10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barbados
You may already know how wonderful Barbados is. With over 70 miles of white sand beaches, welcoming locals and very pleasant climate, it attracts celebrities and tourists alike.
But there is more to the island than just a pleasant holiday. It has a fascinating history, and a rich culture, and there is so much more to learn!
If you’re planning to visit the island, we’ve put together a list of the 10 things about the island we think you should know – most of which you probably didn’t!
1 Barbados is believed to be the birthplace of rum. Rum was created by plantation workers, who experimented with fermenting molasses into alcohol, which they called ‘Kill-Devil’.
Mount Gay rum, which has it’s distillery on the island, is the oldest existing brand of rum in the world,
2 Barbados is the birth place of global superstar Rihanna. She was born in St Michael, and raised Bridgetown and her father used to sell clothes from a street stall.
Rihanna was discovered at the age of 16, she then moved to the United States to pursue her music career.
3 You can’t wear camo in Barbados and according to the FCO website, it’s actually an offence for anybody including children to dress in camouflage clothing.
It is because the military wear camo, and civilians wearing it are seen to be impersonating military personnel.
4 Barbados was the only place that President George Washington visited outside of colonial America. The House that he stayed in on the island is now a museum, owned by the Barbados National Trust. The rooms are decorated in the way they would have been when he visited in 1751.
5 The Lord Nelson statue in National Heroes Square (previously named Trafalgar Square) is actually older than the Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square in London England. It was erected 27 years earlier.
6 Barbados has one of the purest water supplies in the world, and the tap water is drinkable. This is because Barbados is over 85% coral limestone which naturally filters the water.
7 The island is not prone to severe weather. We spoke to Royal Westmoreland who told us “Barbados is lucky enough to sit just outside of the main hurricane belt, so we are often spared when they rip through the area. The island hasn’t felt the full wrath of mother nature since 1955!”
8 Barbados was one of only four places with scheduled Concorde flights, so it was actually once possible to pop to Barbados for lunch – if you could afford it of course.
9 The legal drinking age in Barbados is 18, like it is in the UK. Between the ages of 10 and 17 children are actually allowed to consume alcohol too, but as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
10 The name of the island comes from “Los Barbados” which means “the bearded one”. This is due to the bearded fig trees on the island, which are covered in aerial roots, giving them their “bearded” appearance.
We hope this has given you a bit more of an insight into the gem of an island that is Barbados – now you can arrive armed with knowledge on your next trip!http://www.ladla.net/travel-places/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-barbados/http://www.ladla.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Barbados-1024x640.jpghttp://www.ladla.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Barbados-150x150.jpgTravel PlacesBarbados