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Bridgetown

Established in 1628, Bridgetown is the capital and commercial centre of Barbados and has a population of nearly 100,000. Bridgetown was originally named "Indian Bridge" for the crude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indians. It was later called the "town of St. Michael" in official documents, before finally being named Bridgetown.

Throughout history, the Careenage was an important hub of activity for inter-island trading vessels. Nowadays, the Careenage is mainly utilized by pleasure craft (catamarans, yachts, fishing boats, etc). The Parliament Buildings are also located in Bridgetown. The Barbados Parliament was established in 1639 and is the third oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth. Bridgetown continually plays host to various concerts, cultural festivals and historical lectures, a re-commitment to the renewal and continued development of the capital city.

Information & Facts

Activities

  • Walking Tours
  • Museums
  • Foodie Tours
  • Art Galleries
  • Duty-free Shopping
  • Beaches
  • History and Culture
  • Bars and Restaurants
     
Browne’s Beach,  Pebbles Beach and the famous Carlisle Bay are some of the glorious beaches of Bridgetown, perfect for soaking up the sun. Sightseeing highlights include Garrison Savannah and the Careenage, and sports fans will love the Kensington Oval for some world class cricket. Enjoy the buzz and bustle of St Lawrence Gap, explore the Barbados Museum, and shop till you drop at Pelican Craft Centre or Sheraton Mall, before tucking into some fine-dining, Barbados style. And why not book a Rum Factory tour at the Mount Gay Visitors Centre? This is the birthplace of rum after all!

Climate

With an average daily temperature of 78F/26C, an average daily rainfall of less than 1/4 inch and 3000 hours of annual sunshine, Barbados has more than perfect weather. On average each year, the daily high temperature is 30oC / 86oF with some 3, 000 hours of sunshine, and it gets cooler (but never really cold) at night. The Barbados climate includes pleasant and revitalising north-east tradewinds almost every day, and Barbados ocean temperatures are deliciously warm (26-29oC / 79-84oF) all year round. 

So this means that the best time to visit Barbados is any time of year. There are two main seasons - the dry season (during the northern hemisphere winter and spring) when the temperatures are a bit cooler and we experience less rain, and the wet season (during the northern hemisphere summer and autumn) when days are likely to be warmer and we expect higher rainfall.

Barbados weather can change several times in a day. Average rainfall is less than 6 mm (1/4 inch) per day, and the occasional shower of rain can be very welcome - it's likely to freshen up your day without spoiling your plans.

Getting Around

Exploring Bridgetown couldn’t be easier. A well-organized public transport system can whisk you around by bus, and there are plenty of safe private buses and taxis, as well as hire cars at your disposal for exploring further afield.
 
Walking is the best and easiest way for exploring the downtown area, popping into shops and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere. Tired visitors can jump on the bus, which is reliable and affordable, and can take you to many attractions throughout Bridgetown and the rest of the island.
 
Taxis are comfortable vans carrying several visitors at a time. To explore Barbados and return you to your hotel, rental cars are a great option. ZR “Zed-Rs” Vans are smaller vans known for their high speed and cool reggae music and are a must-do experience!
If you’re stopping off during a cruise, you’ll dock in a large port directly in Bridgetown.
 
The Cruise terminal and the surrounding malls, craft markets, shops, bars and cafes are an easy 10-minute walk from Bridgetown. Or why not hit the beach? Local buses are on standby to whisk you off to a beach complete with bar or restaurant for a lazy day by the water.

Language

The official Barbados language is English, however you will hear the local dialect - referred to as Bajan dialect spoken by the locals aswell.

Money

The Barbados dollar is pegged to the USA dollar at an exchange rate of US$1 = BDS$1.98. US dollars are accepted island-wide and most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards and traveller's cheques.

Restaurants

Conveniently located on the Harbour Road, St. Michael, just outside of the Bridgetown shopping area, in close proximity to Pelican Craft Centre and the Bridgetown Port.

Founded in 1972, Chefette Restaurants is the largest Barbadian restaurant chain. With the opening of our Welches branch, we now operate:

15 Restaurants
13 Pizza Locations
10 Drive-Thrus
8 Playgrounds
2 BBQ Barns

See all our locations here:
http://www.chefette.com/locations

 

It's not fast food, it's too good to be, so don't expect to be served quickly. Sahara Arabic Grill Falafel brings the most mouth-watering flavours of the Middle East to you from a tiny place, located on the outskirts of Bridgetown. It might be best to pre-order, but if you can't, or if you just happen upon this hole-in-the-wall gem, you won't be disappointed once you take your first bite of ANYTHING ordered from the menu. Everything's prepared on the spot and everything's worth the wait!

 

Brown Sugar's located just south of the capital Bridgetown, amidst the heritage charm of an old Barbadian home. It's famous for its sumptuous all-you-can-eat planter’s buffet lunch with a grand display of local & Creole dishes. It really is the perfect setting for an evening of casual, yet elegant dining for the whole family.

Shopping

Barbados offers you a glorious diversity of shopping experiences, and some of the best shopping in the Caribbean. Our island is renowned for duty-free shopping - you can buy expensive jewellery and designer goods with discounts of 30-50% compared with Europe, the USA and other parts of the world. It's easy to claim your savings - just present your passport and travel documents at the point of sale. 

There are many different shops in Barbados. Choose bustling downtown locations such as Broad Street and Swan Street in the centre of Bridgetown, and cheerful suburban shopping centres such as Sheraton Mall and Sky Mall, or even indulge your luxury spending habits all the way up to world-class shopping experiences available in our new Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown

For local shopping culture, immerse yourself in some bustling markets. You'll have to wake up early to join discerning housewives as they select exotic fruit and vegetables at Cheapside Market, and ask for fresh fish to be filleted on the slab at one of our many famous fish markets. There are also several farmers' markets offering farm-to-fork sustainability and organic produce, along with unique arts and crafts which make perfect gifts and keepsakes to take back home. Barbados is a haven for shoppers - everything is here and priced to entice.

Time

Local time in Barbados is GMT -5

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