Tourism in Barbados
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Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 km (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital is Bridgetown. Barbados is 1,600 mi (2,600 km) Southeast of Miami.
In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with the British Monarch (presently Queen Elizabeth II) as hereditary head of state. Due to their colonial history and connection to the United Kingdom, even after independence, it is sometimes referred to as Little England.
Barbados is host to four species of nesting turtles (green turtles, loggerheads, hawksbill turtles, and leatherbacks) and has the second-largest hawksbill turtle breeding population in the Caribbean. It is also the host to the green monkey. The green monkey is found in West Africa from Senegal to the Volta River.
Tourism is Barbados's crucial economic activity and has been since the 1960s. At least 10 percent of the working population are employed in this sector, which offers a range of tourist accommodations from luxury hotels to modest self-catering establishments.
Barbados has numerous internationally known hotels. Time-shares are available, and many of the smaller local hotels and private villas which dot the island have space available if booked in advance.
The southern and western coasts of Barbados are popular, with the calm light-blue Caribbean Sea and their white and pinkish sandy beaches. Along the island's east coast, which faces the Atlantic Ocean, there are tumbling waves that are perfect for light surfing. Some areas remain risky to swimmers due to under-tow currents.
Shopping Districts are popular in Barbados, with ample duty-free shopping. There is also a festive night-life in mainly tourist areas such as the Saint Lawrence Gap. Other attractions include wildlife reserves (Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary), jewellery stores, scuba diving, helicopter rides, golf, festivals (the largest being the annual Crop Over festival July/Aug), sightseeing, cave exploration (Harrison's Cave), exotic drinks and fine clothes shopping.
Top Attractions to visit in Barbados
- Christ Church: Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, Saint Lawrence Gap, Grantley Adams International Airport, Chancery Lane Swamp, Christ Church Foundation School (1809) and the Ocean Park.
- St. Andrew: Chalky Mount Potteries, Cherry Tree Hill, Morgan Lewis Windmill, Barclays Park.
- St. George: Francia Great House, Gun Hill Signal Station, Orchid World.
- St. James: St. James Parish Church, Folkestone Marine Park, Lancaster Great House Gallery and Gardens, Queen's College.
- St. John: Codrington College: Conset Bay, St. John Parish Church & Church Yard, Massiah Street.
- St. Joseph: Andromeda Gardens, Flower Forest, Hackleton's Cliff, Bathsheba.
- St. Lucy: Animal Flower Cave, Little Bay, Shamarra's House.
- St. Michael: Barbados Historical Museum, Bridgetown Synagogue and Cemetery, Bussa Emancipation Statue, Ilaro Court, Garrison Savannah, Kensington Oval, Mount Gay Rum, Barbados National Museum, George Washington House, The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters.
- St. Peter: Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Farley Hill National Park, St Nicholas Abbey.
- St. Philip: Crane Beach, Sunbury Plantation, Bayley's Plantation.
- St. Thomas: Clifton Hill Moravian Church, Harrison's Cave, Sharon Moravian Church, Welchman Hall Gully.