Last year we went to Barbados for New Year’s Eve for the first time and now I can’t think of spending it anywhere else! As we’re going back again this year I thought I’d share a few tips for those planning to do the same.
Unlike being at home, New Year’s in Barbados is never a disappointment. No shivering in the cold waiting for taxis. No sweaty pubs heaving with drunk idiots.
Just balmy weather, fruity rum punch and sea turtles bobbing by – all to the tropical soundtrack of steel drums. And on New Year’s Eve itself? An iconic party under the moonlight.
If that sounds like something you would be into then read on! Here, I’ll go through everything you need to know when planning your trip to the Caribbean.
This includes all the best parties, where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re in Barbados for New Year’s Eve. At the end, I’ll also include a few top tips and things to avoid.
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Best New Year’s Eve Parties in Barbados
Let’s start with the important stuff! If you’re in Barbados for New Year’s Eve then no doubt you’ll be looking for somewhere to see in 2024.
Locally known as Old Year’s Night, the final evening of the year in Barbados combines feel-good vibes with impressive firework displays, and raucous, open-air parties.
There are lots of different options, whether you want a 5-course gala dinner or prefer a low-key street party. I’ll start with the famous organised events, and then move on to the best street parties, beach parties and free places to see fireworks.
Some of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Barbados are hosted at:
- OAZA by Harbour Lights
- Primo Bar & Bistro
- The Horny Ram Pub
- The Local & Co.
- Calma Beach Club
- The Cliff
- Sandy Lane
Below you can find a short description of each party including the average cost for a ticket per person, and what’s included for that price. Parties are ordered by ticket price (lowest to highest).
This low-key restaurant on the West Coast near Holetown is perfect for those searching for dinner and dancing – without a hefty ticket cost.
Simply reserve a table for dinner, order from the a la carte menu, and enjoy vibrant entertainment from fire eaters to limbo shows and music by local DJs and Mother Sally, a roving, rhythmic musician.
Ticket Cost: Free
Location: Alleynes Bay, St. James, West Coast
What’s Included: Unique Bajan entertainment and music.
What’s the Vibe: Local restaurant creates a festive atmosphere with fiery entertainment.
This is where we went last year and had an absolute blast! Hosted in a different venue each year by one of Bridgetown’s most famous clubs, there’s incredible music, show-stopping optics and free-flowing drinks. Kicking off at 9pm, this year’s soiree will take place in the tropical gardens of a colonial mansion in St. James.
Last year’s event (LUMA, pictured above) was hosted in an abandoned factory, but that didn’t stop people from dressing their best! There’s a coat and shoe check, so you can swap your heels for flip-flops when the dancing gets too much, and this year’s party also features an espresso bar to keep you going well past midnight.
This party is located at a one-off venue on the West Coast (NOT at the Harbour Lights Club in Bridgetown), in St. James. Strictly 18s and over.
Ticket Cost: USD$147
Location: Mangrove Great House, St. James, West Coast
What’s Included: Prosecco, alcoholic drinks and mixers, live music and DJs, fireworks display at midnight
What’s the Vibe: Wild party in an atmospheric setting, dress to impress.
If you’re staying on the South Coast and looking for one of the best NYE parties in Barbados, you can’t go wrong with Primo Bar & Bistro.
Right in the heart of the action at St. Lawrence Gap, this waterside restaurant offers an atmospheric setting to see in the New Year, with a front-row seat to some of the best fireworks displays on the island.
Ticket Cost: USD$150
Location: St. Lawrence Gap, South Coast
What’s Included: 3-course dinner with party favours and live music.
What’s the Vibe: Lais-back dinner and dancing at a happening spot in the South.
A favourite amongst locals and those in the know, the Horny Ram Pub is an unassuming spot on the road out of Holetown. Nevertheless, this bijou bar is famous for its live music, topped only by an iconic masquerade party on New Year’s Eve.
Don your mask and enjoy a delicious three-course feast, with live music and entertainment from 8pm onwards.
Ticket Cost: USD$175
Location: Holetown, St. James, West Coast
What’s Included: A delicious three-course meal, live Bajan entertainment from 8pm till late.
What’s the Vibe: Old-school party glamour meets lively local bar with proper knees-up music and dancing.
This classy cocktail bar and kitchen is located in Speightstown on the West Coast. With quirky vintage interiors and tables right by the water, it’s a cool hangout at any time of the year, but especially on Old Year’s Night.
Guests dining in the beach club can dig into a tasty bowl of food and a complimentary glass of champagne before dancing the night away.
Pay the higher ticket cost, and you can enjoy a highly rated 5-course set menu in the main dining area instead. Both options include a raucous, Broadway-inspired evening of entertainment, including live music, drumming, and pyrotechnics.
Ticket Cost: USD$175 – $400
Location: Speightstown, St. Peter, West Coast
What’s Included: Either a one or 5-course meal, a glass of vintage champagne, music, dancing, and daredevil entertainment.
What’s the Vibe: Stylish dining and dancing in a classy beach club with memorable entertainment.
Located in the heart of the West Coast action in Holetown, Calma Beach Club offers a beautiful beachside location where you can dance with your toes in the sand.
