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Why Barbados makes a great off-season destination

Why Barbados makes a great off-season destination

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The preserved natural environment

The peak season for hawksbill and leatherback turtles to nest and hatch just so happens to be the low season for tourists – from mid-May through to late October. This is brilliant news for the hatchlings, as there are far less tourists to dodge as they make their way from egg to sea. It’s also fantastic for those wishing to travel in the low season, as they get front row seats for this awe-inspiring act of mother nature.

While the once-endangered turtles are the main draw for tourists, the natural spectacles do not stop there. You don't have to be a botanist to be blown away by Hunte’s Gardens. Created by legendary horticulturist Anthony Hunte in what was once a sinkhole, these extraordinary gardens have over 400 different species of plants, several hidden spaces, as well as plenty of monkeys and exotic birds making the most of this true Caribbean jungle. If the trek around this manmade rainforest leaves you thirsty, all visitors can enjoy a freshly poured glass of rum punch and a colourful chat with Hunte himself on his open and airy terrace, while taking in the stunning view.

Scuba diving, wake-boarding, surfing, caving and fishing can also be added to the agenda for the adventurous amongst you – the list of activities on offer is much like the list of reasons to visit Barbados – endless...

British Airways flies from Gatwick to Barbados daily during the summer and 12 times a week during the winter. Return flights start from £571.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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