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Barbados, Caribbean

Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time.
On the West Coast, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline providing excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.
On the East Coast, strong and constant winds pounding the waves against a rocky shore, creates a perfect scenario for surfers.

 
The origin of the name Barbados  is either Portuguese or Spanish, meaning "the bearded ones", which could be referring to the long hanging roots of the bearded fig-trees indigenous from the island or, to the allegedly Caribs once inhabiting the island. Its uncertain which European nation arrived first in Barbados. According to some sources it was the Spanish during Columbus early voyages; others believe the Portuguese were the first Europeans on the way to Brazil.


Mostly, a flat coral island with excellent beaches, but also some rolling hills and many deep ridges and gullies, with and interesting distribution of flora and fauna.
Within the Barbados coral core, there is a vast array of caves and underground lakes which provides and excellent supply of drinking water that is amongst the purest in the world.
A unique paradise, surprisingly sophisticated, friendly, fun and naturally charming, with lots of activities, night life, music, history, art and some of the best restaurants. The people, Barbadians, often called Bajans, are warm and friendly souls, always ready to greet you with a sincere smile and welcome you into this beautiful Caribbean Island.

At Bridgetown Marina

What to do and see:

Scuba diving. An amazing experience to explore coral reefs blossoming with sponge, coral and plant life as well as spotting turtles, giant sand eels, sea horses and shipwrecks. The waters around Barbados are some of the most transparent in the Caribbean.

Swimming with sea turtles. Several catamarans offer sailing tours that include stops to swim and snorkel with sea turtles. A unique experience.

Botanical Gardens. A beautiful Botanical Garden with more fauna information than most similar places across the planet.

Golf. Several international golf on the island offer world class courses.

Nightclubbing. St Lawrence Gap  (a strip of bars, restaurants and hotels), where the party stops when you say so. A place where bars and nightclubs rub shoulders with old rum shops and karaoke dens.

Mount Gay Rum Distillery. A distillery that can offer a bit more than just a tour, also a taste of the local rum and local food.

Harrison's cave. Underground cave with stalactites, stalagmites, small waterfalls and pools. Ride by tram through the cave and you can disembark at different points.

For fitness fanatics there are also guided hikes and horse riding trails along coasts, on beaches, and through the countryside and, for an extra kick, a zipline experience.

If you prefer to explore the history of the island's colonial past, visit Nelson´s Statue, St Michaels Cathedral or the National Heroes Square.

Or, just enjoy the perfect white sandy beaches and swim in the emerald seas.



Climate



The best time to visit Barbados is from December to May when there is little rain, lots of sun, and humidity is lower. Typically Barbados is hot year round but constant trade winds help keep humidity down. The months from June to November are the wettest although days can pass without any rain and, as is normal in the Caribbean, there is a hurricane season between July and November although they are very rare.
From December to May the average temperatures range from 21 to 31ºC, while between June and November, they range from 23 to 31ºC.
 
Language
 
English is the official language. 
Bajan, a regional variant of English, is spoken by most Barbadians in everyday life, especially in informal settings.










 
 

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