What Is It: Barbados boasts more than 80 beaches; plant your bum on a least one.
Why Go: On the Caribbean (western) side, crystalline water and fine white sand are highlights of strips such as Mullins, Brandon, Carlisle Bay and Browne’s beaches. Water sports lovers flock to the rugged eastern (Atlantic) coast, where the rolling surf and strong winds at Bathsheba, Cattlewash and Action beaches are ideal for surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding. But whatever your beach-going style, note that unlike some other Caribbean destinations, beaches here are public and free to enjoy (even those that border its fanciest resorts must be made accessible from the main road). Unfurl your towel anywhere you like; just keep that swimsuit on, because topless and nude bathing is illegal.