Barbados is a fairly small island located in the Atlantic Ocean, just 62 miles east of the Caribbean Sea. The island is 166 square miles, and consists of a few touristy towns and many small, quaint villages filled with locals. Barbados offers tourists beautiful white-sand beaches, and a warm and tropical climate. Temperatures tend to stick in the 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit range, during both the wet (June-November) and dry (December-May) seasons. The presence of an almost-constant warm breeze makes Barbados pleasantly warm, and rarely “too hot”.
For many years, Barbados has been a very popular vacation destination for people from all over the world. While not technically in the Caribbean, Barbados offers tourists very similar attractions without the crowds and overpriced hotels. Barbados is certainly not the cheapest place to vacation, but it’s far from the most expensive. For the same amount as it would cost you to rent a decent hotel room at a more popular destination, you could take your pick of a wide range of beachfront villas!
Some of the most attractive features of Barbados are its clean, white sand beaches and excellent snorkeling opportunities. Barbados is a coral island, meaning it was formed centuries ago by volcanic activity. This also means that much of the island is surrounded by huge coral reefs, buzzing with sea life. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities in Barbados, and the local government works hard to keep these beautiful coral reefs from becoming damaged or compromised. Over time, small pieces of coral naturally disintegrate and are washed ashore; leading to the beautiful white sand beaches that Barbados is known for.
Perhaps the best part about Barbados, however, is the locals. Commonly referred to as Bajans, most citizens of Barbados are very warm, open people, who would love to welcome you to their home land, so long as you respect it. Much of Barbados’ economy revolves around tourism dollars, a fact which the locals are well aware of. But fans of this particular island say it goes beyond that – many believe the Bajans are simply a kind people by nature.
If you simply ask, it shouldn’t be hard to find a local to show you around the island. Barbados is very rich in culture, with local art and music scattered throughout the island. There is also an active nightlife scene, and some truly fantastic restaurants. While many of these activities and attractions are advertised to tourists, some are known only by the locals – which is why you should befriend a local if at all possible.
In conclusion, Barbados is, quite simply, an amazing vacation destination. Once you arrive you will likely never want to leave. In fact, it’s a good idea to purchase round-trip tickets, so that you’ll be forced to leave at some point and return to reality! But while you’re there, allow yourself to relax and fall in love with your peaceful surroundings. Have fun out there!