Barbados
Barbados
By Christine M. Soltis

Delve into a geographically unique island, once formed by a mixture of volcanic activity and the collision of Atlantic and Caribbean land masses.  As the only foreign country visited by George Washington, Barbados stands out as a must-see historical and outdoor place for exploration.

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At the young age of 19, George Washington visited Barbados for several months with his ailing brother Lawrence who suffered from tuberculosis.  A change in climate was suggested along with the optimistic possibility for treatment.  The George Washington House is where the two men once stayed and now, has been preserved as a heritage site in dedication to his visit.  The house is located near the Garrison Savannah in Bridgetown, and is WhatsCheaper.com number one must see attraction on the island. Visitors can see a replica of the bed where George Washington slept, as well as tour house and museum which is filled with artifacts from time period.

While enjoying history, WhatsCheaper.com recommends seeing two of the oldest buildings in Barbados; the plantation of St. Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall.  St. Nicholas Abbey can be found in St. Peter and features centuries worth of tradition, history and antiques just waiting for you to view.  Drax Hall is in the parish of St. George and stands as one of the very first sugar properties on the islands.  These historic Jacobean mansions are full of wonder, as they are two of the only three left in the world.

Along with the initial mergence of land masses, stunning coral reef formations later expanded around the area, casting off beautifully colored hues.  Enjoy this natural geography by taking to the sea!  As one of the best Caribbean places for sports, take up snorkeling, scuba diving, kite surfing, sailing, horse riding, fishing or even swim with the turtles.  WhatsCheaper.com wants you to know there are a wide range of tours and safaris available from Barbados operators, which will take you to see the islands, travel off-road, swim and snorkel with those friendly sea turtles, colorful fish, visit famous rum factories or just travel on a magnificent cruise around the coast. 

Along with the outdoor theme, beaches are in surplus as well.  Find coral and cliffs to the north, windy surf-ready beaches in the east, coral reef displays in the south and the calm palms in the west.  Learn surfing and be a part of their culture at the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba; stop at Mullins for skiing; have a picnic with the family at Barclays Park or enjoy peacefulness at Gibbs Beach in St. Peter.  WhatsCheaper.com thinks you should also make sure to visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and see the Barbados Green Monkey.  A great activity for the entire family, WhatsCheaper.com recommends you call ahead to see when these animals are fed.  Afterwards, grab your camera and stop next door at The Grenade Hall Signal Station to see a panoramic view extending 360 degrees.

WhatsCheaper.com wants you to know there are talented artists everywhere and it is possible to find a plethora of paintings, wood carvings, leather goods and more to take home to your loved ones.  Duty-free items can easily be found in Barbados, including luxurious diamonds.  If you’re jewel shopping, indulge in designing your own duty-free diamond.  Choose to create a one of a kind gem with cuts, carats and colors that will suit your style.  Since Barbados has a warm climate, it is also a perfect place if you are planning to marry in a beach atmosphere.  There are many areas to choose from for a civil wedding.

Barbados is famous for its rum, so consider taking the Mount Gay Rum Tour in St. Michael or choose from several others.  For dinner, enjoy a wide range of cuisines including continental, fine dining or even a local seafood dish.  Or check out a dinner show and enjoy Barbadian cuisine while learning island history.  For the evening, enjoy international music at an open-air nightclub, indulge in a street party, find karaoke or relax to calypso and reggae bands.

White sands, blue-green seas and interesting history; there is no reason not to see Barbados, a historically beautiful country.

MUST SEE IN Barbados LIST:

  • 1. George Washington House and Museum
  • 2. South Coast Boardwalk
  • 3. Bathsheba Beach
  • 4. Jewish Synagogue
  • 5. Harrison's Cave
  • 6. Hunte's Garden
  • 7. Mount Gay Rum Refinery
  • 8. Barbados Wildlife Reserve
  • 9. Carlisle Bay
  • 10. Agapey Chocolate Factory Tour

Barbados EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Holetown Festival - February
  • 2. Holders Season - March
  • 3. Oistins Fish Festival - April
  • 4. Barbados Reggae Festival - April
  • 5. Carlisle Bay Festival - April
  • 6. Celtic Festival - May
  • 7. Banks International Hockey Festival - August
  • 8. Sun, Sea & Slams International Bridge Festival - October
  • 9. Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Festival - November
  • 10. Barbados Film Festival - December

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Hilton Barbados Resort
Needham's Point, St. Michael, Barbados
By J.N. Lister

Built on the site of the 17th century Charles Fort, the Hilton Barbados Resort is located on beautiful Needham’s Point in Bridgetown, Barbados. Located only 20 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), the resort is conveniently situated amongst the legendary Barbados beaches and waters, and within minutes of the urban attractions offered in Bridgetown. Check in at the Hilton Barbados Resort is at 3 p.m., leaving travelers plenty of time to get settled and still enjoy the afternoon and evening exploring the many pleasures this destination has to offer.

The resort boasts 350 well-appointed guest rooms, which includes 77 Executive Rooms and 33 Suites. Each room includes a private balcony with stunning views of Carlisle Bay, the Caribbean Sea, or a panorama encompassing both. Additionally, the resort offers handicap accessible rooms, designed to make every guest’s stay comfortable. Guest rooms are available with either a single king-sized bed or two double beds, and include cable TV, desks, and access to high speed Internet. Guest rooms also feature an enticing Serenity bath with separate walk-in showers. All rooms are 100% non-smoking, in compliance with local laws.

The Hilton Barbados Resort received the TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence for their outstanding accommodations, amenities, and guest service. Guests of the resort can spend their days soaking up the Caribbean sun beside the infinity pool, enjoying a drink from the Water’s Edge bar. They can also choose amongst the many activities available on-site, including the water sports center, which features PADI certified diving instructors who lead scuba and snorkeling excursions. The Kids’ Club has supervised daily activities for the little ones, a great option for parents who want to take advantage of the services of the on-site salon or fitness center. Don’t forget the shopping available at the city center, a mere five-minute’s drive from the resort. The George Washington House heritage site is also a short walk from the resort, and is a treat for those who like to get off the beaten path.

With its white sands, cerulean waters, and temperate climate, Barbados is an ideal vacation destination, and the Hilton Barbados Resort is an ideal lodging choice. Check out is at noon, but with the resort’s luggage hold service, you can enjoy the remainder of the day unencumbered. Click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to begin planning your visit today through WhatsCheaper.com. 

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