Barbados

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Does sipping on a cool cocktail on a nearly deserted, pure white sand beach with a turquoise blue ocean in front of you sound like a bucket list item?  If so, a Barbados Holiday is a great item to scratch off of your to-do-list.  Located just east of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, Barbados enjoys year round enjoyable tropical temperatures, which rarely, if ever dips below 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius).  Since the island is so small, a constant, cooling breeze blows over the entirety of the country.  This means that even though Barbados is tropical and is prone to heat, the constant wind means it never gets too unbearably hot.

barbadosWhat is there to do in Barbados besides sitting on the beach, relaxing the days away?  If you’re a diver, the diving all around the island is world class; offering nearly limitless destinations and endless opportunities to see an abundance of sea life.  Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles seemingly swarm around the island. There are loads of boat trips that’ll take you out to swim with them. Some combine the journey with a spot of snorkeling around the island’s reefs and wrecks, too. No matter what side of the island your hotel or resort is at, there is sure to be great diving nearby.

If water activities isn’t your thing and you would rather explore on foot, Barbados is excellent for hiking and sightseeing as well.  One particular destination that has fantastic panoramic views of the land is at Cherry Tree Hill.  The road that ascends to the summit wanders through a sugar cane plantation and as the road traverses up the hill, mahogany trees line the side of the road.   At 850 feet, (259 meters) the summit offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.  On the way back down the hill, a stop off at the St. Nicholas Abbey Rum and distillery.  Here, rum is produced and you can take a tour and sample some of the best rum in the Caribbean!

For those who want to incorporate some city life into their vacation, the capital city of Bridgetown is a great place to explore a few days.  Here, there are a few museums that can take you back in time or markets to buy souvenirs for friends back home.  There are also churches, a harbor and other attractions that can make your stay more enjoyable.

It is clear that Barbados is the perfect destination and is a great place for people of all ages to enjoy.  From snorkeling or diving in the ocean to hiking and visiting rum distilleries, Barbados is a great place to escape for a few days, weeks or even months!

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Ah, the Caribbean. The name alone conjures up daydreams of relaxing on the beach under a palm tree with your feet buried in warm, white sand and a nice sea breeze coming off the clear blue waters ahead. With thousands of islands spread out over the Caribbean Sea, there are many options of islands to choose from to spend your time. Many tourists have the belief that visiting the Caribbean is too expensive and that even though they would like to go, it is out of their price range.

This is true if you’re island hopping around but if you concentrate on just one island, it can be a very economical place to travel to. One of the most popular places to take a vacation for those on a budget is Barbados, which is just north of Venezuela. Barbardos is one of the best places to discover a little slice of the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

 

A beach on Barbados. Image courtesy of Google Images

The high season for visiting Barbados is from December to April. During this time, people from all around the world come here to visit, mostly to come to lay on the beach or relax on a fishing boat, waiting for a tuna, marlin or any sport fish to take a bite. If fishing or lounging around on the beach isn’t your cup of tea, exploring the landscape by hiking or snorkelling are other fantastic activities that are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. There is always something for everyone to do on Barbados.

 

Even though the high season is from December to April, Barbados is a great destination to visit any time of the year. Tropical weather means that the temperature is constant throughout the year. The only time you might not want to consider going there is during their distinct hurricane season from June to October. The rest of the year thunderstorms are normal and welcome. After a good downpour on a hot, humid day, the air is fresh and the temperature cools down. Locals usually get jackets on after a thunderstorm when the temperature can dip below 75 degrees fahrenheit.

 

If you do plan on going during the off season, a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed is the Crop Over Festival. This festival is in August and is a celebration that signals the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest. This is a huge party filled with drinks, music and street parties.

The Crop Over Festival. Image courtesy of Google Images.

Anytime you chose to come to Barbados is sure to be an experience that you will never forget. With great year round temperature and climate, there are always activities to be done and sights to be seen. Festivals are year round as well. Barbados is one of the most unique places in the Caribbean Sea and a place that should not be skipped over.

Bathsheba, Barbados

With its glorious weather, sandy beaches and lukewarm turquoise seas, the Caribbean islands are seen as a dream holiday destination for many people. Temperatures tend to range from a minimum of 20C in January to above 30C in July, so you can be sure of getting some sunshine whenever you travel.

The one problem that some tourists may have is deciding which island and Caribbean resorts they want to visit. Here Columbus Direct shares a list of five areas which should certainly be considered by any tourist who fancies veering off towards the Caribbean Sea…

Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados

Barbados

Barbados may be one of the smaller Caribbean islands, but it’s home to fun, adventure and paradise that belies its diminutive size. There are more than 70 miles worth of pristine white beaches on which to soak up the sun, enjoy a rum punch or try out some water sports.

The West coast really comes to life at night-time. Its delightful range of bars and restaurants create a carnival atmosphere wherein tourists can eat, drink and dance to jazz, reggae or traditional chart music.

Some of the biggest party nights occur during the island’s annual festivals. The three-day Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival begins on November 22nd, whilst the grand celebration of the nation’s independence takes place on November 30. What a perfect excuse to book an end-of-year holiday!

St Lucia

St Lucia could be the perfect choice for those who love the idea of exploring a tropical paradise. The island is covered with miles worth of glorious rainforest to trek through, with plenty of luxury hotels and tourists attractions camped within it.

Visitors are urged to go snorkelling at the foot of the iconic Piton mountains or join a guided tour on a hike up to the top for some of the most incredible views of their surroundings. There’s also the opportunity to try horse-back riding across the beach, take the whole family to a water park or explore the forest wildlife during a relaxing walk on the beach.

Ideally, tourists would visit the island during Carnival celebrations, which run throughout June and July.

Turner Beach, Antigua
Turner Beach, Antigua

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua is another hugely popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. Once again, glorious coastlines, fine dining and friendly locals are the norm. Visitors have the opportunity to snorkel with stingrays, zip-line through tropical rainforests or relax on a luxury cruise.

Antigua has its own Carnival which takes place in July, yet others could be more excited by the prospect of National Sailing Week, which falls in April.

There are plenty of boat trips to nearby Barbuda as well. With a population of just 2,000 people, it’s often described as the Caribbean’s best kept secret. It can feel like your own personal tropical island getaway.

Dominican Republic

One of the largest and most vibrant areas of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is perfect for those who want their holiday to feature a bit of everything.

There’s 250 miles of coastline to enjoy, but so much see and do in the centre of the island as well. Try white-water rafting through Jarabacoa, exploring underground caves in Juan Dolio or riding a cable car almost 800 metres above sea level in Puerto Plata.

Experience the sights on top of the Caribbean’s largest mountain – the 3,000m+ high Pico Duarteis. Marvel at the beauty of the Caribbean’s largest lake – The Enriquillo. You can even cross the border and enjoy the attractions that neighbouring Haiti has to offer. It really is the island that has it all.

Jamaica

Visit Jamaica and find out that the stereotypical relaxed fun-loving stereotype of the locals is completely true to life. The culture is one of easy living, dance, fun and celebration.

The traditional tourist attractions to enjoy include beaches, bars restaurants and the world-famous Bob Marley museum. But the best way to get the most out of the island is to mix with the friendly locals in the capital Kingston, the party city of Montego Bay or the beautiful coastal region of Ocho Rios.

In truth, the majority of Caribbean islands make for the perfect holiday destination. Those who make the effort to visit any of these fantastic nations can consider themselves truly blessed.

 About the AuthorSam Jones is a full time writer who loves to travel to exotic places and experience some of the most unusual and brilliant places the world has to offer. Find him on Google+