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Feel the doors of your imagination open wide when you discover Barbados for therein lies the magic of our island, where you are limited only by your dreams and fancies. With every precious pearl of experience, your Barbados vacation will be one to remember.

There is just so much to do – so many treasures to uncover – as you soak up the warmth and enjoy the comforts of our beautiful island. Land lubbers and sea farers alike can have their pick of surf and turf activities appropriate for all ages and stages of calm or daredevil delight! Singles, lovers, friends and families also have rich and plentiful options to choose from. Whether you want to swim or sunbathe, party and play hard or enjoy art, culture and cuisine at its best, it’s right here waiting for you. Discover Barbados. Lose yourself. Find you!

Drawing on its English, African and West Indian roots, Barbados has established its own distinctive identity, evidenced in its customs, traditions and values, and passionately expressed through the rich history, exceptional cuisine and artistic talents of its people.

Though given the name “Los Barbados” by Portuguese sailors in the 1500’s, Europeans were not the first to inhabit this easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles. This distinction goes to the Amerindians who arrived from Venezuela, followed by the Arawak Indians, who in turn were dismissed by the Carib Indians in the 13th century. But when the first English settlers arrived in 1627, they found an island that was largely uninhabited, and set about establishing a colony that would remain a part of the British Empire for 334 years.

Sit under a beach umbrella with a cool drink, find shade under a sea grape tree or jump right into the clearest, crystal water you could expect to find anywhere in the world!

A tropical locale is only as desirable as its coastline. And on this belief, Barbados never disappoints. Graciously endowed with more than 70 miles of sun-saturated, palm-adorned beaches, translucent azure waters and a year-round climate considered nothing less than perfect, the island is generous in giving Bajans and visitors alike a tropical respite unlike any in the world.

The island’s shores are as varied and unique as Barbados itself. The west coast offers calm waters and dusty white beaches on which you can unwind with a rum punch in hand. Along the eastern shoreline, impressive coral sculptures carved by incessant Atlantic trade winds and thunderous waves decorate an area long heralded as one of the best surfing spots in the world. To the south, flawless sands and reef-protected waters set the perfect scene for a day of snorkelling or swimming. Meanwhile the southeast coast entices those who seek adventure in its windsurfing playgrounds, and seduces couples with an alluring backdrop of sheer cliffs and fine pink sand.

Barbados boasts over 60 beaches across 70 square miles and offers more than 3000 hours of annual sunshine under which you can enjoy them all.

Crane Beach in the parish of St. Philip has consistently been recognized as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the world.

All beaches in Barbados are open to the public and access to them is considered a right of every Barbadian.

We work hard during the day and at night we unwind in a fashion that is distinctly Bajan, often satisfying our hunger for food and fun all at the same time.

Barbadians love to dance. We love music and we love to socialise. And why not? It’s part of our DNA. If you’re thinking about coming to Barbados, there are just a few things you need to know if you want to enjoy the true Bajan experience and party (or liming) like a local. Just know that this particular “lime” is neither green, of the citrus variety nor grows on a tree. This “lime” refers to how we relax, wind down, and generally de-stress.

Although a “lime” is permissible during the day and at any time you want to hang out with friends and family, a real high-powered lime usually takes place at night in popular party spots like; St. Lawrence Gap, Second Street in Holetown, Harbour Lights Night club and many other locations dotted around the island.