The most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, Barbados extends a welcome as warm as its climate. Nearly 350 years of uninterrupted British rule have left their mark on an island nicknamed "Little England". Its parliament, founded in 1639, is one of the oldest in the British Commonwealth.
Barbados has two distinct faces - the west coast boasts unending palm-fringed beaches of powder white sand, sapphire seas, hotels and fine restaurants. In contrast, the east coast offers rugged headlands pounded by Atlantic waves and a selection of excellent beaches.