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Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport. [Google]

Location: Atlantic Ocean

Population: 277,821 (2010)

Ethnic Groups: Afro-Barbadian, White Barbadian, Multiracial, and Indians.

Capital: Bridgetown

Language: English, Bajan Creole

Currency: Barbadian Dollar

welcome-to-the-birthplace-of-rum, Barbados
The Birthplace of Rum Sign in Barbados

I came across this interesting and informative sign as I entered Barbados. I took the liberty of writing it out just in case the words were too small to be read.

This new world liquor popularized under the name of rum originated in Barbados. The substance distilled from the molasses, a byproduct of sugar cane was originally known as kill devil.

How the name came to be rum is shrouded in mystery. But many believe it starts with the aged liquor stored in a barrel being sold in a tavern owned by Captain Rumball. This unique liquor sought after by patrons took its name from the owner and was called Rum.

So there you have it. A quick history of rum. Lets check out some more of what Barbados has to offer.

Taxis awaiting passengers in Barbados
Taxis awaiting passengers in Barbados

If I am going to check out this beautiful island, I will need transportation to get around. I have a pick from different vehicles, which one should I choose? The driver of the Toyota motorcar is making a strong case for himself, but that minibus with the sliding doors and roomy cabin seems more appealing.

Minibus it is! Let’s see how much of Barbados we can check out in a day.

To Bridgetown Sign in Barbados
To Bridgetown Sign in Barbados

Follow the sign. We are going to Bridgetown.

Isn’t that girl that song ‘Umbrella’, ‘We Found Love’ and ‘Pour It Up’ from Barbados?

Whats her name again?

'Rihanna' Sign in front of her childhood house in Barbados
‘Rihanna’ Sign in front of her childhood house in Barbados

That’s right. Rih Rih.

Rihanna's Childhood House in Barbados
Rihanna’s Childhood House in Barbados

This is Rihanna’s childhood house. It was vacated and restored and is being turned into a tourist attraction.

The neighbor’s were a little perturbed when we blocked the road to take photographs.

Rihanna Drive Monument in Barbados
Rihanna Drive Monument in Barbados

Welcome to Rihanna Drive! This monument stands at the corner of the street where she grew up.

The Government of Barbados has renamed this street Rihanna Drive in honour of the Barbados native, world famous singer, actress and entrepreneur Robyn Rihanna Fenty who grew up here. It was formerly called Westbury New Road.

Black Rock Main Road, Barbados
Black Rock Main Road, Barbados

If I didn’t know any better I would have thought this was Jamaica. The cars, the houses, the bus stop, even the conductor hanging off the bus is reminiscent of Jamaica.

A board house at the corner of Black Rock Main Road
A board house at the corner of Black Rock Main Road

This house at the corner of Black Rock Main Road has seen better days, but it’s still standing.

Kentucky Fried Chicken, Black Rock Main Road, Barbados
Kentucky Fried Chicken, Black Rock Main Road, Barbados

Kentucky Fried Chicken is king in the Caribbean. No other fast food franchise comes close. If Barbados is anything like Jamaica, this KFC on Black Rock Main Road should be jam packed on the weekends.

A Breadfruit tree near Free Hill Road.
A Breadfruit tree near Free Hill Road.

British and French navigators introduced this plant to the Caribbean during the late eighteen century and it’s been a stable ever since. The Breadfruit can be roasted, boiled or fried and eaten with meat or vegetables.

Corner shop on Free Hill Road, Barbados
Corner shop on Free Hill Road, Barbados

Corner shops are popular, they are the Caribbean’s version of convenience stores. These ‘mom and pop’ type establishments sell a variety of items, ranging from pills, to condoms, cigarettes, alcohol, calling cards, snacks and some grocery items.

Highway 1, Fitts Village, Barbados
Highway 1, Fitts Village, Barbados

What a cool sign? That guy is well dressed.

