Chamberlain Bridge

A Brief History of Barbados

April 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A Paradise Island in the Caribbean

Barbados, an island in the Caribbean, greets visitors with a friendly atmosphere. This paradise offers a many adventures under the sun. Enjoy your vacation on a powdery-white sand beach where you can commune with nature as you indulge in surfing, swimming, and snorkeling. Sail with friends, cruise on a catamaran with your sweetheart, take the challenge of diving to sunken old ships, or tour a submarine. You may also witness the enchanting beauty of Harrison’s Cave for yourself.

One should not miss walking on the streets of Bridgetown and basking in the wonderful traces of its rich history. Pamper yourself with duty-free shopping, and relax and unwind at one of the bars and night clubs, especially the island’s pride, the Harbour Lights.

Bridgetown, with a population that reaches eighty thousand, is the capital and business hub on the Caribbean island. Early settlers called this place “Indian Bridge” because Indians had constructed a rude bridge over the river they now call Careenage. At one point the place had been called “Town of Saint Michael” before it was given the name Bridgetown.

In 1872, the Chamberlain Bridge was built. It was originally designed as a dangle bridge controlled by two local Barbadians, giving people access to the inner basin of the Careenage. This bridge was replaced with an advanced lift bridge in 2006.

The Careenage is known for its significant role in the past, as it was the center of commerce among the groups of islands. Today the river is plainly used for large motor boats like yachts, fishing boats, and catamarans.

Barbados is sometimes called England’s better-looking, more tropical cousin. So if you’re looking for fun under the sun, the Caribbean island of Barbados is the right place to go.

The Barbados Airport is known as Sir Grantley Adams International and is conveniently located ten miles or about half an hour’s drive from a variety of locations.

The climate is warm and fair all throughout the year, with temperatures ranging between 75-85 °F. It’s normally a little bit cooler during night time. The consistent north-east trade winds make the temperature endurable despite the warm and sunny climate all year round.

The dry season typically lasts within the period from January to June. The rain generally comes as quick showers. People in Barbados enjoy fair weather with normally sunny and warm days, chilly breeze and welcoming nights. Barbados is a tropical island, but many residents put on sweaters during cool nights because they find it cold even when the temperature is at a balmy 78°F.

Hurricane season comes between June and October, as Barbadians say “June too soon, October all over.” The island is exceptionally porous so it rapidly absorbs tropical rains into the sea and into lakes just beneath the surface.

Hurricanes typically shun Barbados. As they spring up the African Coast and start their way to the Caribbean, they sweep north approximately one hundred miles from Barbados.

This structure is practically ordered because hurricanes are inclined to spring back from a body of land to another and Barbados is slightly isolated from the Caribbean group of islands. This however does not mean that it is resistant to hurricanes, but the very last occurrence of a hurricane that Barbados endured a direct hit was in 1995, which according to a story was a “slightly refreshing wind”.

Spending your vacation on this paradise is truly an event you wouldn’t want to miss!