Found far in the southeastern reaches of the Caribbean Sea, Barbados – or simply “Bim” as the locals often call it – is a tropical gem of an island that enjoys idyllic weather all year round with inviting warm waters.
Seaside cliffs, caves and coves are also a draw for visitors, along with historic districts, fantastic music, watersports, wildlife encounters and an amazing food and drink scene.
Situated deep down the Lesser Antilles archipelago as the islands approach South America, Barbados has been an independent nation since 1966 but remains part of the British Commonwealth realm. With a population of about 280,000 people, of which 1/3 live in the capital of Bridgetown, the modestly-sized island of 169 square miles packs a lot of punch. Aside from Bridgetown, areas such as Oistins, Holetown, St. Lawrence Gap, Needhams Point and Speightstown are choice destinations. Nearby islands include St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Martinique.