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Clockwise from top: Barbados' white sand beaches;
Street in Bridgetown; Turtles around a coral reef.
Explore "Little England," the most British island
in the Caribbean
This Caribbean island is known for its rolling green hills and scenic views of the Atlantic. Originally dubbed Los Barbados,
"The Bearded Ones," after the indigenous "shaggy" fig tree, Barbados' prime easterly position in the Caribbean means
that it tends to escape direct hits from most major storms and hurricanes.
Anglican churches, cricket grounds, mahogany trees, and sugarcane fields abound on an island filled with natural,
historical, and architectural wonders. The west coast hosts a swank collection of alfresco bars and restaurants, and calm
waters perfect for swimming. Surf seekers head to the more developed south. In 2011, historic Bridgetown and its
Garrison snagged a spot on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Here, visitors can take in colorful street vendors, pictureperfect waterfront views of the Parliament Building, and the famous Chamberlain Bridge.
When in Barbados, rum is a must - especially Mount Gay, which has been produced since the early 1700s. Rum was
originally dubbed "kill devil" but it became known as "black gold" as the distilling process was refined, and for the
increased revenue it brought to the island.
Our Virtuoso shore experience features the highlights of Barbados, including the much-photographed St. John's Parish
Church and the rugged coasts of Bathsheba, followed by lunch nearby at Daphne's Restaurant, an eclectic Italian spot
with an Instagram-worthy beachside setting.