A Port-Hopping Cruiser’s Haven
It’s easy to ascertain that Barbados was once a British colony; there are hints of the culture in the twang of the local tongue, the ubiquitous (and possibly awkward) presence of left-hand side roads, and the Anglican churches which still enjoy a solid patronage. If you’re a first-time cruiser to this South Caribbean island, you wouldn’t immediately guess that it has plenty of natural wonders to offer for your lust of exploration, what with the well-developed resorts and hotels which front its beaches. A mere two-day stay may prove to be the antidote ‘ you [...]
The beautiful island of Barbados lies in the North Atlantic Ocean, just to the North East of Venezuela. It covers 431 kms which is about 2.5 times the size of Washington DC. It has a population of 279,912 people who welcome the tourist to the island with friendly enthusiasm. Its tropical climate with rainy season from June to September makes the beach and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean the ideal place for a family holiday or honeymoon ! There are a number of top hotels to choose from and the all inclusive package ensures that everything is free. From fresh fruits breakfast to evening cocktails enjoy the sumptuous extensive menu of both local and international cuisine.
As can be expected the visitor to this Island can partake in a wide range of water sports. If you wish to escape the speed of a powerboat whilst water-skiing you can submerge yourself in the underwater world of fascinating marine life. The experienced divers amongst you can charter a boat whilst the beginner can be gently introduced with a snorkelling experience. For the sea fisherman there are numerous opportunities to go after the big game fish such as barracuda and marlin. With parasailing, kayaking , wave running and windsurfing there is a feast of sporting activities for the energetic tourist!
The first indigenous people were Amerindians who arrived here from Venezuela. Paddling long dugout canoes they crossed oceans and currents that challenge modern sailing vessels. On the north end of Venezuela a narrow sea channel called the Dragon’s mouth acts as a funnel to the Caribbean sea and the nearest Island of Trinidad. It is a formidable passage of swift flowing water and currents. The British settled on the Island on May 14th 1625 when Captain John Powell claimed the Island on behalf of King James I. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.
As well as the aforementioned water sports there is an unforgettable experience awaiting the golfer in Barbados. The sunny weather all year round makes Barbados an ideal location for both low handicap and social golfers. Several hotels other exclusive golf packages and Barbados is increasingly being regarded as one of the top Caribbean islands for golf. In order to work off those excess calories from the all inclusive deal try hiking in Barbados. The meandering paths take you gently through cane fields, gullies, tropical forests and coastal communities. Explore the unique geological and social structure of Barbados. Along the way you will meet new friends and observe the delicate balance of the unique heritage and environment of Barbados. The hikes are FREE but donations are welcome towards the work of the Barbados National Trust who strive to maintain this idyllic Caribbean gem.
A Port-Hopping Cruiser’s Haven
Barbados is one of the most famous of the Caribbean islands. Known predominantly for its tropical climate, beaches, and luxury hotels, there is actually a lot more to see. One of the most popular attractions of the island is Harrison Cave. This unique experience of making your way through an island cave should certainly be part of your Barbados experience. Why is it worth your time? There are a actually a few reasons.
Located near Barbados’ geographical center, the caves are inside the parish of St. Thomas. They offer an experience unlike any you will find on a tropical island. Opened [...]