Each year, Barbados provides an exotic escape for thousands of tourists in search of white sandy beaches, luxury resorts, and all kinds of water sports including scuba diving, sailing and snorkelling.
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The island of Barbados is an independent territory, discovered by the Spanish and ending up as a British colony until 1966. The Queen is head of state here and the country exhibits a functioning parliamentary democracy.
Barbados lies to the east of the Lesser Antilles and reaches out a fair way into the Atlantic, with the Caribbean due west. The capital of Barbados is the famous city of Bridgetown and it is around this area where you will find many of the most prominent resorts. Christ Church Parish, St Phillip Parish, St James Parish and St Lawrence Gap are all popular destinations. Barbados is divided into eleven Parishes and because the country is only 14 miles wide, only two of these parishes are landlocked.
Beaches on the east coast tend to be more rugged with Atlantic characteristics, while beaches on the west coast are more exotic and Caribbean in nature.
The famous Bathsheba Beach is on the east coast in the parish of St Joseph, and it is on this side of the country where you will find a treasure trove of craggy coves. Surfing is popular here and Bathsheba's shoreline is also known as the 'soup bowl' for its crashing waves which draw numerous major surfing meets throughout the year.
Beaches like Bottom Bay are similarly rugged, and blessed with beautiful white sands. Swimmers should take caution, and sunbathers who are not inclined to surf may be better off on the west coast of the island where the sea is more tranquil. If you are in St Joseph's or exploring the east coast, Hunte's Gardens are well worth a look.
Dover Beach, Rockley Beach, and Miami Beach are on the south west coast, where the sea begins to become less choppy. Hastings is filled with beaches, and many tourists looking for a relaxing beach holiday will target this area of the island.
Harrison's Cave in Saint Thomas Parish is a wonderful geological attraction; it constitutes a network of underground chambers and canals in one of the landlocked Parishes discussed earlier.
Barbados is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the West Indies, and it is easy to see why with idyllic picture-postcard beaches and an annual average maximum temperature of 30 °C.
Last updated: 14 March 2014