What a Week I had in Barbados
Barbados, known as Little England, most non stop flights with departures from regional airports, biggest range of accommodation including six 5 star resorts and 3 championship golf courses, stunning beaches, wonderful people, excellent day trips, fantastic restaurants and nightlife to suit all age groups.
If you value traditional courtesies combined with a warm welcome from people who know how to have a good time, then Barbados is the place for you.
Come find an island steeped in history, with beaches that seem to never end, and discover some of the finest watersport opportunities in the Caribbean.
The island has its very own gold coast for swimmers, named after the fabulous sands. Visitors come from all over the world to take part in windsurfing, surfing and sail boarding competitions.
Sports fans can also play golf and tennis and watch some of the world’s best cricketers.
Visitors from Britain will find other reminders of home, from the wigs and robes worn in parliament, to the statue of Nelson in Trafalgar Square. The architecture in the capital of Bridgetown and second largest town, Speightstown, and names such as Brighton beach also offer many reminders of links between the two nations.
The biggest annual event in Barbados is the Crop Over Festival, celebrating the harvest of sugar cane, formerly the island’s main industry.
The five-week summer celebration is a fiesta of colourful floats, parades and people in costume dancing and enjoying themselves to the background of music and fireworks.
It also offers the opportunity to taste the finest island cuisine, including the national dish of Flyingfish and Cou-cou. Everyone is encouraged to join in. Music lovers can hear the world’s best artists at the annual Paint it Jazz festival.
Many of the grand homes built by the sugar kings are open to the public. Plantation mansions such as Sam Lord’s Castle contain many of their original gilt and mahogany fittings.
You can still see a working sugar plantation on Arbib Nature and Heritage trail and all over the island you will find rolling green fields for a relaxed stroll.
If you prefer formal settings, there are the famous cliff-set Andromeda Gardens. The finest hotels are also positioned in beautifully planned tropical landscapes.
And if you’re still raring to go when evening comes there is another Barbados of waterfront restaurants, nightlife, music, gaming – and more than 1,000 rum shops to consider.