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  • August 29, 2014
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You’re fine sand beaches, surfing at the highest level, refined luxury or a party atmosphere, continues to accelerate, Barbados has this and much more. It is the easternmost island of the Lesser Antilles and, thanks to its location, enjoys the graces of two oceans – the Caribbean Sea on its west and the Atlantic Ocean at its eastern end. The two bodies of water converge on the southern coast of the island, where smaller hotels – and legions of surfers.

Local populations, known by the name of banjas, display a brawn inherited from 3 and a half centuries of British rule and the faith and endurance of the slaves who lived on the island to cultivate sugarcane. Their rich tradition has influenced every aspect of life, from music and dance to cuisine and bush medicine practiced with herbs.

Barbados offers luxurious hotels, inns and villas lining the beaches. Visit the famous Millionaires’ Playground (aka Platinum Coast). The most important festival of Barbados, Crop Over, which traditionally celebrated the end of the sugar season, lasts five weeks and includes markets, carnival shows, calypso concerts and colorful parades. But there are other special events that attract visitors: Holders Season, held in March, is internationally known for the works, theater and music. The Barbados Jazz Festival has live performances seven nights in a row, each in a different location on the island.

Barbados offers plenty to do and see: Broad Street in Bridgetown, the island’s capital, is home to several large shopping malls and duty-free shops that offer discounts 20-40% compared to the price of your country. The Sunbury Plantation House, which dates back to 1660, houses a collection of antiques, including carriages and farm implements. Other buildings worth a visit are the abbey of St. Nicholas and France Plantation. Take a tram ride through Harrison’s Cave to view stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls and ponds. Stroll through Andromeda Gardens, or tee off at one of the golf courses including the Green Monkey, in the resort town rebuilt Sandy Lane. The horse racing at Garrison Savannah are frequented, as well as the cricket (the national sport), tennis, squash and polo.


Airport: Grantley Adams International Airport is 30 minutes from Bridgetown, the capital. Flying: Houston (via Miami) – 7 hours. London – 8 hours. Miami – 3 hours 30 minutes. Montreal – 5 hours. New York – 4 hours 30 minutes. San Francisco – 9 hours 30 minutes. Toronto – 5 hours. San Juan – 1 hour.

The Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados (BGI) is an international gateway and is served by a number of scheduled flights from the UK. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick and BWIA British West Indies Airways from Heathrow and bmi from Manchester. There are also many charter flights from the UK as Excel from Gatwick.

CLIMATE: stable climate throughout the year from 24.9 to 29.4 degrees C. Average humidity 57-74%, constant trade winds 11.2-12.9 km per hour.

DINING: restaurants with local cuisine, Fast food, Gourmet, International. 10% service charge is often added to bill; otherwise, the tip is at the discretion (usually 10%). The dress code is casual although some restaurants may require suits and ties.

LANGUAGE: English.

NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes: Clubs, Theatres, Theatrical performances with dinner, Nightclubs, Cinema, Live Music, Pub, Barconi for short cruises.

– Gun Hill Signal Station.
– Andromeda Gardens.
– Farley Hill National Park.
– Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
– Grenade Hall Signal Station.

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