Cubana Monument, Payne's Bay, St. James, Barbados
Cubana Monument, Payne’s Bay, St. James, Barbados

It’s sad that I had to visit Barbados to learn of this tragedy.

In the memory of those who lost their lives in the bombing of the Cubana DC 8 Aircraft flight CUT 1201 which crashed in the sea off Barbados on October 6th, 1976. May their souls rest in peace.

One Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados
One Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados

This property called One Sandy Lane is where Rihanna stays whenever she visits Barbados.

Holetown Police Station, St. James, Barbados
Holetown Police Station, St. James, Barbados

Holetown Police station in Barbados.

St. James Parish Church, Holetown, Barbados
St. James Parish Church, Holetown, Barbados

St. James Parish Church is one of the oldest churches in Barbados. It is located in Holetown. The original structure which was built in the 1600s was destroyed by a hurricane. It was rebuilt in the 1690 with a coral stone structure.

St. James Parish Church Centre for Christian Spirituality
St. James Parish Church Centre for Christian Spirituality

This is another section of the historic St. James Parish Church in Holetown, Barbados.

 Shawn's Fruit and Vegetable Shop, Weston, St. James, Barbados
Shawn’s Fruit and Vegetable Shop, Weston, St. James, Barbados

Shawn’s Fruit and Vegetable Shop is a hit with locals and tourists.

 Millie Ifill Fish Market, Weston, St. James, Barbados
Millie Ifill Fish Market, Weston, St. James, Barbados
 Millie Ifill Fish Market, Weston, St. James, Barbados
Millie Ifill Fish Market, Weston, St. James, Barbados
A fisherman behind the Millie Ifill Fish Market
A fisherman behind the Millie Ifill Fish Market

This fisherman was returning from sea when I saw him behind the Millie Ifill Fish Market in Weston, Barbados.

A closer look at the fisherman's catch.
A closer look at the fisherman’s catch.

Here is a closer look at the fisherman’s catch. I think I see some Lion fish in the mix.

Saint Peter's Bay, Road View, Little Battaleys, Barbados
Saint Peter’s Bay, Road View, Little Battaleys, Barbados

Saint Peter’s Bay in Little Battaleys, Barbados is a luxury beachfront resort.

Port St Charles Marina Resort, Heywoods, St Peter, Barbados
Port St Charles Marina Resort, Heywoods, St Peter, Barbados

Port St Charles located in Heywoods, Barbados is a luxurious marina and resort. It is recognized as one of the premiere Caribbean Marinas.

Retreat, Barbados
Retreat, Barbados

This picturesque roadside beach is located in Retreat, Barbados. It can be considered an extension of the Heywoods Beach.

Retreat, Barbados
Retreat, Barbados

I am not sure what I was doing in this photograph. Maybe I was contemplating taking a quick swim. It was a crime not to have gotten my feet wet.

The entrance to St. Nicholas Abbey, St. Peter, Barbados
The entrance to St. Nicholas Abbey, St. Peter, Barbados

St. Nicholas Abbey is a distillery in Barbados on a 1658 sugar plantation with a Jacobean-era mansion and museum. They offer daily tours and rum tasting, except on Saturdays. I so happened to be visiting Barbados on a Saturday, hence why I only have a photograph of the closed main entrance to the property.

Cherry Tree Hill Reserve, St. Andrew, Barbados
Cherry Tree Hill Reserve, St. Andrew, Barbados

Cherry Tree Hill is located in the parish of St. Andrew in Barbados. It is approximately 850 feet above sea level. It is believed that the hill was once lined with cherry trees. The cherry trees has since been replaced by mahogany trees. This lookout offers an excellent view of the Scotland District.

The view from Cherry Tree Hill, St. Andrew, Barbados
The view from Cherry Tree Hill, St. Andrew, Barbados

I had planned to get some great shots of the view from Cherry Tree Hill, but the rain and the fog wouldn’t let me be great.

