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Bridgetown, Barbados port is located on the southwestern coast of the island along the Caribbean Sea. The city is within the parish of Saint Michael, and shares a part of the border with the parish of Christ Church and the Parish of St. James.
All seven of Barbados's primary Highways begin close to the City of Bridgetown, in the Parish of Saint Michael. They all fan out to the North, South and East to other parts of the island.
Easternmost of the Carribean islands, Barbados is a paradise where it is always summer. It is one of the most densely populated countries in the Carribean. The stunning white sand beaches on the Carribean side of the island contrast sharply with the rugged Atlantic coastline, which is reminiscent of the huge boulders and crashing waves of Big Sur. Roads paved in coral are bordered by fields of cane, royal palms, rolling hills and terraces. Tropical flowers bloom in profusion such as oleander, frangipani, jasmine, cassia, bougainvillea, hisbiscus and lady of the night. Scarlet flame trees and coral walls surround the well tended lawns of colorful houses.
Bridgetown, the capital, has the English atmosphere which is the island's heritage. High quality British made clothing and Scottish and English fabrics are excellent buys in Bridgetown shops, and afternoon tea at "half after four" is routine throughout the city.
Barbadians (Bajans) are warm, friendly, hospitable and genuinely proud of their country and culture. Tourism is the island's number one industry, but there is a sophisticated business community and stable government. Most of the 260,000 Bajans live in three areas: the capital city of Bridgetown, along the west coast north to Speightstown, and along the south coast down to Oistins. Others reside inland in tiny hamlets within the island's 11 parishes.
Although it doesn't offer casinos, Barbados has more than beach life. It is a prime destination for travelers interested in learning about West Indian culture, and it offers more sightseeing attractions than most Caribbean islands.
There are no rain forest in Barbados, and no volcanoes, but the Bajan landscape, when morning mists burn off to expose panoramas of valley and ocean, is one of the most majestic in the southern Caribbean. It is an ideal place to take bus or driving tours to visit the seaside villages, plantations, gardens, and English country churches, some dating from the 17th century.
Children are welcome in all areas of daily life on the island. There are activities and attractions that are family-oriented throughout Barbados.
Consider Barbados if you are seeking a peaceful island getaway. Although the south coast is known for its nightlife and the west-coast beach is completely built up, some of the island remains undeveloped. The east coast is tranquil, and travelers seeking solitude discover that they can often be alone there, yet conveniently close to populated areas.
Barbados has a state-of-the-art cruise ship terminal, filled with duty free shops, boutiques, and craft vendors. Excellent shore excursions are available from the terminal. Two fine golf courses, horseback riding, horse racing, cricket matches, fishing, scuba diving, tennis, windsurfing, and snorkeling are all first rate. There are even sightseeing submarines (air conditioned with viewing ports) that will give the non-diver an opportunity to view the sea's wonders in comfort.
If Barbados sounds ideal as a vacation destination, then book a cruise or a flight and make your plans to visit. You will find that being in Barbados is even better than reading about it!