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Barbados has something for everyone whether you’re seeking soft beaches, powerful surf, refined sophistication or the up-tempo, festive feel- this may very well be the place for you.
With the Caribbean Sea on its west side and the Atlantic Ocean at its eastern end- Barbados has the grace of two oceans- where smaller hotels and legions of windsurfers await.
Barbados’ biggest attraction is perhaps its white sandy stretches of beach that leads into crystal clear blue seas- ideal for snorkelling and diving. The island’s laid-back nature, or Calypso Culture has made it the place to hit for an idyllic break away.
The natural side to Barbados is astonishing to say the least- do not leave without taking a tram ride through Harrison’s Cave to view the stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls and pools. Alternatively, or in addition- depending on your timetable, enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Andromeda Gardens, or even tee off at one of three fully equipped golf courses!
Come sunset, expect to witness hoards of fire-eaters and street dancers entertaining the masses over free rum and BBQ food. Barbados is party central during peak season with its many nightclubs, bars and Twilight boat cruises set on keeping you up and going into the wee hours.
In terms of shopping Barbados is a bargain hunters dream with Broad Street in Bridgetown, the island’s capital city, home to several large department stores and duty-free shops offering prices that can be 20% to 40% lower than those back home. Antiques can also be sourced quite easily at the Sunbury Plantation House-, which dates from 1660.
There are also plenty of famous attractions such as Millionaires’ Playground (a.k.a. Platinum Coast) and Crop Over (Barbados’ premier festival that celebrates the end of the sugar season)- which lasts for five weeks and includes markets, carnival shows, calypso concerts and colourful parades.
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Guided Hikes Barbados offers free-guided hikes around areas of particular scenic interest courtesy of The Barbados National Trust. The hikes can go on for as long as three hours and are a brilliant way to learn about nature on the island. You can even opt to do the hikes during the night if you like! The Barbados Wildlife Reserve This is a beautiful mahogany forest where green monkeys, tortoises, deer, raccoons, and pelicans dominate the stroll. There is also an aviary walk-through where you’ll get up close and personal with aviary allows a leafy stroll peacocks, turkeys, toucans, parrots, flamingos and plenty of other birds under the Barbados sun. Wine Tasting In Italy you wouldn’t think twice about a spot of wine tasting and rum is the tipple of choice in these parts. Barbados invented the spirit so it’s no surprise that it’s the nations drink of choice. Get acquainted with the beverage on a tour of the oldest rum distillery Mount Gay Rum! Water sports Water sports are a huge part of any sun holiday and Barbados is no exception to the rule. The island south and west coast boast world-class water sport facilities including parasail, windsurfers and jet skiers. The Barbados Sea is also extremely surf friendly so grab a board and get going! For tropical Barbados holidays from Ireland, cheap all inclusive Barbados honeymoon packages from Dublin and Barbados honeymoon special offers and holiday deals from Dublin, Cork or Shannon, book with Budget Travel.