Barbados is a Caribbean island pushed out of the sea by volcanic activity. Situated in the western area of the North Atlantic. It is east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination. Barbados is relatively flat, the land rises gently to the central highland area, with the highest point being Mount Hillaby, which is 340 metres (1,120 ft) above sea level.
Barbados has two seasons, the wet season, which is from June to November and the dry season which is from December to May. From December to May the average temperature is from 21 to 31 °C (70 to 88 °F) and from June to November, the average temperature is from 23 to 31 °C (73 to 88 °F). Gentle breezes throughout the year give Barbados a civilized climate which is moderately tropical. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt and so is an ideal island to visit with very few hurricanes. On average they hit the island about once every 26 years.
The influence of the English on the island of Barbados is more noticeable here than on other islands in the Caribbean. For example the island’s national sport is cricket. Barbados has brought forth several great cricketers, including Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Frank Worrell.
Barbados is sophisticated and casual, warm and friendly, and always distinctively charming. On the West coast you can find stretches of white sandy beaches. Here coral reefs fringe the shore, making it an ideal area for diving and snorkeling. Within the Barbados coral is a large assortment of underground caves and lakes to explore. On the East coast the trade winds bring the waves and here it is ideal for surfing.
Barbados is a beautiful island, with a lively night life scene. Particularly in the St Lawrence GAP area. A stretch of road in the parish of Christ Church, ‘The Gap’, as it is usually called, is a place where different cultures meet and merge, it is an experience not be missed.
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