BarbadosBarbados is characterised by its English colonial history, festive street life, exquisite restaurants, and some of the most luxurious hotels in the Caribbean. The island is predominantly flat, with a few gently rolling hills to the north. The west coast is lined with fine white sand and natural coral reefs, and along the east coast there’s a lively surf as the sea pounds the rocky shoreline. Scott Dunn’s highlights for the Barbados: For a change of scenery from Barbados’s white sand beaches, visit the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, near to Bathsheba for an abundance of tropical plants. Gain a deeper understanding of the complex history of Barbados by visiting some of the most impressive colonial plantation houses, such as St Nicholas Abbey. Be sure to explore the calm beaches in the south west coast of Barbados, such as Paynes Bay. Here there are miles of white sand that are perfect to pass a few hours on. Barbados is known for its surf. Where the eastern coast meets the Atlantic Ocean the continuous swells make Barbados the perfect place to try this sport.