Island of Barbados

About the island of Barbados

Barbados is located in West Indies. It was a British colony and on November 30, 1966 and it gained its independence from Britain and became an independent country. Barbados is the most eastern island in the chain of the Lesser Antilles. The island is pear shaped and small in size. It is 34 km in length and up to 23 kilometers in width. The coastal strip of Barbados is about 97 miles, and its area is approximately 430 square kilometers. Barbados is very unique because it is the only island with a coral origin of all the islands belonging to the Caribbean “arch”. The water here is considered to be the cleanest in the world (in natural conditions). That is why wealthy people and others such as Hollywood stars and famous athletes choose Barbados as a place for a fabulous vacation.

Barbados is not only a first-class world resort, but it’s also the fourth among developing countries in terms of life quality and the level of education. For this reason the island is very densely populated, there are 686 residents per square kilometer. This is a clear confirmation that the local inhabitants really like Barbados and the island is a must to visit.

The Capital of Barbados is Bridgetown. The national language is English. The Barbadian dollar is used as the main monetary unit. The average annual temperature is around +24C — +28C. There is a rainy season from July to November. The island’s climate is very favourable (subtropical) for the elderly and helpful with some skin and lungs diseases. Constant winds from the Atlantic Ocean bring pleasant coolness, creating a comfortable temperature.

Things to do in Barbados

The guests of Barbados will be pleased with a large variety of attractions and interesting places to visit. A sightseeing tour of the island can last from five hours to several days. During the tour you will see diverse Barbados in all its splendor: luxury private villas and 4-5* star hotels on the Western “platinum” coast, street vendors and the abundance of boutiques in two small towns – Holetown and Speightstown, the exquisite North point where the waters of the calm Caribbean sea and raging Atlantic ocean meet, a unique coral cave with live flowers closing in case they sense danger.

In Barbados the Wildlife Reserve animal lovers can enjoy a variety of local wildlife: deer, mara, turtles, “green” monkeys, snakes, iguanas, alligators, peacocks, parrots, budgies, Guinea pigs etc.

In Harrison’s Cave you will see real natural beauty — the stalagmites and stalactites with crystal-clear pools. In the Orchid World you can admire beautiful flowers, visit Botanical gardens and taste several varieties of rum at the rum factories. Also you will enjoy visiting interesting architectural heritage sites: the old house named Sunbury plantation with a 360-year history and one of the oldest Church of the island — St John’s Anglican Church (with the only pipe organ on the island). We will visit beautiful places with stunning views on the hilly East coast, Bridgetown and its historic part Garrison, the Queens Park with the famous baobab tree which is over 1000 years old with a diameter of 25 meters. Several stops at various beaches can be included in the tour by request.

For cruise ship passengers there are some tailored made tours, which include some time for swimming with sea turtles, fish and relaxing on the beach. They are very popular among tourists.

In addition, the guests of Barbados can try a lot of different activities: 5-hour catamaran cruise around the two coasts of the island (food and drinks are included), swimming and snorkeling with sea turtles and fish, diving, surfing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, deep sea fishing, diving in the Atlantic submarine, Zip Lines tour over Jack-in-the-Box Gully, horseback riding in the scenic places, driving quad bikes, cruising the sea in the 4-deck ship with a built-in slide, tropical “Harbour Lights” show in the beach nightclub, Safari tours in open jeeps, tours to the supersonic Concorde aircraft, 4- hour cruise with pirates on pirate ship “Jolly Roger”.

Barbados has a huge number of bars and restaurants, many of them are situated on the scenic cliffs and beaches and offer international and local cuisines. Here you can taste Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Neapolitan, Hindu, Greek, Thai and many other cuisines. We highly recommend trying our local rum and beer.

The cultural life of Barbados is full of various events throughout the year: the International Jazz festival and Jazz festival of young performers in January, horse racing and the Opera festival in March, the Cinematography festival, Fish and Celtic celebrations, the famous carnival “Crop over”, the festival of Wine and Food, the International surfing championship, regatta, rally, a Broadway musical shows and many other activities.