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When my goddaughter announced that she was 2 months pregnant, we were all in shock, but when she announced 3 days later that she was getting married the shock escalated exponentially. When she then announced that the magical day would take place in Barbados, we were all left completely speechless. Up until that moment I had never even considered visiting Barbados, and I was sceptical as to why she would choose to have her wedding in another country. Surely our local chapel would suffice? Clearly not. That’s when she whipped out what must have been 50 glossy travel brochures…and after only a few minutes I was sold.

Barbados, which is an island located in the Caribbean, is known for its perfect weather. With an average daily temperature of 78°F/26°C and an average daily rainfall of a little under a quarter of an inch, not to mention the 3000 hours of annual sunshine, this could possibly be the ideal holiday venue. Barbados spans a mere 166 square miles and is divided into 11 sections known as parishes. The primary language spoken is English, however the Bajan dialect is very prominent and can be heard wherever you go.

One of my biggest concerns was affordability. Most of the brochures showed luxurious four-star resorts and hotels, but little was said of more budget-friendly accommodation. After browsing the internet for less than five minutes I was able to find numerous guesthouses offering accommodation at a fraction of the cost. There were also a fair amount of ‘home-stay’ options, and while I was impressed by the price, I landed up opting to go the guesthouse route. Barbados flights were also surprisingly affordable even after comparing popular travel agencies with one another. I was able to book a flight 5 days before the ceremony which then allowed me to incorporate a few days of sightseeing into my trip.

If you enjoy history there are a fair amount of museums and restored buildings to visit. My favourite by far was Arlington House which is a restored 18th century building situated in Speighstown and operates as a magnificent 3-story interactive museum. A close second was the island’s Anglican cathedral on the South-eastern part of the island, near the coast. It was originally built in 1665 but was destroyed by a hurricane. The large cathedral was then scaled down and was said to have the widest arched ceiling in the world, at that time. There are some notable Barbados figures resting in the churchyard, Sir Grantley Adams (the first Premier of Barbados) and Tom, his son. St. Michael’s Cathedral truly is magnificent and well worth a visit.

If you’d prefer to simply enjoy the island for its tropical beauty you have 60 beaches to choose from! Turquoise waters, coral reefs and a wide variety of water sports honestly leave you feeling like you’ve just visited paradise. The nightlife in Barbados doesn’t disappoint either. If you have the energy and a little extra cash you’ll never run out of things to do.

And yes, the wedding was splendid too.

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