If you’re traveling to the Caribbean for the first time, Barbados is a great place to start. This Lesser Antilles [...]
Traveling to Barbados
Barbados. It is one of those places that so many people have heard of, but know very little about. Most people place it somewhere within all of those beautiful Caribbean islands. Such a consensus is factual, yet Barbados lies a littler further east of the Caribbean, just into the Atlantic. It is the easternmost island of the Lesser Antilles. Geographically, it is located in the western part of the North Atlantic, east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is approximately 150 miles northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, which lie just off the coast of Venezuela.
Barbados serves as another fine example of the Caribbean/Atlantic destinations that are small enough to remain secluded, yet have been long settled by contemporary cultures. There, travelers can enjoy amenities such as great hotels, shopping, local history and culture, as well as an area that is small enough to explore over several days.
Things to Do in Barbados
When you’re in Barbados—so long as you obey the local laws—do whatever you’d like to do! Of course, there are planned and organized activities that you’ll be able to choose from, right outside your hotel or resort, but if you prefer to stick around the hotel grounds, sip a few cold drinks, soak in some rays and read a book, you’ll find the hospitable atmosphere to perfectly accompany your desires. You’ll find shops, restaurants and a buzzing nightlife full of live entertainment.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Barbados is a trek on real submarine that plunges to depths of over 100 feet. Atlantis takes visitors through the beautiful, Atlantic/Caribbean waters to observe local marine life, as well as a bottom dweller in the form of a shipwreck. Atlantis Submarines trek during the day, as well as at night, providing a truly unique dive experience.
Hiking, Biking and Jeep Tours
For those who love to play hard before relaxing, there are a variety of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed while staying on the island of Barbados. There are several hiking trails to explore, ranging in difficulty and perfect for anyone looking to take a scenic stroll or the adventurist who wishes to endure a little trail running.
Many of these trails are also shared by Jeeps, and Jeep touring companies. Jeep tours are a fun and exciting way to explore back country, without having to exhaust the energy you might be saving for some Barbados nightlife.
Bicycle and scooter rentals are also available at several island locations. These options serve as an easy and enjoyable way to get from place to place while exploring the island.
Barbados: A Brief History
The earliest settlers on present-day Barbados were of the Amerindian variety. Historians place the arrival of the Saladoid-Barrancoid group between 400-700 AD. It would be another 500-600 years before the Kalinago arrived from South America. The Kalinago, or Carib people, are the reason the world region is considered the Caribbean. Spanish explores arrived and began to settle in the 1500s. Eventually, the island would be governed by British rule, bringing settlers and indentured servants to the island. The British influence is still the most prominent, and is shared with native culture. Barbados gained its independence in 1966.