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Sand and surf, snorkeling and seafood - A Barbados vacation is made of these. A Barbados cruise will take you to this beautiful island country.

Barbados is a flat coral island that was pushed out of sea by early volcanic activity. Fringed by coral reefs, a Barbados vacation will offer you fine white sand beaches along a blue-green sea. Barbados weather allows you to indulge in excellent snorkeling and scuba diving facilities. There is no dearth of good hotel accommodation in Barbados. Barbados hotels offer a variety of cuisine.

Barbados vacation

In the 1950s, Barbados tourism became a popular industry. The verdant beaches and mild tropical climate brought many visitors. Today, Barbados cruises bring scores of tourists to this island nation. The national sport is Cricket and this island nation boasts of one of the game's best all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers. Any Barbados vacation is incomplete without a visit to the following tourist spots:

  • Harrison's Cave - A unique phenomenon of stalactites and stalagmites and crystal clear running water, Harrison's Cave is a popular attraction for those on a Barbados vacation, who are driven through electric trams through the caves to see the spectacular waterfall within.

  • Baobab Tree - This tree is also known as the 'Monkey bread tree'. With wide trunks, the baobab trees are a fascinating sight. The largest tree needs 15 adults to join their outstretched arms to cover its circumference.

  • Historic Jacobean Mansions - The St. Nicholas Abbey in St. Peter and Drax Hill in St. George are home to the few Jacobean mansions left in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Jewish Synagogue - Built in the 17th century, the Jewish Synagogue with its beautiful Gothic arches was restored by the Jewish community in the early 1980s.

  • Canon - Barbados was an important military base for the British in the 17th and 18th century. Consequently, Barbados has the world's rare collection of 17th century English iron cannon.

  • Grapefruit tree - Cross-pollination between the Shaddock and Sweet Orange gave birth to this delicious fruit, which is segmented and sprinkled with Angostura Bitters made in Trinidad.

  • Barbados Museum - This was once a military prison and hosts exhibitions of modern art and temporary displays too.
  • Historic Garrison Area - This area is spread along the southern outskirts of Bridgetown and functioned as a British Garrison for about 126 years. Today its focal point is the Savannah - the racetrack.

How is the weather?

Blessed with a mild and pleasant tropical climate, nearly 70 % of the population is of African origin. The island also has a blend of European, Indian and Arab settlers. Light cotton dresses and cotton jackets are ideal for the tropical Barbados weather. Beachwear is a must for those who seek the pleasure of the sun and surf. Sun blocks and beach footwear are a must for Barbados vacationers.

Finding a hotel

If you are keen on sampling seafood or continental cuisine or the best Baja cuisine, there is no dearth of fine Barbados hotels on the island. There is something for each taste and budget. The variety ranges from Polynesian to Mexican to Japanese to Indian to Italian or Greek. Dance to the exotic Caribbean rhythms or be part of the nightclub scene. You can watch the sun set and watch the island's nightlife unfold at a romantic Barbados hotel.

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