The island’s interior has a fascinating abundance of flora and fauna and the Eastern Atlantic side is ruggedly beautiful.

The platinum west coast is renowned for its luxury hotels fronting the soft, white sands and calm waters of the Caribbean.

For the sports enthusiast there is everything from golf to horse racing with some of the best watersports in the world, and for cultural interest there is the island’s varied history and a host of stately homes and elegant plantation houses to visit.

Barbados has a wide selection of restaurants and nightlife.

For those wanting to discover the variety of the Caribbean, the island makes an ideal combination with many of the other islands featured.

We particularly recommend contrasting Barbados with the unspoilt tranquillity of the Grenadine Islands, the lush, tropical beauty of St Lucia or the traditional West Indian atmosphere of Grenada.