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Beaches in Barbados

Brandons Beach

This is an ever-popular local beach with an amazingly long stretch of beach and only minor breaks of rock or reef. It is fairly calm most of the year, very little undertow, but watch out for sea urchins in some areas near the reefs.

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Carlisle Bay

This is a picturesque long beach with mostly calm and clear waters. It is also called "Browne's Beach" by some locals as well as being Barbados' most important bay, rich in history and great for snorkeling and Scuba diving because of its reef, colourful fish and many wrecks. Carlisle Bay Beach is located on the South-west coast of Barbados

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Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach is the closest beach to Bridgetown, just north of the island's capital. A good beach for swimming with calm waters. The only beach in Barbados within a short walk of the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal and also home of the Malibu Visitor Centre and Beach Club. Chill out or watch the coming and going of ships from the harbour. Brighton beach joins up with Brandons beach.

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Pebbles Beach

This beach has mostly calm and clear waters with access to lots of watersports and some restaurants.

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The Boat Yard

The Boat Yard in Barbados is an all inclusive style Beach Club that offers a full-service Beach Bar and restaurant. Comfortable beach seating with Day beds, chairs and umbrellas. The Beach is amazing with white sand and they have a great dock with a rope swing to have fun with jumping in the water. If you are there during the evenings the sunsets are spectacular and the nightlife parties go on all night.

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Adventure Beach

One of the island's most exciting beaches located at the popular Boatyard nightclub. Adventure Beach offers many beach activities and a variety of watersports as well as great beach facilities. Services and activities includes the use of Beach Chairs, Umbrellas, Showers & Changing rooms, Kayaks, Pedal Boats, Snorkelling, Glass Bottom Boats, Scuba Diving, Ocean Trampolines, Ice-berg Climb & Slide, Beach Volleyball, Souvenir shops and much more. Plenty to eat and drink are also available for your consumption.

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Aug 15, 2011
The Boatyard beach club is the best place to enjoy your day in Barbados.

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Whiye House Bay

Apart from passive sea-bathing, this beach offers a tremendous opportunity for snorkeling. This is as a result of the rocky reef that shelters the beach and a sunken tugboat that harbour schools of multi-coloured fish and other marine life.

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The Boat Yard in Barbados is amazing. Once you get out of the cruise ship terminal, you can get into a bus which loads every 15 minutes and go to the BoatYard. Its about 15 minutes away. There you can enjoy all inclusive day at the beach, Amazing services, Food and drink and all the water sport activities you can think of. The BoatYard was one of my most memorable Beach experiences ever!

May 22, 2017
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Barbados Overview

Barbados is well established in catering for visitors and has one of the most efficient and fully developed tourism infrastructures in the region.

A major plus is that the people of Barbados - Bajans (BAY-jins) as residents call themselves - are some of the best educated in the Caribbean and they enjoy conversing on a wide range of subjects. They easily blend their West Indian identity with a heavy British influence. It is see in the island cuisine, the rum houses, the calypso music, the national passion for cricket, the love of gardening and schoolchildren's uniforms.

Though England eventually came to rule the island, it was the Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos who was the first European to discover Barbados. When he visited in 1536, it was inhabited by Amerindians.

The Indians had disappeared - decimated by disease, according to one theory - by the time the first British explorer saw the island in 1625. Two years later, 80 British settlers and their slaves landed at a site they named Jamestown (modern-day Holetown) and soon established cotton, tobacco and sugar plantations.
Sugar evolved as the primary crop and the British colony's vast plantations were worked by African slaves. Most Bajans are descendants of those workers. In the 1800s slave uprisings and changes in world markets brought an end to slavery and an end to the immense profits of the sugar plantations.

Barbados gained independence in 1966 but still has much in common with Britain. The island celebrated 350 consecutive years of parliamentary government in 1989.
Though sugar remains the main crop, tourism is the island's primary source of income. It also has some light industry and financial and information services.
The geography of the island, which is only 14 miles (23kms) wide and 21 miles (34kms) long, varies dramatically. Rugged hills and rough seas are typical of the eastern side. The highest point, Mt. Hillaby, rises 1,115 ft (340metres) above the sea.
Gentle, rolling hills are found on the western side and they're lush with sugarcane fields. On the western coast are the best white-sand beaches, coral reefs and stunning seas that range in color from deep blue to transparent green.
While Barbados is not free from crime, it holds no significant dangers for those who exercise commonsense.

