An old British colony, Barbados is a spectacular island with a truly beautiful capital city, Bridgetown, filled with rich colonial style buildings. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site, rich in culture but also a playground for the rich and famous. The locals called ‘Barjans’ are extremely welcoming and friendly too.
Sometimes called the culinary capital of the Caribbean, there is fresh seafood in abundance and it is famous for its delicious spiced rum cocktails. Mount Gay rum was first made here in 1703 from the locally grown sugar cane and has gained a world-wide following as a bit of a rum powerhouse since.
A small coral island, filled with marine life, and there is the opportunity to swim alongside the turtles or take a catamaran cruise for the day with locally caught mahi-mahi for lunch. Carlisle Bay is one of the most beautiful locations that you can visit by boat and a popular site for scuba diving and snorkelling with six shipwrecks to explore.
Attractive beaches line the west coast of the island, in particular Crane Beach in the south is often rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The beaches on the east coast are great for water sports, especially surfing, but those looking to catch up on some sleep and feel the heat of the sun will feel equally at home.
If you are looking to explore the island you can take a jeep safari into the jungle and see the sugar cane farms and breathtaking views. A popular spot is Harrison’s Caves, one of the island’s best attractions with its alluring underground limestone caves and waterfalls with crystal clear water pools.