Barbados

Barbados exudes warmth, colour, vibrancy and a rich cultural heritage with a contrasting divide.

On the south and east coasts expect dramatic cliffs, crashing waves and stunning unspoilt ocean views. To the north and west, a distinctly more tranquil feel pervades, with balmy crystal waters, immaculate beaches, world-renowned hotels and exquisite restaurants. There is a noticeable homage to the days of the British Commonwealth, both architecturally and in the time honoured customary traditions, such as afternoon tea, cricket, polo matches and horse racing at the Garrison Savannah. Enjoy the wonder of the diverse and beautiful seascape: turtles bob along the waves and schools of rainbow-coloured fish playfully flit in the lagoon. On land, green monkeys thrive in the Wildlife Reserve and botanical gardens offer sensuous tropical sights, sounds and smells. Absorb the grace and elegance of historic plantation houses, play golf on championship courses, try horse riding, deep sea fishing or board the Atlantis submarine. Dine on the freshest, most delicate local seafood washed down with a locally brewed beer or Mount Gay rum cocktails.