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Barbados is a beautiful country with an interesting origin and a great place to visit.

A little history first: at about less than one million years old, the island was formed by a collision of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates, combined with a volcanic eruption. Coral formed and rose the land, and eventually the two land masses merged into one. It was first settled around 1623 B.C. by Amerindians from Venezuela, knows as the Arawaks. They were eventually taken over by another Amerindian people, the Caribs.

The Portugese came to the island and gave it the name of Los Barbados, possibly named after the island’s fig trees, as the figs gave a beard-like appearance, and Los Barbados means “the bearded ones.” Barbados was occupied by the British in 1627 and remained a colony under British rule until 1961, and gained full independence in 1966.

In the past few decades, the island has been able to reclaim their heritage and their culture, and is a great place to visit to have a unique and refreshing experience. Here are some things you can do on your visit to Barbados.

Visit the beaches: Barbados is a very diverse land and culture, and the beaches are no exception. You can find the perfect beach for you, whether you are someone who is into active watersports or someone who just wants to lounge and relax. To the north are high cliffs and coral with occasional coves and waters. The east provides windy waves that are perfect for intense surfing trips. The south has the perfect waters for all kinds of watersports, including kitesurfing. The west has the calmest beaches of them all for those who are looking to relax and unwind.

Take a tour: There is a lot to see and do in Barbados. One way to take the hassle out of your plans is to take one of the many tours offered around the island. Some tours, dubbed “safari tours”, take you off-road to cliffs, parks, and to authentic Caribbean eateries. Many tours are also water-based, and include activities like swimming with the turtles. What better way to view the island than to tour it?

Discover the culture: Barbados has a rich culture that pulls from many countries and people around the world. There are many ways that you can soak in this culture and learn more about the local life. The Frangipani Art Gallery hosts a collection of art from local and regional artists that will give a glimpse into the island’s artistic side. Food and rum tours like the Lick De Bowl tour allow you to try and view the process of making some authentic Barbados cuisine. Historic sites such as the Newton Slave Burial Ground also allow you to take a reflective look on Barbados’ past.

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