Barbados, the pearl of the Caribbean, is the eastern-most Caribbean Island. Also known as ‘Little England’ Barbados’ British Heritage has impacted immensely on Caribbean culture. The Capital Bridgetown and its Garrison have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drawing on its English, African and West Indian roots, Barbados has its own distinctive identity, passionately expressed through the rich history and exceptional cuisine.
The islanders call themselves 'Bajans', West Indian by descent, although largely shaped by English custom and culture. These 'influences' pervade much of the island, most evident in the Anglican stone churches (the island is divided into numerous parishes) and in the many cricket games played on the village greens. The 'Little England' legacy dates back to colonial days when the sugar industry reigned supreme. Barbados gained self-government in 1966, and now tourism rather than sugar is the mainstay of the local economy. The island is a pear-shaped, 20-mile (32km) stretch of soft coral, which is permeated by water and over time has formed fascinating underground caverns. The coral reefs enveloping most of the island entice tourists to its picturesque shores. Graciously endowed with over 70 miles of sun saturated, palm adorned beaches, translucent azure waters and a climate that is considered nothing less than perfect.