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Somewhere on the western edge of the Atlantic swells, just along the edge of the Caribbean Sea, sits a little island called the Barbados. Just 21 miles long, and only as much as 14 miles wide, this little island is part of what could be called part of the "English Arc"—those islands settled by the British Crown in the early 1600s. One of the most well-developed and wealthiest islands on the cusp of the New World and the Atlantic Ocean, it offers the best opportunities for travelers who want to visit a proud and independent island nation that is both a member of the British Commonwealth and a fresh, inspiring, and unspoiled warm-sea destination.
The beaches are as wide and varied as you could expect or ever want. Try Brandon's Beach for spearfishing or the Batts Beach for snorkeling. Accra Beach offers the beautiful white sand that you'd find on any Caribbean island, plus the amenities of local hotels and restaurants. Watersports and water-based activities abound, including dive shops, surf rentals and schools and the opportunity to go hang-gliding, paddleboarding, kiteboarding, kayaking and snorkeling. Fishing charters can get you out into the deep water, too.
Take part in the local sports, if you want. The Barbados Turf Club has an unequalled season of horse racing, or you can go to the Kendal Club Sporting Shooting Range and Country Club to shoot some clays. If you want to get in a few rounds on some of the most beautiful links in this part of the world, try out the Barbados Golf Club, the Sandy Lane Country Club, or the Apes Hill Golf Course. Or, if golf isn’t your game (or you just want to experience the majestic outdoors another way), visit the Orchid World and Tropical Garden or the Farley Hill National Park for views of the native wildlife and birds. You can also stroll along the South Coast Boardwalk, which is an easy way to see what makes Barbadian flora and fauna so very special.
Aside from stunning natural sights, the island is also dotted with shops and galleries. The Hastings Farmers Market offers prepared meals as well as locally made crafts and arts for something to take home as a memory of your stay. If you're a cigar-smoker, be sure to visit the Caribbean Cigar Company. Of course, Barbados is the birthplace of rum, as a visit to the Mount Gay Rum factory will demonstrate. Shopping isn't complete without sampling the taste of the island; you'll find cafés, bars and local kitchens offering local cuisine, plus you can make it a night out at one of the special world-class restaurants. Any way you get a taste of Barbados, there's a good chance it's going to be one to remember.