If talcum powder beaches and the allure of azure waters is too much temptation, then it’s time to pack your bags and book a ticket to Barbados, the Caribbean's fashionable holiday paradise. With more than 70 miles of beaches, Barbados is famous for its surf and sand and a first time visitor to the island can be forgiven for hitting the beaches as soon as they land! Though a typically Caribbean island, Barbados is not just any other beach vacation hot spot! History and nature greet you everywhere in the form of museums, quaint streets, and several beautiful botanical gardens.
Favorite haunt of some of the world's glitterati, Barbados' exclusive west coast is a sophisticated playground of palatial beachfront mansions and refined oceanfront restaurants. Also known as the Platinum Coast, this beautiful stretch of golden sands straddles the parishes of St James and St Peter and entices holidaymakers with its luxurious and sumptuous hotels with spas, fine dining restaurants, and championship golf courses along crystalline turquoise waters.
On the Platinum Coast, the historic town of Holetown marks the spot where the first British settlers touched land in 1627, laying the foundations for Barbados' modern day status as 'Little England'. Visitors to Barbados are still immediately made to feel at home with a friendly welcome from the hospitable Bajans and a very familiar feel in the capital of Bridgetown as Lord Nelson stands opposite the Houses of Parliament and the locals take every opportunity to engage you in talk on the topic of cricket, the national obsession.
The island’s southern end is home to the best beaches while, Bathsheba, battered by Atlantic, on the east coast is a surfer’s paradise as well as famous for the Mushroom Rock.
For those of you who love to eat and drink, when in Barbados you can never be too far away from food and rum, the most favored drink! The island has more than 1500 rum shops and calypso music greets you loudly everywhere, making the atmosphere vibrant and thoroughly festive. The capital, Bridgetown, is situated on the island’s lone natural harbor, and offers all types of lodging choices from cheap to ultra-luxurious. It has many old colonial structures, chattel houses, and rum shops. Like the locals, the tourists can also enjoy their day at one of the several cafes or snack bars along the Constitution River’s south bank. Broad St is the place for shopping and Swan St. is the local culture hot spot.
The mainland, Central Barbados is a region with rolling hills and natural and charming sights spread along tiny meandering roads away from the buzz of the south and west coasts, which are the hubs of tourism because of their powdery white beaches and dramatic coastlines! South Barbados’s Hastings, Worthing, and Rockley are commercial districts, while St Lawrence Gap and Dover Beach having their own unique appeal. Of course, east coast on the untamed Atlantic Ocean is completely different from the rest of the island albeit with a small population. It is however, very beautiful with windswept vistas, craggy coastlines, and is always teeming with those who need their dose of surf.
But you can never forget you're in the tropics; fields of swaying sugar cane criss cross the island's stately plantations and blissfully warm evenings are perfect for relaxing round the barbecue to the sound of calypso, limbo dancing on the sands or romantic candlelit dinners under the stars. Bask in the sun as your catamaran sets sail for a tranquil beach for swimming and snorkeling with the turtles or enjoy a generous measure of Barbados' famous rum punch aboard a sunset party cruise.