Bridgetown Travel Guide
Bajans to give them their Caribbean name are warm, friendly, hospitable and
genuinely proud of their country and culture. Tourism is the island's number
one industry, but there is a sophisticated business community and stable government.
Most of the 260,000 Bajans live in three areas: the capital city of Bridgetown,
along the west coast north to Speightstown, and along the south coast down to
Oistins. Others reside inland in tiny hamlets within the island's 11 parishes.
Many British people have second homes or retirement homes on the Island.
Although it doesn't
offer casinos, bars and a buzzing night life Barbados more than makes up for
its entertainment shortfalls with a unique outdoor lifestyle and beach culture.
It is a prime destination for travellers interested in learning about West Indian
culture, and it offers more sightseeing attractions than most Caribbean islands.
There are no rain
forest in Barbados, no volcanoes and no Wal-Mart! The true Bajan landscape is
one of morning mists burning off to expose panoramas of green valleys and the
sight and sound of the Atlantic Ocean pounding the beaches. It is an ideal place
to take bus or driving tours (hire a mini-moke) to visit the seaside villages,
plantations, gardens, and English country churches, some dating from the 17th
Children are welcome
in all areas of daily life on the island. There are activities and attractions
that are family-oriented throughout Barbados.
if you are seeking a peaceful island getaway. Although the south coast is known
for its nightlife and the west-coast beach is completely built up, some of the
island remains undeveloped. The east coast is tranquil, and travellers seeking
solitude find that they can often be alone there, but within easy reach of the
more populated parts of the island.
If you are visiting
the island as a cruise stopover you won’t be disappointed, Barbados has a state-of-the-art
cruise ship terminal, filled with duty free shops, boutiques, and craft vendors.
Excellent shore excursions are available from the terminal.
For those seeking
more physical pursuits Barbados has two fine golf courses, horseback riding,
horse racing, fishing, scuba diving, tennis, windsurfing, and snorkelling are
all first rate. There are even sightseeing submarines (air conditioned with
viewing ports) that will give the non-diver an opportunity to view the sea's
wonders in comfort. And of course that most English and most mysterious of games,
cricket, is played extensively throughout the island. Stop by if you happen
to be passing a cricket game in progress and see if you can understand
what they are trying to do!
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