Planning a Vacation to the Island of Barbados - Travel - Vacation Rentals

Planning a Vacation to the Island of Barbados   by Seaside Realty

in Travel / Vacation Rentals    (submitted 2013-03-13)

Planning a vacation to the island of Barbados

If you have been planning a vacation to the island of Barbados I have some good news. There are many luxury properties now available for business travelers, couples retreats, and family vacations. Why stay at a hotel when you can enjoy all the comfort of been in a villa with all the luxury amenities you would expect from a top tier island vacation. Barbados has wonderful climate, friendly people, beautiful beaches, and is the perfect place to relax. Barbados offers sun, sea, white sandy beaches, relaxation and a way of life that you can't get enough of. The island is full of culture and history.

Barbados is the eastern-most Caribbean island with an exact location of 13.4N, 54.4W. The coral island is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide and was created by the collision of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates, along with a volcanic eruption less than one million years ago. It was actually two land masses that merged together over the years.

Some other interesting facts about the island:

- The United Nations Development Index (1996) ranked Barbados third in terms of quality of life among 160 developing countries worldwide.

- Research and surveys show that visitors highlight the friendliness of Barbadians as its greatest and most pleasing asset. This is reflected in the highest repeat visitor factor in the region of 39%.

- Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the world.

- Barbados boasts the only full time fertility unit in the Caribbean region with amazing success rates.

- CAPITAL: Bridgetown

- POPULATION: Approximately 254,000

- CLIMATE: Approximately eight hours of sunshine most days. Temperature ranges between 75 F and 84 F year round.

- OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English

- CURRENCY: US $1 = BDS $2 approx.

- DRIVING: Drive on the left. A temporary yearly Barbados license costs BDS$10 and is obtainable from car rental agencies and Police Stations.

- TIME: GMT-4 hrs. There is no daylight saving time in Barbados

- ELECTRICITY: Electricity in Barbados is 110 volts/50 cycles

Barbados has a very vibrant night life including:

Lexy Piano Bar: Open Tuesday through Sunday from sundown to sunup, sort of. It's always a great party with live entertainment, great food and drinks, served up until late. Hosted by Broadway singer/producer Alex Santoriello, a staff of terrific bartenders and a monthly rotation of international piano bar entertainers rock the world, a night at Lexy is a memorable experience filled with camaraderie and nostalgia, where you can howl-along and dance the night away to your all time favorite songs.

Limegrove Bar & Zoola Café: There are many communal areas with seating for those who spill over from the busy restaurants, or just to rest in between the rounds of shopping, or even to hang around with friends. As intended by the developer, the concept is meant to invite Barbadians in. While "liming", if feeling a bit hungry, ask for the menu from Zoola Café.

Priva: Step into PRIVA Barbados on 1st street for complete escapism and transport yourself to paradise. PRIVA is an intimate lounge club in Barbados that offers impeccable bottle service and the hottest DJ's the WORLD has to offer. Open for evening drinks and dancing till late, PRIVA evolves into a late night party destination in Barbados for people of all ages. PRIVA is located in a very chic, traditionally styled building in Holetown, St James, which embodies the old world charm of Barbados, a colonial townhouse with the privacy and refinement of a modern and cosmopolitan watering hole.

Reggae Lounge: Open-air nightclub which offers the opportunity to dance the night away under the stars, surrounded by natural, tropical vegetation. The club offers a wide range of music, from reggae and calypso to mellow music and Rhythm and Blues.

McBride's Pub & Cookhouse: An authentic Irish pub which offers great casual dining and a warm, friendly atmosphere, plus fantastic nightly entertainment. Every night there's happy hour and on Mondays happy hour lasts all night long! There's a lively street-side beer garden nightly and live entertainment featuring popular local bands. At McBride's every night's a party!

Before you pack those luggage's and set off on your vacation to Barbados here are a few things you want to consider:

Although there are many affordable places to stay in Barbados ranging from $200 per night and higher, if you really want to indulge in true luxury living you want to check out the luxury holiday villas in Barbados.

Other things you definetely want to look into are airport transfer, car rental, island tours.