Sunday, May 24, 2009


Barbados is an island in the Caribbean, northeast of Venezuela. The island is portrayed as the little England of the Caribbean because of its long association as a British colony. The name “Barbados” comes from a Portuguese explorer named Pedro Campos in 1536, who originally called the island Los Barbados (”The Bearded Ones”), after the appearance of the island’s fig trees, whose long hanging aerial roots resembled beards.

A warm, friendly welcome awaits on this Caribbean island. You can relax in the sun or surf, swim and snorkel on one of the abundant white-sand beaches. Sail, cruise on a catamaran, dive to sunken ships or tour a submarine. See the natural wonders of Harrison’s Cave. Stroll the quaint streets of ridgetown, the island’s historic capital, and take advantage of the duty-free shopping. And if you have any energy left, enjoy the island’s variety of bars and clubs, including the famous Harbour Lights.

It benefits from all year round climate with temperatures bubbling around 25-30C day and night. Put simply - its beautiful beaches surrounded by light blue sea are a taste of paradise. Barbados is well developed with varied first-class hotel accommodation as well as timeshares, small and medium sized local hotels and rental villas. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful retreat at a beach location or for the more active there is plenty to see and do with a variety of wildlife reserves, historical sites and museums plus some excellent shopping and golf courses. Of course, the island is legendary as a location for water sports, especially scuba diving.

Barbados was the only overseas destination visited by George Washington, the first president of the United States.

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