Barbados, The Coral Island
Located 99 miles from it’s nearest neighbour, and the most easterly of the windward islands, Barbados is a coral island that was created when two of the earth’s plates pressed together and pushed it up out of the Atlantic Ocean. The highest point of this 166sq mile land mass is Mount Hillaby at 1089ft above sea level
The island comprises of large sugar cane estates, wide gently sloping pastures and fantastic white sand beaches that draw thousands of tourists every year from Europe and North America. The eastern side of the island is battered by the Atlantic waves and is rocky. Gullies and caves abound and pure drinking water can be found.
Bridgetown, the capital, is located in the south of the east coast with the 2nd largest town, Speightstown in the north on the east side. There are 11 parishes across this country that lies just outside the principal hurricane zone and does not usually have to contend with the storms that the other windward islands have to endure.
Ranked 3rd in the Americas after the US and Canada on the Human Development Index for it’s life expectancy, education and standard of living, Barbados is ranked 5th globally for it’s literacy rate. The population of 270,000 is made up of mostly afro-Caribbean people with some Indian, Chinese, Syrian, and English/Irish.The economy of the island is fed by tourism, light manufacturing and offshore banking. Some of the world’s best rum is distilled here. The friendly local people love to talk to visitors about their country, so be sure to have a chat with them as you will mostly likely learn something interesting.
Highly developed compared to it’s neighbours, there are world class accommodations and restaurants, arts and activities. The popular west coast is favoured by celebrities, in particular at the luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel and it’s environs.
Cricket is the national sport and Barbados produced the likes of Sir Frank Worrell, the first black captain of the West Indies team, who were later led to victory by captain Sir Garfield Sobers against India in the mid-sixties.
Prices have recently come down on some properties, as up to 95% of buyers originate from the UK who are suffering from the economic crises, so now may be the time to snatch up a bargain in Barbados.
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