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The Americas & Caribbean

About Bridgetown

The easternmost of the Caribbean islands, Barbados is rich in British history and spectacular sandy beaches. Home to the Commonwealth’s third oldest parliament, Barbados is often called “Little England” for its strong British cultural influence. Bajans, as islanders are known, exude a hearty love of their small country and delight in sharing its unique culture. Cricket matches and afternoon tea are as common as surfing and sunning on the beach with family and friends. And a bottle of the island’s native Mount Gay Rum, and perhaps a delicious conkie, a pumpkin-coconut cake steamed in banana leaves, are never far out of reach. The island’s capital, Bridgetown, boasts a wealth of historic buildings and sites. Along with the sprawling old Garrison, the old quarter of Bridgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Locals are fond of saying that George Washington slept here: In 1751 when he was 19 years old, he journeyed to the island to visit his sick brother. Outside of Bridgetown, too, breathtaking vistas and welcoming people combine to make this one of the Caribbean’s most relaxed islands. Enjoy a scenic drive up to Farley Hill and to the surf-lover’s beach known as Bathsheba’s Soup Bowl. Beachside tiki bars invite you to indulge in a fruity rum drink and sheltered coves harbor a snorkeler’s delight of colorful tropical fish.