"Island of Five Contrasts" Top 5 Page for this destination Barbados by Gillybob

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The island of Barbados can be split into five areas - four different styles of beaches and the inner part.

In the south-east corner, beaches are pearly white sands with some waves.

Progress round to the west coast and the beaches remain white but the calm seas barely peak with any whiteness and remain mainly turquoise blue.


Head to the wild and windy east coast and beaches become brown and great waves crash in - to the delight of surfers who call Bathsheba the "soup bowl".

Down on the south-west coast, great cliffs and crashing waves surround the familiar white beaches.

Finally, head in from the coast and you'll find rolling hills covered with great palms and sugar cane.

An island of true contrasts.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful island easy to traverse with public transport.
  • Cons:Not easily visited on a budget.
  • In a nutshell:Accessible - but save up first!
  • Last visit to Barbados: Feb 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    cool pics and tips as usual. :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    Hello, Gillian! You have managed to see lots of great places I must say.... Live and learn! ><><><><

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    Nice page! My one trip to Barbados in the 80's was short. Great tips on the different beaches, and your transportation tips are excellent!

  • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    It is so cold here in Nashville, I had to pop on over to your Barbados page to warm up a little! Hope you are well - Happy Holidays!

  • kemisteryoso's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2010 at 5:30 AM

    I like beaches so much how I wish I can go there someday.

  • DEY's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Did you do any snorkeling in Barbados? Love the photos!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    We only got here on day trip from cruise ship. Thanks to your comments, the insight helps in understanding the culture

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Excellent page on Barbados. Cheers, SL :)

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 3:30 AM

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY GILLY !!!!! Are you at work? Hello form snow-bound the People's Republic of West Yorkshire

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Thanks for your BDay wish! Nice Barbados page, hope to receive a free trip there for my next birthday ;-)


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