Broad Street, Bridgetown

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  • Barbados is an independent island nation, which is part of the Lesser Antilles, located on the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. In the 1536 Portuguese explorer Pedro A. Campos called the island "Os Barbados" (the bearded one), inspired by the ficus trees that grew there and whose long aerial roots seemed to him like beards. In the 1625 English Powell landed on the island, ignored by Portuguese and Spanish by the lack of mineral resources, and held it on behalf of the English Crown. From 1966, it won independence. The island of Barbados is small and extremely attractive, is easy to navigate, is fascinating and offers food and drinks of high quality: i.e., that brings together all the ideal characteristics to make the stay in it very nice. It is situated nearly 160 kms. to the East of the Caribbean Islands ranging from from Cuba to Venezuela, Barbados is known for its emerald green colour, certainly of coral origin, what makes this island a unique phenomenon in the Caribbean panorama. Of the almost 300 000 inhabitants of the island, the so-called 'barbadians' or "bajans", most of whom are of African origin, more than one third live in the capital of the island, Bridgetown, which in addition to being the most important port of Barbados is the most dynamic city and vital c omercialmente. Situated in a beautiful Bay of the part West of the island. Bridgetown was founded in the year 1630 by settlers who were sent there by the Earl of Carlisle, who wished to transfer to this charming island their own residence. The city is concentrated around the Careenage, channel offering repair and maintenance vessels arriving to these latitudes exhausted by large ocean crossings. Currently, the Careenage has become an eminently tourist port. The Centre of the city, is represented by Broad Street, the most important commercial artery city, and by the square of Trafalgar Square. The fountain of the dolphin, the War Memorial and the statue of Lord Nelson, hero of the famous battle of Trafalgar, is within walking distance of the headquarters of the Parliament, which was completely rebuilt after the disastrous fire of 1860; one of the many fires that occurred and which forced the inhabitants of the island to carry out various reconstructions. There are other key points in the social life of the city, as it is Swan Street, a time hamada Jewish Street because it resided Jewish families who opened their own commercial activities there. She linked the synagogue of Bridgetown, point of reference for culture and Hebraic religion in the Western hemisphere of the planet: built in 1654, it was recently restored and is frequented by the local Jewish community. Another feature that should not be overlooked is that Barbados enjoys a splendid Sun during a total of nearly 3 000 hours a year. By it the hurricanes do not pass perhaps also this the reason why, weather aside, life runs with a truly extraordinary serenity, tempered by fresh winds and a sun always present, but never smothering. The island of Barbados has just 33 kms. long, with a width of 15 km. and it is divided into 11 provinces. One of the symbols of the country is the "moke", the all-terrain convertible which, together with the bike and the ubiquitous scooters, is the means of transport used in the island. Since low boat, you realize that you are in a rich island. We were greeted with an orchestra in the dock facing a huge Mall that has nothing to envy to the Parisian suburbs. Our tour began with a drive by bus along the West coast of Barbados. We admire numerous luxurious Resorts, restaurants, splendid mansions of the rich and famous characters along the beaches. While on the sidewalk across the street, there is an endless amount of small and modest homes of the employees. Two lavish mansions and luxury yachts are: Port Ferdinand and Port St. Charles. We continue towards the interior of the island, where we discover picturesque villages and churches, all surrounded by huge plantations of sugar cane, until you reach the East coast of Barbados, characterized by a wild nature and an amazing view of the Atlantic. We stopped on the splendid coast of Bathsheba, where we had time minutes for a ride. We continue the walk towards the interior of the island in the direction of the capital Bridgetown, until you reach the beach of fine sand and an extraordinary blue sea: Carlise Bay. Upon arrival they served us drinks, sun loungers, parasols, etc. After the beach, we returned to the boat, which had a cheerful party for being "Mardi Gras" atmosphere.
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  • Very disappointing. No character, no soul. Mainly shops selling expensive jewellery and expensive watches. Traffic choked. Would be better pedestrianised.  more »
  • Seems to be the main duty free area, shops have little local culture and I found them to be sterile and lack lustre. That said the quality of the goods was very good.  more »

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