Barbados was formed by the collision of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates which resulted in a volcanic eruption, creating this country of contrasts: from serene Caribbean waters and coral beaches for sunbathers and swimmers to an Atlantic coastline ideal for surfers and sailors.
Meadows of golden sugar cane and historic plantation houses sit a short walk away from the bustling port of Bridgetown, and a range of full-service resorts, quaint bed and breakfasts, private villas and self-contained apartments accommodate all types of travellers from families to couples.
Rich in culture, Barbados is known for its friendly people and entertaining events year-round. The Barbados Jazz Festival, held each January, offers tropical ambience with top international artists, while The Crop Over Festival heats up every July, and is a celebration of music, masquerade and tradition signifying the end of the annual sugar cane harvest.
Barbados is also a great destination for foodies – dining here is a feast for all the senses. Choose from folk recipes for “Pudding and Souse” to culinary experiences that rival the world’s finest.
Diverse sightseeing options feature a wide array of natural attractions, abundant sporting choices, world-class shopping and lively nightlife. With all this, and a temperate, year-round climate of sunshine and warm breezes, it is clear how Barbados has remained the Caribbean’s most re-visited destination.
This year is a particularly important one, as Barbados gears up to celebrate 50 years of independence this November – a huge milestone for this proud nation and one that is being celebrated by Bajans and wanna-be Bajans around the world! As well as The Crop Over Festival, there will be various celebrations surrounding Independence day on 30th November where visitors will be able to join in the party.
For more information on Barbados and upcoming events visit www.visitbarbados.org