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Bridgetown

History:

"Bridgetown is steeped in rich history, evidenced in some of the centuries old British colonial architecture which remains today. This well-preserved city built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, was originally named "Indian Bridge" for the rude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Amerinidians. It was later called the "town of St. Michael" in official documents, before finally being named Bridgetown."

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History:

"The island, which is less that one million years old,  was created by the collision of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates, along with a volcanic eruption. Later coral formed, accumulating to approximately 300 feet. It is geologically unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Rihanna, a popular singer and songwriter, was born in Barbados on February 20, 1988."

Customs and Culture:

"Barbadians are known for their politeness and civility, a legacy both of British influence and of the island's high population density—living in close proximity to others imposes pressure to avoid censure and unpleasant confrontations. Describing his homeland, well-known Barbadian author John Wickham wrote, "The inability of people to remove themselves from one another has led to concern for public order, a compassion for others, and a compelling sense of a neighbor's rights and integrity.""

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   Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: No visa is required for U.S. citizens for a stay up to 180 days

What to Pack: "Although Barbados is drier than most Caribbean islands, rain showers do occur in short bursts every now and then, especially during the “wet” season, which lasts between July and November. You can avoid your activity plans getting rained out by bringing along a poncho or umbrella. You may also want to pack a sweater or wrap for chilly nights."

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Tourist Information Site: Plan Your Trip

Discover. Things to Do. Your Stay.

Enjoy a Little Barbados from Home

When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Money: Currency: Barbados Dollar Exchange Rate

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