What’s New in Barbados: 45 Years of Freedom, a Bajan New Year’s Celebration and an Appearance by TV Personality Matt Lauer

It's a busy time for the vibrant island of Barbados. The destination was recently featured on the "Today Show," is preparing for a New Year's celebration and recently concluded a month-long celebration of the island's 45 years of independence.

Where in the world is Matt Lauer? Right here in Barbados

Long a favorite of the famous, Barbados was honored to be featured on the Today Show during the final segment of the 2011 "Where in The World is Matt Lauer" series. The amiable host was treated to famed Barbadian hospitality, including a raucous beach party replete with costumed dancers and island music. Of course, you don't have to be Matt Lauer to revel in Barbados' warm sands with her even warmer citizens. Watch Barbados on the Today Show, by clicking here.

November Celebrated 45 Years of Bajan Independence

The history of Barbados dates back to as early as 1623 B.C., but it wasn't until 1966 that the first independent flag was raised on the island nation. Shedding her British colonial heritage though still a member of the Commonwealth, firmly established herself as a free nation. One dedicated to the fine art of living life. And there was no better time to revel in that passion for life than during a month of Independence celebrations throughout November.

Ring in 2012 in true island style. 

Is there a better way to usher in the New Year than with the friendly people of Barbados? Not if you ask the people of Barbados. After all, this is a place where celebrating is a way of life, not a manufactured event. Mix the perfect weather with fascinating culture, legendary rum, inviting beaches and views of the Caribbean Sea, and you have the perfect recipe for starting 2012 on the highest of notes.

Visit www.visitbarbados.org