Did You Know?
The Bathsheba beach in Barbados is named after the wife of King David whose name was the same. She supposedly took bath in milk, and the surfy white waters of the beach is said to resemble her in appearance and health.
Though there are many places on earth that have great scenic beauty, when it comes to some mind-blowing beaches, there are only a couple of places that can overtake Barbados. This island in the West Indies has coral shore beaches and white sand on its beaches.
- National Dish : Cou-cou and Flying Fish
- National Bird : Pelecanus occidentalis
- National Flower : Caesalpinia pulcherrima
- National Animal : Coryphaena hippurus
- National Anthem : In Plenty and In Time of Need
Fun Facts About Barbados
- Rihanna was born here, and later on, she moved to the US at the age of sixteen to pursue her music career.
- Barbados is where Tiger Woods was married in 2004.
- Barbados has one of the highest number of people over the age of 100.
- During 1841-1845, Barbados was known as the healthiest place to live, as it recorded only 1 death per 66 people.
- The first slaves in Barbados were whites, the people who were deemed enemies of the crown.
- Mount Gay Barbados Rum is over 300 years old, making it the oldest existing rum brand.
- Sir Garfield St. Auburn Sobers began his life in the parish of St. Michael, one of the 11 parishes of Barbados.
- Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), the country's national flower is boiled and given to soothe restless young children.
- It has always flown only the British flag until it achieved its independence.
- The country is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
- It is just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, i.e., just 431 km² in surface area!
- Barbados is the only foreign nation that George Washington ever visited.
- It has the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth.
- It is the first island in the Caribbean to get piped water.
- The legal drinking age here is 18 years; however, children between the ages 10 and 17 may drink in the company of an adult.