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A Guide to the Caribbean Island of Barbados


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Barbados was discovered by the Portuguese and is a coral island sited east of the Caribbean Sea. It is said that the name ‘Barbados’ means bearded-ones although this has been swamped with debates on where the name actually came from. Some think it was named after a fig tree's long hanging roots and some suggest it is named after the foam spraying over the reefs in the form of a beard.

A great way of checking the island out and seeing what it has to offer is by using the islands range of transport, and taking a helicopter flight is just one of the ways where you can see the islands shores and countryside from a great view, a stunning part to your getaway.

On your vacation to the exotic island of Barbados scuba diving is a must. You will get the opportunity to explore the underwater world and swim with tropical fishes and turtles, or snorkel on the many coral reefs that surround the island. Nonetheless if you wish to keep your head above water there are many boat cruises that will take you on a excursion of the island, relax and take pleasure in the trip of a lifetime while you can soak up some sun. On offer are also night tours which are great for those passionate moments where you get the chance to see Barbados illuminated and also land cruises that will take you by coach to the hotspots on the island.

If you would rather tour the island on your own and at your own spare time there are masses of rental car places that will also provide you with a driving license for $5 that will let you drive legally in Barbados. Hiring a car will let you uncover different parts of the island that aren't explored with designated group trips.

You will find no where better than the island of Barbados in terms of food will give you an outstanding culinary experience with a plethora of foods to choose from that will stimulate your taste buds. The chefs on the island use a variety of authentic dishes and combine Mediterranean, Caribbean and Eastern flavours to produce a variety of delicious cuisines to satisfy you. So whether it is a hearty barbecue on the beach or a romantic evening meal you are sure to get more than you could dream of.

Barbados has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation from apartments, hotels and guest houses and they all offer luxury amenities and comfortable beds. However if you are looking for exclusive luxury there are many ways to hire villas around certain areas of the island, many of which are located on the sea front

Amy is a freelance writer commentating on ongoing tourism and travel destinations, whilst working on XL Airways for eComparison.


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