Barbados is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean sea.
Located 62 miles east of the windward islands, the eastern most Caribbean island. View Map
Barbados is famous for its cricket greens, varied beaches, British influence and water sports with surf in the north and kitesurf in the east.
Enjoy your stay!
"The Barbados national anthem"
274, 200 (2010 census).
Voice of Barbados: 92.9 FM. Known for lively phone ins and local news.
Independence from the United Kingdom: 30 November 1966
Eastern Caribbean (UTC-4)
The language of the locals is English with a West Indian based dialects. For instance, the 'H' is often discarded ("thing" becomes "ting", and "thanks" becomes "tanks...mon"). Also water is pronouced watta and mother matta.
Barbados first appears on a Spanish map from 1511. Historians have it that the Spanish may have plundered the island first. The Portuguese arrived in 1536 but also left it unclaimed. The first Englsh ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1624 in took pessession of it.
Look out when buying bananas in grocery stores or food stalls in the Caribbean - you may actually bite into one and realize it's actually a plantain! Plantains are much better-tasting when cooked, fried or roasted!