TO @Beachy0404: sorry, I am only finding this topic now.
Mr TTR and I are semi-retired and we travel a lot.
Barbados is a very wealthy & developed island… much more in some ways like the rest of NA than the Caribbean
Consequently you won
t find many AIs there... as they dont need them to attract tourists (poorer less developed countries depend far heavier on AIs)
Which is one of the reasons some of the best prices for AIs can be found in less stable places economically or politically like… Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic & Jamaica (won`t go to those last 2 countries ever again).
Pricer AIs can be found in safer places like… Antigua – St Lucia – Bahamas – Turks & Caicos – Aruba, etc.
Barbados is a beautiful Caribbean Destination however, one of my absolute faves. And by Caribbean standards it is a BIG Island at aprox 34 Kms long and 23 Kms wide (20 x 15 miles)
So it is very very easy to spend your whole vacation here.
If you want to go onto another island, then you`ll find island hopping airfare not to be a cheap thing (as it is one of the ways that people, goods and services move between the islands)
The 2 closest islands are St Vincent and St Lucia, and both are approx 115 Miles (180 Kms) away. Flying time is under an hour (about 45 minutes).
For the record, flying between the various Caribbean Islands has its issues… many of the flights are on “puddle jumpers” and with airlines that have not the best record or equipment. IMO you sort of have to be a brave soul to intentionally want to do this kind of thing.
PLUS then if you don`t get a round trip back to your Country of Origin, then there is the complication of doing a one way fare for both of the different countries you are visiting, and well the BIG World Carriers (be they US, Canadian, European) tend to ding you hard on that element as well.
Personally, I`d pick one country and stay put… or pick a country that has a multitude of islands to it… or go on a cruise, where you can experience a lot of the Caribbean at once (cruises tend to be very good value for the money, in that they are one flat rate like an AI… and some even include Beverages / Alcohol, Excursions, etc)
Mr TTR and I went on a Caribbean Cruise for our own Honeymoon (not our first) and we truly loved it. This one took us to 6+ Different Countries over 8 Days… San Juan, PR – Barbados – St Lucia – Antigua – Sint Maarten / St Martin – St Thomas, USVI – and back to San Juan, PR
Hope this helps,
PS… Every Caribbean Island is quite different from the next. We LOVED St Lucia (tropical rain forest) and Antigua very much. Lol, but then we liked Sint Maarten & St Martin too, as well as St Thomas, and PR.
It really is more about what you are looking for in a holiday. I suggest you do some reading / research… Wikipedia is a good place to start for an overview. BUT TripAdvisor is awesome for Trip Planning (best on the net). They have Travel Guides – Reviews (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions) and the added feature of their Forums (like our Boards here on WBee) where you can post Questions… or just browse those others have asked… and get feedback one-on-one from Destination Experts, Locals, and those that know a Destination really really well. I LOVE TA, and won`t travel anymore without consulting it first. (And likewise their sister site… Cruise Critic for any Cruises I am planning)