4 Compelling Reasons Why Barbados is One of the Best Destinations in the Caribbean:

The tropical weather and golden beaches are the usual attractions for people visiting Barbados. However there is far more on the island for travellers to see, from island-wide carnivals to hidden natural treasures.

For those who love peace and quiet, Welchman Hall Gully is a secluded spot located in the centre of Barbados. The gully is home to many rare tropical plants, flowers and trees, providing a serene place for visitors to wander and experience how Barbados once was when it was completely covered in lush vegetation. Monkeys live in many of the island's gullies and there is a daily feeding of the troop which resides in Welchman Hall Gulley.

The Crop Over Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in Barbados. Originally signifying a successful sugar cane harvest, the festival is now host to myriad attractions in July and August. Calypso music, dancing and costume competitions all celebrate the island's cultural heritage. Many events take place at the National Stadium in St. Michael, including the Grand Kadooment parade. This vast procession attracts artists and visitors alike from all over the Caribbean and brings the Crop Over Festival to an end.

A novel way to experience the seas around Barbados is onboard a submarine. These tours run during the day and at night, providing opportunities to see sights only normally seen by divers. The craft includes seats, with portholes running along the sides of the sub to allow excellent views of the sea floor. In addition to the colourful fish, travellers can see reefs, coral and shipwrecks. The night tour focuses on creatures not usually seen in daylight hours. The crew provides a commentary on these tours, and food and drink can be purchased onboard. One company, Atlantis Submarines, operates out of Bridgetown, Barbados.

If you want to experience something more traditional, there is the Brighton Plantation Farmers Market, located near Melverton in the south of the island. This is open every Saturday morning and there is an array of local traders selling food, art, craft and jewelry. There is also local cuisine available such as seafood and visitors can enjoy a breakfast made from a range of local produce.

While there are fine, sandy beaches and tropical weather in Barbados, many other attractions can be found on the island. Many tour operators offer cheap holidays to Barbados from London, with a variety of price ranges and other options available.