It’s a smaller venue than many on this list, offering a more intimate party atmosphere. However, you can still enjoy a tasty four-course dinner and dance to DJ tunes until 2am.
If you want to splash out, you can pay extra for a VIP table with the best view, or you can arrive after dinner (9pm) to enjoy dancing in the bar area for just USD$50 per person. Reservations must be made in advance.
Ticket Cost: USD$250
Location: Calma Beach Club, Holetown, St. James, West Coast
What’s Included: Four-course sit-down dinner, welcome cocktails, party favours, live entertainment and fireworks at midnight.
What’s the Vibe: Laid-back luxe in a bijou beach club, with a live saxophonist and waves lapping on the sand.
A classy spot to celebrate the New Year, The Cliff is possibly the most famous beachside restaurant in Barbados.
Expect an incredible feast from some of the most celebrated chefs on the island, followed by entertainment from world-famous bands – last year’s acts included Fleur East, the Gypsy Kings and Arturo Tappin.
If your pockets are deep enough, this is the Barbados New Year’s Eve Party to end them all!
Ticket Cost: USD$1225 plus service charge.
Location: Derrick’s, St. James, West Coast
What’s Included: Canapes, cocktails and champagne on arrival. A six-course sit-down meal and live music and entertainment until 2am.
What’s the Vibe: World-famous entertainment, Michelin-star dining, and a star-studded guest list.
If you’re hoping to bump into some celebrities while you’re in Barbados for New Year’s Eve, then the party at Sandy Lane is your best bet. There are a very small number of tables available to non-resident guests, and the price is only revealed on application, although you can expect to pay over $1000 per person.
Ticket Cost: On application.
Location: Sandy Lane Hotel, St. James, West Coast
What’s Included: Champagne reception, indulgent beachside feast, DJs and dancing, a firework display at midnight.
What’s the Vibe: An ultra-exclusive gala dinner and party at the most prestigious hotel in Barbados.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Barbados
While fireworks are not sold to the general public in Barbados, you’ll still find plenty of impressive displays lighting up the skies on Old Year’s Night.
If splashing out to attend an organised party doesn’t sound like your thing, you can always head down to the beach with a bottle of your favourite bubbly stuff to watch the show instead.
The best places for New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Barbados are:
- 1st Street, Holetown, West Coast
- Alleynes Bay, West Coast
- Paynes Bay, West Coast
- On the beach outside the Hilton Barbados Resort, Bridgetown
- Hastings Boardwalk, South Coast
- St Lawrence Gap, South Coast
- Carlisle Bay Beach, South Coast
Be sure to arrive early to secure your spot and avoid the traffic!
Barbados NYE Beach Parties
While many of the parties listed above are hosted by the water, there are no official beach parties in Barbados. However, many people head down to the beach with a picnic blanket and some fizz to watch the fireworks, so there’s always a festive atmosphere!
The busiest ones include the beach at Holetown, Alleynes Bay, the beach outside the Hilton Resort, and St. Lawrence Gap.
There is also a famous street party in Holetown which offers a great low-cost alternative to those hosted at hotels.
It’s a favourite with the locals, and takes place on first and second street in Holetown, spilling out of buzzing bars and onto the beach. There are plenty of pop-up bars and bites to eat to keep you going until midnight!
Where to Stay for New Year’s Eve in Barbados
Wondering where to stay in Barbados for New Year’s Eve? I truly believe West is best – purely because it’s where you’ll find the best restaurants, most idyllic beaches and most iconic parties!
Holetown is a great choice if you want to be close to the best nightlife, while Mullins Bay is a breathtaking stretch of sand a short drive from many of the attractions in this guide.
On the West Coast, hotels tend to be incredibly expensive, especially over New Year. However, you can find some fantastic self-catering accommodation, from beautiful Bajan apartments for couples to stunning villas for the whole family.
Last year, we stayed in an apartment at Beacon Hill (pictured above), which had a stunning rooftop pool and was mere steps from the beach.
We travelled with friends in a larger group who stayed at Tradewinds Villa in Mullins Bay, which had its own private pool and BBQ area, also metres from the beach.
I recommend using Vrbo for the best choice of holiday rentals in Barbados for New Year’s Eve. You’ll find there’s something for every group size and budget, with lots of last-minute availability too!
Barbados for New Year’s Eve: Hotels
If you prefer to stay in a hotel, there are still plenty of options! Book early to avoid disappointment.
Sugar Cane Club Hotel: A secluded, adults-only hotel in a tranquil spot in Speightstown, with lush gardens and a cocktail lounge. Perfect for a mid-range budget.
Mullins Grove: A chic aparthotel located in prime position in Mullins Bay, with reasonable rates and wonderful pool facilities.
The Palms Resort: Another reasonably priced aparthotel located in the heart of the action in Holetown, with stylish minimal decor and a communal pool.
Beach View Hotel: A picturesque property neighbouring the infamous Cliff in Paynes Bay, with spacious accommodation options and carefully maintained facilities.
Cobbler’s Cove: Candy-striped parasols and irresistible colonial architecture offer an iconic Caribbean stay at this charming hotel in Speightstown.
