"Barbados is awesome and the holiday I booked with Planet completely rocked. The windsurfing was amazing and the people in Barbados are really friendly."
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Silver Sands in Barbados is another of our tropical Caribbean destinations, made up of white sandy beaches, bath water warm seas and awesome wave sailing. Since being discovered by the Portugese in 1536, the island has had a lot of English influence, often being called ‘Little England of the Caribbean’. Nevertheless, it is still very Caribbean with plenty of blaring reggae and incredible fish BBQ’s in the evenings.
The spot boasts some great wave riding on the reef, around 250 metres off shore, and 1-2 metres deep. The slow breaking waves make it ideal for wave riding novices. However, the spot is usually unsuitable for beginners, with water starting being a necessity. However once your up and water starting, you’ll be straight onto learning the waves.
The wind varies between a constant cross-offshore or cross-onshore trade wind, which usually levels off between 12 and 20 knots. The best wind period is between December and March. Silversands is one of the best wave spots.
There are an abundance of jet ski companies, dive schools, paragliding businesses, bannana boat rides, and general watersports madness to get involved with. Away from the watersports, hiring a car is a must do, as you can get from one end of the island to the other in 1 hr 30 min. So there is no reason not to travel around the beautiful country, and visit the various attractions like the monkey sanctuary in the north, or visit the various surf breaks.
Barbados has a great night life with a true Caribbean feel. The fish BBQ at Oistins is one to never miss, where you will find the freshest fish cooked to order infront of you, accompanied by local foods such as bread fruit, plantains, and a wedge of amazing macaroni pie. St Lawrence Gap, or most commonly known as ‘The Gap’ has bars and restaurants of various description, and regularly hosts local live music. Just look out for the posters that spring up around town with the place and date.