Whether you seek soft beaches, powerful surf, refined sophistication or the up-tempo, festive feel, Barbados has something for everyone. It is the easternmost of the Lesser Antilles islands and, as such, enjoys the graces of two oceans – the Caribbean Sea gently caressing its west side and the Atlantic Ocean pounding at its eastern end. The two bodies of water converge on the island’s southern shores, where smaller hotels, a vibrant night life, an array of restaurants, Oistins Fish Fry – and legions of windsurfers – await.
The local Bajans, as they are known, display a brawn inherited from both 3 1 ⁄2 centuries of British rule and the faith and endurance of the former slaves who populated the island to cultivate sugarcane. A wealth of traditions have influenced every facet of life, from music and dance to cuisine and of course, rum – Barbados being the birthplace of this elixir.
Barbados offers luxurious hotels, villas and apartments lining many beaches. Visit the famous Millionaires’ Playground (a.k.a. Platinum Coast). Barbados’ premier festival, Crop Over, which traditionally celebrated the end of the sugar season, lasts for five weeks and includes markets, carnival shows, calypso concerts and colourful parades. Other special events also draw visitors: Annually in March, Holders Season is internationally renowned for its series of opera, theatre and music performances couple with the Sandy Lane Gold Cup is a hot ticket for the horse racing enthusiast at the historic Garrison Savannah. King Cricket will offer an International Series versus a Test Playing Nation or Pre- Season Training and Tournament for English County Cricket Clubs and The Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Classic is played on our top four golf courses on island in late April caters to golfers of all levels.
The island offers much to see and do: Broad Street in Bridgetown, the island’s capital city, is home to several large department stores and duty-free shops offering prices that can be 20 to 40 percent lower those than back home. Sunbury Plantation House, which dates from 1660, houses a collection of antiques, including carriages and farm implements. Other homes worth touring include St. Nicholas Abbey and the Francia Plantation. Take a tram ride through Harrison’s Cave to view stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls and pools. Stroll through Andromeda Gardens, or tee off at one of four golf courses, including the Green Monkey, at the Sandy Lane resort. Other popular sports include football, hockey, tennis, swimming squash and polo.