Facts at a glance

Capital: Bridgetown.
Population: Approx 254,000
Size: 166 sq miles (431 sq kms)
Language: English.
Economy: Tourism, light industry, banking and agriculture.
Government: Independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth of the UK.
Religion: Church of England primarily, though many other faiths including Protestant sects and Rastafarianism.
Currency: Barbados dollar (BDS). Traveler's checks and most major credit cards accepted in urban and tourist areas.
Climate: Eight to nine hours of sunshine most days. 75F-90F year round.
Time Zone: Atlantic; 4 hours behind GMT. One hour ahead of Standard U.S. Time. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Telecommunications: Very good. Country code 246. No city code needed. IDD available.
Electricity: 110/120 volts.
Airport Departure Tax: Yes.
Sports: Snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, waterskiing, tennis, squash. Three 18-hole and three nine-hole golf courses.

When to go to Babados

The climate in Barbados is ideal for much of the year. The only time not perfect is July-October, during the hurricane season, when it gets a bit more rain. But even then it isn't bad as long as a hurricane doesn't come calling. Day temperatures almost always in the 80sF/28-32C, with nights in the 70sF/23-27C. Take a sweater for evenings year round.

Food ( Restaurants in Barbados)

Island cooking primarily consists of fish, lobster, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, fruits and vegetables, pork and well-seasoned beef. Bajan specialties include flying fish, jug-jug (green peas and cornflour), cou-cou (okra and cornflour or cooked and pounded breadfruit), crane chub, pepper pot, puddin' and souse (pigs entrails stuffed with grated sweet potatoes, pigs feet and ears), roti (curried chicken or beef and mashed potatoes wrapped in pastry) and conkies (made from corn meal, raisins, spice, pumpkin and sweet potatoes).
Local fruit includes Barbados cherries, dunks, ackees and soursop (known in other parts of the Caribbean as ginops) - a small, green-skinned fruit with a sour-sweet gelatin inside that surrounds a seed.
A popular local soft drink is molasses-based Tiger Malt and mauby is a bittersweet local drink made from tree bark and sugar.
Recommended restaurants on the island include Bagatelle (in one of the oldest plantation houses); the Carlisle Bay Centre (Bajan food), Baxters Road (fish steaks fried in the open air over coal pots) and the Boatyard (a bistro with Mediterranean fare). The Atlantis Hotel in Bathsheba has a popular Bajan Sunday buffet.
Festivals & Public Holidays
Barbados' biggest annual festival is Crop-Over (mid-July to mid-August), a celebration of the end of the sugarcane harvest. Activities include a parade, calypso band contests and Kadooment Day, an official holiday when costumed bands perform and fireworks fill the night sky.
Other festivals include Barbados Jazz Festival (mid-January); Holders Season (music and theater festival in March or April); the Caribbean Storytelling Festival (storytellers from many islands in July) and the Sir Garfield Sobers Cricket Festival (matches for players age 50 and older in November).
Public Holidays: New Year's Day (1 Jan), Errol Barrow Day (21 Jan), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (1 May), Whitmonday (May), Kadooment Day (first Monday in August), United Nations Day (first Monday in October), Independence Day (30 Nov), Christmas Day (25 Dec) and Boxing Day (26 Dec).

Barbados Beaches

The island is circled with white, soft-sand beaches shaded by swaying palm trees.
On the West Coast the sea is serene, clear and blue and best for swimming. It becomes a little choppier along the southern shore. On the Eastern Coast the Atlantic pounds on to the shore with waves roaring straight in from Africa. They are wonderful to watch but treacherous for swimming or surfing.
All beaches are public, although some hotels make access difficult.

