Planning a Caribbean holiday? Consider Barbados - a beautiful coral island in the east of the Caribbean, offering a great variety of activities and entertainment to suit all tastes. The place will give you a mix of something very familiar and exotic at the same time and make your holidays in Barbados unforgettable.
Obviously popular for its gorgeous beaches, pure waters and a subtropical climate, Barbados has more than a beach life to offer. However, people choosing holidays in Barbados are mainly looking for beach activities and water sports, you can enjoy different tours, sightseeing, discovering the island's culture, art and history as well.
There are plenty of beach resorts on the island, which ideally suit for families. Many cater for a range of water sports and special activities for children. You can also have all kinds of tours and cruises, from helicopter rides to submarine tours and jeep safaris. Among the popular Barbados holiday resorts you can choose the best according to your interests and needs. St. Lawrence has excellent beaches and a great range of affordable accommodation along with the island's biggest selection of restaurants and bars. To the west of St. Lawrence there is Hastings, attracting visitors by interesting local crafts, lovely beaches and plenty of other amenities. Wind surfers would prefer Silver Sands, while those, who are willing something peaceful, should choose Maxwell or St. Philip resorts. Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados where shops, restaurants and bars are concentrated. It is also worth visiting for some sightseeing.
No matter what season you choose to go, your holidays in Barbados will be packed with events and festivals. In February - March, the Holetown Festival takes place, celebrating the first English settlers on Barbados. It includes street fairs, a road race and a musical festival. In May-June, the Celtic festival is held by Celtic people from around the world, who visit Barbados for their annual gymanfa-agnu and other events, such as a Golf Tournament, Rugby Tournament and Highland Games on the Beach. Every year, in spring, there is a Swimming Event that attracts over four hundred swimmers from the Caribbean and Latin America. The island's top event is the Crop-Over Festival, which origin goes back to the colonial times. It begins in mid-July and lasts for three weeks. There are spirited calypso competitions and fairs around the island. The festival culminates with a Carnival-like costume parade on Kadooment Day (the first Monday in August). There are also numerous international sporting events throughout the year, including the Barbados Windsurfing World Cup in January, the International Polo Challenges and the Caribbean Surfing Championship, usually held in November.
Barbados hotels vary significantly in terms of price and facilities offered. The general standard of hotels in Barbados tends to be very good, regardless of the size of the hotel. The hotel staff is normally very well-trained and friendly and is known for its competent and efficient service. The types of accommodation available in Barbados are all-inclusive hotels/resorts, mid-range hotels, beach apartments, guesthouses and villas. The self catering accommodation is probably the most economical way to go.
One more thing that will make your holidays in Barbados unforgettable is its warm and friendly people, always ready to greet you with a sincere smile. Barbadians will make you feel welcome and special; you will feel yourself at home and you will want to come back again and again to this lovely Caribbean island.