Just 8 hours away from the dreary English winter, Barbados is an amazing getaway if you are searching for a laid back, chilled holiday.
A coral island, Barbados is unique.Â The west coast is rocky and a legend with surfers; those looking for action will find wind-surfing, hiking, diving and more, whilst the east coast gives white and pink sandy beaches and warm sea water for a refreshing alternative to the heat of the sun.Â The islanders are friendly and welcoming, and the whole area has a distinctly fun feel.Â You could spend your whole holiday laying on the beach, listening to the breeze in the palms and the lapping of the sea, stopping only to get lunch or take a dip in the sea.Â Alternatively, should you get itchy feet and feel the need for more adventure, there are a great selection of activities across the island.
Hop on a reggae bus, the Bajan answer to public transport, and visit the island.Â The reggae bus is the alternative to their own public transport system which tends to be stuffy and rigid in rules;Â jump on a reggae bus and travel along listening to reggae favourites which are pumped out of a huge speaker at the front of the vehicle.Â It also has a loud and unusual horn to signal its approach to the next bus stop.
Catamaran tours of the island are very popular with tourists, and great fun.Â The boats staff are always friendly and chatty, providing a bbq buffet and bar for you to enjoy whilst sunning yourself on the deck of the boat.Â There are regular stops for photos, and you can get off the boat and snorkel with the exotic fish, swim with the native turtles and paddle to the shore and back again before the boat takes off. These are well worth doing if you can, as these moments will stay in your memory for years to come.
Another great excursion while on the island is the Atlantis Submarines.Â These offer journeys to the bottom of the ocean to view fish and anenomies, and is often a very special day trip for the family. Make sure you have yourÂ Travel Insurance sorted!
Bajan cuisine is absolutely beautiful; plantain, local caught fish and other delicacies to tempt your taste buds.Â Alternatively, there is a diverse range of other world cuisines for you to sink your teeth into.Â The cocktails are also second to none, using Malibu from the local factory where the worlds supply is made.
Economically and politically, Barbados is a great place for travel, steeped in contentment. Social tensions flared during the 1930s, and Barbados' black majority gradually gained more rights in the politics of the country. The economy was diversified through the international tourism boom and gave more islanders the opportunity for economic success and self-determination. England granted Barbados internal self-government in 1961 and it became an independent nation on November 30, 1966.
What are you waiting for? Pack a bag, get your Travel Insurance and go!