Destination: Barbados Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Christine Loomis
March 05, 2013
What the islands of the Caribbean lack in expansive geography, they more than make up for with a strikingly rich convergence of cultures that has given each of them a singular personality and historical identity. Fought over for centuries, many islands existed under a dizzying succession of national flags, typically raised by varying combinations of Dutch, English, French and Spanish rulers. These four cultures in particular, along with influences of Carib and Arawak tribes and African slaves brought to labor under the sizzling Caribbean sun, left deep impressions on this region and provide meeting-goers and incentive travelers with intriguing options for cultural immersion within easy reach of the U.S. mainland.
By David Swanson
January 30, 2012
A Dutch outpost—replete with a windmill—set against a desert backdrop. A wealthy island banking community fringed with white sand and undersea walls. A cosmopolitan city with the forts and cobblestone streets that mark the New World’s original Spanish colonization.
Learn about Barbados for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Barbados is the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles, and compared to its neighbors is very flat in topography. But what it lacks in mountain peaks it makes up for in sandy beaches, luminous blue waters and impossibly good weather. All of these qualities have made Barbados a surfer’s paradise. This island’s Atlantic coast is filled with large waves, and the tepid temperatures make wetsuits obsolete. Although this sounds nearly perfect, the region does have some powerful undertow, so water-lovers be warned.