Discover a Caribbean treasure in Barbados

Now that many tourists are eager for revenge trips after more than two and a half years of pandemic-induced limitations and have probably already packed their bags in search of the best beach experiences, they should know that a great option is the island of Barbados, known internationally as the pearl of the Caribbean and recently in vogue thanks to Rihanna, the destination’s international ambassador.

Far beyond its world-class beaches, Barbados is a mosaic of recreational, cultural and extreme tourist activities such as diving and mountaineering, as well as less adventurous ones such as visits to historic sites and museums which house a large part of its 300 years of existence which includes a heritage that any lover of the sweetness of life appreciates, its gastronomy and the first production of rum on the planet (1703).

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To tell us more about this destination, no one is better than Corey Garrett, Latin America and Caribbean Director at Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). This creative leader with 15 years of experience in launching new products and regional and international tourism brands, shares with us the great attractions of this Caribbean paradise.

“Barbados is always active, but what makes it different and special are its people, who are always welcoming and hospitable,” Garrett tells us that the island is a destination that stands out for its clearest waters and l purest air in the world. But beyond that, it is also a privileged site from a historical point of view since its heritage dates back three centuries. “A former British colony, it gained independence in 1966 and has managed to maintain its economic stability thanks to the enormous economic potential offered by its tourism for 100 years”, specifies the one responsible for positioning Barbados as a unique destination in the world. world.

Although we know its wonderful beaches, Garrett tells us it’s much more than that; it is a great inclusive destination that caters to a broad spectrum of tourism. “What makes us different and special compared to other Caribbean destinations is that in addition to having many international hotel chains, such as Marriot, to name just one, we also have a great offer local hotels; we have 14,000 hotel rooms available, plus Airbnb and others,” he says.

Corey Garrett, director of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), says the island is an ever-active destination.  (Photo via BTMI).
Corey Garrett, director of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), says the island is an ever-active destination. (Photo via BTMI).

He says polls always show that tourists want to come back because they find what they want, in addition to the warmth of their people, whether they are into sports like golf, diving, marathons , adventure, or that they like to travel and share moments with family. , enjoy moments such as bachelor parties or feel at home in an LGBTQ+ friendly destination. “We call it Island Inclusive, which means you fit in Barbados because Barbados fits you,” he added.

One of the big attractions for children and adults alike, he says, is the organized game drives to explore the island, “and for those traveling with children, boarding the only submarine is highly recommended. commercial in the world that dives to around 180ft to admire the local fish and reefs,” he said. A very distinctive experience of this destination. For those who love history and culture, Barbados offers endless of museums thanks to its 300 years of history.“In addition to excellent museums, we have several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Barbados, in addition to the creation of rum.”

The beaches of Barbados are ideal for water sports.  (Photo via BTMI).
The beaches of Barbados are ideal for water sports. (Photo via BTMI).
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There are several beaches in Barbados including Rockley Beach, Bathsheba Beach, Bath Beach, Pirate’s Cove, Carlisle Bay, Crane Beach and Bottom Bay to name a few. “The beaches of Barbados are open to the public and there are shops and excellent restaurants with fresh produce such as La Cabane, by the sea where you can enjoy magnificent sunsets”, he specifies. .

Speaking of food, Garrett notes that Barbados’ delicious dishes have earned its recognition as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, the result of a centuries-old amalgamation of cultures that make its menu a fusion of indigenous flavors with those from around the world.

In addition to clear waters and soft sands, Barbados is the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.  (Photo via BTMI).
In addition to clear waters and soft sands, Barbados is the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean. (Photo via BTMI).

“We have a great collection of restaurants offering complete experiences, from Italian cuisine to Japanese cuisine. In Barbados you can find all kinds of cooking styles and of course there is also local cuisine in restaurants with fresh fish. Moreover, you can also have a great meal at the seaside market. Besides, the tourist can experience the Foursquare Tour, which is the most awarded distillery in the world rum industry. We are the international champions in rum production, so it’s an experience that no one can miss,” says BTMI’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Barbados also has an extensive collection of major shopping malls, including the Sheraton Mall and the luxurious Limegrove Mall, home to the world’s most prestigious brands. The Colonnade Dacostas Mall, Cave Shepherd Mall, Coconut Walk Mall, and 34 Mall, among others, have joined the bid.

There are also places where you can find the best of local crafts. “Barbados has a strong African culture and supports local artisans. Medford Mahogany and Craft World is one of the best places to buy local crafts, like carvings and fine pottery,” says Garrett. Places like Barbados Earthworks Pottery, Black Art Studios, Artsplash and the Gallery of Caribbean Art should be added to this list.

Barbados has a wide choice of restaurants with many culinary varieties.  (Photo via BTMI).
Barbados has a wide choice of restaurants with many culinary varieties. (Photo via BTMI).

Upon arrival at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, the tourist finds the best means of transport, either on the public network or in taxis. It should be noted that each US dollar is equivalent to two Barbadian dollars, although the country also accepts Euros, Canadian dollars and British pounds.

Another thing that is important to note is that Barbados has exceptional technology. It is one of 11 countries that has 100% fiber optic infrastructure connecting the island, making it ideal for those looking for remote facilities for their day-to-day activities. “I recommend Barbados to anyone looking for a destination full of diversity,” concludes Garrett.


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