Barbados vacations are whatever you want them to be – Lazing on a white sand beach, dancing under the stars, swimming with turtles, exploring natural wonders, scuba diving, partying on a pirate ship, sailing the Caribbean, or learning the secrets of rum making.
Strongly influenced by the English, afternoon tea, and cricket can be found everywhere. But unlike England, the rain when it falls, is known as liquid sunshine, you’ll never feel cold, you’ll never feel stressed, and everyone smiles!
Whatever your interest a Barbados vacation is guaranteed to satisfy. Beyond the obvious – sun, sand and sea – Barbados can honestly claim to be the island that has everything under the sun. The most easterly of the Caribbean islands, its 166 square miles of forests, cliffs, fishing villages, wildlife, nightlife, and of course beaches, are pounded by the relentless power of the Atlantic on the east, brushed by the Caribbean on the west and caressed everywhere by the sun.
If your idea of a vacation is lying on the sand with a pina colada by your side Barbados has numerous white sand beaches, and is home to some of the best rum anywhere. But if you have a taste for adventure you can strap on a scuba tank and head out into the ocean and discover miles of coral reef teeming with an incredible array of sea life and shipwrecks. If you prefer to be on the water as opposed to under it a Barbados vacation offers some of the best sailing in the Caribbean with south easterly trade winds to carry you across the water. And if sailing is a little too sedate there’s always jet skiing, parasailing, sport fishing and surfing.
Unlike many other islands, a Barbados vacation is more than just sea and sand. Rent a car or bike, hire a taxi, or take a local bus and discover a land rich in history, culture and an abundance of wildlife, beauty and nature. From the rugged beauty of the north to lush fields and forests in the centre, and sugar cane fields in the south; from 5 star resorts on the west coast to historic plantation and chattel houses spread throughout the island; from local potteries to world class golf courses; from hiking through a silent forest to speeding along trails on an ATV this small island is constantly changing and constantly surprising. And if you get lost? Pull out your map and before you know it someone is sure to stop and give you directions!
One of the greatest pleasures of a Barbados vacation is meeting the people, whether staying at a luxury hotel or a local guest house, almost everyone you pass will wish you a good morning, good afternoon, or good evening. The grinding poverty seen on so many other islands does not exist in Barbados. The population is well educated, and, if you engage them in conversation, they will happily tell you about their history, their future, and the best places to visit in the present.
Whether you take a Barbados vacation for the enormous range of sporting activities, the numerous cultural events, to discover the nature and ecological life of the island, or to just relax on the beach, Barbados really does have everything under the sun.