Barbados is a sovereign island in the Lesser Antilles, outside of the Atlantic hurricane belt. In daily life, Bajan, a regional variant of English, is spoken by most Barbadians. Spanish can be considered the second most popular language, and French can be the third. The island lies on the verge of the South American and the Caribbean Plates resulting in coral reefs on a large rate on the island. There are two seasons on the island. The Wet Season lasts from June to November; The Dry Season lasts from December to May.
Barbados was initially appears on a Spanish map by 1511. The Portuguese also visited in 1536, without claiming it. In 1624, English took possession of it in the name of the James I. After two years the first permanent settlers arrived from England and it became an English and later British colony.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Barbados is a beautiful Caribbean island situated northeast of Venezuela and famous for its eleven lovely parishes which can be seen in four regions. Bridgetown has Saint Michael Parish while the Central Eastern Barbados boasts of its five parishes including Saint Andrew and Saint Joseph. Western Barbados has a trio of parishes while Southern Barbados only has two, but this place is considered a hot spot because of St. Lawrence Gap which consists of many restaurants and bars. The biggest cultural event on the island is the Crop Over festival. Every year thousands of tourists flock into the island for participating this important event. During the festival, there are musical competitions and traditional activities where island’s local musicians performs calypso and soca music. The King and the Queen of Crop are crowned among the people who harvested the most sugarcane. The festival begins on the beginning of July and ends with the first Monday of August with a great costume parade on Kadooment Day. Otel.com makes it easier for you to find the perfect Barbados hotels. Just enter your preferences to get a list of cheap hotels in Barbados suited for you and just book one of them. You won’t only get the lowest rates in Barbados hotels, but also earn 5% points for your reservations.
Barbados has one of the most dense road networks in the world. Although Barbados is a small island, the country has narrow, winding and rough roads. Public transport on the island is relatively convenient, with 'route taxis'. There is also a helicopter shuttle service, providing service as air taxi to many sites around the island. Some hotels can provide shuttles from the building. There are also several locally owned and operated vehicle rental agencies in Barbados.