Just as colorful as it is gracious, Barbados has a flavor unlike any other destination in the world. It is 166 square miles, and is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and is the only coral island in the region. The diverse and dynamic melding of its English, African, and West Indian heritage adds to its reputation as the friendliest island with a high rate of repeat visitors. The locals, called Bajans, say that every day in Barbados is a celebration of life. Known as the birthplace of rum, first made over 370 years ago from the sugar cane produced on the island, one of the best ways to celebrate this unique island is with a Rum Punch. The capital of Barbados is Bridgetown and the island has a population of approximately 285,000.
Barbados was discovered by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century. The British took possession of it in the name of King James I , and in 1627 the first permanent settlers arrived from England Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the world with uninterrupted parliamentary governance since 1639. The name ‘Barbados’ is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island.
Barbados has an average daily high temperature of 78-degrees and an average daily rainfall of less than a ¼ of an inch and 3000 hours of annual sunshine.
Barbados Things to Do
- Fun Land Activities include hiking and ziplining through the many forests and wildlife reserves, tennis, bicycling, and exploring via scooter or car rental.
- Fun Water Activities include diving trips to explore the many shipwrecks around the island, snorkeling, boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming with the turtles, windsurfing, and a wide array of non-motorized water sports.
- Fun Excursions include Harrison’s Cavs, Atlantis submarine tours, turtle tours, shipwreck adventure tours, and various pirate experiences.
Barbados Special Events
- The Reggae Festival The weeklong festival in April celebrates the vibrant history and rhythmic culture of Reggae in Barbados. The island turns into a dance party with event such as Reggae on the beach, Reggae on the Hill at Farley Hill National Park and Vintage Reggae at Kensington Oval.
- Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival Held in November, this all-star event plays host to top international chefs with the finest wines and rums to sample.
Other Barbados Points of Interest
- Oistins Popular for its Friday and Saturday night fish fries, Oistins has music, atmosphere, and food for locals and visitors to enjoy. They also traditionally host an annual Fish Festival.
- The Flower Forest 53.6 acres of paths, trees, and flowers with 7 acres of wild gardens.
- Harrison’s Cave Located in the central uplands of the island, this crystallized limestone cavern has flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water, and towering columns of stones and speleothems.
- Barbados Wildlife Reserve Stroll freely among animals feeding and playing their natural environment, See Gouti, Armadillo, Brocket deer, Pelicans, Caimans. Monkeys, Reptiles, Turtles, and Tortoises. Parrots, Flamingoes, and Peacocks.
How to Get to Barbados
Fly into Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) direct from many North American and European cities. Connecting service is also available through Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago.
- The Club, Barbados is 30 minutes from the Airport by cab.
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