Barbados is sophisticated, safe, friendly and romantic. Barbados has something for everyone from expensive to affordable. They offer accommodations from Ultra Luxury to European. 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. There is no bad time to visit Barbados it has a tropical climate year-round and Barbados is outside the hurricane belt!
Barbados may not have any dolphins, but they still have an experience of a lifetime as you can swim with the turtles! 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.
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
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. One of the best ways to do this is by snorkeling.
Barbados’ South coast and West coast are best known for their swimming, snorkeling and water activities. Where as the East coast or the Atlantic side is known for surfing. However, Barbados does not have any private beaches.
Some other interesting facts about Barbados…
- It is known as the birthplace of the finest rum
- It is divided up into 11 parishes. Each of them with their own church and cemetery
- If you are looking to get married, there is no waiting period for you to do so in Barbados
- It is the host of the museum for the Concord where you can partake in a flight simulation
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!
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 primary 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 NJ, TN, MS, SC, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, 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.