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Barbados

Visit sunny Barbados, where the vacation of a lifetime awaits you. This country is blessed with beaches. The beaches you choose depend on whether or not you like crowds or seclusion. The east coast of the island is less travelled and therefore offers the most peace and quiet. However, the west and south coasts features the most variety in restaurants, hotels, resorts and nightclubs. With the east coast being on the Atlantic, you will find the cool breezes more, but this also makes it easier for sleeping and you won?t have to depend on air conditioning as much.

Barbados enjoys a tropical climate with a rainy season extending from June to December. This means the cold winter months in North America are the perfect time to visit Barbados when you want to get away from the cold and the snow. Although the waves are high enough for surfing all year round, surfers usually flock to the beaches of Barbados from December to March, when the waves are at their highest.

You can drive around the island in a day. In Barbados, you can rent a car as long as you have a valid driver?s licence in your own country. Mopeds are also popular means of transportation, but you do have to pay for a permit to use one.


Barbados Attractions

The main attraction in Barbados is the wealth of water sports that the many beaches provide. On an extended stay, you might get tired of lying around all day and want to do a bit of exploring. Barbados does have a lot to offer its visitors.

Visit the Andromeda Gardens in St. Joseph. This six-acre garden contains exotic plants and flowers complimented by gently flowing streams and waterfalls. In the parish of St. Lucy on the north coast, you just have to visit the Animal Flower Cave. There are sea anemones on the floor of the many pools, some of which are deep enough for swimming.

Have a picnic at Barclay?s Park, a beautiful 50-acre area on a hillside from which you can see the Bathsheba area of the Atlantic coast. On the south coast is the Coral Stone Quarry, where most of the stone used in the buildings on the island comes from. The Caves are a truly natural phenomenon where you can take a trip aboard a train through the underground paradise.

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and surprisingly enough it does not have a lot of attractions. There are museums and remnants of military forts built by the British. If you really want to learn about the history of this island, a few hours at the Barbados Museum will be time well spent.

There are many festivals held at various time of the year, such as the Crop Over Festival in July, Grand Kadooment Days in August, the Holetown Festival in February and the Oistins Fish Festival held at Easter.


Dining and Nightlife

Whether you want casual of fine dining you will find it in Barbados. The wide variety of restaurants makes it possible to choose the type of food you want to sample. Enjoy a Bajan style buffet at Atlantis in Tent Bay, a simple meal of sandwiches at the Waterfront in Bridgetown or more expensive fare exquisite local seafood and mouth-watering desserts at the The Fathoms in Paynes Bay.

Reggae, calypso or the music of a steel band ? this is what you get in Barbados if you don?t want the regular music you can dance to back home. The Harbor Lights in Bridgetown, the Baku Beach Bar in St. James and many, many more have the music and food you want. Dance until dawn and walk the beach as the sun comes up. This is what makes vacation memories in Barbados

Shopping

There are many duty free shops in Barbados where you can buy the souvenirs you want tax-free and bring them back into your own country. There are also many little markets where you can purchase local handicrafts, pottery, art and carvings that will remind you of Barbados on the long cold winter nights when you return home.

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