Topside, Barbados is civilized and well-structured, but maintains the relaxed Caribbean vibe.
Outside of the Atlantic hurricane belt, Barbados was one of the few islands visited by both the Spanish and Portuguese during the era of colonization, but it was left unclaimed until British settlers arrived in 1627. The island remained a colony until 1966, when Barbados was declared an independent state within the British Commonwealth.
The sugar cane dominated economy has been replaced in recent years by an influx of tourism. The capital of Bridgetown has a diverse ethnic culture made up of Carib Indians, Europeans and African descendants. But, English is spoken across the whole island. The island has been noted to have an exceptional literacy rate of almost 100%, adding to the advancement of the economy both locally and with international trade partners.
There’s much to do on this Caribbean island. Increase the island pace with a day at the horse races at the Garrison Savannah racetrack, or party the night away at the harbor restaurants where the carnival costumes and calypso bands keep visitors enthralled until the early hours of the morning. Entertain your taste buds at the Mount Gay rum distillery in Bridgetown. Or explore Harrison’s Cave, and hike the old Bridgetown train tracks.
Grantley Adams International Airport is the largest airport in the Eastern Caribbean, and daily flights arrive from the USA, Canada, Europe, Brazil and other Caribbean islands. Cruising is also an ever-popular option, and Barbados is usually included on southern Caribbean itineraries.