This easternmost island of the Caribbean is surrounded by coral reefs which give its beaches brilliant colors. The pounding, pulsating surf of the Atlantic Ocean on the less developed rocky east coast is a pleasant contrast to the many beautiful white sandy beaches found on the calm, clear Caribbean side where the south coast is known for its nightlife and the west coast offers a large expanse of public beaches lined with luxury resorts.

The capital of Barbados is Bridgetown. Founded in 1628, its long barba-flag-a.gif (8764 bytes)history is closely tied to England's fortunes in the Caribbean. The British flavor adds a sophisticated air as you decide between afternoon tea or watching the popular West Indies game of cricket. The population of 264,000 is well-educated (99% literacy) and economically astute. They maintain one of the most efficient and ambitious governments in the Caribbean. Bajans live on an island 14 miles wide and 21 miles long, or about 166 square miles. These people work hard and they play hard especially at CROP OVER time.

Island Guides
FunBarbados.com Fun Barbados Logo
Hundreds of pages filled with photos, graphics and good info. inc. phone and fax. aka gocarib.com
Ins & Outs of BarbadosBarbados: Ins and Outs
from Fleethouse & Miller publishing

Smallogo Barbados Holiday Planner Events guide and other improvements coming

Back to Global Barbados   GlobalBarbados.com Plenty of visitor info and outside links with emphasis on general information

caribbean-on-line.com/br/ 
Best source for maps and regularly updated with specials
Barbados: Pearl of the Caribbean by Caribbean-Connection.com
unique
BarbadosonaBudget.com
 
New site focused on something more possible in Barbados than most other Caribbean islands

Official  
Barbados Tourism Encyclopediawww.Barbados.org  ||
International Offices and Contacts
The Tourism Authority (BTA) deserves credit for a beautiful, comprehensive easy to use web site. They have recently been creating new URLs for sister sites like 
   BarbadosBusinessPages.com Few outside links but everything is here somewhere. Barbados.org is The Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) Fests & Events || site map || [email protected]  BTA, Harbour Road, Bridgetown, Barbados

foreign.barbadosgov.org/ 

Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS)

Bridgetown
Barbados, capital and only harbor, located on s.w. coast on Carlisle Bay; founded 1628 as Indian Bridge Broad Street is still the city's main drag, with its banks, stores, and Parliament buildings. The Careenage, once crowded with trade ships, is now a favored pleasure boat venue. Like London, Bridgetown has a popular Trafalagar Square (National Heroes Square as of 1999). Local Bridgetown folk maintain English traditions like afternoon tea and enjoy croquet,  cricket and polo. The population is about 100,000
Barbados Sightseeing - Bridgetown ||Bridgetown Attractions  || Bridgetown & attractions by caribbeansupersite ||The Garrison Area


Web Links Guides

Directories

Barbados Telephone Directory by Teldir.com

Barbados by cwDirectory.com 

Bajans On The Web bajans.net/botw/bajweb1.html 
Great on-line directory. Maintained by Gordon ("Bajan by marriage"), his site can be viewed at: Virtual Barbados

http://BajanBusiness.com, the Internet Yellow Pages and Business Portal of http://barbados.org,

Places to Stay

Christ Church on the South Coast between Bridgetown and the airport, is the main tourist center. The string of villages feature a good variety of tourist accommodations and including most of the bargains. You will find calm waves at the sandy beaches year round

The Crane Private Residence ResortCrane Beach Hotel  
    "perhaps the most beautiful spot on earth" McClean's Magazine, with "one of the ten best beaches in the world!" Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Almond Beach Resorts  
    Premier all inclusive resorts located on the west coast, known as the Gold Coast, of Barbados in the parish of St. Peter. It is located approximately 11 miles from Bridgetown, the Barbados' capital, and 19 miles from the Grantley Adams International Airport
   
Calypso Rentals Inc. From US $325 per week
Located at the hub of the prestigious West Coast of Barbados, all our properties are located within close walking distance of golf, tennis, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. on the local bus route for Bridgetown 
All our properties are privately owned 
GEMSBarbados.com 
    stay in any of the five Gems of Barbados boutique hotels 
Rainbow Reef Beach Hotel  
    Luxury Apartment Hotel ideally located in the heart of the popular St. Lawrence Gap, 

Villas at Royal Westmoreland
Barbados has been a haven of luxury and tranquility for centuries. Known as 'The Pearl of the Caribbean', the island now has its own, very special jewel: one of the finest golf resort communities
Edgewater Inn  
    Romantic 20 room Inn. "one of the most uniquely located hotels in the world!"

