Barbados Travel Guide
Barbados, situated just east of the Caribbean Sea, is an independent island nation in the western Atlantic Ocean. Barbados is relatively close to the South American continent, around 434 kilometres (270 miles) northeast of Venezuela.
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A land of contrasts, part of Barbados' unique charm comes from the old world happily coexisting with the new. Glass and marble offices stand next to brightly painted rum shops, satellite dishes festoon traditional wooden chattel houses, high tech SUVs drive alongside donkey carts. Bordered by the calm waters of the Caribbean sea on the West, and by the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean on the East, just driving from one coast to the other is an experience in breath-taking scenery.
Affectionately known as 'Little England', a certain British-ness pervades daily life, from place names (Clapham, Dover, Hastings & Lancaster are a few) to driving on the left, cricket and afternoon tea.
The dramatic differences between the east and west coast of Barbados must not be missed. The east (Atlantic side) is less developed and ruggedly beautiful. The Caribbean west coast has more hotel development, but the coastline remains elegant and attractive. The sea is calm and clear and watersports activities abound. The warm Caribbean waters teem with colourful fish swimming in vibrant coral reefs. Visit underwater caves, lush tropical gardens, sugar-cane factories, rum distilleries or plantation houses.
The laid-back island of Barbados combines pristine beaches, crystal clear water, great music, delicious food and a strong sense of history and culture. Nightlife is lively with floorshows of limbo dancers and pulsing reggae music - a perfect accompaniment to the Bajan cuisine of spicy seafood, tropical fruits and vegetables, washed down with rum cocktails and fresh fruit juices.
Barbados is the Jewel of the Caribbean.
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