Travel to Bridgtown


Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and the largest city in the country. It has a population of approximately 97,000 and was once called the Town of Saint Michael. Bridgetown is part of the parish of Saint-Michael.


Bridgetown was founded in 1628 by the English settlers who settled there. They make black slaves work for them. The latter work in agriculture and house building. Native Americans were also forced to undergo forced labor. Carlisle James Hay's account claims the land. The Barbados Code or Barbados Slave Code of 1661 came into effect in 1636.


Bridgetown's population is estimated at just under 100,000. Of this population, 80% are people of African descent, 3% are mixed race and 4% are descendants of immigrants from the British Empire. The rest are immigrants who come mainly from Asia. English is the official language of the country, however the majority of the population speaks a dialect derived from English.

60% of the population practices Anglicanism, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the city's second largest religious group. 4% of the population is Catholic and 12% continue to worship ancestors. There are also atheists, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.

The unavoidable

We can distinguish Carlisle Bay within which is the largest beach in Barbados. It is a fine sandy beach with crystal clear waters which is open to the public. Many hotels and restaurants line its borders.

There is also St Nicholas Abbey which is one of the oldest distilleries in the Caribbean. It has become one of the biggest tourist destinations in Bridgetown. It comes right after Carlisle Bay in terms of popularity. You can also go to the Chamberlain Bridge located downtown. This bridge is one of the most popular sights in Barbados.

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