For many people a holiday to the Caribbean is all about the chance to lie back and relax on a sun-kissed beach before a refreshing dip in clear blue waters teeming with marine life.
If that sounds heavenly, then you might want to consider booking a trip to the paradise island of Barbados, which continues to be one of the most popular destinations in the region for overseas visitors.
Impressive weather for most of the year - aside from a brief wet season - is a major draw for anyone heading for Barbados because you’ll be able to really take advantage of some of the many fantastic beaches that line the coast.
No matter where you head, there will be a stretch of stunning coast within easy reach, with nearly 100km of clear white sand surrounding the island, all of which leads into the inviting blue waters of the Atlantic.
The beaches on the western coast are particularly impressive, with the pure sand sitting alongside high-end resorts such as St James and St Peters
Barbados isn’t only about the coastal areas however and there is plenty to appeal to overseas visitors if you head inland to explore stunning rainforests and spectacular caves, as well as nature reserves packed with native wildlife.
If you’re someone who likes to take your clubs away on holiday, you’ll also find some of the Caribbean’s best golf courses where you can enjoy a quick round.
Should you feel the need to visit the ‘big’ cities then the capital Bridgetown is a must, with various attractions that will help to tell the story of the island and given an insight into its history and culture.
Expect to see a fascinating blend of the Caribbean and the heritage that still exists from the days when Barbados was under British rule across the city and of course, enjoy the chance to sample local food and the famous run for which the island is so well known.
If you are into diving then Barbados is one of the best places in the Caribbean to head for your annual holiday, with a huge number of different sites around the coast. As well as impressive reefs teeming with marine life, there are a number of wrecks that lie beneath the surface and are waiting to be explored – such as the SS Stavronikita.
Harrison’s Cave sits in the heart of the island and has been formed through water erosion of the limestone rock. Believed to date back to the 1790s at least, the caves were rediscovered in the 1970s and can now be explored either by tram, on foot or by following in the footsteps of previous explorers in more intimate fashion.
Rum is one of the biggest exports from the island of Barbados, with Mount Gay being one of the most famous brands. A visit to the distillery provides the chance to explore the techniques that have been perfected over 300 years of rum making – with a range of different tours being available.
St Lawrence Gap
St Lawrence Gap is located in the parish of Christ Church and is the place to go on the island if you are in search of a good night out. The Gap is home to a number of nightclubs where you can dance until the early hours as well as various food vendors and a range of different shops.
Barbados is a fantastic option for anyone who loves a round of golf, with the island being home to a number of top class courses that will provide a challenge for players of all handicaps. That includes the Barbados Golf Club designed by experienced designer Ron Kirby and Sandy lane – which hosted the 2006 World Golf Championship.
It might have exited service in 2003, but Concorde remains one of the most iconic planes in the world and G-BOAE, which flew from 1977 onwards, is now located on Barbados as part of a special exhibition near to the airport where you can take a tour
You can’t visit Barbados and not pay a visit to the capital city Bridgetown. With countless landmarks to explore, including the World Heritage Listed National Historic Area, you’ll be somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do – with the only thing for certain being that there is something for everyone.
If diving isn’t your thing then there are plenty of other water-based activities that you can try during a trip to Barbados – from surfing and bodyboarding to snorkeling and kayaking. You could also try your hand at fishing or even swim with turtles.
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