The most eastern island in the Caribbean located northeast of Venezuela, the island named by its Portuguese discoverers is today more often referred to as "Little England" for its long history of subsequent English colonization.
Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on the West coast and the Atlantic to the East, Barbados is divided into 11
parishes, connected by an excellent public bus system that runs through the center of the island.
Around the shore, 70 miles of white sand, palm-fringed beaches look out on crystal clear waters in every shade of aquamarine to blue. Those marine inhabitants leaping from the sea? They are the famous flying
fish of Barbados, which today serves as a national icon that regularly appears not only menus but on Bajan currency, as well.
Despite the exotic scenery and endless opportunities for basking or playing in the Caribbean sun, Barbados is in some respects still English to its core especially in its capital city, Bridgetown, where hotels may just as often serve afternoon tea as hot-and-spicy Bajan cookery.
Major Barbados attractions include the capital at Bridgetown, stunning beaches (like Bottom Bay Beach
tucked away on the southeast coast, pictured) and mysterious subterranean formations at Harrison Cave.
Further south, no visit to Barbados would be complete without a visit to the town of Oistins where the regularly scheduled weekend outdoor "fish fry" by local vendors is a favorite with Bajans and tourists alike.
Traveling north from Bridgetown, also don't miss a trip to Harrison Cave for a tram ride around stunning stalactites and stalagmites
topped off by a spectacular underground waterfall, making this the island's No. 1 tourist attraction by far.
More about Barbados travel information & tourist attractions around the Web:
Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia - Like it says, with the official tourism office providing a colorful jumble of facts, photos & information on Barbados attractions, sightseeing, beaches & architecture, cruises and day trips, special packages, hotel booking, plus practical guides to airfares, passport & entry requirements.
Barbados - Kick back and discover major attractions, the beach scene, a complete restaurant guide searchable by cuisine, information on clubs and nightlife, arts & crafts, helpful travel tips, event calendar, photo gallery, related resources.
Barbados travel guide - Been-there advice from Wikitravel on where to eat and what to see, plus practical travel advice on getting around by bus or car, insider views on local cuisine and customs, hotel suggestions, health & safety tips.
Access Barbados - Fact-filled virtual tour of Bajan parishes, culture, nightlife and beaches, with interesting history &
fun facts, weather information, maps & photos.