Caribbean Vacation: Barbados Travel Guide & Tips

Barbados travel agents can be an extremely valuable asset in organizing an enjoyable and memorable tour of this Caribbean island, providing you with valuable information on where to go, what to see, and where to stay.

Barbados is one of the most picturesque islands in the Lesser Antilles. It was discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1536. The island was given the name ‘Los Barbados’, which translates as ‘bearded’ due to the huge banyan tree with roots, forming a true beard around the trunk. The main attractions of the island are the Church of St. James, the Sugar Museum, Folkestone Park and the Marine Museum.

When the development of this piece of land began, the island was uninhabited. The oldest city in Barbados was founded in the early 17th century. At that time the settlers planted vast sugar plantations. Until the mid-20th century, rum and sugar production was virtually the only growing sector of the local economy. Only at the end of the last century did the boom in tourism give an additional stimulus to the development of the island. Thus, it became one of the most popular tourist areas in the Western Hemisphere. Year-round sun and warm sea, picturesque beaches and beautiful coral reefs, fields and wineries, a variety of historical monuments, the traditional carnival as well as a large number of cultural events make this island a great destination in the Caribbean Sea. .

In addition, there are many places associated with the heyday of piracy, Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados, the commercial center of the island and one of the main ports in the Caribbean. This small town with a population of only eighty thousand people is a picturesque place with colonial-style houses, narrow streets, ronerías and historical monuments. Here is the seat of government and the offices of major companies.

The center of the city is Trafalgar Square or Plaza de los Héroes. It is almost a complete copy of the place of the same name in London, there is even a statue of Lord Nelson. The square offers a picturesque view of the port as the water moves directly into the center of the city and there is a parking lot for many yachts and cruise ships. To the east of the ‘Plaza de los Héroes’ you will see a large Anglican Cathedral of Saint Michael. The theatre, Queen’s Park House, used to be the residence of the commander of the British forces. The gothic building of the Parliament of Barbados stands at the beginning of the main street. The main shopping area in the city is Broad Street, which leads from Heroes’ Square with a series of banks, department stores and duty-free shops.

Outside the city, there are also many interesting places, such as the Bayshore shopping center with many shops and antique shops, some rum factories, including the well-known Gay-Rum Factory with a small rum museum.

Not far from the capital, there is a small historical village consisting of six old houses representing various projects and some shops with traditional handicraft products. The original botanical gardens, Flower Forest and Francia Plantation, are considered the most attractive places on the island. Other noteworthy sights include the huge terraced garden, a fire tower on Gun Hill, a small military museum, and a small cannon. The island is also known for its unique flora and fauna.

The stormy east coast is the most beautiful part of Barbados. The high tides of the Atlantic create good conditions for water sports. The northern part of Barbados is the least visited area of ​​the island. However, the region offers a wide variety of places for recreational and sporting activities, and the most popular attractions here include the Barbados Wildlife Sanctuary, Christ Church, Accra Beach mentioned in numerous legends about pirates and Sam Lord’s Castle. The west coast of Barbados is also known as the ‘Platinum Coast’. It is the land of bays and sandy beaches.

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