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Travel Guide Caribbean Barbados Bridgetown

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Introduction

Bridgetown is the capital and largest city on the island of Barbados with approximately 100,000 people living in the metropolitan area. It is located along the southwest coast of the island and forms the administrative and cultural heart of Barbados as well as being an important financial centre for the West Indies. It is also one the bigger cities and more important tourist destinations within the entire region. It has a lot to offer for travellers, with some fine British building style influences, markets, square, cathedrals, churches and synagogues as well as good infrastructure in general. The international airport is nearby with good connections. If you want something other than sun and fun, this city deserves a day or two at least.

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Sights and Activities

  • Barbados Museum, St. Ann's Garrison, St. Michael (On the western edge of the race course), ☎ +1 246 427 0201, fax: +1 246 436 1956, e-mail: musepr@barbmuse.org.bb. Mon-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun 2:00pm-6:00pm. Housed in the former British Military Prison, the Barbados Museum is an excellent place to go to catch up on the history of the island though you'll have the place to yourself. The exhibits start from the time the coral island first appeared; briefly cover the history of the indigenous people of Barbados; the arrival of Europeans and African slaves and the culture of the island during the colonial period; the emancipation of slaves; independence from the British; and more recent history. There is an interactive children's section that the young ones will enjoy. A small concession serves cold drinks. B$15/B$7.50 Adults/Children.

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Weather

Bridgetown has a hot and humid tropical climate with average daytime temperatures between 28 and 30 degrees Celcius and average nights around 23 degrees Celcius. Most rain falls between June and October with a change of hurricanes from August onwards. Therefore, the drier (and slightly cooler) December to April period is the best time to visit weatherwise. Unfortunately prices rise sharply during this period and the months of November and May still have good weather. So budgetwise these latter months may be a good option as well.

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Getting There

By Bus

Bridgetown is the hub for the island's cheap and convenient buses. Buses from the south arrive at the Bus Terminal near the city center and buses from the north and center arrive at the bus terminal near Cheapside Market to the north of city center. Note that southern buses arrive outside the terminal, but you have to go into the terminal (entrance just around the corner near the bridge) to catch departing buses.

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Getting Around

Most of the Bridgetown sites are in easy walking distance of city center. City buses run to many of the outlaying sights, such as the Savanna Green. For sights off the main roads, such as the Malibu Rum Factory, a taxi or private car is your best option.

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Sleep

There is little accommodation in Bridgetown itself. Most visitors stay either in one of the small towns in Southern Barbados or at one of the resorts near Speightstown and Holetown on the west coast.

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 13.0935
  • Longitude: -59.610499

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