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Scenes from Barbados

Updated on October 12, 2014
(public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
(public domain, via Wikimedia Commons) | Source

Barbados Pictures and Designs -for Your Wall and on Everyday Items

Barbados. The name just sounds exotic! Here are some scenes from Barbados, along with a bit of information about the island state. You may be surprised at some of the things you find out about one of the most popular cruise destinations on those Southern Caribbean itineraries.

If you've been there, you'll know that already. But, if you haven't been to Barbados, you may find yourself writing its name on your list of places to visit.

If you love the tropics, or think you might, then you will enjoy seeing these pictures,and learning just a little bit about a beautiful tropical destination.

Regardless, I'll just bet you're sure to enjoy getting just a little bit of the flavor of the island through the photos and informational tidbits presented here. First up: A collection of half a dozen pictures of Barbados from all around the web. (Vote for your favorite!) Then, It's on to find out some fun things to know about this little jewel on the southern edge of the 'hurricane belt.'


Have You Been There? - (a poll)

Have you visited or lived in Barbados?

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Pictures of Barbados (Vote for Your Favorite)

Enjoy these pictures of an utterly fascinating place - the island nation of Barbados. If you haven't been there, maybe you'll find something in these images just intriguing enough to inspire you to visit there.

There are half a dozen pictures for you to consider in this second round of voting, including the winner of the first round.

That winner, "Ocean View from Cave," is the first one you'll see, followed by the five new entries. There's a poll for casting your vote after you've viewed all six

Ocean View from Cave (Previous Winner)

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Bridgetown Dock

(by JonLuty at Morguefile) Bridgetown, the country's capital, is a port city.  Here, smaller vessels are docked streetside.
(by JonLuty at Morguefile) Bridgetown, the country's capital, is a port city. Here, smaller vessels are docked streetside. | Source

Bottom Bay from the Northeast

Bottom Bay, on the southeast coast, is one of the many scenic beaches you'll find there.  This one's great for picture taking,  but the waves are too rough for swimming.  [photo by     Johnmartindavies ( CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
Bottom Bay, on the southeast coast, is one of the many scenic beaches you'll find there. This one's great for picture taking, but the waves are too rough for swimming. [photo by Johnmartindavies ( CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Crop over Carnival

Crop Over is a two month long harvest festival, running from June through early August. It's the country's version of Carnival.  (image from AllPosters - affiliate link follows)
Crop Over is a two month long harvest festival, running from June through early August. It's the country's version of Carnival. (image from AllPosters - affiliate link follows) | Source

Pride of Barbados

Know by various names, the Red Bird of Paradise, or Pride of Barbados is the national flower.   Photo by J.M.Garg (CC-BY-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
Know by various names, the Red Bird of Paradise, or Pride of Barbados is the national flower. Photo by J.M.Garg (CC-BY-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Limbo Dance

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from AllPosters (affiliate link follows) | Source

Vote for Your Favorite - Image of Barbados

Did you like something you saw above? Vote for your favorite now.

Which of the above pictures did you like best?

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Where is Barbados?

Barbados is customarily considered a Caribbean Island, and included in the Windward Islands group. However, that's technically inaccurate. Not a single inch of its shoreline is touched by the Caribbean Seal Check the map, and you'll see that it's entirely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. (The Caribbean starts at the western shores of the Lesser Antilles chain of islands.)

To its west is St. Vincent, and to its northwest is the tropical paradise of St. Lucia. On the map, it's that easternmost island that seems to be "outside" the chain of the other Windward islands. But still, it's usually considered one of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles.

Its southern location puts it on the extreme outer edges of the 'hurricane belt,' so the island is usually spared frequent hurricane activity. The last time they had a really bad one was over 50 years ago!

The Crane Beach

By Patdoy at en.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0 ), via Wikimedia Commons
By Patdoy at en.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0 ), via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Beautiful Beaches in Barbados

Whether you prefer swimming, surfing, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, boogie boarding, or just soaking up some rays, there's a Barbados beach where the conditions are right for your favorite activity.

The beach at The Crane, pictured above, has been a favorite of honeymooners for well over a century. It may well be one of the top beaches on the planet. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous thought so when they named it to their top ten list.

Now a pristine resort beach, the area was once a ship harbor. A huge crane that sat atop the cliff was used for hoisting cargo onto and off of ships.

Barbados Became Independent

on

November 30, 1966

The Flag of Barbados

One of the first things the government did after gaining its independence was to adopt the flag. In fact, that was done on their very first day as a new country, November 30, 1966.

The gold stripe down the middle represents the sand of the island, flanked on each side by ultramarine blue standing for the Atlantic Ocean in which it sits.

The t black trident on the gold portion are for the form of government that they chose for themselves - a democratic representative government. The three prongs of the trident stand for their government OF, FOR, and BY the people.

The National Anthem

Random Facts About Barbados

Here are some fun things to know about Barbados.

Capital: Bridgetown

Official Language: English

National Flower: Red Bird of Paradise, also called Pride of Barbados

According to UNESCO, the high rate of literacy in Barbados places it in the world's top five most literate countries..

The oldest Jewish Synagogue in the Americas is in Bridgetown, Barbados.

It is illegal in Barbados for civilians to wear camouflage clothing. It is also illegal to smoke in public areas.

Barbadians say it is good luck if a mongoose crosses the road in front of you.

The entertainer Rihanna is from there.

from Wunderground.com
from Wunderground.com | Source

What's the Weather Like There?

Barbados has two seasons: Wet and Dry.

The rainy season is from June through November (which corresponds to the hurricane season) and the dry season is from December througn May.

Average temperatures (year round) range between 70 and 88 degrees F.

Barbados Travel Guides - Books and DVDs

Whether you're leaving soon for Barbados. or just dreaming of a trip to the southern Caribbean island country in the future, you're sure to enjoy browsing a travel guide, or settling back and viewing a DVD.

Please do take a moment to say hello if you would be so kind.

I would love to know your thoughts on this page about a wonderful place to visit.

We were there several years back. Our visit lasted only one day, as it was one of the ports of call on our Southern Caribbean itinerary aboard the Serenade of the Seas cruise ship. I would have gladly spent a few more days there, though!

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      Now I have one more place to put on my list.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Would be a delight to go there!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hearing for the first time, I would love to visit such a place and live in Barbados.

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      patsydoo 5 years ago

      Loved living there, favorite beach - Bottom Bay ! Look forward to going back some time in the future!!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Simply beautiful

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Barbados has always been on the list of places I'm going to sail to in the coming years.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @TonyPayne: Oh, you are so fortunate! I've been only once, but would truly welcome the opportunity to go again!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I enjoyed my visits to Barbados, one of my clients was there and I had to spend a week at a time there 4 times. It was great to get back to the hotel, and just have time to change and to go snorkeling in the bay. I found this old fishing boat about 30 feet down that was a good 1/4 mile swim from the hotel, but which had a mass of different types of fish and squid around it. I used to head there every trip. The rugged coast is spectacular, and they have some good caves and gardens there too, lots to see.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Lovely pictures / posters of Barbados - my folks used to go there when I was young. They'd bring back some really neat dolls.

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      beannie64 6 years ago

      Love this !

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Barbados is one of those romantic places I've heard so much about from my well-traveled friends, but never made it there myself. I was surprised to learn of the high literacy rate, and that it is home to the oldest Jewish synagogue in the Americas. Would love to learn the story about that!

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      seegreen 6 years ago

      I love the photos of St Johns Church. Beautiful.

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Beautiful. Resembles Mauritius a bit. Rafick

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A wonderful gallery presenting the beauties of Barbados with plenty of facts tucked in for good measure!