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Barbados dream destination

[May 27 2009]

If you're looking for a beach holiday with attitude, Barbados could be calling you.

In 2009, Barbados can provide sun-starved Brits with guaranteed sunshine and an escape from gloomy news.

This Caribbean party island is famous for its music, food, people, sunshine and beaches, all with a unique Bajan flavour.

And if this isn't enough to entertain you, there is always a packed schedule of events and entertainment throughout the year.

At the end of June this year, Barbados is to host the 2009 One-Metre World Sailing Championship.

Crop-Over is Barbados' biggest festival, spanning three weeks in July and August. Celebrating the sugar cane harvest, Crop-Over features a parade of costumed bands; a calypso competition; a large street fair, Bridgetown Market; and a blend of the island's best entertainment.

Other festivals held every year include the Barbados Jazz Festival in January, Holetown Festival in February, Holders Season in March, Oistins Fish Festival and the Congaline Festival in April, and Gospelfest at the end of May.

For families, the Barbados Sports Camp 2009 could make your holiday. Children can get sports coaching from famous sports stars free of charge, between August 4 and 28.

The weekend-long Run Barbados Series takes place on the first Sunday in December and includes a full marathon, half-marathon, 10k run, 5k run and toddlers walk, alongside many entertaining events.

Virgin Atlantic and British Airways fly to Barbados from various UK airports.

Written by: Maxine Clarke

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