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Families will love:

  • Distinct British flair
  • Pristine public beaches
  • History of George Washington

Getting a teenager excited about a family vacation is often a chore, even if the vacation is to a beautiful Caribbean island. However, the enthusiasm for Barbados is a given, thanks to the worldwide success and popularity of Rihanna. The seven-time Grammy winner was born in Westbury, in the parish of St. Michael, and is the official spokesperson for Barbados tourism. Yep, the ... more
Getting a teenager excited about a family vacation is often a chore, even if the vacation is to a beautiful Caribbean island. However, the enthusiasm for Barbados is a given, thanks to the worldwide success and popularity of Rihanna. The seven-time Grammy winner was born in Westbury, in the parish of St. Michael, and is the official spokesperson for Barbados tourism. Yep, the island is quite proud of their girl-done-good here.

Technically, however, Barbados is not in the Caribbean. It is the most eastern of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The east coast of the island is rough and rugged, with a constant wind blowing across more than 3,000 miles of water; some say is the freshest breeze on the planet.

The western coast of B'dos, as the islanders abbreviate their homeland, is greatly influenced by the calm waters of the Caribbean. Still, it's the Atlantic that you'll dip your toes in here.

Because of its Atlantic location, sightings of humpback whales are becoming more common in the spring months. And while snorkeling these waters, it's quite possible you'll come face-to-face with the endangered Hawksbill turtles, along with massive leatherback turtles and friendly green turtles.

The people of Barbados call themselves Bajuns, and are truly friendly and happy people. They were under British rule until 1966, so much of their lifestyle remains British. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and afternoon tea is a formally observed event. The island remains a popular winter getaway for travelers from the U.K.

For your younger children, consider re-reading "Rikki Tikki Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling. The book is about a brave and adventurous mongoose. Keep your eyes open for mongoose sightings on Barbados. Years ago, the little mammals were introduced on the island to rid snakes from the sugar cane fields. They now are seen playing wild around resorts and public areas.

Beaches in Barbados range from white to pink to brown sand, depending on the surrounding surf. All beaches are public and the only place where the water is dangerous is on the east coast near Bathsheba. It's a beautiful view, but keep your kids out of the water here. The undercurrents are notorious.

Be sure to check out our exclusive Caribbean Vacation Guide for Families, offering plenty of useful information about various Caribbean islands!

Written by Diana Lambdin Meyer less

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