Barbados is in the eastern Caribbean. It sits just outside the Atlantic hurricane belt, which makes it ideal for year-round travel. Though it is in the North American region of the Caribbean Islands, it is a British Commonwealth.
Barbados has had its fair share of invaders, ending with the African slave trade under British colonialism. It became an independent state in 1966 but was held as a commonwealth under Queen Elizabeth II. Its rich tumultuous history provides a variety of activities for travelers of every age and interest.
The beauty of the island is unparalleled. White sand beaches line the beautiful blue waters, canopied by a clear blue sky that stretches for miles. At night never ending stars, and a sunset that will take your breath away.
If nature is your thing, take a relaxing stroll through Hunte’s Garden. Barbados is also home to four species of sea turtles, macaws and green monkeys. They can be seen at the wildlife reserve. Don’t get too close to the monkeys. Monkeys are very protective of their young and can become a bit aggressive.
The activities are endless. There are cliffs and waves for expert surfers at Bathsheba Beach. British architecture defines Bridgetown across the Chamberlain Bridge. Prefer horse racing, then skip over to the Garrison Savannah Turf Club and even see the George Washington House. The first U.S. President once visited there.
Walk the boardwalk that frames the southern coast of the island. At night the Bajan locals share their hospitality with live music, dancing, and barbecue. If aviation is more your speed, the Concorde is housed in the Grantley Adams International Airport.
Harrison’s Cave offers an ancient perspective of the island. There are endless eateries, museums, shopping, nightclubs, island safari’s, and countless water activities to choose from. The stellar concierge service can make your vacation as busy or peaceful as you want.
Where should you stay? Barbados villas on the beach have panoramic ocean views, 5-star service, and possibly a private chef. Paradise seems understated. It’s up to you to design your perfect vacation and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are a child or a child at heart, there is something for everyone to do here, and the fun never stops.
The nightlife and various festivals can spice up an evening as if the rum punch hasn’t already tickled your senses. Party on land or sea, your choice. There’s even a pirate ship party. The Barbados Black Pearl Jolly Roger serenades guests with steel drums as you sail the Caribbean Sea.
Barbados is an island that has it all. Remember to take lots of photos, don’t stand under coconut trees, they fall when they’re ripe and can cause injury. Never wear camouflage. It is prohibited for anyone but the military. Don’t touch the Manchineel Fruit, it’s poisonous. Don’t even stand under the leaves when it rains. Do enjoy the scenery, the rum, and the culture. Once you have visited you will most likely travel there again.