When considering a holiday to the Caribbean, Barbados is often thought to be the best choice for many reasons. It’s beautiful beaches, high standard of living and friendly people are all fabulous, but what is really alluring about Barbados is that it is a place where you can indulge in total relaxation as well as an action-packed holiday.
Located in the southern Caribbean, it is made up mostly of coral limestone and fringed with coral reefs. The northeastern part of the island or The Scotland District that runs through the parishes of St. John, St. Joseph and St. Andrew is actually composed of sandstone and clay. This area in particular is known for its lush vegetation and spectacular scenery that visitors can see in most (if not all) island tours.
Most of the development on the island is located along the south and west coasts with Bridgetown as its centre. The majority of hotels on the island are also located on the south or west coasts with the south being more popular for tourists looking for 2 to 4 star accommodation.
The translucent turquoise ocean surrounding Barbados beaches provides the perfect setting for days spent on the beach engaged in water activities such as jet-skiing, surfing, kite boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing, sailing, water skiing, snorkelling, wakeboarding and scuba diving. If that list isn’t long enough, there is also deep-sea fishing, boat cruises and boat charters on offer as well. Lessons are available for almost all activities as well.
Transportation on the island is also excellent with both taxis and public transport available to get visitors to any conceivable destination. There are also various rental car companies who cater to those who want a more independently run vacation.
Nightlife in Barbados is very varied and ranges from quiet drinks at rum shops to nightlong dancing at modern rumba nightclubs. There are of course beach bars, pubs and gourmet restaurants for those who want a more leisurely night.
Population: 282, 000
Languages: English, Bajan, Hindi
Currency: Barbadian dollar, AU$1 = Bds$1.53
Neighbours: Saint Vincent, the Grenadines and Saint Lucia
Area: 431 sq km
Time: UTC – 4
Seasons: Dry – December to June, Wet – July to November
Visas: No visas required for Irish or UK passport holders