It is no surprise – having visited Barbados – to realise why the Royal Family frequent the island. With sunny days during most of the summer season that are reflected in the warm turquoise seas together with hospitable local people; that in itself is enough to attract one to Barbados.
For the rambler there are fine coastal walks, with opportunities to visit the hinterland. During the walks one will be reminded of the long and close relationship with Britain – Barbados is the third oldest Commonwealth country, with English as the official language.
There are opportunities to see and, subject to access arrangements, visit major sugar plantations, manor type houses occupied by the early settlers, rum distilleries, the largest collection of canon in the world, impressive forts, the renowned Savannah horse racing track and of special interest to American visitors – the George Washington House.
For those interested in nature there are splendid gardens to visit that reflect Caribbean flora with 650 species at the Andromeda Gardens; and walks in the unusual local terrain of gullies together with a chance of visiting the Harrison caves.
The more adventurous will find trips in glass bottomed boats offer an opportunity to see coral reefs and a myriad of fish. One can swim amongst, and hopefully alongside, the local turtles.
As if the days are not full enough of interest, the island comes to life at night when there are exciting local attractions such as Oistins fish market with numerous stalls, eateries and music groups providing a wealth of entertainment. There is a choice of St Lawrence with cuisine from a variety of restaurants; and Bridgetown with all that might be expected of a vibrant capital city with night clubs, restaurants and cafes catering for all needs.
A week spent on Barbados will be long remembered for its diversity, superb weather and seas, reminiscents of Britain’s history, friendly people and the pleasures of staying on a fine Caribbean island.