Barbados, known as the ‘pearl of the Caribbean’, is the eastern-most Caribbean island. It’s actually an enormous and ancient coral reef that was formed approximately one million years ago. It has been dubbed ‘the real fantasy island’, an appellation that points to its exotic resorts and glorious beaches. Enjoying 340 days of sunshine a year, numerous well-developed amenities. It has a throbbing nightlife and friendly inhabitants, it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean.
Barbados islanders, calling themselves ‘Bajans’, are West Indian by descent, although largely shaped by English customs and culture. These influences pervade much of the island. Most evident is the Anglican stone churches. The island is divided into numerous parishes and in the many cricket games played on the village greens. The ‘Little England’ legacy dates back to colonial days when the sugar industry reigned supreme. Barbados gained self-government in 1966, and now tourism, rather than sugar, is the mainstay of the local economy.
The island is a pear-shaped, 20-mile (32km) stretch of soft coral. This has been permeated by water and over time has formed fascinating underground caverns. The coral reefs enveloping most of the island entice tourists to its picturesque shores. For the obvious activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, and watersports.
The Climate in Barbados
The weather is mostly sunny and fair, with an average of high daytime temperatures of 75°F to 85°F (24°C to 29°C). These hot conditions are tempered by the prevailing cool northeast trade winds. The dry season occurs from January to June and the hurricane season extends from June to October. Hurricanes, however, usually miss the island. Instead the island experiences some spectacular tropical rainstorms. These are usually short and heavy spells that dry up quickly.
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