Western Caribbean islands are popular in part because of spectacular attractions and excursions.
Eastern islands are hugely popular thanks to great resorts, shopping, beaches and attractions.
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Some islands attract more cruise visitors than long-term stays, others get the opposite. Barbados
has an equal number of both.
December is a popular month to visit Barbados because of its warm southern location and consistent temperatures in the mid-80s Fahrenheit.
Bridgetown, the island's capital and cruise port, is a large city with plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife.
- Scott Bateman