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(CNN) -- Ah, beautiful Barbados! This independent island in the Lesser Antilles offers a unique mix of West African, Caribbean and British flavors.
iReporter Beth Alice of New York recently visited Barbados on a family trip.
The family stayed on the southern end of the island at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort in Christ Church, which Alice would "absolutely recommend."
"It's not too big and not too small. There is a personal touch to every room in the hotel," she said.
Alice answered six iReport.com questions about her trip:
Top not-to-be-missed experience
"Bottom Bay Beach is a gem! It is below a cliff with the most magnificent view," Alice wrote on iReport.com.
Located along the southeast coast, the surf is very strong and swimmers should exercise extreme caution at Bottom Bay, but the crashing turquoise waves and stunning setting are a must-see.
Alice recommends renting a car to explore the island, which covers about 166 square miles (430 square kilometers).
First impression, and did it change?
"Breathtaking soft sandy beach, azure sea, breathtaking. If my first impression changed, it only got better," Alice said.
"The sound of the ocean while in a hammock on the beach, looking up at the stars."
Three adjectives that capture this place
"Sultry, tranquil, fragrant"
"Beautiful Bougainvillea flowers all over our hotel room. The fragrance was intoxicating."
Most delicious food, drink or place to eat
"Pina Coladas at the pool bar ;)," Alice wrote. "The food is great, the beach and sea ... I could go on!"
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