On Barbados map, it is an island state in the southeastern Caribbean, about 160 km east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The shape of the island is approximately triangular, about 32 km from northwest to southeast and about 25 km from the widest point. The capital and largest city is Bridgetown, the main seaport. The current population of Barbados is 287,106. The total area is 431 km2. Barbados consists of four capitals: Bridgetown, Oistins, Holetown and Speightstown. English is the official language.
The geographical location of Barbados has intensely prejudiced the history and culture of the island and all phases of its commercial life. Although Barbados usually faces the Barcelos, it does not belong to the archipelago near the Lesser Antilles. The island has different geological formations. It has fewer mountains and fewer species of flora and fauna. Barbados has been the first Caribbean landing zone in Europe and Africa since the end of the 17th century and an important link between Western Europe (mainly the UK), the eastern Caribbean and parts of the South American continent. Before the island gained its independence from the 17th century until 1966, it was the uninterrupted property of the British. Due to the longstanding relationship between Barbados and the United Kingdom, its culture may be more British than that of other Caribbean islands, although the African cultural component of the majority of the African population already plays a prominent role. Since independence, cultural nationalism has been cultivated as part of the nation-building process.
One of the most popular destinations in Barbados is Carlisle Bay on the edge of Bridgetown. The beautiful blond beaches and clear turquoise waters make it one of the most attractive areas to dip your toes into the sea or set up lounge chairs. Pebble Beach is one of the best extensions along the bay, but Browns Beach and Bayshore Beach are also very attractive.