Bridgetown – The Capital and Commercial Centre of Barbados

Bridgetown – The Capital and Commercial Centre of Barbados

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Cultural Bridges
English is the official language in Barbados although the locals also speak an English dialect reminiscent of the Scottish highland dialect referred to as Bajan with a few African words interspersed with the dialect. The local currency is the Bajan dollar, but US dollars are accepted just about everywhere in shops and restaurants.

Holetown, on the west coast north of Bridgetown, was the first settlement on the island of Barbados, and now host to the famous annual Holetown festival. It was initially named Jamestown by the first English settlers who landed in the small channel in 1625 when King James I was on the throne in England. The colorful festival of crafts, music and historical parades is held in commemoration of these first settlers in February every year for a week. If you happen to be in town, take in as many of the historical lectures, fashion shows, beauty contests, street parades, tattoo shows, exhibitions, concerts, theatrical presentations, and sporting events as you can.

But by far, the most popular event in the entire region has to be the Jazz Festival, held each year in January. The festival celebrates the best in international and local jazz talent and is held across a variety of venues throughout the island.

Food and Drink
When in a new country, most visitors don’t know what to order. All names on the menu seem too exotic or too vague. Bajan cuisine is a mix of spicy, flavorful dishes alongside bland traditional English fare, so take your pick. Here are some of the favorites of the region to help you with your next meal in Bridgetown.

Flying fish is the icon of the islands and is found everywhere, from coins to menus. The dish is usually served lightly breaded and fried, with a very hot and spicy yellow sauce, so be prepared. Pepperpot is a traditional dish of pork stew in a spicy dark brown sauce. On a Friday night go to the town of Oistins for the fish fry. This is a market where you can buy fresh fish cooked according to local recipes. Locals stay there late and dance until the early hours of the morning.

Barbados has some of the purest water in the world that can be drunk straight from the tap. If you prefer something stronger, rum is featured at every bar and the most famous domestic brand offered is Mount Gay Rum. You could even opt for a tour of the Mount Gay Rum factory where you can sample some of their premium aged rum. Beer and wine is easy to find as well.

Getting Around
The Sir Grantley Adams International Airport is Barbados’ connection with the world with dozens of flights arriving in the high season from the UK, Canada and as well as the United States. The airport is 13 km east of Bridgetown.

Once on the island, buses are a good way of getting around but a taxi is the most convenient if you are not sure about the routes. The more adventurous and free-wheeling population can rent mopeds and bikes.

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