At first glance, it may seem obvious why many school travel companies ignore Barbados as a destination for their student trips. The island does not seem to be a natural fit for tours geared towards 19 to 30 year old men, who are considered to be ‘hard to reach’ from the UK, and it is known to be an island that is inaccessible by road unless you are flying.
In fact, this line of thinking is erroneous. Barbados is a spectacular island and one that is ideal for young groups of students for a number of reasons. Just as importantly, the island is less than a two hour flight from Miami, Florida, an international hub for south east Asia air traffic. With an estimated population of about 325,000 people, it is one of the nations’s busiest, and safe, ports.
Bridgetown is in the west of the island, on the lower east side. (The english term ‘destination’ is appropriate as Bridgetown is the main town.) As a result, the economy here is heavily geared towards services and tourism. In the west of the island, Coral Bay is the main business area and also home to the North West Company, a powerful company that has a fort that has been in place for more than165 years. In the south, the island’s largest town is the main source of income, with duty free shopping, excellent restaurants, hotels and resorts by the coast, all of which are busy year around. Estate agents are also a popular service in Bridgetown, working on the island as well as in the main towns.
fumes from sugarcane and cattle operations are a commonestead in the hills and in the valleys. In the east, there are extensive sugar plantations (one of the biggest on the island) and well- established tourism, catering to the many Americans and Europeans who will visit the island, as well as many locals. In the hills behind the major towns are the ruins of a fortified medieval wall, thought to have been built to help protect the town of Tarbert from pirates and invaders. Just a few kilometers up the road is Cape West Coast, Barbados’ only surfing beach.
If you have never been to Barbados before, you are probably going to be surprised at how well it feels to you after you have spent some time there. Barbados is one of the best islands in the Caribbean, with a subtropical climate, though there are no mountains. Don’t let this put you off, however; the locals welcome you with warm hospitality.
If you visit Barbados, you will spend more than a week experiencing the true Barbadian experience. You will not have to worry about the lack of things to do in Barbados- there are plenty of local events and festivals (jazz and blues festivals, for example) to enjoy as well as tourist attractions like cricket and army displays. You will also enjoy the very best in Barbados hospitality, dining, and shopping.
And the northeast part of the island, Barbados presents much more of a beach lover’s paradise. fabulous white sands beach and breaks for surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving-it’s all available. If you want to spend more than a day on the south, northern, or eastern shores of Barbados, why not try a cruise and see more of the island? There are numerous boats that tailor trips to fit you, so you can have ample time to see Barbados and its lush vegetation while relaxing on the deck under the starlight.
Barbados is also a duty-free destination. While the capital city of Port Antonio is a bustling port, many of the other areas very picturesque and quiet. How about chilling on the beach and swimming in the pool at sunset? Better still, why not indulge in some retail therapy in the capital city? shopping is also excellent in Barbados. Aside from its duty-free shops, the city is also known for its amazing markets.
Soak up the sun on the south side of the island. Although the north is a little colder, the south is where to go to poolside barbeques and nice evenings. Although the southern climate is slightly more temperate, the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean keep the southern portion of Barbados warm all year long.
Dreams have come true for anyone who loves the sun and beaches, Barbados is the dreamy setting many are looking for. Just remember to pack sunscreen!