Shutterstock/49991557/ (Richard Semik)Barbados has a long-established tourist industry and is highly experienced in providing efficient service to a wide clientele. Tourists who come here looking for the 'untouched' Caribbean are in for a disappointment. It hasn't got the best beaches in the Caribbean, there are no volcanoes, no rainforest, no virgin coral reef, but it has pleasantly rolling countryside with fields of sugar cane, brightly painted villages, flowering trees and open pastures and visitors come back time and time again. You can pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a hotel room and be truly cosseted or rent a moderate apartment and look after yourself. You can play golf (the courses are very highly rated), tennis, squash and any number of other sports, or you can watch cricket, horseracing or polo. There is lovely walking along the rugged north and east coasts on the Atlantic side, while watersports are offered along the more protected west and south coasts on the Caribbean. For sightseeing, there are fortifications, plantation houses, museums, rum distilleries and gardens. Barbados' history as a British colony is evident in its political system and place names, but times are changing. You can still stand in Trafalgar Square and look at Nelson's statue; but the Lord High Admiral has lost his pre-eminence and the square now honours National Heroes.
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