Located in the western Atlantic Ocean approximately 300 miles north-east of mainland South America is the popular Caribbean holiday destination of Barbados. Known for the sunshine, blue seas and sandy beaches that first drew holidaymakers to its shores, these days there is so much more to discover on the island, from its historic buildings that tell tales of its past to its beautiful and sometimes surprising scenery and culture.
Sport and Leisure Activities
Visiting exotic locations such as the Caribbean often inspire holidaymakers to try something a little bit different and Barbados is no exception. From more sedate sporting activities such as bowling, cricket and golf to activities for the more energetic, including hiking, horse riding, polo and tennis, Barbados offers almost any sporting adventure you can think of.
With its gorgeous beaches it'll come as no surprise that Barbados residents enjoy all types of aquatic activities, offering holidaymakers who want to do more than just admire the sea an extensive choice of watery fun. Visitors can have a go at scuba diving or snorkelling, or try their hand at something more adventurous such as surfing or body-surfing. For the young at heart, Barbados offers parasailing, windsurfing and kite-surfing, or you could even go swimming with the island's population of sea turtles. If you prefer to stay dry there's always fishing, kayaking and sailing as well as private cruises around the island, which are available day and night.
Beauty and Health Spas
If being pampered is what you have in mind then Barbados has a large choice of health and beauty spas available with treatments ranging from Swedish massage and reflexology to aromatherapy, salt water immersion tank therapy and holistic top-to-toe skin treatments.
Barbados Tourist Attractions
For nature lovers, Barbados is a tropical paradise with attractions that include the natural beauty of Welchman Hall Gully, the Botanical Gardens and a Flower Forest which offers seven acres of trees, paths and flowers and is located in the island's famous 'Scotland District'. Historical places of interest include a working pottery site and shop, the magnificent crystallised caverns of Harrison's Cave, several local history museums, including the Sugar Mill Museum and the aptly named Barbados Museum, historical local sugar and tobacco plantations, one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions left in the Western Hemisphere, St Nicholas Abbey, as well as George Washington House, where the first US President visited in 1791. Also available are several island tours around the local towns, including the island's capital, Bridgetown.
Shopping and Dining
Barbados offers unique shopping and dining experiences, including several fine seafood restaurants and traditional Barbadian cuisine. Its towns offer a wide variety of shops selling local delicacies and island souvenirs as well as modern shopping centres.
When you are travelling abroad, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) strongly recommends that you arrange sufficient holiday insurance cover to ensure a worry-free vacation. In the unlikely event of accident, illness or loss of property, holidaymakers without the correct cover can find themselves liable for all costs incurred and are sometimes left owing thousands of pounds.
Article by Chris Rowlands who is a keen travel blogger and went to Barbados in 2012