Bridgetown Travel Guide

by our Barbados expert Paul Baderman
Paul BadermanHe probably didn’t publish a blog (though he did have a column) but an early enthusiastic visitor to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, was Horatio Nelson - in his day it was more a naval port than holiday destination. His statue there is older than the one in London and until 1999 stood in ‘Trafalgar Square’ - now National Heroes Square. Another famous landmark, the Chamberlain Bridge, recently converted to a lift operation - just like London’s Tower Bridge; it’s the entrance to the evocatively named ‘Careenage’ or inner harbour. But these days it’s the beaches that most come for. All three sides of the triangular island have them and they’re perfect examples of the dream tropical shore. Waving palms, soft silver sand, the bluest of seas, coral rocks shaped into fascinating shapes. The south-west, where Bridgetown is, has perhaps the best of an incredible selection - a couple named in ‘best-in-the-world’ guides. (In strict honesty, the east coast is still beautiful but the sea is more ‘exciting’.) Barbados is a sugar island … which therefore means rum is the local tipple. Oh and they play cricket! There are 42 Bajan West Indian test cricketers alive today - Gary Sobers to name several - and their Kensington Oval ground is a shrine.

Barbados Facts

National Flag: Bajan Flag
Language(s): English
Currency: Barbadian dollar
Dialling Code: +1-246*
Time Zone: GMT - 4
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