5 things you need to know about Barbados

Barbados is an island nation located in the Lesser Antilles and occupies 167 square miles. It has seen domination by two major ancient world powers - the Spaniards and the British, with the later colonizing it. Today it is one of the must visit destinations for those who are serious about travelling. To know more about Barbados, check out the list below.

1. Discovery

The Spanish discovered the island in the 15th century and claimed it for the Spanish King. It appears in their maps that date as far back as 1511. The Portuguese too came to the island but apart from leaving a supply of hogs that were to be supplied to those who docked on the island, they left no other marks on the island.

2. Outside the Hurricane Belt

Since the Island is situated in the west of North Atlantic and 62 miles east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.

3. Neighbors

The countries nearest neighbors are the Caribbean Islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines about 104 miles due east, and Trinidad and Tobago about 250 miles due north east.

4. Climate

The country's highest point is at 1120 feet above the sea level. Its climate is divided into two seasons - the wet season that runs from June to November and the dry season that runs from December to May. It averages a temperature of 23 to 31 °C (73 to 88 °F) annually, making it an all year-round travel destination.

5. Fun Facts

Rihanna was born in Barbados, Tiger Woods got married in the island, The name Barbados is derived from the 'Bearded Fig Trees' that were once found in the country, Barbados has never invaded another country, it is surrounded by Atlantic Ocean, and before 1625 when the first British settlers arrived, the island was covered completely by dense forest vegetation.

If you have never been to the Island, you better add it on your bucket list. The island has unsurpassed beauty. Its waters are calm, collected and ideal for swimming - even in the nude...


by Kennedy Runo on 01/31/2014 in Rest & Relaxation