Barbados—The Great Caribbean Getaway

Vacationing in the tropics is at the top of the list for many travelers. As an American, there are so many wonderful destination island getaways that are close by to choose from. Of all the hotspot locations, the Caribbean is one of the most loved spots for American tourists.

The island chains in the Caribbean offer a great tropical lure with miles of pristine beaches and smaller crowds than some of the other global tropical locations. They are also traditionally known for safety and quaintness as well as culture. One of the favored islands in the Caribbean for the tourists is Barbados.

One of main reasons Barbados is a charmed favorite for tourists in the fall, is that it lies outside the typical Atlantic Hurricane Belt. This means that it has a less chance of getting hurricane weather during the traditional season of July through November. Since many people book their vacations long in advance, booking a vacation for fall on a regional island can be risky. However, there is less worry for this with booking a vacation in Barbados.

Like quite a few other islands in the region, Barbados is part of the Commonwealth of Great Britain. It has its own government but is acknowledged as part of the realm of the crown. The island is 21 miles long by 14 miles wide covering a total area of 167 square miles. This makes it one of the more sizable islands.

For people looking for a great getaway with miles of pristine turquois watered beaches, Barbados is the right place. It has villages filled with year-round cultural events, music festivals, quaint shops, restaurants and cafes. It has one of the largest populations in the Caribbean islands by contrast to most of the others. It is host to over 1 million visitors a year, almost half of that are people staying in local accommodations, with over half being cruise ship visitors.

Sports and Sporting Events

For visitors, there 56 miles of coral reefs which makes it quite a popular spot amongst snorkelers and boaters. For spectator sports, there are sporting events such as:

  • Polo
  • Rugby
  • Golf
  • Horse Racing
  • Cricket

These are among the most popular sporting events to enjoy. The country hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup final. It also has had a great many widely known professional cricket players from amongst it ranks. Many golfers both professional and non-professional enjoy traveling to the island to enjoy their top ranked 18-hole professional golf course.

Island Accommodations

The island of Barbados is well known for its many posh resorts and hotels as well as exciting things to do. However, of all the island accommodations, one of the more popular for guests are the various villa resorts, like Exceptional Villas. Some of these are resort villa accommodations and others are privately owned. By contrast to the traditional resorts and high-end hotels, villas offer more privacy and the ability to enjoy a private house style accommodation with extra amenities.

For people who want a great island getaway with the opportunity to enjoy all the beauty of the tropics and all the special culture of a British and Caribbean cultures, Barbados is a great choice. The country has a wide variety of restaurants with different cuisines, many have an English or West Indies flare. The official language of the country is English.