Places to Eat & Drink
Barbados features many excellent restaurants and top chefs. You can expect to be asked to dress up and make reservations at many of these finer establishments. However, Barbados offers a wide variety capable of suiting all tastes and budgets.
There is a Bajan cuisine featuring local seafood like flying fish, lobster, crane chubb and sea urchin. Nearby farms produce sweet potatoes, yams, plantains, breadfruit, avocados, pears, bananas, soursops, pawpaws, figs and coconuts. Cou cou, made from mashing cornmeal and okra together, is considered a national dish, but the centerpiece of the seafood cuisine is the flying fish. Roti, the Caribbean version of the burrito or wraps, is also popular.

Restaurant Guide  by insandouts-barbados.com
Nicely illustrated, comprehensive and coupons too
Barbados restaurants by barbados.org
Large list organized in many ways
Places to Eat by funbarbados.com
Large list w/ helpful pricing guidelines

Rum
Barbados is famous for its 1200 rum shops and rum drinks.
Mount Gay Rum  Mount Gay Rum is said to be the world's oldest. Cockspur’s Five Star may be the finest.
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Peter's Rum Pages
The world's greatest rum label connoisseur
Visit the Mount Gay Rum Distillery by funbarbados
Barbados Distilleries by barbados.org
Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park
by roughguides.com

Rum Fest by cweek.com/ 
The 2000 Taste Test took place over 5 days from Monday, January 31st through Friday, February 4th and together with a public exhibition of over 150 rums on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 4th to 6th161 rums taste-tested at RumFest 2000 by 41 judges 
2000 Licorera Zacapaneca - Guatemala - Ron Zacapa Centenario X.O. (1)|| 1999 1. Ron Zacapa Centenario - Distribuidora de Licores SA (Guatemala)
|| 1998 1st- Ron Zacapa Centenario,  Licores SA (Guatemala)|| 1997 1. King of Diamonds - Demerara Distillers Ltd. - Guyana|| 1996 1. Diplomatico - Seagram de Venezuela - Formerly Licorerias Unidas|| 1995 1. Ron Anejo Cacique - Seagram de Venezuela - Formerly Licorerias Unidas S.A.|| 1994 1. El Dorado (15 Year Old) - Demerara Distillers Ltd. - Guyana|| 1993 1. King of Diamonds (12 Yr Old) - Demerara Distillers Ltd. - Guyana|| 1992 1. King of Diamonds (12 Yr Old) - Demerara Distillers Ltd. - Guyana|| 1991 1. Appleton Estate Extra - J. Wray & Nephew Ltd. - Jamaica|| 1990 1. Cockspur 1639 - Hanschell Inniss Ltd. - Barbados

www.Malibu-rum.com  || Recipes
Check out what's new at flashed web site of popular export


Beer
Banks Beer Brewed on Barbados
Cool site send a friend a postcard of the calendar girl
caribsm.gif (616 bytes) Carib Beer
made nearby on TnT  (Trinidad and Tobago) is also very popular as the beer most associated with Caribbean Carnival!

Talk About It

Talk de Talk

You know your're a Bajan when... ||from  caribbeannewspapers.com 
"9. any hot beverage is considered tea - cocoa tea, coffee tea, tea tea, green tea "

Mount Gay RumHow to Speak Bahanin RealAudio too 
 Wukkin' up - a high energy, gyrating dance that could probably get you arrested most places outside the Caribbean

 

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