The Whisper Stops At Barbados

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Bridgetown's Parliament

Let’s talk about Barbados, the third port on the Silversea World Cruise…this port has so much to offer. The ship ports there on Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., so there is plenty of time to experience Barbados and have a very full day there.

My favorite things to do are visiting the churches (always amazed at the different architecture), local museums and, of course, browse the shop and maybe have a local taste of the food. At a minimum stop for a coffee and treat.

What about Barbados? This is the only island in the Caribbean that has daily flights to the United States, Canada, and England — and the island sees about 500,000 visitors a year. It is very oriented to the traveler.

Ships dock at the Deep Water Harbour on the northwest side of Carlisle Bay at Bridgeport. Once off the ship, you’ll find duty-free shops, vendors, a tourist information desk, a post office, phones and a taxi stand.

Referred to as “Town” by the locals, Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and its commercial center; and the best shopping is likely on Broad Street. It’s the main street in this city of 80,000 and has the island’s largest department stores, shopping malls and duty-free shops.

Other streets, such as Swan Street, Roebuck Street and Tudor Street, are home to smaller shops and businesses, as well as wayside vendors.

If you’re ready for a meal, check out Holetown, especially 1st and 2nd streets. There’s a variety of eateries there and you’ll find everything from barbecue to bistro, to pizza, fish and stir-fry.

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