The historic capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, contains centuries of colonial architecture that display the spread of the British Empire. The Barbados Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of many old buildings filled with the fascinating history of how the island grew into what it is today.
The port city of Bridgetown, formerly known as the Town of Saint Michael, lies along the island’s southwest coast on Carlisle Bay. Here you will find the most beautiful and serene beach in all of Barbados. With soft, white sand that lets you walk barefoot and crystal blue waters lapping against the shore, it makes the perfect picture for a postcard.
Adventurous travelers will find Barbados an enticing destination with ancient shipwrecks to dive and explore near the coast. The S.S. Stavronikita, one of the most popular dive sites in the entire Caribbean, offers a glimpse into contemporary history. The rusting remains under the ocean covered with algae give off the sense of secrets untold.
Barbados Garrison, the island’s historic district, offers captivating sights of colonial structures depicting a history that goes back centuries. The George Washington House gives you the chance to see how the first President of the United States once lived when he stayed on the island in 1751.
A trip to Barbados is not complete with a sampling of the local rum. St. Nicholas Abbey, one of the oldest distilleries in the Caribbean, offers tours of the 350-year old building. Here you can discover how their rum is produced and view artifacts from the time of its establishment.