With opportunities for hiking, snorkeling, and carefree days on picture-perfect beaches, Barbados offers some of the best of the Caribbean. According to Frommer's, the Barbados dollar is fixed at the rate of approximately 50 cents (U.S.), so once there, your money goes far. Plus, all beaches are free to the public, and you can find a new favorite each day as you explore the island. Considered the birthplace of rum, Barbados also offers plenty of places to sample locally brewed libations, and "liming" (e.g., relaxing, kicking back over food and drink) only costs as much as you want to spend.
For those wanting more than beaches and cocktails, the island teems with natural beauty, and you can either take advantage of a guided tour or explore on your own. Choose from botanical gardens, the Arbib Nature and Heritage Trail, a wildlife reserve, and more.
At publication time, American Airlines had announced new service from Dallas to Barbados, with introductory fares starting at $298 round-trip for peak-season travel. The legacy airline is also offering five-night airfare and vacation packages from $789 per person.