Did you know that Barbados has 1,500 rum shops - and the same number of churches? Or that there is no McDonalds on the island? The reason? The fast-food joint opened a restaurant there a few years ago, but it was shunned by the locals who favour fried chicken to burgers - and it went bankrupt within a year (hee hee)
I visited Barbados with 100 travel agents as part of the the tourist board's yearly educational trip, Gimme 5 and Fly. The Bajan people are the friendliest you'll ever meet, it's totally safe and the music (calypso and soca) is addictive. For after-dark haunts, check out St Lawrence Gap (known as The Gap but it has nothing in common with the chino-selling clothes store), a mile-long strip of clubs and bars which throbs 'til the early hours. Watch the locals shaking their booty - the Bajan people know how to move!
We took part in an island treasure hunt where we could explore the island in jeeps - giving us the chance to see the rugged and unspoilt east coast, famed for its surf beaches, as well as the lush interior, awash with fields of sugar cane and surprisingly, forests of mahogany. It also gave us the chance to see how safe and easy it is to drive there - they even drive on the left hand side of the road :)
Other highlights included swimming with turtles and taking part in our own carnival while glammed up in proper carnival garb, pounding the streets to soca tunes while tourists and locals looked on. We even made it into both island newspapers, who ran double page spreads on the whole event.