A Travel Guide to Barbados
Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s most popular islands for tourists. The tropical climate, the crystal clear blue waters and palm lined white beaches make the island the quintessential Caribbean paradise.
As with most Caribbean islands, the beaches and the water are the most popular attractions in Barbados. Depending on which side of the island visitors choose to stay, the waters are very different.
The beaches on the west coast are perfection for those looking for relaxation, the waters here are calm and are popular with those looking to explore the sea with a snorkel or diving equipment. Beaches to the south are similar, with inshore reefs which attract those looking to see some of the islands beautiful offshore wildlife. Beaches on the east coast however have much rougher seas and are better suited to surfers than swimmers.
Barbados offers more than beaches and blue water. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is one such example of this. There are various animals to see here including, Parrots, Flamingos, Iguanas, Turtles, Snakes, Deer and the Barbados Green Monkeys. The Monkeys are free to leave the reserve and are often found roaming the surrounding area.
In the north of the island is the Animal Flower Cave. The Cave was formed by the sea but, because Barbados has slowly risen (25mm per 1000 years), the cave now sits several feet above the high waterline. The cave is accessible and there are still some unusual coral Sea Anemone still living inside the cave.
Harrison’s Cave is an interesting place to visit. The limestone cavern was discovered in the 1700s and is one of the most popular attractions in Barbados today. Those looking for a little adventure can try the Aerial Trek Zip line course. The course takes a tour through a tropical forest and extends for 1000 feet and is 100ft at its highest point.
There is a wide variety of self catering holiday accommodation in Barbados ranging from villas and apartments to rent on the coast to holiday homes inland exjoying spectacular views over the Caribbean.