Barbados is a 166-square-mile island located in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is west of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, and just north of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is the easternmost Caribbean island, and is a somewhat flat island, with its highest peak, Mount Hillaby, reaching only 1,100 feet above sea level. The British truly left their mark on this now independent nation. Cricket is the main sport and driving is done on the left side of the road.
Barbados is served by numerous international airlines, making it easy to reach. From the United States, the island is served by American Airlines, Air Jamaica, US Airways and Caribbean Airlines. Canadians can arrive via Air Canada or Caribbean Airlines, and British Airways and BWIA serve Barbados from the United Kingdom.
Over 25 cruise lines make a stop in Barbados, including Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Norwegian and Windjammer.
There are accommodations in Barbados for every type of traveler. If you are going for the surfing, consider staying on the east or south coast near the best surfing areas, such as the New Edgewater Inn, Sea-U Guest House, Zed's Surfing Adventures or Southern Surf Beach Apartments. The Rostrevor Hotel and the Amaryllis Beach Resort are located conveniently close to the Barbados Golf Course if you want to be near the greens. For luxury or honeymoon accommodations, try Little Arches or Sugar Cane Hotel and Spa.
For those who love to golf, Barbados has several excellent courses. Sandy Lane Golf Course was the site of Tiger Wood's wedding in 2004 as well as the World Golf Championships World Cup in 2006. Try your skills at the Barbados Golf Club and the Rockley Golf Club as well.
Scuba diving is also a great activity to enjoy in Barbados. There are over 200 shipwrecks in the surrounding waters, making it a haven for wreck divers. The Greek freighter, SS Stavronikita, lies in 120 feet of water and is home to a number of colorful fish and coral. Carlisle Bay contains a number of historically significant wrecks such as the Fox, Berwyn, C-Trek and Eilon. Excellent for beginners, these sites provide viewing of eel, tropical fish and seahorses.
For the best windsurfing second only to Hawaii, head to the south shore of Barbados, around the area of Silver Sounds for the best conditions. Brian Talma's shop or Club Mistral are the best stops for board rentals and parts. The best season for windsurfing is November to mid-June.
The eastern coast is best known for surfing. Near the quiet village of Bathsheba, the wind howls off the Atlantic making it what some--even world champion surfer Kelly Slater--consider the third best surfing spot in the world next to Hawaii and Florida. This is The Soup Bowl, known for its curves and air. A must for amateurs and professionals as well.
Of course there are many other activities available, such as horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, cycling, fishing, spelunking, tennis and polo.
Article Written By Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph
Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph, a professional freelance writer, spent more than 20 years with a major airline and enjoys writing about travel, health, alternative medicine and interior decorating. She is the National Caribbean Travel Examiner and her work has been featured in the "Dallas Morning News," "Caribbean Property and Lifestyle Magazine," Gadling, Travels and numerous other publications. Fessenden-Joseph attended Texas Christian University.