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Scenes from Barbados
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?
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)
Bottom Bay from the Northeast
Crop over Carnival
Pride of Barbados
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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!