Shopping in Barbados

Shopping Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday 8:30am to 1pm. Smaller establishments close for lunch. Expect extended shopping hours in tourist centers.
Barbados is a duty-free port. Remember to ships's ID because some shops offer additional discounts to cruise-ship passengers.
Range and quality of products are good but prices high. Bargains available in bone china, crystal, perfumes, film and clothing - look for Scottish woolens and sea island cottons. Cameras and electrical goods are probably cheaper at discount stores back home.
Most convenient place to shop is the newly-refurbished Cruise Passenger Terminal itself. It has a wide range of shopping facilities and services, together with a complete, modern telecommunications centre.
It boasts over 20 large duty-free shops that offer a range of items, including jewellery and watches, fine china and crystal, electronic goods and perfumes. Shop in air-conditioned comfort as you purchase tax-free merchandise at prices typically 30% to 50% less than in Europe and North America.
This center provides numerous communications services and facilities - postal, banking, facsimile services, direct-dial services, rental of cellular phones and typing services.Telephone cards and the VISA calling card can be accommodated.
Broad Street is Bridgetown's main shopping street. It's lined with malls and shops offering duty-free bargains on china, crystal, jewelry and watches, cameras, perfumes and cosmetics and liquor.

Tourism Facts At A Glance

The United Nations Development Index (1996) ranked Barbados third in terms of quality of life among 160 developing countries worldwide. Hong Kong and Cyprus ranked first and second respectively. Barbados ranked ahead of countries such as Spain, Italy and Ireland.

Our research and surveys show that visitors highlight the friendliness of Barbadians as its greatest and most pleasing asset. This is reflected in the highest repeat visitor factor in the region of 39%

The people of Barbados have a history of long ingrained Christian principles, a sound and free educational system with a literacy rate of 97%
Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the world with 358 years of an uninterrupted parliamentary system of government.
We are the only coral island in the region with all white sand beaches.
Barbados has pure drinking water and was the first Caribbean island to have piped water.

Utilities available 100% island-wide.
Consistent cooling North-East tradewinds.
Maximum daily temperature 75-85F year round.

Fascinating Facts

Barbados has never been successfully invaded by a Foreign power.
When first settled in 1625, it was found to be almost totally covered in dense jungle, with a very large population of wild pigs.
The island's first and second Governors, Captain William Deane and John Powell, were each arrested during their terms as Governor and returned to England in irons.
From settlement in 1625 until today Barbados has experienced 12 Hurricanes and 15 Gales of sufficient force to cause extensive damage.

The first settlement in Barbados, Holetown, was originally named Jamestown after its benefactor, King James I of England. It acquired the name Holetown due to the off-loading and cleaning of ships in the very small channel within the immediate vicinity of the town. These tasks left the area in an untidy and smelly condition. leading to it becoming known as "the Hole", which evolved into Holetown.

The island's Commander-in-Chief from 21 December, 1629 to 16 July, 1630, Sir William Tufton, was executed by firing squad in May, 1632 for high treason and one of the judges in the case, Captain William Kitterich, was executed by firing squad for the murder of a Captain William Birch.

The Capital city, Bridgetown was originally named "Indian Bridge" for the rude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indians. It was later called the "town of St. Michael" in official documents, before finally being named Bridgetown when a new bridge was built in place of the Indian Bridge sometime after 1654.

Most of what is now the Southern part of Bridgetown (the lower Bay Street environs) was once a huge swamp.

First slaves in Barbados were white and called Indentured Servants. They were people who, for various reasons, had been deemed enemies of the Crown. This practice was so prevalent during the period 1640 to 1650 that a phrase for punishment was coined "to be Barbadoed".

After a great Hurricane on 16 October, 1780, it was written: "Whites and Blacks together, it is imagined (the deaths) to exceed some thousands but fortunately few people of consequence were among the number."

In 1736 Barbados boasted 22 forts and 26 gun batteries, mounting a total of 463 cannon, along its 21 miles of western shoreline.
In the period 1840 - 1845, Barbados was considered the healthiest place in the world to live, having only one death per 66 people, compared to world averages of approximately one death per 35 people.
People, in times past traveled from all over the world to Barbados for it's healing qualities. These were to be immersed totally, with the exception of the head, in the sands of the beaches of Cattlewash in St. Andrew. The treatment was believed to cure many ills.

