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If you stay on either the tony west coast or the action-packed south coast, you'll have access to great beaches; the east coast doesn't have good swimming beaches but does offer spectacular ocean views. Prices in Barbados can be twice as high in-season as during the quieter months. Most hotels include no meals in their rates, but some include breakfast and many offer a meal plan. Some require you to purchase the meal plan in the high season; a few offer all-inclusive packages.

Resorts: Great resorts run the gamut—from unpretentious to knock-your-socks-off—in size, intimacy, amenities, and price. Many are well-suited to families.

Villas and Condos: Families and long-term visitors may choose from a variety of condos—from busy time-share resorts to more sedate holiday complexes. Villas and villa complexes range from luxurious to simple.

Small Inns: A few small, cozy inns are located in the east and southeast regions.