Beach chairs and umbrellas, Mullins Bay, Barbados, Caribbean (Photodisc)

Palm trees on the beach, Barbados, Caribbean (PhotoDisc)

Palm trees and ocean view, Barbados, Caribbean (Stock Trek)

Palm trees in Barbados, Caribbean (Corbis)

Bridgetown Cruise Terminals, Barbados, Caribbean (Barbados Tourism Authority)

Sailing at sunset in Barbados, Caribbean (Barbados Tourism Authority)

Enterprise Beach, Barbados (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

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What to do in Barbados

Barbados’s trade winds move onshore, encouraging head-high waves to double over into pristine blue barrels before collapsing in a froth of sea spray. If you watch surf videos, this is nothing new, but here’s the catch: Barbados is 2,000 miles from the nearest Pacific breaks, far from Oahu’s North Shore. It’s a lone island at the far edge of the supposedly placid sea. Ace surfers find perfection at spots like the Soup Bowl or the Sand Bank, but Barbados waves aren’t always extreme. At any given time, waist-high waves lap beaches somewhere on the island, which means the surf scene draws riders of all levels. Better known for rum, offshore banking, and the uber-developed Platinum Coast that fringes its western shore, Barbados has a hardcore local side that thrives among the limestone pillars near the windward town of Bathsheba.

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