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Barbados

Travel Guide 2022

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Barbados is the easternmost link in the chain of the Lesser Antilles. The island had long ago earned the appellation of "Little England", as it professed allegiance to the Commonwealth and accepted the British crown. But on November 30, 2021, that era was a piece of history, as Barbados bid farewell to the British Crown and became a republic. The new form of government was celebrated with gun salutes and a parade in National Heroes Square in the capital, Bridgetown. The people of Barbados live in an exotic environment. And this on a terrain that covers just 431 square kilometres. On the threshold to the South American mainland, Barbados occupies a special position, because hardly any other Caribbean state has as many relics of the British colonial era as Barbados. UNESCO has included several buildings in the picturesque old town of Bridgetown in the list of World Heritage Sites. These include the Nelson Monument from 1813, which is surprisingly three decades older than the famous Nelson Column in London.

Barbados at a glance

Population286.000
LanguageEnglish
Area431 km2
ContinentNorth America
CurrencyBarbados Dollar (BBD)

Guide to Barbados

The sun shines 3000 hours a year on Barbados. So the numerous wedding couples who get married there don’t have to worry that their extraordinary event might get rained out. It is the amiable charm of the inhabitants and the attractiveness of the hotels and resorts that make the island a tempting destination for holidaymakers from all over the world. They are professionals who take care of their guests here and the islanders call hospitality an indispensable virtue.

Those staying on the world-famous “Platinum Coast” can look forward to paradisiacal conditions on the beaches. Snorkelers and divers go on underwater hunts here and those who move a little away from the busy regions can observe leatherback and hawksbill turtles laying their eggs on the beaches. Often the wind blows and delights surfers on the ocean waves. The cultivation of sugar cane has always been very popular in Barbados, as the plants found the best conditions in the warm and humid climate. But the overexploitation of the former rainforest had the consequence that it is hardly to be found on the island nowadays. What remained was an area of 18 hectares, a small forest called “Turner’s Hall Wood”.

Apart from a fascinating bird life and the colourful underwater gardens, there are few animals on Barbados. The three hundred year colonial period of the British is over, but it is reflected here and there in the everyday life of the people. The posh Colony Club on St. James Beach created a reception building in the style of earlier eras. The island’s policemen dress in blue trousers and white shirts. They play polo, golf and indulge in afternoon tea on the terrace of the great hotels. Barbados combines Caribbean ease with British traditions. Even if the small island kingdom is now a republic and separate from the former motherland.