in response to canby's thought provoking thread, let's take a moment to list what is so great about barbados!
here' my top three list:
1. the people - barbados is a great island for mixing with the locals who are so gracious and hospitable. ask anyone who's been lost while driving around in the middle of no where! when you take the time to ask how their day is going, you'll almost always hear a great story and sometimes, make a friend for life.
2. the beaches - all are public, some are wavy, some are calm, some are surfer's paradise...all are gorgeous with up to date facillities, eateries and most with lifeguards
3. restaurants & nightlife (that's two i suppose:) there are many wonderful fine dining restaurants with views that are worth a million dollars. there are many mid price range eateries where you can have some fabulous meals; again with wonderful views of the sea or the rolling hills. my favourite are the many local establishments that are run by mom and pop...rum shops, roadside food vans, small local places tucked away in a rural setting. re. nightlife, there are so many options here. from nightclubs to jazz bars to extravaganza shows or good ‘ole karaoke at a rum shop.
barbados, for me, has so much to offer as a holiday destination that as another posted commented, i've yet to find on any other caribbean island!