Resort at a Glance: Turtle Beach Premium All Inclusive Resort
Set on a 1,500-foot stretch of white-sand beach along the southern shore of Barbados, Turtle Beach Premium All Inclusive Resort provides everything a vacationer could ask for. The resort is also a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.
- Get your fill: All meals, drinks (excluding champagne and fine wines), and snacks at the resort’s restaurants and bars are included.
- Watersports galore: Snorkeling, sailing, and kayaking are included.
- Full-service spa: You can get massages, facials, manicures, and other spa services right at the resort at an additional cost.
- Family friendly: Kids aged 3–12 can let loose at the supervised Flying Fish Kids Club.
Barbados: Seafood, Sugar Cane, and Tropical Flora in a Former British Colony
Considered the easternmost island in the Caribbean, Barbados was a British colony until 1966, explaining the popularity of afternoon teas and cricket matches. But Barbadians (often shortened to “Bajans”) have formed their own identity, starting with seafood-centric cuisine. Along the western coast, food stands and restaurants dot the roadsides, serving Barbados’ national dish: flying fish paired with cou-cou, a mash of cornmeal and okra. Mount Gay Distilleries is worth a stop for a tour and the chance to sample Bajan rum. The company has used the island’s abundant sugar cane to make aromatic rum since 1703, making it the oldest rum brand in the world.
Barbados’s natural beauty can be found all around the island. Trams tour the popular Harrison’s Cave, where stalactites hang from huge limestone caverns. Driving or catching a cab west to Holetown brings you to the Folkestone Marine Park and Museum, where a reef formed by a sunken ship flourishes with sea anemones, giant crabs, and decaying GPS screens. And flora lovers have several spectacular gardens to visit, including Orchid World, which lives up to its name with thousands of blooming orchids. The Barbados Flower Forest is located on a former sugar plantation and is filled with lilies, flowering shrubs, towering palms, and many other species of tropical plants.