Historically, the island prided itself on its national crop of sugar cane, from which the island gained a reputation as the home of excellent sugar and the world’s oldest - and arguably the best - rum.
Barbados has a wide-reaching program for preservation and encouraging preservation efforts. There is the Folkstone Park Marine Reserve which has an exciting snorkeling trail and museum; the Scotland District which is an unspoiled area of rugged and forested highlands; while Harrison’s Cave sits deep within the Jack-in-the-Box and Welchman Hall gullies, where a profusion of native flowers, plants, trees and animals abound.
Barbados has a long established and enviable reputation for political and economic stability, along with a solid infrastructure of roads, air and sea ports, electricity and water distribution, health care and telecommunications facilities. Education is greatly valued, resulting in a high literacy rate, a culture of continuous learning and a highly educated, qualified workforce.
The many influences that have shaped Barbadian life are apparent in the island’s cuisine, a hybrid of African and English traditions with hints of Amerindian, European and other techniques. The many restaurants across the island cater to varied palates.
In addition to lounging beside the island’s pristine beaches, there are other gems to enjoy: a rich sports culture including cricket, golf, polo and motorsports; several music and cultural festivals including Crop Over Festival, Holetown Festival, the Reggae Festival; and, internationally recognized festivals such as Food & Rum festival as well as Classical Pops.
For further information on everything Barbados has to offer, click to visit the websites of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.