Barbados Island is one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations. It is surrounded by stunning beaches of white powdered sands and crystal-clear waters.
It is the easternmost isle on the Caribbean Sea, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It has been under constant British rule until it gained independence in 1966.
Aerial view of Bridgetown the Capital of Barbados
Important Facts of Barbados Island
Parliament Building in Bridgetown the Capital of Barbados Island
A few more interesting facts:
Bathsheba is one of the best beaches of Barbados
The Climate in Barbados Island is warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime temperature of 75-85 F. The evenings are slightly cooler. The northeast trade winds blow steadily, so the sunny days are not unbearably hot.
The tourist high season runs from Mid-December to Mid-April. From January to June is the dry season while in July is very rainy averaging 18 days of rain in a month. But, as in any tropical island the rain is quickly followed by an impeccably sunny sky.
Barbados is "almost" Hurricane Free
June through November is the Hurricane season like in the rest of the Caribbean. Hurricanes usually bypass Barbados Island, because of being so close to the South American Coast.
They arise near Africa and usually take a Northwestern path passing through the Leeward Islands on their way to the bigger islands and eventually to the US Mainland.
Barbados Museum and Heritage Society
Barbados has a rich and interesting history dating back to the original inhabitants of the island through colonization by the British and emergence as an independent nation.
Sunbury Plantation House Over 300 years old, featuring mahogany antiques, old prints and a unique collection of horse-drawn carriages. Take a tour or enjoy a special candlelight Plantation Dinner!
The Barbados Museum contains many artifacts, collections and furnishings, as well as an interesting collection of rare historical maps.
George Washington House in Barbados
It provides insights into life as it was in the Barbados of 250 years ago. George Washington stayed here in 1751. Barbados was the only country he ever visited outside colonial America.
The Cliff is a fancy restaurant facing the Caribbean Sea
One of the highlights of our visits to Barbados with or without the children always was the quality of the food.
At the hotels or at the best Bridgetown restaurants, everything is tip-top. Some are very fancy, some are budget oriented but one thing is common to all of them, an unsurpassed quality.
There are many fine restaurants on the island that offer local and Caribbean Cuisine, seafood and continental cuisine. The wide range of dining options available in Barbados ensures that there is something to suit every taste and budget. You will find all the information necessary at your hotel or resort.
By day informal attire is acceptable in most Barbados restaurants, but at night a more formal dress code is enforced. It is also recommended that dinner reservations be made in advance, especially during the winter.
While Barbados is a fun holiday island, there are dress codes, and because of 300 years of conservative British heritage, formal attire is still seen at times other than weddings and funerals. Business men wear a shirt and tie and sometimes a jacket. Women wear smart dresses.
Barbados Flag Description
Three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold, and blue with the head of a black trident centered on the gold band; the trident head represents independence and a break with the past, because the colonial coat of arms contained a complete trident.
Map of the Caribbean showing the location of Barbados
I hope I provided enough information on Barbados Island to get started and plan your vacation.
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