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A Tale of Two Islands: Exploring Barbados and Bequia

Everyone’s going to hate me. It is officially the most depressing day of the year – Blue Monday – that dismal point in mid-January when divorces, debt and lethargy are all supposed to peak. But I’m in Barbados. Barbados!

The previous morning I’d shivered on the train to Gatwick, chugging through snow-covered countryside; now I can’t resist a horribly smug social media post pointing out that the only things blue about my Monday are the sky – a cloudless, gas-flame blue – and the sea – deep turquoise, clear as glass.

Sunshine and beaches are, of course, the two main reasons most people choose to visit Barbados. But as one of the bigger and more developed Caribbean countries, it has several different sides: designer shopping and clubbing in Holetown (watch out for the potent lemon drop shots at The Mews restaurant – a punchy combination of vodka, lemon juice and sugar, set theatrically aflame); surfing on the rugged east coast; exploring ruined windmills and rum distilleries inland; or simply holing up in the west coast’s luxury resorts. Read more…

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