A stay on Barbados is like a dreamlike shopping experience. You don't need to accept something that's closest to what you've been looking for, simply because there's always exactly the thing you've been hoping to get on stock. Plus, you can always find a bargain next door. With accommodations as varied as its cuisine, opportunities to walk your legs off as manifold as its marine life, parties as long as its dazzling beaches, and festivals as intoxicating as Barbadian rum, this tiny speck of an island is an invaluable place for a hassle-free vacation affordable even on a tight budget.
If you never fix your eyes on anything cheaper than Dolce & Gabbana, jet set to the west coast. This is where the "Posh and Becks" sort of holidaymakers rent their mind-blowing apartments and the most exquisite locales extend a warm welcome to all those who don't need to stretch their dollar. Not one of those? Keep you chin up. Rumor has it the reason why the first-class resorts are sprinkled along the west coast is that the locals wanted to save the southern part for themselves. And when you bury your feet in the powdery sand of Hastings, have a cricket chit chat at Londun Bar in Silver Sands, or stroll the colorful, rum-smelling back streets of Bridgetown, you can't help but suspect there's a grain of truth in it.
This way or the other, whether you're browsing for lazy days in the sun, aquatic frenzy, or a sense of adventure, you'll truly end up spoiled for choice no matter which direction you set your radars on. Enjoy the shimmering waters, please you palate with by far the best flying fish in the Caribbean, and if exploring makes your day, take a rugged outback tour through the gullies and post-colonial plantations, where the wind whispers stories of the slave trade times and the ghosts of the past roam magnificent plantation houses (check St Nicholas Abbey). And when the sun goes down and the beaches clear, the night spots throughout Barbados spring into life with the pulsating calypso rhythms- to say nothing of the Crop Over Festival that annually turns the island into a hyper-hallucinogenic, five-week summer party in the open air. You sure don't want to miss it.