Barbados enjoys a rich colonial heritage. By the end of the 17th century nearly 30 forts guarded the coastline. Unfortunately, most of them are now in ruins.
Barbados was one of Britain's first overseas possessions, and it remained a colony until it gained its independence in the mid-20th century.
The sugar cane industry brought huge profits to the island of Barbados, and much of that money was used to build great plantations and stylish public buildings. The sugar cane business is now a shell of its former self, but rum production, Sea island cotton and tourism profits have filled in the blanks.
Today this colorful island is one of the world's most popular cruise ship ports of call, and for good reason. Perfect weather throughout the year, endless sandy beaches, great fishing venues, many historic sites and world class (duty free) shopping.
The Port of Bridgetown, also known as the Deep Water Harbor, was built in the early 1960s just a mile to the north of Bridgetown. In 2002 the main channel was deepened to allow bigger ships to dock. Since the dredging project the port has experienced strong growth both in goods and cruise ship volumes.
These majestic palms grace the entrance to an old sugar cane plantation on the island.
If you've never tried a fresh coconut, you should, as they're delicious.
Home from the market with a heavy load.
All across Barbados you will find this michevious little creatures including in the gullies that run across the island and even in peoples gardens! The green monkeys found in Barbados originally came from Senegal and the Gambia in West Africa approximately 350 years ago.
I found these boots just sitting alone on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Barbados. There must be a story here somewhere.
Barbados hammock with a breeze and a view. Nice!
Beach towels and wraps flapping in the breeze on the very-windy east coast of Barbados. That's the country's flag in the middle. The blue color represents the sea, gold symbolizes the golden sands of the island and the broken trident represents St. Lucia's break from its colonial past.
Barbados is an island of great natural beauty, from the wonder of underground caves to the beautiful vistas and the tropical colors of flora found across the island, and well as this quiet litle cove.
Along the rugged northeastern coast of Barbados, Atlantic Ocean waves wash ashore and the views are spectacular. The giant rocks along the beach are actually large peices of ancient coral.
This impressive mass of coral has been ravaged by relentless waves over many centuries. Note its narrowing base.
This is a chattel house, one of Barbados' architectural gems. The high pitched gable roof, without eaves, enabled these houses to withstand the high winds common during violent hurricanes that occasionally strike the island. Once there were hundreds on the island but only a few of the original chattel houses remain. This is a remodeled one, complete with traditional jalousie shutters and windows hoods..
In the higher reaches of Barbados, sheep are commonly seen in the fields and along the roads. These sheep are raised for meat, not wool.
At one time sugar cane was king in Barbados, as the island exported over 300,000 tons of sugar each and every year. Today, because of very low prices for natural sugar, just over 30,000 tons are exported.
While we visited this tropical paradise, it was still suffering through a somewhat rare, but extended drought. Regardless, many parts of Barbados, especially in the west, were covered with flowers
This Barbados plant leaf appeared to be looking at the photographer.