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Best Places to Visit

Bridgetown, the spirited capital of Barbados, is brimming with wonderful architecture and historical sites from its colonial past that have ensured its recent selection as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The capital is famous for the production of rum. Any stroll through town should include a stop at one of the many rum shops. These are found in the main retail hubs such as Broad Street or Swan Street - ideal as a treat at any time of day, or to invest in a bottle to take home as a souvenir or gift for a loved one.

Excursions to the central and eastern areas of Barbados reveal more of its unique history, with old plantation houses, deserted sugar mills and abandoned rum distilleries. Pounded by Atlantic waves, Bathsheba's Soup Bowl is a surfing hotspot, while those who prefer secluded beach walks will enjoy the western shoreline of Barbados and its calm conditions.

To the island's south, Saint Lawrence Gap is a vibrant resort area with restaurants, bars and nightclubs set adjacent to powdery sand beaches. The charming fishing village of Oistins offers a more traditional experience of Barbados, with the striking Enterprise coastline - including Miami Beach - nearby.

Holetown is located on the west coast and is the island's original settlement point. This is where the annual Holetown Festival commemorates the first landing on Barbados by English merchants; a celebration many British tourists might like to be a part of too. A little further north is Speightstown, the second largest town centre of Barbados. It features a new luxury marina and growing market area that offers fresh seafood and fruit - all symbols of progress and new development, despite the perception of Barbados as a sleepy tourist hotspot.

Barbados holidays are synonymous with white sand beaches and the best of these sandy stretches include: Rockley Beach, the famous Sandy Lane Beach and Crane Beach, the latter considered one of the world's top beaches.

Though not seriously explored until 1975, Harrison's Cave is a natural wonder found in the centre of Barbados, where visitors will be awestruck by centuries-old stalagmites and stalactites, as well as underground streams and waterfalls. Together, these all help to make it one of the best places to visit away from the coastline, still with plenty of water in amongst the rocky forms.

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Need to know

Language

The official language of Barbados is English, but this is usually reserved for use in formal situations such as business, media and tourism. Natives of the island tend to speak an English-based Creole language specific to Barbados when communicating with each other; this is known as Bajan. As an outside visitor, you're unlikely to understand much Bajan at normal conversational speed, but residents are used to switching to a speed that is bearable for English speaking tourists.

Currency

While the Barbadian or Bajan Dollar is the official currency of Barbados, it is pegged to the US dollar at a fixed rate. This financial relationship means that the US dollar is widely accepted in many restaurants and retail outlets. On holidays to Barbados, it is also possible to spend British pounds sterling in some locations. Exchanging money is best done in banks where the best rates and small fees prevail. ATMs are reliable and widespread, with major credit cards accepted throughout the island. You're likely to get more for your money by exchanging it in advance, rather than asking a retailer to accept payment in pounds or US dollars.

Visas

Visitors from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and most EU countries require only a passport to enter Barbados, where they will be assigned a specific period to stay. Unlike restrictions applied by many other countries, passports need only be valid for the intended duration of stay in Barbados, and not for any fixed period beyond your return date - just beware of your passport expiring if your departure from Barbados is delayed by more than a day. Stays of up to 28 days are the norm, but the duration of stay can be extended with permission from the authorities.

Climate

Barbados has a tropical monsoon climate and as such, it is divided into the rainy and dry seasons that run from June to November and December to June, respectively. Temperatures rarely fall below 21°C or climb beyond 31°C, thanks to cooling north-easterly trade winds, making this Caribbean island an ideal destination to visit at any time of year. Heavy rains during the summer are sporadic and welcomed by locals and tourists alike as a respite from the high temperatures.

Main Airports

Scheduled and high season charter flights from the US, Canada and the UK comprise the majority of inbound air traffic to Barbados. Situated just 11 miles (18 km) from the Barbados capital, Bridgetown, Sir Grantley Adams International Airport is the main air arrival point.

Flight Options

With such strong links to North America and the UK, Barbados is primarily served by a number of large air carriers. It is possible to depart from the UK from London Gatwick and Manchester all year round or London Heathrow during December. A flight from London to Barbados takes approximately 8 hours and 45 minutes.

Travel Advice

The Barbados high season, which embraces the period from December to April, is when reasonable fares on charter flights can be obtained if booked in advance. Those travellers prepared to travel in October or November may find cheaper deals at the expense of a few rain showers.

Other Transport Options

Transport into Barbados is limited to air or sea travel, and many visitors choose boats or cruise liners to reach this island and other Caribbean islands. Bridgetown has a deep water harbour that welcomes around 700,000 cruise ship passengers annually, either for a brief port of call or a short break. Transatlantic cruises take between two weeks and a month, with various routes available.

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  1. Na de inheemse bewoners, werd Barbados voor het eerst ontdekt aan het eind van de 14e eeuw door de Spanjaarden, en later door de Portugezen in 1536.
  2. Het eiland werd echter pas in 1625 geclaimd door Groot-Brittannië en twee jaar later werd de eerste Britse kolonie gevestigd. Het eiland wordt soms nog steeds Klein Engeland genoemd, ook al verkreeg het al in 1966 onafhankelijkheid.
  3. De naam werd oorspronkelijk vertaald als 'de bebaarden' en niemand weet zeker of dit verwijst naar het 'baardige' uiterlijk van de plaatselijke vijgenbomen.

Feiten

  1. Na de inheemse bewoners, werd Barbados voor het eerst ontdekt aan het eind van de 14e eeuw door de Spanjaarden, en later door de Portugezen in 1536.
  2. Het eiland werd echter pas in 1625 geclaimd door Groot-Brittannië en twee jaar later werd de eerste Britse kolonie gevestigd. Het eiland wordt soms nog steeds Klein Engeland genoemd, ook al verkreeg het al in 1966 onafhankelijkheid.
  3. De naam werd oorspronkelijk vertaald als 'de bebaarden' en niemand weet zeker of dit verwijst naar het 'baardige' uiterlijk van de plaatselijke vijgenbomen.

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