Caribbean Vacation Villas of Barbados
The easternmost land in the Caribbean, characterized by pleasantly rolling countryside with fields of sugar cane and colorful villages. Barbados, which is surrounded by coral reefs, has plenty of beautiful white sandy beaches and excellent golf courses.
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Barbados was discovered in 1536 by the Portuguese, and colonized 90 years later by the British. After being a British colony for over 300 years it became an independent member of the Commonwealth in 1966. Driving on the island is therefore on the left side!
One of the Barbadian Highlights: the Barbados Crop Over Festival; End of June - Beginning of August
Things to see:
The capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, founded 1628, is full of history. Except for the central bank there are no really large buildings. Don't miss Careenage, the picturesque old harbor or Queens Park, the former residence of the British Troops of the West Indies, which is now a public park with flowering gardens. Also worth a visit is the Barbados Museum featuring the natural history of Barbados and the Caribbean.
Barbados has plenty of beautiful white sand beaches. The best beaches can be found along the Caribbean (southwestern) coast. Here you can find long stretches of white sand and calm waters. However this is also the area where most of the beach resorts are located. All beaches are 'public' although sometimes you have to cross the property of the hotels. A large part of the north, southeast, and east coasts have steep limestone cliffs, but in between those small private sandy coves with palmtrees can be found. Be careful with swimming though, currents and undertow can be strong on the east side of the island. Quiet sand beaches can also be found on the northwestern coast, like e.g. Horseshoe Bay, Cluff's Bay or Archers's Bay, these are only accessible by secondary paved/unpaved roads. Crane Bay on the southeast is probably one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, but the waves can be quite rough at times.
Snorkeling and scuba diving: Barbados is surrounded by coral reefs. Best area for snorkeling are along the west coast, with reefs in 20 to 30 ft. of water, close to shore. More spectacular scuba diving is done at the outer barrier reefs where also some shipwrecks can be found. The water is exceptional clear (even for Caribbean standards).
Golf: Barbados is a golfer's paradise. There are many excellent golf courses to choose from, best known is Green Money at Sandy Lane Resort. There are many vacation villas located at Sandy Lane, perfect!
Exploring the island:
Harrison's Cave: Barbados has many limestone caverns, Harrison's cave is easily accessible and very impressive. A battery-powered tram takes you down into the lighted cavern. The Great Hall is spectacular, with its many stalagmites and stalactites. Another highlight is the waterfall.
Welchman Hall Gully: one of the many nature reserves. You can take a fascinating walk through one of the deep ravines. The path leads along limestone walls thick with vegetation. Walk through the jungle, pass a massive pillar (>4 ft, formed by joining of stalactite and stalagmite, considered one of the largest in the world), palms, nutmegs, continue through an open area. And above all enjoy the beautiful views!
The Flower Forest: It consists of a 50 acre tropical garden, situated on Richmond Plantation 850 ft high. Here you can find a great variety of tropical fruit trees, like, breadfruit, nutmeg, Barbados cherry, soursop, guava, etc. Also colorful tropical flowers like red ginger, petrea coral lilies. Along the footpath benches can be found to enjoy the spectacular views. A reward awaits you in the bar where you can have some of those well deserved exotic fruit drinks at the bar.
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