Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean. It is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide (166 square miles) and outside of the hurricane belt.
and it was first settled by the British in 1627 and remained a British colony until it gained full independence on November 30, 1966. Barbados maintains ties to the British monarchy as a member of the Commonwealth.
The name Barbados comes from the bearded fig tree which grew in abundance when the Portuguese discovered Barbados in the 16th century and christened the island Los Barbados. The tree is so called as it sends aerial roots from its branches making it look as if it is bearded. The name was later shortened to Barbados.
Barbados is a mainly flat coral island, the highest point being Mt. Hillaby at 1,089 ft. Fringed with white sandy beaches and stunning blue waters, the island is approximately 14 miles wide and 21 miles long and offers a wealth of things to see, do and experience. The population of the island is approximately 286,000 and the year round temperature is a very pleasant 23 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Although it is a small island, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of things you can discover about Barbados. The natural wonders of Barbados are a definite 'must do' tourist attraction during your stay, including Harrison's Cave and Animal Flower Cave.
If you're interested in natural gardens, Flower Forest is just one of a few botanical gardens on the island.
Want to learn about Barbados' heritage? try a tour of St. Nicholas Abbey or The Barbados Museum & Historical Society .
If you just want to relax and enjoy the sun sea and sand, a lovely day at Bottom Bay or any of the other breathtaking beaches is a perfect way to do that.
Throughout the year Barbados hosts several events which attracts locals and visitors alike. Some of the major events include:
Sandy Lane Gold Cup
This is one of the biggest sporting events on the island and the most prestigious race on the Eastern Caribbean horse racing calendar. It is usually held the first week of March.
Crop Over Festival
The finale of the festival is the Grand Kadooment which is held on the first Monday in August! This carnival parade features large bands with members dressed in elaborate costumes to depict various themes. Revellers make their way to Spring Garden to the pulsating calypso music. This festival signifies the end of the local sugar cane harvest.
The Holetown Festival held in Mid February commemorates the anniversary of the first settlement of Barbados in 1627 and you can enjoy exhibitions with local craft, food and presentations.