Barbados is an island country in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, situated about 100 miles east of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The island is roughly triangular and measures some 20 miles from northwest to southeast and about 15 miles from east to west at its widest point.
Since the late 17th century, the island has served as a major link between the United Kingdom, eastern Caribbean islands, and parts of the South American mainland. The island gained political independence from Great Britain in 1966 but remain intricately linked, culturally and economically to Britain.
Here are a few key facts taken from Barbados.org to get you started
- Has the third oldest parliament in the world, with uninterrupted parliamentary governance since 1639.
- Was the only vacation destination in this Hemisphere with a scheduled Concorde service. One of the retired British Airways concordes now resides at our international airport.
- The name ‘Barbados’ is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island.
- The only coral island in the region with all white sand beaches.
- Has pure drinking water and was the first Caribbean island to have piped water.
- The maximum daily temperature is 75-90 °F year-round. The island is consistently cooled by North-East tradewinds.
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