Part of the British Commonwealth, this independent nation sits on the eastern side of the Caribbean, off the north coast of Venezuela. Because of its British heritage, it offers a very homely feel to British visitors, with cricket greens and Anglican style churches in its towns. A million tourists visit Barbados every year. Some fly there directly, while some visit as part of a cruise. Beaches such as Accra Beach and Miami Beach are the biggest draw for tourists, with white sands underfoot, while others come for the food. Fish is a big part of the diet, and a delicious fish fry with local rum is not to be missed. The west coast is the place to go for glamour and style, with the best restaurants and hotels well established on that side of the island, along with gentle seas and landscaped beaches. The east coast is a more traditional experience, with plantation houses, sugar cane fields, and a more natural, undeveloped coastline.