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- Author: LaCure Villas
Barbados: The Caribbean’s British Treasure
Barbados is afternoon tea, cricket, G&Ts on the beach, worship at Anglican churches, and gourmet dining in fine clothes, as opposed to belly-buster, all-you-can-eat buffets.
Barbados is the most British of the Caribbean islands, with an Anglo heritage that goes back to 1625, when the first English ship arrived.
Barbados is also calypso music, fine rum, white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, glorious sunsets, safe streets and the polite Bajans who are always quick to welcome with a smile. So welcoming is the island in fact that it has the highest rate of returning visitors in the Caribbean.
It is a beautiful coral island whose 100 square kilometres of beaches are lapped by warm waters. Its limestone hills and lush scenery are dotted by vast plantation homes that stand as testament to Barbados’s colonial past. Inside the island is a vast array of caves and underground lakes that yield some of the world’s purest drinking water. The Seven Natural Wonders of Barbados include Harrison’s Cave, a crystallized limestone cave, and two large baobab trees that were brought to Barbados centuries ago from Guinea, West Africa.
On the west side of Barbados is the fashionable Platinum Coast, with a virtually continuous beach facing spectacular tropical sunsets. On the eastern shore, huge waves provide a dramatic show that attracts surfers from around the world. Hiking, windsurfing and diving are also popular here.
If you are more inclined to hit the tees than engage in watersports (or like to do both), the country offers a few outstanding 18-hole golf courses, considered among the Caribbean’s best designed. The two crown jewels here are the Tom Fazio-designed courses at the ultra-exclusive Sandy Lanes: Country Club and the awesome 7,389-yard Green Monkey. Royal Westmoreland is also worth a glorious round or two.
The capitol of Bridgetown invites walking and exploration, lined with boats, bars and boutiques. It also has botanical gardens, museums and restored plantation houses. The past comes alive here. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison have recently been named an UNESCO World Heritage Site, for outstanding colonial architecture, a well-preserved old town dating back to the 17th century and military garrison.
The nightlife in Barbados sizzles in the St. Lawrence Gap area, with the sounds of socca, jazz, calypso and reggae. The island also boasts superb gourmet restaurants.
For spectacular private accommodations, LaCure features a selection of luxury Barbados villas in exclusive Sandy Lanes and in the parishes of St. James and St. Peter. Most properties are located on or near the beach and all include maid and cook services. The most deluxe villas have larger staffs, with butlers and exclusive fine dining.