Barbados is an island in the Caribbean that is located to the north east of Venezuela with an area of 430 sq km. Due to its long association as a British Colony, it is also known as ‘Little England of the Caribbean’. The island, which consists of eleven parishes, is divided into 5 areas, namely, Bridgetown, Central Barbados, Eastern Barbados, Western Barbados, and Southern Barbados. Barbados had been under the British rule for more than 300 years, till it attained independence in 1966. The capital of the island is Bridgetown, with other major towns and cities being Fustic, Holetown, Oistins, and Speightstown. If you are planning a trip to Barbados, you should take a few tips from any Barbados Travel Guide to familiarize yourself with the country, the people, and their culture.
There are several sugarcane plantations, whose main source of labor till 1834 were the enslaved Africans. Anti-slavery movements, which originated in Britain, ended slavery in 1834. The educated black middle class fought for and took over control of the country’s governance from the British. Today, Barbados has established itself into a stable democracy and has one of the highest rates of literacy. The people of Barbados call themselves as Bajans and anything Barbadian is termed as Bajan. Barbados exhibits a blend of African and British cultures which can be seen in every aspect of life. More than 70% of the people are descendents from Africa, while the remaining population comprises of European, Indian, Arab, and Jewish communities. You can feel the African influence everywhere – in art, craft, literature, food, and music.
Any Barbados Travel Guide will tell you that you will find a widespread, cheap, and excellent bus system, which takes you to any place on the main road within a few minutes of boarding the bus. But, taking a Mini Moke would be quite convenient if you aim to go sightseeing and quite a few of these sights would be out of the main road. Take the blue buses, which are run by the Barbados Transport Board if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet. Jump on to the yellow buses, which are operated by private transport operators if you would like to enjoy some loud music. Be careful of the privately operated buses and mini vans, which are driven very fast and recklessly and you would find your heart popping into your mouth. You could rent a car, but you may find it to be a bit expensive. Do not venture to drive by yourself as it wouldn’t be easy. You also have the facility of renting mopeds and bikes.
Communication shouldn’t pose too much of a problem if you know English. The local language spoken by the local folk is Bajan, which is an English based Creole. The local currency is the Bajan dollar though US dollars are accepted almost everywhere. Pick any Barbados Travel Guide and you will find that the island enjoys an excellent reputation for producing superior quality rum. Most of these distilleries are open to tours and you could sample and even buy the stuff here.
The island of Barbados offers you an excellent choice of restaurants where you can savor traditional local cuisine or international cuisine, if you so prefer. The Cliff is a restaurant which is located on the west coast and The Restaurant on the south coast – both are excellent, but expensive. Angry Annie’s Restaurant & Bar, Aqua Restaurant & Lounge, Atlantis, and Carombola are some of the other restaurants. Barbados offers you a choice of excellent 5-star accommodation, economy apartels, and traditional seafront guest houses with excellent amenities and facilities.
Barbados has a lot of fun-filled activities to make your holidays enjoyable and memorable. Enjoy any of the water sports and beach activities. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters in a swimming pool or take a pleasure cruise. If you have adventure in your blood, take a snorkeling trip or go on a diving expedition. If you cannot think of anything to do, just laze on the beach sipping a tropical cocktail.
Beautiful Barbados beckons you to come and enjoy the delights it offers you. Any Barbados Travel Guide will guide you all the way to Barbados.