Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time. On the West Coast of Barbados, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Along the East Coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of the trade winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate.
Blue Barbados Sky
Barbados is a very beautiful island, with lots of art, activities, night life, music, history and some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. But what makes Barbados even more special, and the reason why so many visitors keep returning to the island year after year, is the people. Barbadians, called Bajans, are warm and friendly souls, always ready to greet you with a sincere smile. Barbadians make you feel welcome and special, in this lovely Caribbean Island. You'll feel its your home and you will want to come back again and again.
The island has its very own gold coast for swimmers, named after the fabulous sands. Visitors come from all over the world to take part in windsurfing, surfing and sailboarding competitions. Sports fans can also play golf and tennis and watch some of the world’s best cricketers.
Visitors from Britain will find other reminders of home, from the wigs and robes worn in parliament, to the statue of Nelson in Trafalgar Square. The architecture in the capital of Bridgetown and second largest town, Speightstown, and names such as Brighton beach also offer many reminders of links between the two nations.
There is an abundance of fine restaurants on the island that offer local cuisine, seafood and continental cuisine. The wide range of dining options available in Barbados ensures that there is something to suit every taste and budget.
By day informal attire is acceptable in most Barbados restaurants, but at night a more formal dress code is enforced. It is also recommended that dinner reservations be made in advance, especially during the winter.
Where to stay in Barbados?
You will find inexpensive guest houses with bed and breakfast from under $40.00 U.S daily for a single in the summer to luxury accommodations at some of the world's best hotels at $1,600 in the prime season. From large hotels to small intimate guest houses, Barbados has it all. Stay in a cosy country inn, rent self contained apartments or an elegant villa, on the beach, in town or far away in the quiet countryside. And there are hotels for the sports enthusiasts, from water sports to tennis lessons and professional golf courses. Barbados offers accommodation in every class, for every budget and for every taste.
Getting to Barbados is Easy!
There are several major airlines that fly regularly scheduled service into Barbados from North America, Europe and South America. The two major airlines that come to Barbados from the United States are American Airlines and British West Indies Airlines (BWIA International).
Primary departure points are New York, Miami and Puerto Rico. Air Canada and BWIA fly from Montreal and Toronto, and BWIA also flies out of London and Frankfurt. British Airways flies into Barbados from Europe.South American connections into Barbados include BWIA from Guyana and Caracas, Venezuela as well as regional carriers from both the Caribbean and South America. You may also find good deals on charters coming out of Europe and North America, primarily during the winter months.
Whichever airline you fly, you will land at the Grantley Adams International Airport on the southern tip of the island. Barbados boasts not only one of the longest runways in the region, but also one of the most modern airport facilities. The airport is open 24 hours a day.
Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth
431 sq km ( 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC )
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