Barbados is known for its fine sandy beaches and pristine waters. In fact, more than 80 public beaches can be found around this isolated island, making it a true paradise for those who love long stretches of sand. Surfers will also find something to their liking, as the island's geographical location means that waves break along the East Coast of the island, while the West Coast offers calm waters, perfect for swimming. Dip your feet in the sand, a glass of rum in hand, and discover the charm of Barbados and its capital, Bridgetown.
Beaches are plentiful in Barbados - it's hard to go wrong. Just outside Bridgetown, you'll be enchanted by the clear, tranquil waters of Carlisle Bay. This sandy beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling - you might even see a few turtles! Not far away, you'll find Rockley Beach. Enjoy its fine white sand or walk west along a boardwalk that stretches more than two miles along the sea to Hastings. Bathsheba Beach on the East Coast is perfect for those who prefer unspoiled beaches, the sea and waves are a lot more fierce but the scenic view is breathtaking.
You will fall in love with the colorful streets of Bridgetown, the capital city, whose downtown area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island has a rich and important colonial past, making it an ideal starting point for learning about the history of the region. You can also visit the Mount Gay Rum Factory. They have been producing what many consider to be the best rum in the world since 1703! Enjoy the shops of Swan St., a lively pedestrian street and mingle with the locals in the capital's many bars and nightclubs.
Although cricket is not well known there, it is a very popular sport in the West Indies. To immerse yourself in Caribbean culture and live to the rhythm of the locals, watch a cricket match at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown's superb stadium. There you can cheer on the local team, the Tridents. The ambiance is festive and even if you don't know anything about cricket, you'll be surprised at how much atmosphere there is!
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is located north of the island. You will be able to observe many species of animals living in a protected habitat, often wandering free. But it is in the many tropical gardens of Barbados where you should go cool off after long hours in the sun. Don't miss the Welchman Hall Gully, a park with an impressive canopy. Set in the heart of a ravine created by the collapse of a cave, it offers a pleasant walk in the cool jungle. You may also visit the nearby Hunte's Gardens, another lush garden where you can enjoy your visit while listening to some classical music. Take a moment to read or simply enjoy the peaceful calm of the site.
The island's official currency is the Barbadian Dollar (BBD).
The electrical outlets used in Barbados are the same as in Canada: 120V and 60Hz.
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