The island nation of Barbados is situated in the Lesser Antilles and lies east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. History lends that the Spanish invaders may have been responsible for naming this island although there has been some controversy surrounding this as some say the Portuguese were the first to arrive on the island and thus gave it its name.
Over the years the island has grown from the typical sugar producing island as is reminiscent of most of the islands in the English speaking Caribbean to one that is noted for the fine offerings it has for tourists. The island is circled by beautiful beaches and narrow coastal plains and has become a prime vacation spot for visitors from North American, Europe and other areas.
Until the early late 19th century the island was the administrative headquarters of the Windward Islands until it became a separate colony in 1885. Today it is an independent nation which has remained politically stable.
Places to Visit On The Island
No visit to Barbados is complete without taking in a scenic road trip around the island to explore the various historical highlights. Rent a car or join a local island tour and discover the history of the historic homes and buildings scattered around the islands. You may also opt to visit the wonder of the natural underground caves. The breathtaking landscape and beautiful flowers will simply stun you as you travel through this island paradise.
Did you know that a lot of pirates called Barbados home?
Take a cruise on the ‘Jolly Roger’ on the high seas and explore the west coast of the island while getting in some swimming in the calm waters. You can check with your local guides as to some of the key areas of interest to explore on a visit to the island.
The culinary delights and treats you will find on this island paradise have been influenced by the traditions from England, Portugal, Spain and West Africa. However the British seem to have had a very strong influence in regards to the techniques as it relates to the food. A typical traditional dish in Barbados is prepared with English and African ingredients with a bit of local herbs and spices. Some foods to ask about when you visit is tamarind balls, guava cheese, coconut bread and Bajan baked custard they are all wonderful desserts and snack items to try. Another popular dish is Flying Fish cooked in a sauce of mustard and onions, you could also try the pepper pot which is very spicy and has pork as one of the key ingredients. The national dish is Cou Cou and Flying Fish and is a combination of okra and cornmeal combined with pepper, salt and Bajan hot sauce. The flying fish is either steamed or fried.
So the next time you feel like taking a trip add Barbados to your itinerary and make sure you take in the wonderful sights and try the food, you won’t be disappointed.