|*easternmost of the Caribbean Islands; part of the Windward Island Group
*they claim to have the healthiest people because of the healthiest air and lifestyle
*discovered and named by the Portuguese (NOT Columbus! Imagine that)
*got its independence from Great Britain in 1986
*thriving economy; among the most developed countries in the Caribbean; Barbados dollar
*densely populated; sugar still an important export product here
*Barbadian rum among the finest and oldest in the world
*rolling terrain of limestone hills and terraces; very pretty
*because it is a coral island (not volcanic) – beautiful white beaches (all public)
*literacy rate of 97%!; free education K through University!; free health care!
*Has been working on forms of green power since 1976!
*Capital city is Bridgetown
*condos being built as fast as the cement dries
Our 4 hr. tour: called Barbados In-Focus with local professional photographer: Ronnie Carrington.
He offered some tips at our various stops, he was extremely well-spoken and knowledgeable about his subject as well as his island! (The best guide we had all cruise.)
Pointed out that there was always a rum shop very close to a church to enable folks to more easily pay attention to all the “spirits”. (hey – that was his joke, not mine!)
Chattel houses are an architectural gem rapidly disappearing (small wooden houses of boards 8 or 10 ft long; high pitched roofs; no eaves; jalousie shutters; front door centered between 2 windows). Their purpose was to be easily dismantled when the family needed to change work locations; just had to collapsed and put up on a new set of blocks. They are now trying to restore them.
Our list of favorites is growing; so far: San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Vincent and Barbados.