Around Barbados

Being the most easterly island and extremely difficult to attack, there are few defensive forts on Barbados. Instead the great houses of the sugar-growing plantocracy give the island its historic perspective and most of its tourist attractions. Many parish churches are also impressive buildings. The island is divided into 11 parishes named after 10 saints, Christ Church being the 11th. Barbados is not large but it is easy to get lost when driving. There seem to be far too many narrow, winding roads threading their way through sugar cane fields. Deep gullies cut in the coral limestone which is the surface rock over most of the island. These are often full of wildlife and plants but make travelling around very confusing. A good map is essential. The bus service is cheap and efficient and recommended even for families with small children.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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