Barbados is a Caribbean island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela. It is mainly flat, consists of coral and is about 166 sq. miles in size. Barbados is surrounded by white sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters.
When the Portuguese discovered Barbados in the 16th century, they noticed that the bearded fig tree grew in abundance and christened the island Los Barbados which was then shortened to Barbados. The bearded fig tree is viewed as unusual because it sends aerial roots from its branches, therefore appearing as if it is bearded.
While Barbados' official spoken language is English, a Barbados or Bajan dialect is widely spoken by Barbados’ nationals.
As the most eastern Caribbean island, Barbados is located within the tropics and is filled with warm days and cool winds (75-85o F). The nights are cooler in comparison to the daytime and cozy. Each year in Barbados is divided into two seasons: a dry season, which normally lasts from January to June, and a wet/rainy or hurricane season, which normally lasts from June to November. Visitors should note that the rainy season only entails quick showers and that a hurricane hasn’t been of major threat to Barbados since 1980, with the last direct hit being that of Hurricane Janet, 1955.
Aside from Barbados’ wonderful and sunny climate, the atmosphere and environment that makes Barbados seem even more special and unique, is its people. Barbados’ locals, known as Barbadians or otherwise referred to as Bajans, are the warmest and friendliest of souls who are always ready with a quick, sincere smile. In addition, the island of Barbados itself is naturally charming and enchanting.
With so many day, night, and special annual activities in Barbados, you can never be bored on the island! Barbados has the distinction of being a well rounded tourist destination, with an array of scenic areas, shopping facilities, places of interest, historic monuments, beautiful beaches and a great nightlife. Barbados also has an array of leisure activities, such as surfing, sailing, road tennis, windsurfing, golfing, banana boat rides, horse riding, cricket, hiking, spas, beauty salons and amusement arcades. Barbados boasts a wide and diverse variety of nightlife that is designed to meet and suit everyone's needs. Here are some of the absolute must do night spots on the island of Barbados:- the Olympus Theaters, St. Lawrence Gap, Oistins, The Boatyard, Club Extreme, Harbour Lights, Bajan Roots and Rhythms, 2nd Street Holetown and last but not least you must experience one of the Barbados Harbour Master cruises.
When visiting Barbados, also select one of Barbados’ exciting festivals to attend, Barbados celebrates a number of festivals throughout the year which showcases the island’s national culture and heritage. These festivals include The Barbados Jazz Festival: this showcases several international and local artiste, The Barbados Holetown Festival: showcases a celebration of the first landing of settlers in Barbados, The Oistins Fish Festival: a celebration to honor the contributions made to the Barbados fishing community, The Holders Season: showcases opera, fine music and superb theatrical performances by international artiste, Barbados Gospelfest Festival: showcases a number of gospel artiste, Crop Over: a celebration that symbolizes the end of the crop season in Barbados and the island comes alive with sound of soca and calypso and brightly colored costumes, and last but not least the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts: showcases the best in literary, culinary, performing and visual arts in Barbados.