By Lauren Kmec
Barbados
Barbados
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Barbados is a small island in the Lesser Antilles, where the western Atlantic Ocean “borders” the Caribbean Sea. Formerly a Portuguese territory then a British colony, Barbados finally claimed its independence in 1966. Due to its warm climate and location outside the Atlantic hurricane belt, Barbados is a very popular destination for beach-loving vacationers. But though the beaches here are quite beautiful, there is a wealth of other things to experience on the island—most notably, coral reefs and other natural wonders. In fact, much of Barbados is actually composed of coral. Additionally, the island’s delicious cuisine, calypso music, and welcoming culture are sure to charm all visitors.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to consider Barbados for your next getaway. All flights will arrive at Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), the island’s only airport. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to make your flight arrangements with EscapeWizard.com. We can also help with accommodations; browse our top selections, then click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and book your hotel with EscapeWizard.com.

Though Barbados is a relatively small island, it certainly does not lack interesting historical landmarks. EscapeWizard.com recommends starting in the capital city of Bridgetown, where you can visit the neogothic Barbadian Parliament buildings, National Heroes Square, and the famous Chamberlain Bridge. Next, we encourage all visitors to tour the George Washington House, where the first president of the United States lived for two months in 1751. The ground floor of the house is decorated as it might have been back in Washington’s day. Another notable historic destination is Holetown, location of the first British settlement in Barbados. Located in central St. James Parish, Holetown is also a very popular beach destination full of upscale resorts.

For a fine example of Caribbean Jacobean architecture, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit St. Nicholas Abbey, a historic plantation located on Cherry Tree Hill in St. Peter Parish. Take a guided tour of the plantation’s great house and grounds, including the boiling house, rum distillery, and the surrounding orchards. Another fascinating landmark is Tyrol Cot Heritage Village in Codrington Hill. Built in 1854, Tyrol Cot was once home to Sir Grantley Adams, the first premier of Barbados. Today, it has been converted into a craft village where visitors can watch artisans at work. For something completely different, EscapeWizard.com urges you to visit Morgan Lewis Mill, one of only two intact sugar mills on the Caribbean islands. This site features a striking Dutch windmill, as well as an interesting exhibit on the equipment used to produce sugar.

Barbados is also rife with incredible natural wonders unlike anywhere else on Earth. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends the Welchman Hall Gully, a magnificent tropical forest featuring rare fruit and spice trees, exotic and native palms, and a nutmeg walk. Be sure to visit the nearby Flower Forest, a 50-acre garden alive with colorful native plants. Also nearby is Harrison’s Cave, a breathtaking sight that has been declared one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados. The cave is full of stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls, and deep natural pools that have been formed over many thousands of years. Visitors can travel through the cave in an electrically operated tram and are permitted to get out and walk in certain areas.

Located on the island’s less developed east coast, EscapeWizard.com thinks the area of Bathsheba is well worth a trip. From afar, the shores of Bathsheba appear to be scattered with boulders, which are actually rock formations that have broken away from an ancient coral reef. Bathsheba is a favorite escape for locals and a popular surfing spot; several high-level surf competitions are held here. If you are not an expert surfer, we recommend a relaxing soak in the Bathsheba Pools, which are carved out of the area’s inshore coral reef.

Finally, divers will love exploring the 200+ shipwrecks and undersea caves in Carlisle Bay. Swim along with the marine life, which includes Hawksbill turtles, seahorses, sponges, eels, and a wide variety of fish.

As you can see, Barbados is bursting with life, whether you seek the tranquility of the white sand beaches or the excitement of underground exploration. So make your travel plans with EscapeWizard.com and discover Barbados today!
Hotels in Barbados
By D. Gregory Perrin
Hilton Barbados
Needham's Point, St. Michael, Barbados
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During your next Caribbean vacation to the island of Barbados, look no further for hotel accommodations than the Hilton Barbados. This beautiful hotel is right on the coast at Needham's Point, which gives it excellent beach options right outside your hotel room. The hotel has 350 guest rooms that all have an ocean view due to the perfect placement of the Hilton. Plus, it is only around 20 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport. Guests of the hotel can check-in to their rooms at 3 p.m. or after on the day they arrive on the island.

The guest rooms of the hotel are all non-smoking because Hilton wants to promote a healthy lifestyle for all its patrons. The hotel rooms have a color television with full cable package including HBO. There is high speed internet access available in each room; guests should check with the front desk upon arrive for applicable fees. There is, also, an in-room safe that is large enough to fit normal size laptop computers for safe keeping during the time vacationers are outside of their rooms.

Hilton Hotels know that fitness is a very important aspect in the daily lives of individuals. To accommodate this fact, the hotel offers a modern fitness center filled with Precor © equipment. There is also a large swimming pool for guest to swim in for exercise or just take a dip in to cool their body from the warm weather. Travelers who enjoy golf can frequent the nearby Barbados Golf and Country Club. This establishment has an excellent course, which is played on by the PGA European Tour, is also open to vacationers on the island.

Overall, the Hilton Barbados is one of the best hotel options on the island. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your hotel experience today by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).