I travelled to Barbados in June 2008 after being there five years ago, and it was exactly as I remembered it to be! Barbados has a lot to offer. I was staying here for four nights before travelling onto Grenada. Barbados is an island that would suit a variety of people ..from a relaxing break to shear luxury; there is a such a good variety of hotels from the cheap and cheerful to the most luxurious properties in the world. There is also plenty of nightlife mainly concentrated in the St Lawrence Gap area and we managed to enjoy the local entertainment one Friday evening.
This island has a lot to offer and I can definitely recommend it for families, couples and younger people looking for something different. After four nights in Barbados I took a flight over to Grenada with a short touch down in Tobago. On arrival into Grenada, I fell in love with the island immediately! Known as the 'spice island' ..to me this is the REAL CARIBBEAN ..The people are so friendly its unbelievable ..they never stop smiling and can not do enough for you . We were there for three nights and whilst here did an island tour and it was fabulous. The scenery changes so much and as you go further up the mountains you see the tropical birds in the rain forests. The people up the mountains have so little but yet they are so happy.
I then visited the first Rum Distillery in Grenada and it is still operating today . This is not for the faint hearted (the smells are dreadful ) but a trip well worth doing and I never realised the various stages rum goes through before we get the final product in the shops. As this is known as the Spice Island, the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg etc is all around. I had a tour of a spice factory and bought of some of the spices which were so cheap .
Again the hotels in Grenada are all of a very high standard and there are plenty to choose from whatever your budget. I would have no hesitation in sending people to either of these islands. Having experienced the beautiful islands I want to see more of the Caribbean as I beleive all the islands have something different to offer...I will return!