Fairmont Royal Pavillion: An upmarket stay in an ideal spot north of Holetown, with its own beach club and ocean-inspired interiors.
The Sandpiper: A stunning five-star boutique on the beach in Holetwon, with gorgeous tropical gardens and an exclusive open-air restaurant.
Yellow Bird Hotel: Ideally situated at the entrance to St. Lawrence Gap, this hotel offers excellent value for money and cheerful Caribbean interiors.
White Sands Beach Condos: A well-equipped aparthotel in a grand building overlooking the glimmering beach, perfect for a mid-range budget.
Sugar Bay Barbados: As sweet as the name suggests, this luxury all-inclusive offers a truly laid-back experience, complete with airy interiors and a charming kids club.
O2 Beach Club and Spa: Perfect for young couples, this stylish spot near St. Lawrence Gap has multiple pools, restaurants right on the sand, and a swim-up bar.
You might also be interested in reading about: the nearby island of Mustique, a private Caribbean hideaway for the rich and famous…
Things to do in Barbados for New Year’s Eve
There are so many incredible activities and things to do while you’re in Barbados for New Year’s Eve!
Obviously one of the main attractions of this spectacular island is its white sugary beaches.
I recommended checking out Mullins Beach for warm, calm waters and a chic beach bar (Sea Shed). Meanwhile, Reeds Bay is a beautiful, quiet spot perfect for peaceful sunbathing. Also on the West Coast, Alleynes Beach is a happening spot surrounded by local Bajan bars and bites.
South of Bridgetown, Carlisle Bay is known to be the best for spotting turtles and other sea life, while Drill Hall Beach is perfect for practising your skills on the surfboard. Travel even further around the south coast, and you’ll come across the picturesque Crane Beach, with its iconic seashell-pink sand.
Aside from beach hopping, some of my favourite things to do in Barbados include:
Small Group Catamaran Cruise: Swim with turtles, visit some of the island’s best beaches, enjoy a Bajan lunch on board and unlimited rum punch. What’s not to love?!
Mount Gay Rum Distillery Tour: Visit the most famous rum distillery on the island to find out how the pirate’s choice of tipple is produced. Tastings and cocktail workshops are also available.
Animal Flower Cave: A unique spot on the island’s wild and rural East coast, where you can swim inside prehistoric caves and watch the waves crash against the cliffs.
Oistins Fish Market: Ask any local and they’ll tell you the place to be on Fridays is down at Oistins. Here you can do as the Bajans do: order some fresh catch of the day, watch the local dancers, and even partake in a dominoes championship.
Watersports: Watersports can be found on almost all of the major beaches in the South and West coast of Barbados, so there’s always a way to get wet, whether you prefer windsurfing or jet skiing! I recommended a surfing lesson on Drill Hall Beach and a jet ski tour of the West Coast.
Best Restaurants for New Year’s in Barbados
One of the best things to do in Barbados for New Year’s is to sample all of the incredible restaurants on offer! You could easily spend a week just eating your drinking your way around the island.
If you’re visiting Barbados for New Year’s Eve, be sure to try and book restaurants in advance of your arrival, especially if you are a large group. Many of the popular spots get booked up months in advance, as this is the peak week of the high season!
Here are a few restaurants I recommended booking during your time in Barbados for New Year’s Eve:
Sea Shed: The place to be in Mullins Bay, with a beautiful decked dining area, tables in the sand, and the Salt Bar for rum-punch-fueled afternoons.
Fish Pot: A tasty menu of classics in a stylish open-air setting in Speightstown, overlooking a beautiful sandy beach with a soundtrack of steel drums.
La Cabane: A toes-in-the-sand, tiki-torch-filled venue halfway between Holetown and Bridgetown. Arrive at 5pm to watch the most breathtaking sunset.
Lobster Alive: Right on Brownes Beach in Bridgetown, this place is known for its exceptional selection of lobster – which I can personally vouch is the juiciest you’ll ever taste!
Baia: A unique Peruvian-fusion menu in an equally tempting setting, perched right over the turquoise ocean in Speightstown.
Bombas: A low-key local restaurant right on the water in Mullins, perfect for fresh fish and friendly, informal dining.
Barbados for New Year’s Eve: Top Tips and Things to Avoid
- Start getting into the timezone ahead of time. If you’re in the UK, London is 4 hours ahead of Bridgetown, which means making it to midnight can be a struggle. Try to arrive a few days before to acclimate, or stay up late before you leave!
- Hire a car. There is so much to see and do while you’re in Barbados for New Year’s Eve, it would be a crime to stay in your hotel! Renting a car is the best and most convenient way to get around the island. Taxis are unreliable and expensive, while the bus service is cheap, but often full, and very hot. Compare local car hire prices here.
- Book restaurants well in advance. Especially for New Year’s Eve itself, but also for the other nights you are there. This is possibly the busiest week in the Barbados high season, so things get booked up early!
- Bring some Barbados dollars too. While you can pay for many things by card or even with US dollars, having some local cash to hand is always useful for small purchases and to pay taxi drivers.
Ready to celebrate New Year Barbados style? Let me know about your plans in the comments! Maybe I’ll see you there…
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