standard Barbados – the real fantasy island

Barbados , the real fantasy island,  gives a dreamlike  intimate feeling to your trip.

Barbados is an island nation of the Lesser Antilles, 34 km (21 mi) in length and as much as 23 km(14 mi) in width, amounting to 431 square km (166 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic Ocean and 100 kilometers (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea therein, it is about 168 km (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Venezuela. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.

Barbados Island

Barbados Island

Barbados offers sun, two seas, and an indescribable richness of color. The island abounds with exotic locations and exciting history, while the extensive variety of culture, sports and activities make Barbados the gem of the Caribbean.

History

Once a Portuguese territorial possession known as Os Barbados, in 1625 it became English, and later a British colony. The island has an estimated population of 275,338 people, with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country’s capital. In 1966, Barbados became an independent nation .Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s leading tourist destinations and is the most developed island in the region.

Barbados Island

Barbados Island

Many visitors to Barbados choose to spend several months generally preferring warm weather to the bitter cold up north. The safe, friendly atmosphere and wide range of activities are also great reasons to make Barbados your home for a few months.

Tourism

Due to its relatively high levels of development and its favorable location, Barbados has become one of the prime tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Numerous internationally known hotels offering world-class accommodation can be found on the island. Time-shares are available, and many of the smaller local hotels and private villas which dot the island have space available if booked in advance. The southern and western coasts of Barbados are popular, with the calm light blue Caribbean Sea and their fine white and pinkish sandy beaches. Along the island’s east coast, which faces the Atlantic Ocean, there are tumbling waves which are perfect for light surfing. Some areas remain risky due to under-tow currents.

Barbados west-coast beach

Barbados west-coast beach

Barbados island has 65 miles of coastline with some fantastic beaches. Choosing the beach that best suits you depends largely on whether you are looking for good swimming conditions or larger waves for challenging water sports.

Many visitors to Barbados choose to spend several months generally preferring warm weather to the bitter cold up north. The safe, friendly atmosphere and wide range of activities are also great reasons to make Barbados your home for a few months.

Attractions

Shopping districts are popular in Barbados, with ample duty-free shopping. There is also a festive night-life in mainly tourist areas such as the Saint Lawrence Gap.

Surfing Barbados

Surfing Barbados

Other attractions include wildlife reserves, jewelry stores, surfing ,scuba diving, helicopter rides, golf, festivals (the largest being the annual Crop Over festival July/Aug), sightseeing, cave exploration, exotic sites and fine shopping.

Any visit to Barbados will be a pleasure as the island has a wonderful laid back lifestyle. It is home to wonderful gardens and beaches as well as warm hospitality. It is also an excellent diving and sailing destination, or for the less adventurous, there are great snorkeling opportunities in calm warm Caribbean waters.

Snorkeling Barbados

Snorkeling Barbados

There is always something to keep you entertained while in Barbados! Exciting night life, excellent dining and dinner shows, shopping, romantic cruises or special activities for children.

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