Hi, it’s me Marimonda. My first cruise trip story is heading toward the end. Today, I’d like to take you to Bridgetown in Barbados.
Barbados is a Caribbean Island near Venezuela. Thus, it is usually the farthest destination for Caribbean cruise. Bridgetown is the capital city and it is located in the Southwest of Barbados. The Britain had colonized this island in the 17th century and it got its independence relatively recently, in 1966. Today, due to the history, we can see British cultures and architectures throughout the island. Some of them are listed on the Unesco World Heritage.
The main industry in Barbados was exportation of sugar cane and cigarettes. These days, like other Caribbean Island, the economy in Barbados heavily rely on tourism. The island is also known as the hometown of Rihanna. They even appointed her as an ambassador and made “Rihanna Day” which is February 22nd.
Illegal acts in Barbados
“In Rome do as the Romans do.” is a famous quote showing the importance of respecting local regulations and Barbados is not the exception. There are two illegal acts people might commit without acknowledgement: No camouflage outfit and No smoking in public places.
- 1. No Camouflage Outfit : Wearing of having some clothings or possessions with camouflage pattern is strictly prohibited in Barbados. The cruise staffs emphasized this a lot when we left the boat because they had had some issues before with tourist
- 2. No Smoking in Public Areas : Smoking in public areas is also not allowed in Barbados.
As I mentioned earlier, Bridgetown is the capital city of Barbados. Like its name, I could see lots of bridges in this town. The Constitution River crosses in the middle of the city. Alongside the river, there are restaurants, cafes where you can chill out.
I walked around and took a bus to explore the town. It is pretty safe and people are trying to give me their hands when I asked for some help. Though, I feel like I should’ve taken a group tour to look around the highlights of the city. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any information about the place thus I wasn’t sure what to do but wondering around the city. But it seems like Barbados is full of adventures that I could do. So, I made a list in case I visit again in this amazing island.
Things to do in Barbados
I exclude beaches, because I found out all the beaches in Caribbean are just awesome. Each of them has own charming, so it seems pointless to say which one is better.
- George Washington House
George Washington aka. the first President of the United States visited Barbados when he was 19. We can still feel his influence around us for example, the capital name of the U.S., Washington D.C. came after his name. Also, his portrait is on the one USD bill.
Barbados is the only territory where he visited outside the States. This house is designated as a Unesco World Heritage in 2011. Now the house transformed as a tourist spot. Click here to see some pictures.
This magical cave is in the center of Barbados. There’s a natural pool where we can swim as well as cave. I just saw the pictures, but personally I think it’s worth to visit.
- Mallalieu Motor Collection
Are you into the old cars? Then, it’s a place for you. Many antique car collection will please your eyes.
Barbados is the birthplace of Rum. Since 1703, Rums have been produced in this island and exported all around the world. Mount Gay is the first manufacturer of Rum. I didn’t have opportunity to visit distillery but I got some bottles of Rum as gifts and for my family.
In addition to the places on the list, there are Rihanna’s childhood house and other beautiful beaches in Barbados.
I hope you enjoyed the virtual trip to Barbados with me. Thanks for visiting my blog. The next post will be about <St. Kitts>. Take care and see you soon! 🙂