In 1846 Barbados had on record 491 active sugar plantations, with 506 windmills.
South Carolina, in the USA, was originally settled by Barbadians and it's first Governor was a Barbadian
U.S.A. - Barbadian Ties

Bill Clinton was not the first American President to sleep in Barbados. President Reagan spent a few nights here and George Washington stayed here for six weeks, aged 19 - his only trip abroad - in 1751 in the company of his half-brother Lawrence who had made the six-week voyage from the Potomac for health reasons.
Washington wrote in his diary: Hired from Captain Crofton his house for fifteen pounds ($75.00) a month exclusive of liquors and washing which we are to provide.
He added: "We stand a mile from town and the view is extensive by land and pleasant by sea as we command the view of Carlisle Bay and all the shipping and such manner that none can come or go without being open to our view."
That house still stands and can be found on the side of the historic Garrison Savannah which was formerly the parade ground for West Indies Regiments stationed here in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today it has been converted into offices but is easily identified by the ruin of the coralstone sugar windmill in the parking lot.

Did Washington enjoy his visit to Barbados? His words say it all: "In the cool of the evening we rode in the country and were perfectly enraptured with the beautiful scenery which every side presented our view. The fields of cane, corn, fruit trees in a delightful green.."

The American Declaration of Independence has a familiar ring to Barbadians, who claim it is a direct crib of the original Barbadian Declaration of Independence drafted 150 years earlier when the island tried to gain its own Independence (they had to wait until 1966 for this to happen).

Much discussion took place between the founding fathers and Barbadians over this matter. How did they know about it? One reason might have been because one of the signatories was a Barbadian, as was the printer.
Another reason was the Carolinas Connection. Very strong ties had been established with the colonies going back to 1649 when a group calling themselves the Barbadian Society of Gentlemen Adventurers set off North and opened the Carolinas. Seven of the first 21 governors were Barbadian, as were two in Massachusetts.

The book titled "The Barbados-Carolina Connection" by Warren Alleyne and Henry Fraser reveals many fascinating aspects of the historical relationship between Barbados and Carolina, throwing fresh light on the history and architecture of both places, on the people - both distinguished and notorious - and on the two dialects.
The One-Eyed Centurion: Benjamin West, one of the most famous of American artists was commissioned to paint The Resurrection to hang in a church on the island.


Though independent, Barbados embraces its British Empire roots. Afternoon tea remains a tradition, cricket is the national sport, and many Bajans speak with a British accent. The past is alive everywhere, including 18th- and 19th-century homes scattered around the island. A-listers and budget travelers alike flock to the island's natural pink-and-white sands and turquoise waters. Here, a dynamic culture is built on a reef of coral, colonialism, Christianity and the former slave trade -- with a calypso beat.

Things to Do in Barbados

The low-lying west coast, gently washed by a Caribbean breeze, shimmers with star-studded beaches and provides divers with a colorful haven of marine life. The windblown Atlantic east coast is great for cliffhanging hikes, secret beach picnics and surfing. Relive colonial days at the Sunbury Plantation House or visit a rare Jacobean mansion at St. Nicholas Abbey. On land, Flower Forest is a fragrant oasis of exotic flowers and spice trees, and the Andromeda Botanical Garden and Farley Hill National Parkoffer even more quiet respite. Taste the island's famous libation with a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Factory.

Shopping in Barbados

For the best in duty-free shopping, Bridgetown is a smorgasbord of cameras, watches, crystal, gold jewelry and local Mount Gay rum. Buy straw bags and rum cakes from the Pelican Crafts Centre and whimsical, vibrantly colored ceramics from Earthworks, a longtime artistic highlight. Find quintessential Barbados handicrafts like black-coral jewelry and clay pottery on the east coast, near Chalky Mountain. Shops across the island brim with a fine selection of locally made vases, pots, mugs, glazed plates and ornaments.

Nightlife and Entertainment in Babados

Nightlife on the west coast revolves around the big resorts, many of which have waterfront pubs and wine bars. For an authentic Bajan evening, try Baxters Road in Bridgetown for a "caf crawl." The south coast buzzes with sports bars and clubs, where margaritas and the local Banks beer flow freely. When the sun sets, join the party for lime, a Bajan street party.

Restaurants and Dining in Barbados

Seafood, like snapper, shellfish and the popular national emblem, the flying fish, is on every menu, from five-star restaurants to beachside cafes. It's usually served with spicy cou-cou (cornmeal and okra ), but pudding 'n souse (pickled pork, breadfruit and sweet potato pudding), and macaroni pie are local specialties worth trying, too.


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