Barbados is a great destination to visit on your holiday to the Caribbean. Barbados lies in the southern Caribbean, close to the South America continent. The climate is tropical, with mild temperatures kept bearable by the winds off the Atlantic Ocean. The island has the nickname: little England’s owing to the stamp that the British left on this former colony. The national obsession is cricket – like many other former British colonies in the Caribbean. This suits the relaxed lifestyle of Barbados.
Barbados is more than just an island in the West Indies. It’s almost a way of life, synonymous with exclusive accommodation (luxury villas rentals) and fashionable restaurants. Barbados has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Yet what originally made the island so popular and its coral sand beaches, turquoise waters and warm, friendly people it is still very much in evidence. Even the tiny chattel houses retain their positions alongside the luxury West Coast hotels and luxury villa rentals, ensuring that the island’s natural charm is never sacrificed. Barbados’s winter social scene continues to rival London’s, with its stylish collection of West Coast restaurants. There are some good venues to try on the South Coast too, as well as some lively nightspots. This is just one reason why being independently mobile is always a good idea here. Another good reason to hire a car is to explore the island, in particular the East Coast where you’ll find the island’s most dramatic scenery. Alternatively, take a helicopter trip, a VIP escorted tour, a day aboard a luxury yacht, or perhaps an island safari. It would be impossible to describe Barbados without mentioning the game of golf. The design talents of Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Junior have been used to optimal effect on the championship courses at Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane.
A holiday to Barbados gives you the best of both worlds relaxation for those looking to unwind and plenty of activities for the more active.
3 Outdoor Activities in Barbados not to miss:
- Atlantis Submarines – Experience a unique underwater adventure in a real submarine...
The award winning Atlantis submarine tour is one of the most highly recommended attractions in Barbados for adults and children (Min height 3 feet.). Imagine yourself in a real submarine, with big view ports all around, fully submerged in the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, as curious exotic fish peek in at you and sea fans sway. The tour lasts ninety minutes from departure in the office to return and you will spend forty to forty-five minutes (40 – 45 mins.) underwater. This fully narrated “must-do” undersea voyage, can take you to a shipwreck and to depths of 150 feet, in air conditioned comfort, which in the past has been reserved only for scuba divers. The submarine day dive features numerous fish and busy reef life and the very different night time experience is a more romantic focus on the corals, colour and night predators. Create amazing unforgettable memories as you are piloted by a professional crew among colorful coral formations, and tropical marine life, aboard the unique Atlantis Submarine.
Barbados’ geographical location makes the island a dream destination for kite surfers. It’s blessed with constant trade winds, yet positioned out of the hurricane belt–so kite surfers can enjoy great conditions through all 12 months of the year. Whether you’ve “caught air” a couple times kite surfing before, or you want to test it out on your next trip, try out Endless Kiteboarding, right on Silver Rock Beach (considered one of the best kiteboarding beaches in the world). In addition to offering thorough lessons by certified experts, you can rent any equipment you might need there too. The only things you need to worry about are actually getting in the water, staying up, and nailing a money-shot to prove how high you soared.
The sparkling sea and colourful life warrant the effort. What’s more, with the rise of EcoTourism in recent years, Barbados offers eco-friendly dives that ensure no damage is done when you take to the water. Most diving companies encourage you make a day of it too, and personalize each excursion to whatever skill level or desires the group has. Want to see turtles? Stingrays? Beautiful coral? It’s up to you, and all available in Barbados. There’s usually snacks and drinks on board too–something else to look forward to if you’re a little nervous about taking the plunge.