Barbados, an all-in-one destination

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Barbados, an all-in-one destination
Source: BTMI
July 08, 2022

The Caribbean country is ideal for those seeking wellness experiences, historical tourism, high-level gastronomy, fabulous beaches, and excellent shopping options

Those who visit Barbados immediately discover that it is not a Caribbean destination that only offers beautiful beaches, the country is truly complete wherever you look at it, here we review some of its attractions:

Barbados is the ideal place to rejuvenate yourself! Take in some luxurious pampering through a visit to one of the world class spas or having a therapist come right to you through a mobile spa service.
Why not get a bit physical and take a sunrise walk or jog on the beach or a paddle board yoga session at sunset?
For those with an adventurous side, Barbados offers several exciting diversions for you! Offshore, the ocean beckons with the call of deep-sea fishing or a diving expedition. Closer in one can also enjoy jet skiing, kite & windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling and swimming with the turtles. And for those who wish to see the marine life without getting wet... dive right in with the Atlantis Submarine! Inland, the diverse terrain of the island offers a few activities to enjoy, including hiking & biking trails, exploring our wild side in a safari jeep or spelunking the water carved caverns of Harrison's Cave.

Famous for its sandy beaches, tropical gardens, historic sites, luxurious private villas and romantic sunsets, Barbados is the best place in the Caribbean for your destination wedding, honeymoon, or romantic getaway. Whether extravagant or economical, exotic or elegant, luxurious or bespoke, the world class wedding professionals found on island can take care of every detail to make the perfect wedding. What better way to celebrate love, than to be in a place that celebrates living?

Barbados has a rich and fascinating history. Drawing on its English, African and West Indian roots, the island has established its own distinctive identity evidenced in its customs, traditions, and values. Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, and its Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage Property and was one of the two largest, and most influential British port cities in the Americas in the 1600's.
Since the 17th Century Barbados has been known for its sugar production and every year Barbados comes alive as we celebrate the end of the sugar cane harvest season with Crop Over.
The Crop Over Festival is Barbados' premier cultural festival and is celebrated island wide over an eight week period from June to August. Featuring a myriad of events such as visual art & craft exhibitions, calypso tents & competitions and fetes; the festival culminates in the colorful Kadooment Day parade where locals and visitors take to the streets in beautiful, elaborately designed costumes.
Rum, a byproduct of the sugar cane industry, has been produced in Barbados for over 300 years and this little island has been widely acclaimed the birthplace of rum. The history of rum can be experienced through various tours offered by the distilleries on the island where you will also have a chance to sample this fine spirit!

Barbados is an Epicurean's delight! Widely acclaimed as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, Barbados is the first and only island to be Zagat rated with more restaurants per capita than any other island in the Caribbean.
Visitors can enjoy the full range of delicacies the island has to offer, from haute cuisine in stunning fine dining establishments, such as The Cliff, to hearty local specialties freshly prepared and served alfresco at a seaside fish fry such as Ostin’s and rum shops.
For the foodies, our Food and Rum Festival in October is a four-day opportunity for indulgence! Featuring international and local chefs, your taste buds are in for a treat.
After a wonderful meal, it's time for a night out on the town and the night life in Barbados is rated amongst the best in the Caribbean.
Bajans love to party whether you're in 1st & 2nd Street Holetown, on the West Coast, or the ever-popular St. Lawrence Gap on the South Coast: there are numerous clubs and bars to choose from for a fantastic night out!

As distinct and diverse as Barbados itself, the accommodations available on island range from the refined luxury of a private villa; to a sumptuous 4-star boutique hotel to the laid back, intimate guesthouse. 
Travelers can also find familiar brand names such as Marriott, Hilton, Fairmont, Sandals and Radisson as well as a variety of locally owned options perfect for that getaway for two. Hotels from Wyndham and Hyatt are also on the cards for the near future.
Most of the island's hotels are located on or very close to the beach and Barbados is blessed with over 70 miles of glorious beaches; however the coastal scenery varies as you travel across the island.
On the West Coast you will find the calm Caribbean Sea; superb for sailing, water skiing, and snorkeling while on the South Coast the beaches are windblown all day which are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing, especially in the Silver Sands Area. On the rugged East Coast, the Atlantic Ocean meets the shore and creates stunning rock formations. Great for surfing but not for swimming.

Another type of "therapy" one can experience is that of the retail kind. The capital city of Bridgetown is the main shopping center of the island, but you can find shopping centers across the island including West Coast Mall, Sheraton Centre, Lanterns Mall and the chic and comfortable Lime Grove Lifestyle Centre, home of flagship stores for some of the world's top brands.
Duty free shopping in Barbados can make purchases 25-35% less expensive; so whether you are seeking fashion, art, jewelry or that must have Bajan gift, you can satisfy your every wish at a fantastic price.


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