Bright and Bold | Barbados Travel Photography

This January morning, I am sitting at my kitchen table, watching the deep midwinter pre-dawn gloom just outside. Cars hiss along the street in icy darkness, their headlights illuminating canyons of piled snow. It is 7:29am and there is still no sign of the sun.

Being from California where gardens never stop growing, I am particularly drawn to the quiet, dormant beauty of this season in Western Canada; the stillness and insular peace of a snowbound prairie horizon is more comforting than I expected. When the wind whips down from the North, the cold air carries drifting curtains of snow, and even the trees appear to shiver.

However, while I genuinely enjoy these philosophical moments of winter from a cozy indoor perspective, it has also become my habit to use the short days and dark hours to escape into editing colourful photos from warmer places and times. I’ve started 2019 off with a dip into last year’s visit to Barbados.

Details from the relaxing and luxurious experience of a Silver Moon catamaran cruise in Barbados

This was my first trip to a truly tropical climate since living in Hawaii over a decade ago. Immediately, the vivid blue hues of the water and the unabashed lushness of the plant life were a tremendous relief after a few months of monochrome winter weather.

Barbados travel photography of colourful boats in a calm harbour
Harbour scene of a yellow and blue boat on a calm morning in Barbados
Travel photography of a bright red, colourful flowers and lush green foliage from the gardens of Barbados
Bright, colourful flowers and lush green foliage from the gardens of Barbados

Gentle sea breezes filtered through curtains of palm fronds and the constant soft movement of clouds and waves were hypnotic and soothing. Looking at these photos, I can almost feel the calming warmth of this slice of Caribbean paradise. Barbados travel photography is all about colour and contrast, with a perfect palette of tropical colours to explore.

Palm tree and an blue tropical ocean horizon seen through a geometric window screen, travel photography from Barbados
A palm tree and blue ocean horizon is framed by the barred windows of a house in Barbados

If you need a little more warm weather and colourful, tropical escapism, this batch of scenic details and many more have been added to my Barbados travel photography gallery.

Wild waves at North Point | Barbados Travel Photography

Travel photography of the crashing turquoise waves along the limestone cliffs of North Point Barbados,
North Point, Barbados is a dramatic stretch of island coast, overlooking water in which the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet. The limestone cliffs and boulders are studded with fossilized coral, and the crashing waves have carved tunnels and blowholes through the rock.

At the northern end of the island of Barbados, dramatic cliffs overlook the waters where the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet. Creating huge swells and smashing waves swept by powerful winds, with a backdrop plateau of limestone boulders and lush green plants, this is a wild and dramatic place.


The colour of the water is a stunning shade of aqua blue, and the swirling surf is mesmerizing. Some people venture out along the cliffs overlooking the churning surf, and nearby a restaurant serving local flavours offers a scenic spot to sit and take it all in.

There are paths winding along the edge, past blowholes and interesting ancient rocks bearing the marks of fossilized coral. There is even access to the caves below, famed for their populations of sea anemones.

This is a lovely day-excursion when visiting Barbados, and a fun travel photography subject. Even when it seems many people are headed down the path to the cliffs, once there, the space to explore allows one to quietly enjoy the wild, beautiful scenery in peace. Just watch your step, those blowholes are deep!

Find more of this stunning spot and other locations around Barbados, in my archives.