Barbados is a tropical nation in the Caribbean and one of the smallest countries in the world with just over 400 square km of area. This country was first found by Spanish navigators in 15th century, but it didn’t stay in their possession for long. In 1536 Portuguese visited the place, but they left it unclaimed until English came in 1624 and stayed there until 1966, when Barbados claimed independence from United Kingdom. The name of the country originates from Portuguese word “Barbados”, meaning “the bearded ones”.
One of the most famous beaches in Barbados is Crane Beach, covered with beautiful pink coral sand and surrounded with dense tropical vegetation. This place is also a home to the oldest hotel in Barbados, the Crane Beach hotel, which has a private elevator to the beach.
Capital of Barbados is populated by around 100 000 inhabitants, making it the largest city in the country. The city itself is the port of call for many cruise ships and it is appealing to tourists because it is a duty-free zone for shopping. It is also a great place for sightseeing, due to its many cultural and historical sights.
The best place to learn about island’s history is for sure Barbados Museum, stationed in the former British Military Prison and it cover the period of entire history of the place – from first appearance of the island, indigenous people of Barbados, through colonial times and all the way to the present.
Parliament building is the most important administrative center in the country and it is placed in the neo-Gothic building that is open to public, meaning that tourists have an opportunity to see its interior as well.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Known not only by its admirable collection of tropical plants from around the world, but also by its stunning location on a hills overlooking the ocean, Andromeda Botanic Gardens are a great place to visit if you wish to learn more about tropical flora and enjoy a relaxing day in the shade. It is also a fantastic place for bird watching.
How to Get To Barbados?
There is only one airport on the island, so all flights to Barbados go through Grantley Adams International Airport, located 13 km away from the center of Bridgetown, in areal known as Seawell. It is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean and it has direct connections with United States, Canada, Central and South America, as well as some European countries. There is also a helicopter shuttle service and air taxi services offered to tourists wishing to get around the island, mostly in West Coast tourist belt.
Despite being a country with densest population in the Caribbean, Barbados is a very popular destination for travelers who want to learn and experience traditional life of islanders combined with British elegance and heritage. It offers a variety of options for many different profiles of visitors, from family vacations, honeymoons to vibrant nightlife for younger tourists – Barbados has it all.