Barbados, a pocket-sized paradise approximately 21 by 14 miles, bursts with charm and hospitality so typical for many Caribbean islands and combined with an unmatched natural beauty. But underneath the old-world allure lies a modern infrastructure that includes internationally recognized restaurants, luxury retail brands, world-class banking facilities, high-speed internet, and global television. But it’s the warm, friendly Barbadian people that have visitors returning to the island year after year.

Barbados is relatively flat, with a diverse countryside and stunning beaches. Coral stone cliffs of 50 to 100 feet rise and fall along the Eastern coastline, separated by small sandy beaches and bays. The South and West Coasts, much differently, are characterized by wide sandy beaches and the calm, turquoise Caribbean waters. The interior of the island ranges from lush gullies to rolling hills to vast cane fields and plantations.

The climate is warm and sunny all year, with an average daytime temperature ranging from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 30 degrees Celsius).

Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands, spared by most weather systems. Local currency is the Barbadian Dollar, which is conveniently tied to the US Dollar at a fixed rate of approximately 2:1.

Among the most popular events that attract visitors to the island year over year are Holders Season, Sandy Lane Gold Cup, Mount Gay Barbados Regatta, Barbados Rally, Crop Over Festival, Food, Wine & Rum Festival.

Daily flights arrive at Grantley Adams International Airport from North America, the Caribbean, UK and Europe:

• UK: 8 hours
• Miami: 3 1/2 hours
• New York (JFK): 4 1/2 hours
• Toronto: 5 hours
• Frankfurt: 9 hours