Often referred to as "Little England," Barbados offers a unique blend of British heritage and care-free Caribbean style; centuries-old stone buildings and churches are set among swaying palm trees on this sophisticated and charming island.
You'll find plenty of activity and entertainment diversions from golf courses, gourmet restaurants, dance clubs, tours, and water sports. Go deep sea fishing for tuna, blue marlin or wahoo, or try an underwater "turtle and shipwreck" excursion. Duty-free shopping can be found in the capital city of Bridgetown where you'll enjoy a huge selection of fine stores and luxury goods as well as local, handmade crafts. The southern area, known as the Gap, attracts younger-travelers with its Bohemian feel and trendy pubs and nightclubs.
Whether you're a golfer, beach-worshipper, honeymooner, or a traveling family, Barbados and its gracious "Bajan" people will instantly make you feel at home.
After sunset, there's plenty to do in Barbados. Take in a dinner show, or join the fun at Harbour Lights, an open-air nightclub, or one of the island's many other dance clubs. Sample one of the island's excellent restaurants, which offer something to suit every palate and every budget. Or simply relax beneath a star-studded sky, listening to the strains of jazz, calypso, and reggae.
Harrison's Cave - Board an electric tram and explore the tunnels of Harrison's Cave, one of the "Seven Wonders of Barbados." Here, as you skirt the stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years, you'll view crystal-clear streams and cascading waterfalls that form emerald-green pools.
Sam Lord's Castle - Whether or not it's true that Sam Hall Lord attained his wealth by luring ships onto the coral reefs and then plundering them, you'll enjoy seeing the spoils of his adventures. Within his castle - a sprawling Georgian mansion built in 1820 - you'll find priceless antique furniture, china, silver, and paintings.
The Crane - This colonial-style property and resort complex with origins dating to 1887, combines romantic seclusion with elegance, Old World charm, and incredible beauty. Perched on a cliff, the resort overlooks spectacular Crane Beach, rate among the "10 Best Beaches in the World" by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Almond Beach Adult & Family Village All Inclusive - For a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this All-Inclusive property on Barbados' west coast is the perfect destination. Everything from food and beverages to entertainment and water sports is covered in one up-front rate. Families love the kids' club, which has four age-specific programs designed for babies through teens.
Almond Beach Club & Spa All Inclusive - Designed with couples in mind, this All-Inclusive resort and spa is a great place to enjoy an intimate romantic getaway. The value is terrific with all food, beverages, activities, water sports, and entertainment included and relaxation comes easily with visits to the salon and spa for massages, facials, and sauna sessions.
The Fairmont Royal Pavilion - Ensconced in tropical gardens and fronting azure waters that caress the pink and white sand shore, this stunning hotel provides elegant accommodations and outstanding service, including pleasures such as an in-room massage. Every room features a private balcony or terrace with a view of the palm-filled garden or the Caribbean Sea.
Hilton Barbados - This lavish resort with a prime location welcomes singles, couples, and families. All the entertainment, shopping, and dining of Bridgetown is nearby, while on site you'll find a wide range of dining venues, beach activities, and a pool complex with waterfalls and a popular sundeck.