A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
— Moslih Eddin Saadi, 1184 - 1283




The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.


Barbados is an island in the Caribbean, northeast of Venezuela. The island is portrayed as the Little Britain of the Caribbean because of its long association as a British colony.

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BarbadosThe Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel 


Price (US$): $1058 - $1398 / night

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Location. The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel is located on the beach in Holetown's St. James neighborhood, close to Folkestone Marine Park, St. James Parish Church, and Holetown Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Lime Grove Shopping Centre and Holetown Monument. Resort Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, a spa tub, and a 24 hour fitness facility. Spa amenities include spa services, facials, body treatments, and beauty… more »


St. James
Saint James BB 24024

Price (US$): $2355 - $2356 / night

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Accredited Leading Golf Hotel On June 1st, 2011 work commenced on a new private villa located at the north end of the resort and adjacent to Sandy Lane. Impact is expected to be minimal and the hotel will closely monitor and minimize any inconvenience to its guests. No resort services has have been impacted and the project is expected to be completed in 2014 Elegant and exceptional, Sandy Lane is set in an ancient mahogany grove overlooking a 1000 foot crescent of gorgeous white sand beach.… more »

BarbadosThe House by Elegant Hotels - Adults Only Resort 

Paynes Bay
Paynes Bay

Price (US$): $1327 - $1328 / night

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Location. The House by Elegant Hotels Adults Only Resort is located on the beach in Paynes Bay's St. James neighborhood, close to Paynes Bay Beach, Sandy Lane Beach, and Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Holetown Monument and Lime Grove Shopping Centre. Resort Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24 hour fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has facials. This 4.5 star property… more »

BarbadosAlmond Beach Village All Inclusive 

1 Main Street - Almond Beach

Price (US$): $270 - $427 / night

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Location. Almond Beach Village All Inclusive is located on the beach in Speightstown's St. Peter neighborhood, close to St. Peter Parish Church, Mullins Beach, and St. Lucy Parish Church. Other points of interest are St. Nicholas Abbey and Animal Flower Cave. Property Features. This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.… more »


St. James
St James BB24017

Price (US$): $850 - $1175 / night

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Set amidst twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the calm west coast of Barbados, Coral Reef Club is the epitome of West Indian elegance. Renowned for its special ambiance and classic island style, this family owned and run resort is one of the finest in the Caribbean. Accommodations are traditionally designed with wooden balustrading, fretwork and shuttered windows. Rooms, suites and cottages sit harmoniously in tropical landscaped gardens where only the sound of twittering… more »

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Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

Geographic coordinates

13 10 N, 59 32 W

Area comparative

2.5 times the size of Washington, DC


97 km


tropical; rainy season (June to October)


relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Hillaby 336 m

Natural resources

petroleum, fish, natural gas


285,653 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

black 93%, white 3.2%, mixed 2.6%, East Indian 1%, other 0.2% (2000 census)


Protestant 63.4% (Anglican 28.3%, Pentecostal 18.7%, Methodist 5.1%, other 11.3%), Roman Catholic 4.2%, other Christian 7%, other 4.8%, none or unspecified 20.6% (2008 est.)



Government type

parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm


30 November 1966 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 30 November (1966)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Sir Clifford Straughn HUSBANDS (since 1 June 1996)

Head of government

Prime Minister Fruendel STUART (since 23 October 2010)

Internet country code


Internet users

188,000 (2008)


1 (2010)

Ports and terminals


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