Lesser-known Facts about the Mesmerizing Island of Barbados

Barbados mongoose belief
Barbados, an inland country in the Lesser Antilles (formerly known as Caribbees), has more on offer than its mesmerizing beauty. Join us as we unfold the lesser-known facts of this beautiful place.
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.

This place is a heaven for snorkeling and scuba-diving lovers, thanks to its coral reefs. Apart from its beauty, the place also has a booming literacy rate of about 98%! Shocking, isn't it? Imagine such a small island having a high literacy rate. Buzzle has put forth a consolidated list of little-known facts about this place, which will leave you surprised.
Barbados Flag
Barbados Flag
Location : Caribbean Islands

Capital : Bridgetown

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
* Note: The statistics in this write-up are as per 2013 data.
Barbados Parliament
Parliament
The Parliament Buildings are located in Bridgetown. They consist of two buildings built in neo-Gothic architectural style and are currently designated as UNESCO-protected properties.
Rihanna was born here, and later on, she moved to the US at the age of sixteen to pursue her music career.
This is the place where Tiger Woods was married in 2004.
This is the only place that has never been successfully ruled by any foreign power.
Barbados, along with Japan, has the highest number of people over the age of 100.
Bottom Bay
Bottom Bay
Bottom Bay beach is located in the southern coast of Barbados. The beach is semi-enclosed by high coral cliffs.
South Carolina, in the US, was first inhabited by Barbadians.
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.
It has experienced 12 hurricanes and 15 gales till date since 1625 (its recorded settlement).
Rockley Beach
Rockley Beach
Rockley Beach is also known as Accra Beach. Many water sports activities like windsurfing, Hobie Cat rides, snorkeling, etc., are available on the beach.
Barbados' birth rate is 12 births/1000 population, and the infant mortality rate is 11.63 deaths/1000 births.
It is known as the "the land of the flying fish", and today, this fish is the country's national fish.
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.
Crane Beach
Crane Beach
It is located on the southeastern coast. It is the best beach for swimming or wading in the shore.
Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), the country's national flower is boiled and given to soothe restless young children.
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The island gets its name from the "bearded fig trees" that were found in abundance in the island, earlier.
It has always flown only the British flag until it achieved its independence.
Barbados Fertility Center is the only full-time fertility center in this island.
Carlisle Bay
Carlisle Bay
It is a natural harbor that is located in the southwest region. The marine park on the bay is a famous spot for scuba diving.
The country is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
It is just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, i.e., just 431 kmĀ² in surface area!
Here, it is considered to be good luck to see a mongoose cross your path.
Bridgetown's Trafalgar Square is older than the statue of the same name in London.
Soup Bowl
Soup Bowl
It is located towards the east coast of Barbados and is famous for surfing. The beach has many strangely shaped rocks.
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.
After reading such fun facts about Barbados, I am sure you would be already booking tickets to visit this place. There are a lot of beautiful locations in Barbados that you can explore. So, Bon Voyage guys!
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