Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean, situated in the Atlantic Ocean about 100 miles due east of St Lucia. It's located just outside of the principal hurricane zone, meaning it is often spared from damaging tropical storms and hurricanes. Barbados became an independent island nation within the British Commonwealth after gaining its independence from Great Britain in 1966. Today it’s considered the most British island in the Caribbean, and holds tight to English traditions such as afternoon tea, cricket, and horse races.
This sophisticated tropical island is brimming with warm welcoming locals, exceptional dining, exciting night life, sunny beaches, a passionate sports culture, lively music festivals, and some of the best championship golf courses in the Caribbean. Average temperatures in Barbados fluctuate between 70 and 80 degrees year-round. This moderate tropical climate is perfect for travelers looking for warm weather and endless sunshine.
Barbados is is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide. It's landscape is unusual because it is not a volcanic island; rather it’s the top of a single, relatively flat submerged mountain of coral and limestone. This unique formation gives way broad vistas, and sweeping seascapes. The coastline is made up of long sandy beaches, craggy cliffs and numerous coves, and the interior landscape is comprised of acres of sugarcane and forested hills.
Barbados is overflowing with activities and adventures. Bridgetown is the capital and the St Lawrence gap area and is known for its restaurants and nightlife. It has a busy cruise port, and is home to striking examples of British colonial architecture and one of the Western Hemisphere’s oldest synagogues, Nidhe Israel Synagogue. The Mount Gay Rum Distillery is also located in Bridgetown, and is recognized as the oldest rum distillery in the world. Visitors can tour the distillery and enjoy a tasting session while learning about the history of rum, the unofficial drink of Barbados. Just south of Mount Gay in Bridgetown is St. Michael’s Cathedral, the fourth structure ever built on the island. It has beautiful stained glass windows as well as the Caribbean’s largest pipe organ.
Travelers looking to take in the natural beauty of Barbados have no shortage of options. A visit to Queen’s Park offers travelers the chance to see one of the largest trees on the island, a 1,000-year-old baobab tree that is over 60 feet tall. The park also has an active art gallery. The Andromeda Botanical Gardens is a six-acre botanical garden with many varieties of orchids, palms, ferns, hibiscus and cacti. It is one of Barbados’ top tourist attractions. Harrison’s Cave is a series of dramatic limestone caverns located in the central uplands of the island. The cave’s flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering limestone columns make it a unique experience.
To see the wild side of Barbados, travelers should visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, located in a natural mahogany forest. Green monkeys are abundant at the reserve, especially during the afternoon feeding time. Visitors can also see many different kinds of birds like parrots, flamingos and peacocks.