to Brooklyn and Queens and explore the Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect Park.
The great thing about New York City is that it has something for everyone - it really is the city that doesn’t sleep.
Central Park is a vast urban oasis that’s great for nature lovers and for moments when you need an escape from the city's hustle and bustle. It's perfect for leisurely strolls, picnics, and even horse-drawn carriage rides.
Times Square is an iconic attraction of the city, and is a dazzling hub of lights, entertainment, and excitement. It's a mecca for theatre enthusiasts, shopaholics, and anyone eager to experience New York's buzzy vibe.
Of course, a trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. These iconic landmarks give an interesting insight into the nation's history and the waves of immigrants who arrived in the United States. You can explore the museum, climb the statue, and enjoy breathtaking views of the city.
For art aficionados, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or The Met, is a must-see. As one of the worlds largest and most renowned art museums, it has a huge collection spanning centuries and cultures, making it a haven for history buffs, culture seekers, and art lovers.
Whether you're into history and culture or food and nature, there are plenty of things to see as part of your Barbados multi-centre itinerary.
Bridgetown, the capital city, has a great blend of history, culture, and shopping. History buffs will love exploring sites like the UNESCO-listed Garrison Historic Area, while shoppers will appreciate the boutiques and markets.
Oistins Fish Fry is a local tradition taking place every Friday night; it’s a paradise for seafood lovers and those who want to soak up more Bajan culture. Indulge in delicious fresh grilled fish, dance to the rhythms of calypso music, and mingle with the locals. It's an excellent choice for foodies and those seeking an authentic, lively experience.
For a dose of nature and tranquility, visit Hunte's Gardens. This lush, tropical garden in the middle of the island is a gorgeous spot that’s great for photos, offering you a glimpse of the island’s natural beauty. Another gem if you love the outdoors is the Bathsheba coastline on the East Coast, which is known for its dramatic rock formations and world-class surfing.
Barbados is world-famous for its stunning beaches, each with its own unique look and character.
Crane Beach, on the Southeast Coast, is known for its dramatic cliffs, pink-tinged sands, and the legendary Crane Resort that’s perched on the clifftop. It's a gorgeous, picturesque spot that’s great for sunbathing, swimming, and boogie-boarding, making it a firm favourite with tourists.
On the West Coast, Mullins Beach is a charming cove that has clear, calm waters. It's great for families with children and those who love to snorkel and swim. You’ve also got Paynes Bay Beach here, with gorgeous white sands and crystal-clear waters. You can often spot sea turtles close to the shore, making it a popular spot for snorkelling and for wildlife enthusiasts.
If you want a more lively beach experience, Accra Beach on the South Coast has lots going on. It's surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops, and has a bustling atmosphere.