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BARBADOS HOLIDAYS   >   CARIBBEAN


Barbados is a coral island, born of the sea. The sea water is crystal clear, turquoise blue, and always warm. The Barbados sun shines 3,000 hours a year. The temperature averages a cosy 27 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit). The trade wind is a steady, cooling fan.

The island nation situated on the boundary of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. One of the Lesser Antilles, it lies to the east of the main chain of islands.

Parishes of Barbados : Christ Church, Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint James, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Lucy, Saint Michael, Saint Peter, Saint Philip, Saint Thomas 

Capital City Barbados: Bridgetown.


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Car Rental Barbados

  Sixt   -    

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Holiday Homes

James Villas   -   Villas and villas with pools to rent with James Villa Holidays

  Caribbean Way   -   Luxury villa rentals
The island's western Caribbean coastline is pristine, providing travelers with calm clear waters for amazing snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities just steps from Barbados villas.
The electrifying southern coastline, meanwhile, is host to a healthy party atmosphere and the simpler Barbados villas. Whether you're seeking deluxe accommodations or something more understated, villas in Barbados are sure to please.

Hotels in Barbados

  Bougainvillea Beach Resort ****, Maxwell Coast Road, Christ Church
Bougainvillea Beach Resort is a luxurious, oceanfront all-suite resort, situated on the cool south coast of Barbados, approximately five miles from the airport and five miles from the capital, Bridgetown. Featuring 138 spacious suites, this elegant resort sits in a stunning location on one of the island's most beautiful beaches, with excellent swimming in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. 

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  Responsibletravel.com

  Sovereign Premium Holidays  [ ATOL 230 ]
Flexible Luxury Holidays Barbados. Sovereign is a specialist tour operator with more than 30 years experience.

  British Airways   -  Holidays in Barbados 
Swim in the calm turquoise waters of the west coast during laid-back Barbados holidays. Discover the past at a plantation house in the interior of Barbados. Then sway to infectious calypso rhythms while sipping local Barbados rum.
Family holidays, Beach holidays, Romantic breaks, Spa hotels, Golfing holidays, Luxury holidays.

 Kuoni   -   Barbados highlights
**  Bridgetown - a capital of colonial architecture, historical sights, fascinating museums, duty free shops and excellent restaurants.
**  The resorts of the 'platinum' (west) coast...some, like Sandy Lane, have become attractions in their own right.
**  Holetown, with its pretty Barbadian houses, where the first British ship landed, in 1625.
**  Former plantations, romantically ruined or skilfully reused, such as the Flower Forest at Richmond Plantation.
**  Golf - the climate, scenery and some of the region's best courses make Barbados a golfer's paradise. Particularly good are the links at Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland.

  Thomas Cook    

  P&O Cruises
Caribbean cruises.



Travel Guides Barbados / Related Books

Barbados Insight Guide - ISBN 9812820582 Essential Barbados (AA Essential Guide)
Paperback: 190 pages; Publisher: AA Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Sep 2010); ISBN-10: 0749566701; ISBN-13: 978-0749566708.

Barbados Insight Guide
The top attractions are highlighted to help you plan your trip priorities and a 'Best of' section highlights the most unique experiences Barbados has to offer, along with personal recommendations on what to see and do. A location finder is printed on the front cover flap which makes this guide ideal for on-the-spot reference and also serves as a handy bookmark. An in-depth 'Places' section covers the entire island, including main towns, museums and galleries, parks and gardens, best beaches and churches. All the principal sites are cross-referenced by number to the accompanying full-colour maps for instant orientation. Attractive colour-coded sections make the guide extremely easy to use, whether you want to read the full narrative, or simply dip in and out. Fascinating features explore everything from 'Living Art' to the 'Bajan Dialect', and the rich history and culture that has shaped Barbados into the island it is today. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section provides a wealth of practical information, covering transport, climate, shopping, health, accommodation for all budgets and activities for all interests, including an A-Z section of essential tips and useful contact telephone numbers.
Paperback: 360 pages; Publisher: APA Publications Pte Ltd (17 Sep 2009); ISBN-10: 9812820582; ISBN-13: 978-9812820587.

