is the capital and commercial center of Barbados in the Caribbean. Named Port of the Year in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1997, Bridgetown is a city of historical importance, and a hub of activity for yachts, catamarans and fishing boats. The island of Barbados is relatively flat with over 70 square miles of warm sandy beaches – ranging in hues from delicate pink and gold to pure white. In some areas to the north, coral and sandstone cliffs rise straight out of the sea, reaching several hundred feet in height. On the flatter south and southwest beaches, one can walk for miles along silky white sand that is only occasionally broken by coral formations, weathered by the ocean surf. Bridgetown is ideal for year-round diving and snorkeling, and there are many dive operators who will provide equipment, advice and guided tours. Large barrier reefs located two miles offshore contain large coral heads that form the habitat for thousands of colorful tropical fish. Carlisle Bay on Barbados has a reported 200 wrecks which form fascinating habitats for marine life and make excellent diving sites. Bridgetown has many yachts and catamarans available for charter, either on a scheduled cruise or you can customize your own personal sailing tour of the island. The west coast of Barbados is generally best for swimming, and the south coast is known for its surfing and windsurfing, where annual surfing competitions are held each year.