Barbados, often called the “Little England” of the Caribbean, blends the finer elements of British tradition with the warmth of island hospitality. Barbados truly has something for everyone with beaches, rolling countryside, charming villages, and old plantations. It is also known as a diver and surfer’s paradise.
Barbados is sophisticated yet casual, warm and friendly, and always charming. It has something for everyone from expensive to affordable. Barbados is a tropical island that has sun-filled days and balmy nights. Those that explore Barbados fall in love with this land and return again and again. The average annual temperature ranges from 70°F–87°F.
Barbados may not have any dolphins, but they still have an experience of a lifetime as you can swim with the turtles! It’s something I so desperately want to do. Barbados is the home to a healthy population of hawksbill and leatherback turtles. The turtles once were endangered by being over fished. However, these great creatures are now protected and monitored throughout the island.
Turtles are sociable and tend to stay in the same area following steady routines. They can be seen playing and feeding along the inshore reefs. There are certain monitored areas where they have become accustomed to humans and are very tame. You can swim with them as they feed along the coral, and one of the best ways to do this is by snorkeling.
There are programs in place such as the Barbados Sea Turtle Project to help recover the marine turtle populations. This is all done through training, education, and public awareness. Without such projects, we would not have the opportunity to enjoy these truly amazing creatures.
Fun Fact: Driving in Barbados, as on many of the Caribbean Islands, is on the left side of the road. Before you rent a car, please make sure you are comfortable driving this way. However, precautions aren't only for drivers. Pedestrians must also remember to look right as well as left when crossing the street!.-Travel Impressions
Andrea Ward is an independent travel consultant of Boomerang Escapes, located in WI. She has been planning vacation escapes for the company since 2013 and specializes in Caribbean Destinations. Her main focus is on the all-inclusive vacation experience for adult or family getaways for individuals and small groups. Sandals and AMResorts are among the specialist certificates she holds.
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide ride of leisure vacation planning.