I still haven't been through the whole of this video as its an hour - but you will get a very good idea of Barbados before you go. It kind of takes away some of the adventure of travel doesn't it this internet tool. So you could just turn off your computer and go drink a rum and book a flight to Barbados and let the adventure come to you...
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Bonaire is primed as a fantastic vacation destination by its proximity to the equator. exactly 12 degrees north or the equator gives a year round average of just over 80 F. It does get rainy days in the ‘rainy season’ Oct to Jan. The showers are not torrential normally adding up to 20 inches per year. October sees the most cloud cover at 50% marking the start of the rainy season when you could get some light showers breaking up the heat. There’s a pretty consistent easterly 12 not wind that blows.
Ok great so it’s good for most any sport except climbing with a highest point of just 780 feet. Bonaire is most known for its reefs surrounding the island. Scuba divers flock here to take advantage. It's particularly good for diving because the reef is close by lending itself to be shore dive capital of the world but its the clarity of the water you will be impressed by. Being a dry island there is little runnoff as well. The conditions are set for fantastic diving. You can fill your tanks in a drive through - the only place in the world. Drive to any place marked by a yellow rock and you have a shore dive. So also you expect snorkelling and kayaking to be popular as reefs knock the surf down.Other top activities in Bonaire include
Windsurfing, kitesurfing, hiking Horseriding
Bonaire is one of those places that for whatever reason has remained unspoilt. It has the typical unhurried pace and is backpacker friendly as much as support the luxury flashpackers alike.
It is possible for the younger backpacker to walk to the factory through some interesting surburbia to get to the Rum Factory - I call it the factory as the rum is distilled mostly at another plant - however you see all the equipment that gets the process from Sugar Cane Molases to the bottle.
It is a fun thing to do isn't too long and is a great way to meet fellow visitors to Barbados. The guides do a great job in telling you the story of not only how rum is produced but its the story of how rum really came to be as this island is where that happened. So yes you learn how rum was invented on the island of Barbados.
One cool thing that you can do while in Barbados is check out Needhams Point. It is located just behind the hilton Resort Hotel and is at the souther point of Carlisle Bay.
You might consider a walk from Bridgetown down the beach stop for lunch at a beachside bar in Carlisle Bay and continue down towards the hilton. Going away from the water you get to some cool places you can spend some time reviewing. The garrison area here is where you have the horse racing track, and some other government buildings and landmarks. I chose not to visit as I was pushed for time and wanted to desperately stay in the sun. So I elected to find Charles Fort at Needhams Point.
Walk over to the hilton hotel and keep going or ask. You will quickly find cannons and great views. Some of the cannons long fell into the sea and plastic ones help with the illusion somewhat. But its a pleasant area and probably very much so at night. Maybe combine this with a restaurant stop in the hilton hotel.
Anyway I wanted to share this free cool attraction with you guys. Please consider to share it on your facebook and twitter pages etc...
One island hit bad is St Maarten reports Sonja Van der Drift "This is where St Maarten shines, unity and a community that steps in to help others." she says reporting that the island spirit is alive and well. One life was lost.
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Hurricanes DO hit around the Caribbean at this time of year and they tend to go away over the northern hemispheres winter months until the next season. It isn't the end of Hurricane Gonzalo and its heading towards the UK after hitting bermuda and already started in Hawai.
Here are some images of the damage - https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hurricane+gonzalo+2014+st+martin&espv=2&biw=1440&bih=732&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=KftFVNvHH4yw7AaGqYAQ&ved=0CD4QsAQ