The St. James Hotel Is Located On The Beach In Paynes BayLocated in the centre of Paynes Bay, on one of the island's finest beaches, at the heart
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Barbados, the Caribbean island closest to Africa, ranks as geologically unique -- formed less than a million years ago through collision of two landmasses (the Atlantic and Caribbean plates) and volcanic eruption. Coral later grew along the west coast where reefs provide excellent diving. Constant trade winds blowing across the eastern side account for lively surf. Occupied by the British in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until autonomy was granted in 1961 followed by full independence in 1966. Early Barbados – based on recent archaeological discoveries at Port St. Charles -- apparently was first settled around 1623 B.C. when Arawaks arrived in dugout canoes from Venezuela. They were later overcome by the taller, stronger Caribs -- bowmen who used poison to paralyze their prey. As cannibals, the Caribs also were fond of barbecuing their captives and washing them down with cassava beer, and (according to The History of Barbados) in 1596 managed to consume an entire French crew. A Portuguese explorer, en route to Brazil, named the island Los Barbados (bearded-ones), presumably after island fig trees with a beard-like appearance. Despite their strength, Barbados Caribes were taken over as slaves by Spaniards in 1492, and soon were doomed by exposure to European small pox and tuberculosis. The Spanish left, seeking larger Caribbean isles, and 1625 brought arrival of the first English ship to claim Barbados on behalf of King James I. Land was deforested for tobacco, cotton, and sugar plantations, and whites seeking to emigrate signed on as planters, joined by convicted criminals. Descendants of white slaves and indentured labor (referred to as Red Legs) still live in Barbados among the black population. Notable hurdles have included the locust plague of 1663, the Bridgetown fire followed by a hurricane in 1667, drought in 1668, and excessive rain in 1669. Yet Barbados has survived to become one of the Caribbean's most popular havens for balmy vacation getaways. Eco-touring includes caves, waterfalls, tropical gullies, flower forests, mangrove swamps and indigenous species such as the Barbados green monkey. Barbados also has lively nightlife, duty-free shops and some of the Caribbean's best restaurants.
We have organized our listings of Barbados's local hotel accommodations into several geographic areas and alphabetically. You can begin browsing for hotels in the Greater Barbados area by selecting one of the links shown below.
Hotels located on the western part of the island near beautiful beaches and coral reefs providing great snorkling.
Hotel options in the Christ Church area, located on the southern part of the island.
Hotels located in surrounding communities including St. Joseph, St. Michael, St. Peter, St. Philip, St. Lawrence and Bridgetown.
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Area Facts: Bridgetown is the Capital city of Barbados. The international dialing code for Barbados is 246.
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