Bridgetown | One of the oldest cities in the Caribbean, set in a gorgeous location beside the white sand beaches of Carlisle Bay


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Bridgetown - one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean - is set in a gorgeous location beside the white sand beaches of Carlisle Bay.

The town is situated around an inlet, carved by the Caribbean Sea, which is known as the Careenage. Here you will find the centre of activity as it is the mooring place for expensive yachts and fishing boats at its western end. Parliament, smart restaurants, busy shopping streets and the city's main nightclub can all be found in the immediate vicinity.

Two bridges cross the Careenage, linking north and south Bridgetown as they have done for centuries. Just to the east, Fairchild Street hold's the island's main bus terminal and, beyond it, a huge public market, piled high with yams, breadfruit, mangoes and bananas. The parliament buildings, Trafalgar Square - with its statue of Admiral Nelson - St. Michael's Cathedral, St. Mary's church and Queen's Park House are also places of interest.

Much of central Bridgetown is given over to shopping, with Broad Street housing dozens of duty free stores. This has been the city's market centre since the mid 17th century, and still retains some splendid colonial buildings amid modern clothes shops, jewellery stores, fast food joints and fruit vendors. Temple Yard and Pelican Village have stalls selling Rasta goods, batiks, T-shirts and other souvenirs. There is also a small art gallery.

Nearby, the Kensington Oval - the island's premier cricket ground - is the venue for international test matches.

Just north of the city there are a couple of rum factories that you can tour, while Tyrol Cot is an unusual 19th century house that was home to 2 of the island's leading post war politicians - Sir Grantley Adams and his son Tom. Southeast is the historic Garrison Savannah, today it is a public park and racecourse - which sees action several times a year. The nearby Barbados Museum and Barbados Gallery of Art also deserve a visit.

Fast, efficient buses and minibuses run to the city from points all over the island. If you are driving into Bridgetown, you will have to negotiate a slightly tricky one-way system, but there are plenty of safe, inexpensive areas to park right in the town centre. Once there, the easiest way to see the sights of Bridgetown is on foot.

Bridgetown is an extremely safe city, even at night, although you may wish to avoid the seedy area southeast of the Fairchild Street bus station where the city's red light district is located.

Pedestrianised Shopping Area

Fruit Stall

Nelson's Statue

Parliament Buildings


The Careenage

St Mary's Church

Street Market Stalls

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