Barbados travel information and guide
Many vacationers in the Caribbean only venture out of their all-inclusive resorts on occasional organized excursions, but thanks to excellent public transport, good roads and short distances, Barbados is very easy to explore. independently.
Lizzie Williams, author of Barbados: The Bradt Guide
Tourism and Barbados go together like rum and coke or flying fish and chips. You can pay thousands of dollars to be truly pampered with music moguls and models, or you can pamper yourself and shop with Bajans. The West Coast, commonly referred to as the Platinum Coast, is the place to be seen.
The south is for beach life, nightlife, fun and games, the end of the vacation package market with a happy, relaxed atmosphere and the best sand. The East is wild and untamed, a world apart, where the Atlantic crashes into the cliffs, erodes the coastline and creates beaches of rare beauty. Head to the inland hills to explore colonial-era relics such as plantation houses, signal towers, tropical gardens, museums and rum distilleries.
Of all the Eastern Caribbean islands, Barbados is unique in that it remained British throughout its colonial history, without passing from one European master to another. The island is divided into 11 named parishes
after 10 saints, Christ Church being the 11th. Many parish churches are impressive buildings. The towns go by the charming English seaside resort names of Hastings, Brighton or Dover and the island was often referred to as Little England, not always as a compliment. Since independence in 1966, the country has grown culturally closer to North America while continuing its African roots – and in 2021, it became the world’s newest republic.
Home to impressive colonial architecture, fantastic museums and a bustling commercial scene, Bridgetown is a window into a different side of Barbados.
Whether you’re looking for a place to surf, a place to see turtles, or complete and utter seclusion, there’s a beach in Barbados for you.
Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos “discovered” Barbados in 1536, and it was he who named the island Los Barbados, which means “the bearded ones”.
The origins of the festival date back to the 1780s, when Barbados was one of the largest sugar producers in the world.