If you visit Barbados, you're likely to end up in Bridgetown at some point. The only city on the easternmost island in the Caribbean, Bridgetown was established in 1628 by the British, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011, and today serves as a major Caribbean commercial and travel hub. Most people, though, pick up Bridgetown vacation packages not only for the history, but also for sand, surf, and some great shopping.
Out and About in Bridgetown
Once you've booked a room at one of the cheap hotels in Bridgetown, spend some of the dough you saved at the establishments along Broad Street and Swam Street, the two best locations for shopping. The latter is a pedestrian-only area and offers lots of inexpensive clothing. For historical sites, check out National Heroes Square (a location once honoring Horatio Nelson that now celebrates a score of Bajan notables) and the neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings. The Barbados Museum traces the island's bygone days back to its indigenous inhabitants, while the Nidhe Israel Museum documents the history of Barbados' Jewish community. Sports fans should catch a cricket game at Kensington Oval, which hosts both local and international matches.
Eating and Drinking
Sure, you could get a bite at local Bridgetown hotels, but the Garrison Historical Area has lots of places to eat, and offerings around town include everything from surf and turf to all-you-can-eat soul-food buffets. Tourists looking for a tipple should stop by the Careenage, a former colonial landing spot that's now dotted with bars. Or you could always combine sightseeing with sipping when you tour the Mount Gay Rum distillery. Visit during cocktail hour and you'll even get to mix up your own drink using local ingredients.
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