Lying on the eastern edge, in the Lesser Antilles, of the Caribbean Sea, is the island of Barbados. Visitors enjoy the wonderful, natural beauty and well-educated, friendly people. The low crime rate engenders a feeling of safety so visitors feel free to fully enjoy adventurous exploration of the island.
Though it is now an independent country, Barbados was ruled by Britain for over 300 years. There is a strong British character to the island and the Bajans, as they are known, have tremendous pride in their British heritage.
Of all the Caribbean islands, Barbados is one of the most popular with visitors. Barbados has one of the best airports in the world, Grantley Adams. You can fly into the capital city of Bridgetown or come by cruise ship to enjoy a visit.
After arriving, you can tour the Seven Wonders of Barbados or catch a game of the island’s favorite sport, cricket.
The Seven wonders of Barbados are:
1. Harrison’s Cave. This magnificent, crystallized limestone cavern is said to be one of the wonders of the world. Its pure clear water and flowing streams helped to create the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites which propagate the cave. You will be amazed by nature’s mastery as you journey through this living cave.
2. The ‘Monkey Tree’ is a huge baobab tree. Two magnificent trees with possibly the widest tree-trunks to be found in the Caribbean, grow in Barbados! The largest can be seen in our Queen's Park in Bridgetown. To give an example of the size of this tree of great distinction, it takes 15 adults joining with outstretched arms to cover its circumference.
3. St. Nicholas Abbey in St. Peter and Drax Hall in St. George, two of the oldest buildings in Barbados, both built in the 1650's, stand as proud examples of the Jacobean tradition. Drax Hall is the oldest surviving Jacobean mansion in the Western Hemisphere. Only three of these mansions exit in the Western World, and it is Barbados’ good fortune to have two of these treasures.
4. The Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill. It has been restored with its windmill intact. Morgan Lewis is one of the only two intact and restored sugar mills in the Caribbean. The other is at Betty's Hope Estate on one of our sister islands, Antigua.
5. There is currently one synagogue situated in Bridgetown. Built in the 17th century (1654) it was destroyed by hurricane in 1831. In 1983, it was bought back by the Jewish community and was restored to its present state.
6. The National Ordinance Collection. The Caribbean is still full of secrets. One recently revealed is that Barbados has the world's rarest collection of 17th century English iron cannon. Not too long ago it was decided to create a National Ordnance Collection of all the old guns on the island and to date more than 400 have been unearthed.
7. Bajans produced the first grapefruit here by cross-pollinating two varieties of oranges. There is an old Barbadian legend telling us that the “Grapefruit" was first developed in Barbados, in the beautiful Welchman Hall Gully and was first recorded in the eighteenth century. It's parents were Shaddock and Sweet Orange, immigrants from across the Asian Sea. A natural cross-pollination was produced between Shaddock and Sweet Orange. As a result, the “Forbidden Fruit" (as it was named many moons ago) was born for the first time!
A wildlife preserve and gorgeous plantation mansions as well as the Seven Wonders can also be seen in Barbados.
Although you can partake of the customary activities most people expect to find, such as golf, tennis, diving, fishing and horseback riding, there are also some more unique activities, too. Among them are boat tours that you can take to go Turtle Swimming. Being able to swim with these amazing animals in their natural habitat is something that will be remembered for life.
Valorie Jay is the co-author of the popular new eBook, “Romantic Ideas for Couples!" Discover how to dramatically increase the “Wow" factor in your relationship. You can get a complimentary copy at: http://www.Caribbean-Calling.com