Introduction To Barbados
Barbados is a small (166 sq miles) but beautiful island which attracts many visitors each year to it shores. This is an island with beautiful beaches, friendly people, much to see and do and a serene atmosphere.
History of Barbados
Barbados became an independent nation within the Commonwealth in 1966. Originally occupied by Arawaks and Caribs, and later visited by the Portuguese and Spanish, it was colonised by the English in 1625 and remained under British rule until 1966.
It was a valuable colony because of its fine sugar cane production. Slaves brought from Africa and indentured servants from Britain worked on the many plantations. Slavery was abolished in the 1800’s and the importance of sugar declined. Today tourism is Barbados’ main industry.
Barbados Natural Attractions
Barbados is blessed with beautiful beaches, both on the calm West Coast and the rugged East Coast areas. There are several reefs, both natural and man-made, which attract the serious diver.
While not having any spectacular mountain ranges, Barbados does have a diverse landscape, with the St.Andrew parish ( known as the Scotland District) having some attractive rock formations particularly along the shoreline.
Harrisons Cave is one of Barbados’s natural wonders with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
The Atlantis Submarines provides a wonderful experience to enjoy the natural beauties of the waters around Barbados.
Activities Available On The Island
Barbados offers the visitor a variety of activities. There are the water-based activities such as diving, fishing, other water sports, coastal cruises, or just simply relaxing on the gorgeous beaches.
Be sure to visit Harrisons Cave, a natural wonder, also the Flower Forest and Orchid World to see the flora of the island.
If you are a golfer there are several golf courses for your enjoyment. Cricket lovers can watch the local matches or visit Barbados when international matches are being played.
Take a trip on the Atlantis submarine and enjoy the natural beauty of the waters around the island. There is something to please visitors of all age groups.
Things To Do On Barbados
Barbados has a wide range of restaurants ranging from the gourmet to those which provide many tasty local dishes which should be tried. Barbados flying fish has a worldwide reputation and its famous “cou-cou” should be tried. Pudding and souse is another Barbadian favourite. Barbados also has a variety of restaurants offering international cuisine such as Chinese, Italian, Indian, Greek to name a few. Dining out at the many restaurants in Barbados is indeed a great experience.
Barbados has an excellent transport system. You can rent a car/moke and drive yourself around, take a reliable taxi, go on an organised coach tour, or an island safari. Coastal cruises are also popular, the helicopter ride across the island is another excellent way to capture the island’s beauty. The local bus system ( both government run and privately run vans) are another alternative for getting around the island. Bicycle and scooters are also available for rental.
Barbados has beautiful beaches and the sea around the coast offers several opportunities for the diving enthusiasts to explore the natural wonders of the ocean. While Barbados is predominately a flat island, the East Coast area has some breath-taking scenery. There is a natural underground cave (Harrison’s Cave) which is well worth a visit. Welchman Hall Gully, Flower Forest and Orchid world all display the flora of Barbados. If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the Barbados green monkey while driving through the country side. For an “organised” view of the natural creatures of Barbados be sure to visit the Wildlife Reserve. To see the underwater life take a trip on the submarine–truly spectacular!
Because of its lovely beaches and many family oriented hotels which provide various programs for kids, Barbados is an excellent choice for those with children. From the grandparent to the youngest member of the family, there is sure to be something exciting to do. Children and adults alike will enjoy the Wildlife Reserve in St. Peter – just one of the attractions which the whole family can enjoy.
Health and Wellness:
Barbados has a healthy climate and the fresh breezes which blow straight across the Atlantic Ocean are sure to revive the tired soul. Relaxing on the lovely beaches can be a wonderful way to escape the stresses of modern life. Some of the hotels provide gym facilities, health and beauty salons etc. For those who enjoy walking be sure to take part in the National Trust Sunday hikes—a healthy experience.
Barbados is a very romantic island, and many weddings and honeymoons take place there. There are several excellent wedding coordinators who can take care of special day. Honeymoon packages are widely available at hotels. What could be more romantic than a stroll along the beautiful beaches, relaxing over a drink and meal with a gorgeous view of the ocean?? Bring your special someone and enjoy romance in Barbados. Go to www.realholidays.com and ask them to arrange a romantic package for your enjoyment.
Because of its stable political and economic climate Barbados has brought many offshore companies to its shores. It is a low tax haven for many companies and the skilled and productive work force in Barbados attracts foreign companies to set up there. For conferences etc Barbados is the perfect place. Many hotels provide conference facilities, and the Sherbourne Centre is another popular venue for conferences etc. For the business traveller, many hotels provide internet access, dataports in some rooms, fax and secretarial services.
Enjoy the beaches and various water related activities such as snorkelling, diving, coastal tours, submarine adventure etc.
Take a swim with the turtles and get a close look at these fascinating creatures.
Take an Island Safari and see areas which can only be reached by these jeeps. Rent a car and explore the island at your own pace. Barbados has an excellent road system and with a good map in your car you can visit several places of interest.
Go golfing, watch horse racing at the Garrison, cricket at Kensington or the smaller cricket pitches.
Visit the museum and other art galleries and Pelican Village where much local handicraft can be found.
Visit the historical sites on the island for instance Codrington College, Gun Hill to name a few.
During the winter season the Barbados National Trust open many houses for viewing. These range from old time plantation houses to the modern villas in Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland. For further information on Barbados activities go the website – barbados.org.
The hotels provide excellent night-time activities and there are several other night spots for the visitor to enjoy.
Dinner shows are popular too. For great food and music and an opportunity to meet Barbadians be sure to go to the Oistins Fish fry, mainly on Friday or Saturday nights.
Crop Over during August with its calypso competitions, costume parades etc is very popular. Barbados has a Jazz festival each year among other musical celebrations. There is lively night life in Barbados, particularly in the Ch.Ch. area of St.Lawrence Gap. Come see for yourself.
Discover more islands of the Caribbean here: –
Trinidad and Tobago
St. Thomas Island
St. Maarten Island
St. Lucia Island
St. Kitts Island
St. Croix Island