When it comes to holiday destinations that seem to have it all, Barbados can be one of the options. Beach resorts, a vibrant nightlife, breath-taking nature spots, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site await here. Such a range of attractions make Barbados a satisfying place to visit in the wild Caribbean Sea. Wandering here with a bag or two and a laidback attitude can allow one to relax and be in the mood for some lazy explorations across the island.
Going to this land of paradise-like quality will also treat tourists with refined luxury and exceptional culinary delights. A range of colonial-era landmarks will also let one enjoy a range of cultural sights which will allow one to get an idea on how Barbados was like in the early days of the British occupation in the 17th century. All these make Barbados one of the leading destinations in the world, ranking near the top of the lists as a perennial favourite.
Where to go
Those hankering for beaches will find various areas in Barbados. There is Accra Beach, the largest beach in the area. A crescent of sand where shade trees grow can be found here. Walking by the shore is recommended, with the boardwalk stretching out for about three kilometres to Hastings. Those who want to enjoy the scenery and just revel in the beautiful surroundings can set out for Bathsheba Beach. Wind-tossed waves that crash against the huge rocks can be found here, which make an excellent view, especially when the skies are dark with heavy winds buffeting the sea. Tourists out to enjoy solitude, on the other hand, can venture to Miami Beach. It is not as crowded as its namesake in the United States, with a small and intimate feel.
Bridgetown, the capital of the island, is recognised by UNESCO for its historical significance. Looking at the old colonial buildings here can easily take a day or two from the trip. The Parliament Buildings on the north side of the National Heroes Square are one of the major landmarks here. Its neo-Gothic style makes a sight to behold, especially the west-side building with the clock tower that now contains public offices. From here, tourists can check out the Nidhe Israel Museum, which exhibits the fascinating history of the Barbados Jewish community. After here, tourists can move on to other buildings before venturing on a hiking trip across the centre of the island. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a must-visit attraction, where one will find green monkeys, red-footed turtles, brocket deer, iguanas, agoutis, and more. A small aviary can also be found here where macaws and cockatoos are kept with parrots, peacocks, and pelicans.
Grenada, the Spice Island, is also a marvel to add to the itinerary. Tourists venturing here will find a variety of produce from fruits, apart from the beaches and the green hills. Those going here can visit Fort George, the oldest fort in Grenada which was established by the French in 1705. Tourists can explore here to see the tunnels and the cannons, as well as the spot where revolutionary leader Maurice Bishop was executed. There is also the Belmont Estate to see, one of the oldest working plantations in the region. One will find here cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a number of other spices. Guided tours through the farms, walks across the landscaped gardens, and lunch in the plantation can make a full day.
The Nutmeg Processing Cooperative, which can be considered a personification of Grenada's heritage, is also one of the highlights of a trip here. The delicious smell of the spice makes a tour of the facility enjoyable. From here, travellers can then check out Pingouin Beach, where they can swim and snorkel to their hearts' content. Restaurants can also be found nearby, which allow one to savour the local food and enjoy satisfying meals.
Going on a trip to faraway Germany will allow one to find more historic spots that will rival those of Bridgetown's. Their magnitude of importance might not be equal, but each is fascinating on its own. Tourists venturing to Berlin will find a multitude of spots such as the remnants of the Berlin Wall by the Bernauer Strasse via Porsdamer Platz, which used to separate the western and eastern parts of the country. From here, tourists can look at Reichstag, one of the city's most iconic buildings known for its glittering glass dome, which is accessible by lift. There is also the Judisches Museum to see, which record Jewish history in Germany. One can find out here about the contributions of Jewish culture, holiday traditions, and their long and difficult road to unity.
How to get out
Those out to see more of the world can book flights from Grantley Adams International Airport. Airlines serving here include Air Berlin, Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Caricom Airways, Condor, Delta Air Lines, Gol Transportes Aereos, JetBlue Airways, LIAT, Phoenix Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet.
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