Did you know Barbados is the 51st richest nation in the world? There must be some serious cash hiding out on the island. Unfortunately I’d have to take a bus to find it all.
With one of the highest literacy rates in the Western Hemisphere and a culture known for its penchant for kindness and hospitality, it’s no wonder that Barbados’ economy is heavily reliant on tourism. Like most Caribbean islands, Barbados was colonized for it’s resources. In 1627 the British arrived and tried to grow cotton. Before long British plantation owners had set up shop growing sugarcane on the island – a profitable practice that continues to this day. Fortunately sugarcane can be distilled into rum, and Barbados, like many other Caribbean islands is known for it’s rum. Holidays in Barbados usually revolve around the ocean, but don’t miss a chance to do some hiking inland. Barbados is actually two coral islands merged together, so under the surface there are a number of caves and underground lakes that would make for a memorable snorkel or dive.
IF YOU GO: Don’t miss scuba diving and snorkeling Barbados’ famous coral reefs. Take some time to explore the island, Bajans are famous for a few delicious dishes like flying fish and pepperpot (watch out it’s spicy!)
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