1. Stay at a glitzy hotel

There are plenty of beautiful resorts to choose from on the glitzy west coast, including the adults-only Sugar Cane Beach Club Hotel & Spa, the well-appointed Fairmont Royal Pavilion and world-class golf resorts like Sandy Lane and the Royal Westmoreland.

2. Head to the beach

Thanks to the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, you’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. Head to Mullins Bay Beach, where the popular beach bar is perfect for a sunset meal, or Paynes Bay Beach—its shallow reefs make it an ideal spot for snorkelling.

3. Spend a day shopping and eating in Holetown

Shoppers and foodies should spend time in the western coast’s main city, Holetown. Enjoy some duty-free shopping at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, home to high-end retailers like Michael Kors and Longchamp. Later, splurge on dinner just south of Holetown at Cin Cin By The Sea, which melds Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisines with dishes like pan-fried gnocchi served with jerk pork.

4. Drink some local rum

Another day, head down the coast to the island’s vibrant capital, Bridgetown. Take a tour of the famous Mount Gay Rum distillery or check out the Barbados Food & Rum Festival (October 17 to 20), which showcases the best of Bajan cuisine.

This story appears in the November 2015 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.