Barbados is a sun-blessed holiday island in the warm waters of the Caribbean, full of colonial history and pristine beaches, and with an excellent selection of resort and other accommodation.
Top Things about Barbados
Barbados is all about the sparkling water and the activities that can be enjoyed on it or in it. Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are perennial favourites, with pleasant water temperatures all year round and plenty of opportunities to see examples of the abundant marine life under water. Other water sports include kayaking, parasailing, surfing, jet skiing and windsurfing, and there is a variety of cruises both on the water, where swimming, snorkelling and fishing may be offered, and even under water with submarine trips. Inland there is the Flower Forest, a 56-acre botanical garden with majestic palm trees, colourful shrubs and vibrant tropical flowers. Preserved and restored historic buildings abound throughout the island, offering intriguing glimpses into the island’s colonial past.
Best Cities to Visit
Bridgetown is the capital city of Barbados and the port of entry to the island. It is a bustling, thriving urban area, full of duty-free shops selling anything from fine china to top-of-the-range electronics and watches. The city houses the Parliament Buildings, a Gothic masterpiece completed in 1874.
As a complete contrast, Christ Church offers seclusion and a taste of adventure for those who seek it out. Here the natural beauty of the environment shines through and the quality beach clubs, luxury hotels and resorts offer peace and quiet, and a relaxing leisure or business trip.
Tourism is the major draw for Barbados and the island has invested heavily in top quality facilities. There are world-class resorts featuring spas, fitness centres and pools, all with the backdrop of the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Apartments, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts, are part of the accommodation mix, together with plenty of self-catering options.