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The Essential Guide to Bridgetown

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Living it Up in Bridgetown: Your Insider's Guide to Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Discover the Best Recreational Activities, Connect with Friendly Locals, and Experience the Charm of the City.

Welcome to Bridgetown! If you're planning to move to Bridgetown, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Bridgetown has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Bridgetown.

Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados, is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Garrison Historic Area, which includes the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, George Washington House, and the Garrison Savannah Racetrack. The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is housed in a former British military prison and offers a comprehensive overview of the island's history. George Washington House, where the future first U.S. president stayed in 1751, is now a museum dedicated to his time on the island. The Garrison Savannah Racetrack, a six-furlong horse-racing track, is a must-visit for sports enthusiasts.

The city's historic district, Bridgetown and its Garrison, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you can explore the Parliament Buildings, the third oldest functioning parliament in the Commonwealth. St. Michael's Cathedral, a beautiful Anglican cathedral dating back to the 17th century, and the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere, are also worth visiting. For shopping enthusiasts, Broad Street offers a range of duty-free shops and local boutiques.

Bridgetown's restaurant and nightlife scene is as diverse and vibrant as the city itself. For fine dining, The Cliff, renowned for its stunning sea views and exquisite cuisine, is a must-visit. Brown Sugar Restaurant offers authentic Bajan cuisine in a beautiful garden setting, while Tapas offers a mix of international and local dishes right on the boardwalk. For a more casual dining experience, Cuz's Fish Stand is famous for its fish cutters (sandwiches).

The nightlife in Bridgetown is lively and varied. Harbour Lights, an open-air beachfront club, offers live entertainment and local cuisine. The Boatyard offers a beach party atmosphere with music, drinks, and water sports. For a more relaxed evening, visit the Waterfront Café, where you can enjoy live jazz music along with your meal. If you're a rum enthusiast, don't miss a visit to the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, where you can learn about the history of rum and sample some of the finest rums in the world.

Recreational activities in Bridgetown are plentiful and cater to a wide range of interests. For beach lovers, Carlisle Bay offers a beautiful sandy beach and clear waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The bay is also home to several shipwrecks, making it a popular spot for scuba diving. The Boatyard, a beach club located on Carlisle Bay, offers a range of water sports including jet skiing, paddle boarding, and banana boat rides.

For those interested in history and culture, a walking tour of the city is a great way to explore Bridgetown's historic sites and learn about its history. The Barbados Garrison, a former British military base, offers a self-guided walking tour that takes you through the area's historic buildings and sites. For nature lovers, the Queen's Park is a beautiful botanical garden featuring a variety of tropical plants and trees, including a 1,000-year-old Baobab tree.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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