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Oceanfront savings.

Barbados' most iconic attraction is its sun-drenched sands, thanks to year-round temps in the 80s. The island's 60 beaches are as diverse as the range of resorts, hotels and villas that fit every budget. Plus, with the Barbados Island Inclusive, travelers can earn free on-island spending money.

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See colorful festivals.

Live it up in the home of pop star Rihanna. Move your feet to an island beat at the Reggae Festival (April) or jam all summer long at the Crop Over Festival. Adventure-seekers can take on the Mount Gay Regatta (May) or tune in for the first Top Gear Festival (May) hosted by Jeremy Clarkson.

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Get immersed in culture.

An independent nation since 1966, Barbadian culture is best described as British-Caribbean fusion. English influences abound in Barbados, from driving on the left side of the road to the nation's passion for polo & cricket. Spring visitors may be lucky enough to witness a game featuring Cheshire or Villages at the Barbados Polo Open.

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Mingle with wildlife.

Tap into your animal instincts by land or by water. Watch for the olive-flecked green monkey roaming hotel grounds and especially the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Or swim with other island celebrities -- the protected hawksbill and leatherback turtles -- via a sailboat and snorkeling tour.

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Sugarcane and rum.

Stroll by centuries-old buildings in the capital, Bridgetown. In its sugarcane boom, Barbados had the world's second-largest number of windmills (behind only Holland) to grind stalks and mill remnants can still be seen. Then honor the island's famous export, rum -- first made 370 years ago -- by enjoying a tasting at a distillery.

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