Transport / How do I travel to Barbados

  Barbados Airport   -   Grantley Adams International Airport
  Bridgetown Airport

  British Airways   -  Flight tickets Barbados 

 
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Virgin Atlantic   -   flights from London to Barbados

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights 
Flight tickets Barbados / Price comparison possible

  Barbados Port Authority
Port of Bridgetown provider of marine, cargo, passenger handling and other related services to seaport users

  Transport Board Barbados   -   Public Bus Transport

  Map Barbados [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


Links 

  Barbados.org   -   Official Barbados Tourism Authority's Site!
Hotels, Apartments, Villa's, Maps

  Government Barbados

  Barbados UK   -   UK website Barbados Tourism Authority
Travel to Barbados, Accommodation, Romance in Barbados, Events, Barbados Tour Operators and more.

  Bridgetown   -   Capital City of Barbados  -  southwestern Barbados, on Carlisle Bay
So-named for the bridges over the Careenage, Bridgetown is the center of commercial activity in Barbados, as well as a central hub for the public transport network.

  Bathsheba
  Christ Church
  Holetown  -  one of the larger cities
  Peter Speightstown [ Port Charles Marina ]
  St James
  St James Bay
  St John
  St Michael
  St Peter
  St Philip
  Worthing

  Barbados Port Authority
  Bridgetown Cruise Terminals
Centre for all services provided for the use of cruise passengers and crewmembers visiting Barbados.
  University   -   University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
Autonomous regional institution supported by and serving 15 different countries in the West Indies.

Cuisine   -   Barbadian Recipes

Barbados Rum Book 
Paperback 48 pages (December 9, 1985);  Publisher: Macmillan Caribbean;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0333402227
Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit: A Culinary Memoir  -   Austin Clarke
If you grew up in a West Indian kitchen, if know any West Indian families well or if you have lived in the West Indies this book will appeal to you.
Hardcover 248 pages (April 2000);  Publisher: New Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1565845803
  Barbados Restaurants

History of Barbados

Independence: 30 November 1966 from the UK

Barbados was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627, though Amerindian tribes had lived on the island previously. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century.

  Barbados History   -   Wikipedia
A History of Barbados: From Amerindian Society to Nation State  -   Hilary McD. Beckles
This book is the first general history of Barbados written by a professional historian. Using a vigorous and unbiased approach to the collective experience of all the island's inhabitants, the author traces the events and ideas that shaped contemporary society. He examines the influences of the Amerindians, European colonisation, the sugar industry, the African slave trade, emancipation, the civil rights movement, independence and nationalism. Dr Beckles has blended an impressive quantity of primary research and published literature to produce an exciting and provocative history of this island state.
Paperback 240 pages (September 20, 1990);  Publisher: Cambridge University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0521358795
  Barbados Museum & Historical Society
The Barbados Museum is a non profit institution. Its mandate is to collect, document, and conserve evidence of Barbados' historical and environmental heritage; and to interpret this evidence for all sectors of society

Music, Art & Culture, Events

Barbados is home to spouge music, which is played on guitars, mandolins and drums, but is best known as a second home for Trinidadian calypso and soca, as well as a reggae/soca fusion called ragga-soca.

Caribbean music [ calypso, soca, ringbang, dub, steel pan, and, to a lesser extent, reggae ] dominate the local scene, Barbadians are embraced by several other musical forms. This is borne out by the wide range of musical festivals that Barbados hosts each year, including an international Jazz festival, an opera season and a gospel festival.

  Barbados Holetown Festival
A festival of the town of Holetown on the Caribbean island of Barbados, a week-long celebration that starts in mid February to commemorate the arrival of the first English settlers on 17 February 1627.

  Barbados events

A-Z of Barbados Heritage (Macmillan Caribbean A-Z S.) 
Sean Carrington, Henry Fraser, John Gilmore, Addington Forde
Every aspect of Barbadian history, geography, culture and society is covered: from flying fish to Gary Sobers; from chattel houses to rum shops and from the Landship to the six native types of lizard. The sources of local legends and folklore share the page with the story of rum and the origins of the name Bimshire, while the biographies of the great and the good jostle with the humorous stories of more colourful characters. Each author has brought an impressive breadth of scholarship combined with a lively, highly readable and often amusing style. This A-Z aims to be the definitive reference guide to the cultural heritage of Barbados
Paperback 288 pages (May 2004);  Publisher: Macmillan Caribbean;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0333920686
  Edward Kamau Brathwaite [ born 1931 ]
A Barbadian writer, poet and dramatist. His poetry explores the African and Caribbean roots of his country and his people.  See Pegasos

 
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