BAR­BA­DOS BECK­ONS

The is­land has some of the Caribbean’s best beaches, and de­spite its high-roller rep­u­ta­tion, there is great value to be found, says Ba­jan lo­cal

Friday - - Travel - Ge­nie Austin

When I tell peo­ple I’m from Bar­ba­dos, I usu­ally get some vari­a­tion of the same re­sponse. ‘Ooh, par­adise,’ they say, as they con­jure up co­conut trees, trop­i­cal drinks, sun­shine and foam-crested azure waves.

But on an is­land where hol­i­days can come at shock­ingly high prices, this idea of par­adise feels woe­fully be­yond the reach of the av­er­age trav­eller.

How­ever, as ev­ery Ba­jan knows, the charms of this tiny coral is­land be­tween the Caribbean and the At­lantic can be un­locked with­out break­ing the bank at a lux­ury ho­tel or be­ing lim­ited by a pack­age deal.

There are plenty of charm­ing low-cost ho­tels, cheap-and-cheerful restau­rants, un­der-the-radar beaches and free or low-cost fun ac­tiv­i­ties to be en­joyed if you know where to look.

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