Lying southeast of Miami and northeast of Caracas, Venezuela, the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados is an independent British Commonwealth nation. As with much of the region, Barbados features a turbulent history shaped by colonization and settlement. The capital of Bridgetown and its garrison offer striking examples of British colonial architecture, and are registered UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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The island straddles both the mighty North Atlantic Ocean and the sparkling Caribbean Sea. It also bridges two distinct cultures, West African and European. Many locals speak with a lilting British accent, spiced with West African-English pidgin, known as Bajan. The island combines the best of both worlds with afternoon teas and spirited rum and polo matches.
Even though Barbados gained full political independence from Britain in 1966, its residents have retained their traditional parliamentary democracy. From sugar cane fields, Indian rotis and curries to regattas, English gardens and cricket matches, all paths on this magical isle lead towards the deliciously unconventional.
Snorkel amid schools of graceful tropical fish and inquisitive sea turtles.
Play a round of golf, or sample some of the island’s best rums at a local distillery.
Hike through a verdant forest or sip coconut right from the shell overlooking bright blue seas.
Smile with friendly locals as they dance their way into your heart. Experience the island’s heritage at Gun Hill Signal Station, George Washington House, and the Bridgetown Parliament Buildings.
Taste the sweeter side of Barbados life at Andrew's Sugar Factory.
Fish for marlin and kingfish amid clear turquoise waters, and tour the subterranean Harrison’s Cave.
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