When traveling anywhere new, it’s always a good idea to do some advance preparation. If you are heading to a location as exciting and exotic as the island of Barbados, this prep work is especially important. Before your arrival, check out the local hot spots on the internet and plan on attending area celebrations. Invest in a good Barbados map to ensure you enjoy every minute of your time on this continental island.
The island of Barbados is just one million years old. Recent archaeological evidence indicates that this easternmost island was settled in 1600 B.C. by American Indians from the area of South America, now known as Venezuela. Those earliest settlers, the Arawaks, created communities that persisted until the 1200, when they were conquered by the Caribs. It was the Caribs that were living on the island as can be seen on some ancient maps of Barbados until the Portuguese arrived in the 1400s.
While the Portuguese were the first European settlers, they didn’t remain the dominant ones for long. In the early 1600s, the English arrived and discovered how profitable growing sugar with a slave class could be. Barbados culture has been profoundly influenced by this dark period of its history and the English influence remains strong.
With the cry of the abolition of slavery in the 1800s, the long road to political independence began. It remained a colony of Great Britain for many more years. In fact, it did not earn its independence until 1966. However, it retains close economic and political ties to Great Britain, even now.
Barbados is the easternmost island of the West Indies Lesser Antilles. The majority of the island is composed of gently rolling hills in contrast to the other islands in the group which feature a more mountainous terrain. It’s got sixty miles of shoreline and 166 square miles of territory. However, its reach is further than that since its border extends 13.2 miles into the sea.
Visitors to Barbados enjoy the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife. A huge favorite are the turtle hatchling releases done by the Barbados Sea Turtle project. The south and west coasts of this island nation are the most popular destinations for tourists.
Horse racing is a favorite pastime on the island. Adventurous types can head under the sea in a submarine for a tour of the coral reefs. The cuisine of the island nation is world famous for a reason. Some of the best restaurants on the island are located on the south coast in the capital of the country,
Be sure to search a Barbados map to find out where the beach locations, monuments, fish markets, and golf courses are. If you are interested in how the world famous rum from this small island nation is made, a visit to one of the many rum distilleries on the island is in order. The nation is packed with hidden and unexpected things to do, so your best bet is to start mapping out your itinerary before you travel.