Barbados lies at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea where the Lesser Antilles meet the Atlantic. The 60 miles of beautiful beaches that encircle this tropical paradise are blessed with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine annually.
The southern and eastern coasts of Barbados are known for their excellent board surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing conditions. Visitors can swim with turtles among the inshore reefs, while scuba diving and snorkeling reveal tropical fish, eels and seahorses beneath the azure-blue waters. Numerous sunken ships also lie beneath the Barbadian waves, earning the island its reputation as the “Shipwreck Capital of the Caribbean.”
The oldest existing brand of rum in the world hails from Barbados, and the spirit still holds an important place in the culture of the Barbadian people today. “Liming,” the Bajan term for hanging out with friends, is best done while enjoying a rum punch. And, the rum shop is a focal point of social interaction—the place to have a talk, have a laugh and have a drink.