Thanks to its British colonial past, Barbados is an enticing mix of the familiar and exotic: dotted with Anglican churches and cricket pitches, surrounded by green monkeys chattering in palm trees. Famous as the playground of celebrities and royalty, it is certainly glamorous and vibrant, but there are many more facets to this particular Caribbean jewel.
The so-called ‘platinum’ west coast is where many of the luxury resorts and hotels can be found, scattered along the long, white sands and calm turquoise sea. The east coast is more rugged and sparsely populated, with Atlantic winds and strong currents making it a magnet for surfers. As a coral island, there are some superb snorkelling and diving sites, teeming with sealife and stunning reef formations.