Bridgetown is the capital and commercial centre of Barbados which is located to the south west of the island in the parish of St. Michael. Barbados is an island located to the north east of Venezuela in the Caribbean. The city was originally called as ‘Indian Bridge’ to commemorate the crude bridge which was constructed by the indigenous people of the Caribbean over the river Careenage. The name was later changed to St. Michael, and ultimately to Bridgetown. The city which has a population of over 80,000 was founded by British settlers in 1628.
In the earlier days, the Careenage was an important centre of commercial activity for inter-island trade. But, today the river is used by boats which are mainly pleasure boats and fishing craft. The Parliament Building of Barbados which was established in 1639 is located on Broad Street of Bridgetown. It has the reputation of being the third oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth. Just opposite this building you will find a statue of Lord Nelson. This place was earlier known as ‘Trafalgar Square’ but was renamed as ‘National Heroes Square’ in April 1999.
The best way to know the city and explore Bridgetown is by foot, and that should take only a few hours. The main street of the city is Broad Street which is the only area for shopping in Bridgetown. It would take a few hours to visit all the shops there. Explore all the art and craft shops as well the duty free shops here. Step into the Cave Shepherd which is the island’s biggest duty free shop. The choice of shopping or doing window shopping is entirely yours. At one end of Broad Street you will see St. Mary’s Anglican Church which was constructed in 1825.
Take your family for a swim with the turtles – your kids would love the experience. The best way to do this is to book a Barbados sea turtle tour. Take a scuba diving vacation, but do not go to the east coast as the Atlantic can be very rough for you unless you are a seasoned diver. You will enjoy the wide range of marine life that you see here.
Fancy a night out with the boys? You will find a number of incredible hot spots – the best of Bridgetown night life – to enjoy with your friends. Step into the pumping night clubs with your close friends where you can drink Bajan rum and dance all night. Do you know what the best thing about Barbados night clubs is? Simple, most of them are located outdoors, which means that you can wear your shorts and sandals to the bar and be comfortable. You need not stuff yourself in a shirt and sweat it out!
Barbados food is truly awesome – from the fish fry at Oistins to the gourmet food, and from the fast food outlets to top class restaurants. Some of the best restaurants in town are mentioned here. ‘Hot Tables’ is a restaurant that was selected as one of the top 66 new restaurants in the world. The setting and ambience are excellent. The ‘Tamnak Thai & Apsara’ is a place where you get authentic Indian and Thai cuisine. The backdrop is reminiscent of the cultures of the two countries. ‘Luigi’s Restaurant’ is a place where you can get authentic Italian food. Great care is taken to ensure that the food is cooked the traditional way. There are many other restaurants, which offer gourmet food.
There are a number of things, which you can do in Barbados on your vacation. Come and stay in one of the luxurious hotels in Bridgetown and enjoy the culinary experience that you cannot forget. Make this holiday a truly enjoyable experience!