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Places of Interest

barbados beachThere are 4 main towns in Barbados, they are Oistins and Bridgetown on the south side of the island and Holetown and Speightstown on the west side of the island. Another exciting place with an abundance to do and see is St. Lawrence Gap, which is also located on the south coast of the island.

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and is immersed in history, with several interesting places to visit as well as some of the finest duty free shopping.

While there, you will find the country's landmarks with figures and shrines to commemorate important events in the island's history and culture.

You can go and watch horseracing, visit the Barbados Museum, take a tour of George Washington's house, go sailing on a catamaran, eat in one of the city's many restaurants, watch a live band, look around the cathedral or take a tour of the world famous cricket ground The Kensington Oval.

Speightstown is the second largest town on the island, and again is quite rich in history and culture; it is much more relaxed than Bridgetown with fewer people, as it is located on the west coast.

In Speightstown you can wander around the shops, have a nice lunch or dinner at one of the town's excellent restaurants and visit the art gallery. Here you will find a supermarket and some local shops selling essential household items.

Speightstown is also home to St. Peter's Parish Church, one of the island's oldest churches, which was first built in the 1630's.

Holetown is also located on the west coast and is quite a hive of activity, albeit quite small. This was the first inhabited town in Barbados and has quite a lot to see and do.

There are a couple of busy shopping centres such as the West Coast Mall and Sunset Crest, which sell everything from groceries to high-end duty free items.

There is Holetown beach, behind Surfside Beach Bar and Cocomos restaurant, which is quite pleasant and there are also some of the islands best hotels and villas.

For the history buffs amongst you there is a library, museum all built on the site of an old fort. Every year in February there is a weeklong festival to commemorate the first settlers arriving in Barbados in 1625.

Oistins is located on the south coast and is a very busy fishing town. Here you can buy fresh fish from the market and get grocery shopping from the supermarket.

St. Lawrence Gap is a hive of activity both during the day and at night. Here you will find a lot of hotels, guesthouses and apartments, which are all just a stroll from Dover Beach.

At night the Gap comes alive as the streets are lined with bars and restaurants to keep you entertained until the late hours of the night.

FAST FACTS ABOUT BARBADOS

flag-map of barbadosVisa - Not required for US, EU or Commonwealth visitors.
Money - Barbados dollar (B$ or BBD); B$1 = US$0.50 = €0.32 = UK£0.25
Official name - Barbados
Departure tax - Departure Tax of BDS $55 (US $ 27.50) applies to all passengers over 2 years old leaving Barbados. Most airlines include this with the cost of the ticket, but passengers should always check to be sure.
Area - 432 sq km
Population - 282,000
Famous for - Beaches, rum, flying-fish sandwiches
Country code - 246
Capital - Bridgetown
People - Barbadian (formal), Bajan (slang)