The Caribbean islands stretch in a glorious arc from the tip of Florida to the top of South America. The eastern islands are those of your dreams, with wonderful beaches, lush vegetation and warm waters. But distance, geography and climate give the islands individual characters, as does the wealth of different cultural influences.
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’, Barbados is a deservedly world-famous tourist destination. A gorgeous tropical paradise containing the popular cruise port of Bridgetown, the island itself is actually an enormous coral reef that was formed over a million years ago.
Barbados is a colourful island paradise that features some of the Caribbean’s finest hotels, resorts and beaches. It is one of the most developed islands in the region and benefits from rugged coastlines, pristine sands and warm, turquoise seas.
The unique atmosphere of Barbados comes from its scenic variety – rugged coast to the east and lively beaches in the southwest, together with excellent golf, exciting surfing, archaeological sights and highly-rated restaurants.
Tinged with celebrity and artisan chic, this small speck in the shimmering Caribbean displays a sophisticated soul. This is where the smart set party throughout the winter and return in the summer with the family to relax … the coral sands, swaying palms and tempting waters only part of the appeal.
Called ‘Little England’ by some, Barbados’ strong ties with English culture over the years have bequeathed it a genial atmosphere and good infrastructure. The sun shines 340 days of the year in Barbados, and the famously friendly locals only serve to increase the island’s glorious ambience. Barbados is one of the most popular winter sun vacation destinations in the world for northern hemisphere tourists, and is an obligatory stop on any Caribbean cruise adventure.
Barbados has a lot to offer visitors in the way of beach life and sightseeing, making this a superb holiday destination for anyone. When not lazing on the beach, a visit to Harrison’s Cave could prove rewarding and the Jacobean Mansions are also worth seeing. The little fishing village of Bathsheba is favoured by surfers and photographers alike, while Graeme Hall Swamp has even more to offer in the way of unusual sights. Tropical Barbados boasts sunny and fair weather, and the friendly locals also make this an irresistible option for that perfect coastal vacation.
Delicious Bajan food makes an exhilarating introduction to the West Indian way of life – a host of internationally acclaimed restaurants delivering unforgettable epicurean delights. Sip rum punch to the sounds of the waves lapping the shore or join in an impromptu cricket match with the locals on the beach – the legendary warmth of the islanders is infectious.