Bri­tish Her­itage

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The rst English ship reached Bar­ba­dos in 1625, and Euro­peans have been fas­ci­nated with the trop­i­cal isle’s al­lure ever since. Over the years, many cul­tures have col­ored this east­ern­most Caribbean is­land, whose warm, friendly res­i­dents are known as Ba­jans, but a de­cid­edly Bri­tish am­biance still makes vis­i­tors feel like roy­alty. Caribbean cricket, any­one

For an un­der­stand­ing of West In­dian cul­ture and colo­nial his­tory, the cap­i­tal, Bridgetown, is a good place to ex­plore. Na­tional He­roes Square (for­merly known as Trafal­gar Square), which dates back to 1813, is a cel­e­bra­tion of the is­land’s he­roes and is home to a bronze statue of Lord Ad­mi­ral Ho­ra­tio Nel­son. Also of note in Bridgetown are the Bar­ba­dos Mu­seum, orig­i­nally a mil­i­tary prison, and one of the old­est Jewish syn­a­gogues in the Caribbean, dat­ing back to the 1600s.

Bar­ba­dos is also a well­spring of nat­u­ral won­ders. Har­ri­son’s Cave, a breath­tak­ing lime­stone cav­ern, will be on the top of ev­ery spe­lunker’s to-see list. Its many sub­ter­ranean streams, springs, sta­lag­mites and sta­lac­tites have made it one of the is­land’s lead­ing tourist at­trac­tions.

North of Bridgetown is the Bar­ba­dos Wildlife Re­serve, where you may spot green mon­keys, red-footed tur­tles, pea­cocks and pel­i­cans as you stroll along the wooded paths.

Taste of Bridgetown

The cui­sine in Bar­ba­dos has a heavy fo­cus on seafood, due to the won­der­ful fresh sh that can be caught just o the coast. Fly­ing sh, the most pop­u­lar op­tion, is tra­di­tion­ally served with a corn­meal and okra dish called cou-cou.

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