Barbados

Lets not forget that Barbados is home to more than 100 rum shops, with mount gay, cockspur and Malibu all made on the island, you can also take a visit to the mount gay rum distillery.

Barbados is a well known and well loved island in the Caribbean, it is a place that can cater for all budgets and for all your personal tastes. You can expect the majority of hotels to be more lavish, with more of a western décor than traditional Caribbean style. The restaurants will also cater for all tastes, you can just as easily pick up a dish that you may be missing from home as well as traditional dishes such as Cou-Cou and flying fish with spicy gravey which is the national dish, or pudding and souce which is a dish of pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes. Restaurants here are a little pricier than in other Caribbean islands.

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You will find plenty to do in Barbados, transport is in abundance and with a 3 bus system running 7 days a week you will not find it hard to travel around the island. On a Friday and Saturday night the fish market (Oistins) turns into a dance with music going on until the early hours, many locals will be here.

The capital is Bridgetown well worth a vist to many of their heritage sites, you can also visit one of their many caves and gullies such as Harrison cave and Welshman hall gully or the rocky cape known as Pico Tenerife.

There are botanical gardens and sugarcane fields to explore. If an active night life is more your thing than you will not be disappointed, there are many clubs, bars, British style pubs (serving British bitter and stout), rum shops and even twilight boat cruises, St Lawrence gap is the liveliest area.

Lets not forget that Barbados is home to more than 100 rum shops, with mount gay, cockspur and Malibu all made on the island, you can also take a visit to the mount gay rum distillery. The south coast of the island is heavily developed with lots to do, the sea on this side can sometimes be a little rough. On the west coast however the sea is very gentle with calm waters and pretty beaches, this is where you will find the luxury hotels and villas. The east coast is unspoilt and there are just a few places to stay.

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The island itself is mainly flat, has a population of approximately 285000 and is around 166sq miles in size and surrounded by coral reefs. Is it made up from coral and limestone which purify the water supply in the underground springs. This water provides the whole island with the purest drinking water. You may well see a variety of nesting turtles whilst in Barbados they are home to the green turtle, loggerheads, hawksbill turtle and leatherbacks. You will find that Barbados has the second largest breading population of the hawksbill turtle in the Caribbean. You may also come into contact with the green monkeys which also reside here.

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As with all Caribbean islands there are some beautiful beaches totalling 70miles of beaches to enjoy, there are two seasons here the dry from December – May with temperatures between 21-31ºC (70-88ºF) and the wet season from June – November, temperatures of 23-31ºC (73-88ºF). There is an annual precipitation of 40-90”, a gentle breeze throughout the year is very welcoming. Barbados lies just outside the hurricane strike zone. The local language is English and the currency is the Barbadian dollar but the US dollar is also widely accepted.

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