Barbados holidays have been popular with couples, families and groups on tour for as long as air travel has been affordable. Why? Well, the scenery is eye-poppingly gorgeous, the culture is varied and interesting and Bajans have a reputation for being fun and friendly.
For me, it’s been a dream destination for a long time and my top choice for a Caribbean getaway. There are several reasons why I think this small sovereign island sets itself apart, and I want to write about why I think Barbados would make the perfect holiday destination for anyone.
Firstly, let’s do some geography: Barbados is a coral island set where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean sea. These waters are warm just about the whole year round, and Barbados holidays boast some of the world’s most spectacular diving. But the natural beauties of the islands aren’t limited to the coast. The core of the Barbados is made up of caves and underground lakes, formed from coral sediment. That may not sound like much, but they’re a huge tourist pull, not only because they form a network of lakes and waterfalls, but because you can see the changing nature of these caves through the formation of stalactites and stalagmites. Harrison’s cave is the most famous of these amazing underground spaces and has scores of visitors every year.
Though the island is primarily flat, if you are keen on hiking like I am, Barbados does have some higher terrain. The island comes to its highest peak at Mount Hillaby, and if you make the hike, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic sea views from the most scenic lookout in the country.
I’m also a sucker for history, and Barbados has lots of it. There are plantation tours that go into the history of rum, a delicious sugar cane liquor we can thank the Bajans for inventing.Unsurprisingly, being the home of rum, means that Barbados is also renowned for its nightlife. With quiet rum shacks for soaking in the culture and chic clubs for those wanting to hit the dance floor, you can spend the night how you choose.
Lastly, I’d have to say one of the biggest pulls for me, is the food. As a lover of seafood, Barbados is like a culinary dream. With all the seafood brought in locally, you can really get a flavour of Barbados. Traditionally, these dishes are served with cou-cou, made with cornmeal and okra, or green bananas and breadfruit.
Imagining myself sitting on the shore, eating seafood freshly caught,topped off with a delicious rum cocktail and a sunset view to die for, I cannot think of a place more suited to the word ‘paradise’ than Barbados.
Have you ever been to Barbados?
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