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Turtles, turquoise waters and total relaxation: the best beaches in Barbados

Whether you’re looking for a spot to surf, a place to see turtles, or complete and utter isolation, there’s a beach in Barbados for you.

Grenada’s five best wreck dives

Shipwrecks are common off the island of Grenada and have created some unbelievable settings for a dive.

What to do in St Lucia

Here are our author’s picks for making the most of the island: Cricket Since the Beausejour Cricket Ground was built in 2002, St Lucia has...

Bays and baths: The Best of St Lucia

1. Castries Central Market Castries market is a hive of activity, especially when a cruise ship is in town. It’s a wonderful place to shop...

The ‘Gentleman Pirate’ of Barbados

Stede Bonnet (1688-1718) was an unlikely Barbadian pirate because he was a wealthy landowner of a 400-acre estate southeast of Bridgetown. For some unexplained reason,...

Beards and Bims – the naming of Barbados

Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos ‘discovered’ Barbados in 1536, and it was he who named the island Los Barbados, which means ‘the bearded ones’.

Life is sweet: Barbados’ Crop Over festival

The origins of the festival can be traced back to the 1780s when Barbados was one of the world’s largest producers of sugar.

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Lizzie Williams is a travel writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally from London, she has notched up almost 20 years to date on the road in Africa; first as an expedition leader on overland trucks and now as a guidebook author. Her first introduction to the continent was backpacking as a 20-year-old around then Apartheid South Africa, followed by an arduous trip to see the mountain gorillas in Zaire when gorilla tourism was still in its infancy. She has written numerous magazine articles, product brochures and websites on African travel, and is author of over 30 guidebooks for various publishers on South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Uganda. She has visited 20 African countries, none of which were quite as engrossing as Nigeria.

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