Barbados is a single-island nation, located at the south end of the Caribbean, closer to South America than much of the rest of the region’s nations.  It became a British colony until 1966 when it was formally made a Commonwealth realm.  It is extremely popular with British tourists, who make up the largest single group of visitors.  Tourism makes up over half of the island nation’s economy.

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As with many Caribbean nations, Barbados offers spectacular beaches and coastal attractions for vacationers.  The turquoise water and sandy beaches, along with lush palms and abundant sunshine, making it a haven for relaxed, laid-back holidays.  Shopping and club/nightlife are a big part of many tourist areas on Barbados as well.  The south and western coasts are the most popular for relaxing beach vacations, while the east coast is a bit more rough and tumble, though might be perfect for adventurous travellers.


Don’t be fooled – just because Barbados is a relaxing beach haven doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of things to do for active holidaymakers.  The east coast is great for light surfing and cave exploration and spelunking.  Diving and boating are most popular in the western and southern coastal regions.  And if you want a view of everything from the air, perhaps a ride in a helicopter, for one of the many helicopter tours of the island, is ideal.


For sporty types, there are a number of exceptional golf courses on the island to enjoy.  Outdoor fun can also be had hiking through the many wildlife reserves and preserves, such as Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary.  You can go hiking up Cherry Tree Hill, a nearly 1,000-foot-high village on a hillside, or check out Andromeda Gardens, or the Flower Forest, a 50-acre horticultural park on the site of a former sugar colony.  And why not end a day of hiking with a visit to one of the several rum distilleries on the island?  There are also numerous festivals catering to various interests year-round, so be sure to research online and check your calendar before booking a Designer Active Holidays to Barbados!

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