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There's always something to do in Barbados, and that's the appeal to most visitors. White-sand beaches await your arrival whether you choose to stay among the classy row of resorts on the west coast or on more affordable south coast.

Exceptional golf courses lure a lot of players to the island, but the private courses—notably Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane—aren't for anyone with a light wallet.

The island's restaurant scene is impressive; you can choose from street-party barbecue to international cuisine that rivals the finest dining on the planet.

Getting out on the water is the favored activity, whether that's on a snorkeling day sail, in a mini-sub, on a deep-sea fishing boat, or surfing at Bathsheba Soup Bowl.