Top 10 things to do in Barbados

Barbados

According to accounts by descendants of the aboriginal tribes on other local islands, the original name for Barbados was Ichirouganaim.

Barbados is a country.

Barbados (i/bɑrˈbeɪdɒs/ or /bɑrˈbeɪdoʊs/) is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and up to 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometres (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 kilometres (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.

Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed for the Spanish Crown. It first appears on a Spanish map from 1511. The Portuguese visited the island in 1536, but they left it unclaimed, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. The first English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1625. They took possession of it in the name of King James I. In 1627 the first permanent settlers arrived from England, and it became an English and later British colony.

In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. It has a population of 277,821 people, mostly of African descent. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination. In 2011 Barbados ranked second in the Americas (after Canada) and 16th globally on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index.

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Top 10 things to do in Barbados

Holetown

Holetown
Holetown , is a small town located in the Caribbean island nation of Barbados. Holetown is located in the parish of Saint James on the sheltered west coast of the ...

Saint James Parish

Saint James Parish
Saint James Parish can refer to different parishes of the same name:Westminster St James in London, also known as St. James ParishSaint James Parish, Barbados, one of the 11 parishes ...

Saint Lucy, Barbados

Saint Lucy, Barbados
The parish of Saint Lucy is the northern-most area in the country of Barbados. Saint Lucy is known for being the only parish of Barbados out of the eleven to ...

Oistins

Oistins
The coastal town of Oistins is an area located in the country of Barbados. Situated in the southern portion of the parish of Christ Church, Oistins operates mostly as a ...

Speightstown

Speightstown
Speightstown /ˈspaɪts.taʊn/ SPYTS-town, also known as Little Bristol, is the second largest town centre of Barbados. It is situated 12 miles north of the capital city of Bridgetown, in the ...

Saint Thomas Parish

Saint Thomas Parish
Saint Thomas Parish may refer to:Saint Thomas Parish, BarbadosSaint Thomas Parish, Jamaica ...

Saint Michael Parish

Saint Michael Parish
Saint Michael Parish may refer to:The Parish of Saint Michael, BarbadosSaint Michaels Parish, Denmark ...

Saint Peter Parish

Saint Peter Parish
Saint Peter Parish can refer to:Saint Peter Parish, Antigua and BarbudaSaint Peter Parish, BarbadosSaint Peter Parish, DominicaSaint Peter Parish, Montserrat ...

Bathsheba, Barbados

Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba is the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph with some 5,000 inhabitants on the east coastline of Barbados. The town has a number of quaint churches; ...

Bridgetown

Bridgetown
Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados. Formerly, the Town of Saint Michael, the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of Saint Michael. ...

Barbados Museum & Historical Society

Barbados Museum & Historical Society
The Barbados Museum & Historical Society is a museum in Barbados. It was established in 1933 and it has about 500,000 artifactsNotable members include Sir John Saint, who was President ...

George Washington House

George Washington House
George Washington House may refer to:George Washington House , in Prince George's CountyGeorge Washington Boyhood Home Site, Fredericksburg, VirginiaGeorge Washington House , a house where young George Washington and his ...

Parliament Buildings

Parliament Buildings
Parliament building and variations may refer to:Austrian Parliament BuildingBangladesh Parliament BuildingParliament Buildings , a two building complex in Bridgetown, BarbadosBrussels Parliament buildingParliament Hill for the Canadian Parliament BuildingsBritish Columbia Parliament ...

St Nicholas Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey
St Nicholas Abbey is a plantation house in Saint Peter, Barbados, and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. It is similar to the English ...

Garrison Savannah Racetrack

Garrison Savannah Racetrack
The Garrison Savannah in the country of Barbados, is a horse racing venue located within the Garrison Historic Area, just outside of the capital-city Bridgetown. A clockwise grass course, the ...

Harrison's Cave

Harrison's Cave
Harrison's Cave is a tourist attraction in the country of Barbados, first mentioned in 1795. Tourists can access the subterranean environment on a tramway.HistoryThe caves were first ...

Nidhe Israel Synagogue

Nidhe Israel Synagogue
The Nidḥe Israel Synagogue is the only synagogue in Bridgetown, Barbados. It also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest synagogues in the western hemisphere and a Barbados ...

Animal Flower Cave

Animal Flower Cave
The Animal Flower Cave is located under the cliffs at North Point, St. Lucy, Barbados. It is the island's lone accessible sea cave. It was discovered by its seaward entrance ...

Bottom Bay

Bottom Bay
Bottom Bay is located on the southeast coast of Barbados, between Cave Bay and Palmetto Bay. According to the localsBottom Bay is the best beach on Barbados.TransportationCatch ...

Morgan Lewis Windmill

Morgan Lewis Windmill
Morgan Lewis Windmill, St. Andrew, Barbados is the last sugar windmill to operate in Barbados. The mill stopped operating in 1947. In 1962 the mill was given to the ...

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane could beSandy Lane , a resort in BarbadosSandy Lane, Wiltshire, EnglandSandy Lane, West Yorkshire, EnglandSandy Lane, previous home stadium of English football team Worksop Town F.C.Sandy Lane, proposed ...

Miami Beach, Barbados

Miami Beach, Barbados
Miami Beach, Barbados, near the town of Oistins, is a popular sandy beach in Barbados. It is located on the south coast of the island, with usually calm waters and ...

Bussa Emancipation Statue

Bussa Emancipation Statue
The Bussa Emancipation Statue is a public sculpture of a slave rebellion leader in Barbados, east of Bridgetown. The statue is located at centre of the J.T.C. Ramsay roundabout formed ...