From Grenada, we flew about an hour northwest to Barbados. Barbados used to be a British Colony since the 1620s and it was the English center of the African slave trade because it was a major sugar colony. Barbados abolished the slave trade in the early 1800s and became an independent state in 1966. It is now a popular holiday destination to escape the cold winters in the US and Europe. Many people come here for its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters, but there is also an abundant of other things to do and very good nightlife for partygoers. The west coast of the island also known as the Platinum Coast is where most of the luxury hotels and walled estates are. Even back in the colonial times, this is the area where the wealthy visitors from the UK would come and stay. We stayed at The Sandpiper in St. James near Holetown for our visit. The Sandpiper is a small exclusive hotel on the beach near its larger sister hotel Coral Reef Club.