Morgan Lewis, Barbados
Morgan Lewis, Barbados
Morgan Lewis, Barbados
Morgan Lewis, Barbados
Morgan Lewis, Barbados
Morgan Lewis, Barbados

This is a lady of my own heart. She couldn’t pass up photographs of the landscape.

Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill, Barbados
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill, Barbados

The Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill is said to be the largest and only working windmill in the Caribbean. The windmill is the last of the Barbadian windmills used to produce sugar. The sugar windmill stopped operating in 1947 and was donated to the Barbados National Trust in 1962.

The Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill Sign
The Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill Sign

If the sign says it, then it must be true.

The Sleeping Giant, East Coast Road, Barbados
The Sleeping Giant, East Coast Road, Barbados

The Sleeping Giant is a rock formation seen along the East Coast of Barbados. When I took this photograph I had no idea what i was looking at. I just had a feeling that I was capturing something worth recording.

Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Monkeys in Bathsheba, Barbados
Monkeys in Bathsheba, Barbados

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw monkeys in the open frolicking in Barbados.

A monkey in Bathsheba, Barbados
A monkey in Bathsheba, Barbados

This monkey was deep in thought, probably contemplating the decisions he made in life. I joke, I joke. I kid, I kid.

Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
 Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
The Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, Barbados
The Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, Barbados

The Soup Bowl is a world-renown surfing spot in Bathsheba, Barbados.

Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Dina's Bar & Cafe, Bathsheba, Barbados
Dina’s Bar & Cafe, Bathsheba, Barbados

In the background of Dina’s Bar and Cafe and the souvenir towels is the fascinating Mushroom Rock in Bathsheba, Barbados.

Foster Hall, Barbados
Foster Hall, Barbados

Where to next?

A view of Bathsheba from Foster Hall, Barbados
A view of Bathsheba from Foster Hall, Barbados
Coconuts Bar & Grill
Coconuts Bar & Grill
My Barbadian vegan lunch
My Barbadian vegan lunch

It took a lot of searching, but I eventually found some vegan food for lunch. The meal consisted of seasoned rice, lentils, okra and vegetables.

Thank you Barbados.
Thank you Barbados.

I truly enjoyed my time in Barbados and I hope you enjoyed this post. Check back to see where I will visit next.

11 comments on “A Day In Barbados

  1. Kaya says:

    You had a fantastic trip! Pictures are so great!

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    1. Thank you. It was fun and informative. I would love to visit there again.

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  2. Thoroughly enjoyed your pictures! So happy you got to visit Barbados too. It’s a dream of mine to see more of the Caribbean, especially after having so many Eastern Caribbean friends at UWI and realizing how very similar yet different we all are. (I did visit Curacao as a child but my memories are vague and this was before the era of cameraphones ha!) One day soon though, think I’ll be starting with Trinidad. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I am glad I decided to see more of the Caribbean. I want to visit Aruba, Curacao and Trinidad one day soon. 🙂

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  3. ghostmmnc says:

    Thanks for the tour of Barbados! Wonderful photos of a beautiful place. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. It is a beautiful place. 🙂

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  4. This is what a foreign trip should be: a mix of history, culture & community, nature and tourist destinations. Looks like you had FULL visit!

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    1. Thank you. Barbados was a memorable experience.

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      1. I want to visit another Caribbean country this year and you’ve clearly been to a few ( I haven’t, outside of the airport). Where do you recommend I consider?

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      2. Grand Cayman is small but beautiful. It’s well developed and has that Florida feel. They have a strict visa process which might put off some people. St. Lucia is mountainous and offers picturesque views and is ideal if you are adventurous. They don’t have a visa requirement. The Caribbean sea borders Belize, so I am going to throw them in the mix. If you want to experience a real ‘jungle,’ then this is the place. The Mayan ruins and pyramids are a must-see.

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      3. Aww thanks so much for the suggestions and quick review

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