Historically, the island prided itself on its national crop of sugar cane, from which the island gained a reputation as the home of excellent sugar and the world’s oldest - and arguably the best - rum.
Barbados has a wide-reaching program for preservation and encouraging preservation efforts. There is the Folkstone Park Marine Reserve which has an exciting snorkeling trail and museum; the Scotland District which is an unspoiled area of rugged and forested highlands; while Harrison’s Cave sits deep within the Jack-in-the-Box and Welchman Hall gullies, where a profusion of native flowers, plants, trees and animals abound.
Barbados has a long established and enviable reputation for political and economic stability, along with a solid infrastructure of roads, air and sea ports, electricity and water distribution, health care and telecommunications facilities. Education is greatly valued, resulting in a high literacy rate, a culture of continuous learning and a highly educated, qualified workforce.
The many influences that have shaped Barbadian life are apparent in the island’s cuisine, a hybrid of African and English traditions with hints of Amerindian, European and other techniques. The many restaurants across the island cater to varied palates.