Given the size of the island, Barbados has a lot of beaches and some of the Caribbean’s best. The dramatic coast has been shaped by sea and wind where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean. The East Coast, facing the Atlantic, is a surfer favorite. In the South Coast, you’ll find several cozy little beaches, such as Bottom Bay, and a nice promenade with plenty of restaurants, bars and attractions. Spanning Carlisle Bay just off Bridgetown and tranquil Gibbes further up the coast, the West Coast is more protected and has the long, soft sandy beaches associated with the Caribbean. The northern part of the island features spectacular cliffs, but even here its possible to find hidden beaches in the bays between the rock formations.
Barbados is as made for water sports and nature experiences. Reliable winds provide excellent kite and windsurfing conditions all year round. Silver Sands is a perfect place to take lessons if you want to try. If you prefer quieter water activities, Barbados also has excellent conditions for snorkeling, wreck diving and turtle spotting.
Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) is located in the south of the island, 8 miles east of the capital city Bridgetown. Barbados is served by many regional and international carriers. In addition, a number of charter airlines run services seasonally. Approximate flight times are as follows: Miami is 3 hours 30 minutes, New York is 5 hours, Toronto-Canada is 4 hours and London is 7 hours 30 minutes.