About Bridgetown Tourism

About Bridgetown Tourism
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and the only city on the island. Balconied colonial buildings compete with modern office blocks and warehouses, while sleek yachts rest quietly in the blue waters of the Careenage.

Weather

Being part of the exotic Caribbean Islands, Bridgetown experiences mostly sunny conditions. Minimum and maximum temperatures only differ slightly, and although it is mostly sunny and warm, the cool trade winds prevent it from becoming hot and stuffy. Hurricane season runs from June to October, but most hurricanes avoid the island.

Sightseeing

The Parliament building, dating back to 1639 and overlooking the yachts on the Careenage, tells the story of previous times. Across from the Parliament is the National Heroes Square, home to the statue of Lord Nelson. The Jewish synagogue and St Michael's Cathedral will interest lovers of architecture.

Shopping

Broad Street is the shopping Mecca of Bridgetown. Prices in duty-free shops here tend to be on average 30 percent to 50 percent cheaper than in Europe. For local handicraft Pelican Village, on the outskirts of Bridgetown, offers the best option. The Cruise Terminal has a variety of shops and restaurants focusing on the needs of passengers from cruise ships.

Transport

As in many cities, traffic is quite heavy, but it is easy to walk everywhere. Taxis will drop you off for sightseeing trips or beach excursions. You can also opt for a guided trip; these taxis are stationed outside the Cruise Terminal.

Beaches

Most tourists come for the beach--an island dream of white sand and deep blue water. The area north of Bridgetown hosts some of these pristine beaches, where luxury resorts await the tired traveler. Staying at Treasure Beach or Smugglers Cove might make a childhood dream of pirates come true.

Article Written By Amy Jorgensen

Amy Jorgensen is a freelance writer and college instructor from Indiana. In addition to freelancing, she has also taught writing, public speaking, business communication and customer service courses at two different colleges. Jorgensen holds a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Liberal Studies degree.

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