Possibly there are few island nations that capture tourists’ imagination quite like Barbados. With its gorgeous sandy beaches, verdant beauty, and mild climate, it is a paradise that few can resist. Although visitors can stay at resorts and hotels in Barbados, many of them prefer to spend their holiday time on the island’s untouched beaches.
Bridgetown Beach is one of the most popular and well-known beaches in Barbados. It is also the longest beach, with its two-mile stretch being one of the best-organized stretches of sand on the island. Because Bridgetown is the only beach on the island, the area is also the attraction’s primary draw.
As the tour guide arranges your trip, you will more than likely encounter many tourists angling for a piece of the coral. The coral is not easily found in this area, so the fisherman typically buys it from other locals. Because there are no coral reefs around the island, the opportunity to catch large coral is frequent. As the fisherman must dive down to about 15 feet, he or she may also purchase the occasional live coral. Despite the danger, you will find that on days when it is little or no rain the ocean is very warm.
During the day, visitors flock to the white sand beaches or the access beaches by crocodile-filled waters. There are areas on the island where noises can be found. When you come across a pristine cove, there are many wineries around the area to quench your thirst. Heaven always seemed to be at the intersection of poker stool and champagne shop.
If you are ever in the mood for a little Fame or Monkey business, there are many ways to do so. You can always hitch a ride on a vine cart for a romantic little stroll. There are also many tee-shirt and poster shops strewn about the place. If you’re not satisfied with the shops, go to the local alternative located at the bottom of the wharf. There you will find what they are looking for – cheap, out-of-this-world scented items.
Because of the island’s natural landscape, there are many beaches crammed full of tourists. Some of the best beaches can be found at the South end of the island, West End, and East End beaches. Because of the crowded nature of the area, you should find yourself traveling at least once around the island. Even though many of the beaches are not free, they are generally the most expensive, per-person on the island. Hanse lands also offer the best beaches and cleanest beaches on the island. If you’re looking for a party, you may want to visit the resort at Happy Valley Beach. There are live bands performing nightly and the resort offers a patio bar and food concession.
For those who prefer peace and quiet, Barbados is the perfect getaway. Spice up your honeymoon vacation by sailing off into the Caribbean. You may never have heard of such a trip, but that’s not to say you can’t enjoy Barbados. Just remember to bring plenty of sunscreens and a swimming mask. If you don’t want to go near the ocean, there are still plenty of sandy stretches to explore. If your trip to Barbados is all about shopping, why not try one of the many deep-sea fishing excursions. You can also arrange a helicopter tour of the coral reefs.
Bridgetown is also the birthplace of Budweiser, the largest and most popular US brand of beer. As a general rule, US tours are a little higher than international flights, but few are any higher than $600 round trip. When planning your US tour, be sure to contact a travel agent who has special visas for the Bahamas. Don’t forget to detail your trip including your flight schedule and any flight delays. If this information is required, contact a US travel agent and have your paperwork completed.
If you have the budget for the most, you may want to take a US-guided tour. These are a great way to “see” the Bahamas, but a tour that is led by a guide who speaks English will allow you to relax a bit more and take care of some of the logistics of your vacation. While a tour is not for those who have heartburns, a self-guided tour can be a great experience. Take the time to find a tour company that has tours that are about 20 percent fun. Find that tour company online, as sometimes these companies will have deals online that are not always that appealing.
Families looking for vacation lodging should carefully consider hotels and resorts that cater to families. There are resorts that have a number of fun activities for the children, including games and movies.