8 Things You Don't Know About Barbados

Updated 9 March 2020 | by Felicity Brown

The Caribbean island of Barbados is renowned for its many beach resorts, mad nightlife, and a proud and welcoming community of locals. You can brave the wild surf on the quiet East coast of the island or explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Bridgetown capital – there are so many things to do in Barbados. Or alternatively, you can just lie on that white sand and soak up the sun rays.

So everyone knows that Barbados is the birthplace of singer Rihanna, but did you know these other interesting facts about Barbados…


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1. Flying fish is the national dish of Barbados

Also known as ‘the land of the flying fish’, Barbados usually serves this steamed fish with cou cou which is made with cornmeal and okra and is similar to polenta or grits.

flying fish national dish Barbados


2. There are lots of cheeky ‘Green’ monkeys in Barbados

They don’t look very green.

Green Monkey in Barbados


3. It’s the holiday destination of choice for British celebrities

Simon Cowell, the Beckhams, Mariah Carey, and many more, all have second houses in Barbados or regularly take holidays there.

Simon Cowell Holiday Barbados


4. Barbados was the only holiday destination in its hemisphere with a scheduled Concorde service

One of the retired British Airways Concordes now resides at Barbados International Airport, and you can look at the machines up close and personal at the Barbados Concorde Experience.

Barbados Concorde


5. The name ‘Barbados’ was originally Los Barbados, Portuguese for ‘the bearded ones’

This has derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found all over the island.

Bearded Fig Tree Barbados


6. Barbados, colonised by the British, played a large role in African slave history

In 1846, there were nearly 500 active sugar plantations, functioning through imported manpower.

slave history Barbados
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7. It's home to a large Mongoose population

They were imported from India to help get rid of the rats in the sugar cane fields. It is considered good luck if a Mongoose crosses your path!

Mongoose Barbados


8. Barbados is a dream for rum-lovers

Mount Gay Rum factory has been distilling since 1703. You can go on a boozy cocktail tour and act like a true pirate for the day.

Rum from Barbados


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