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Barbados is the most eastern island in the Caribbean, about 1600 miles (2600 km) southeast of Miami. It is a tiny dot on most world maps with an area of 21 X 14 miles (34 X 23 km) and 60 miles (96 km) of coastline. Barbados has a population of about 290,000 and a literacy rate over 97%.

Independent since 1966, with historical ties to England, thus the language and driving on the left. The local people and the dialect of English used are known as Bajan. The economy has been dependent on sugarcane with diversification recently into manufacturing and tourism.

Grantley Adams International is a modern, major airport served by many carriers from the UK, Canada, USA and many other ports.

Midway between the airport and Bridgetown, a turn off the main road takes you onto a bricked street that passes through St. Lawrence Gap. No buses or trucks use the road, so plan on walking in.

This half mile or so is the most developed area on the south coast, with hotels, restuarants, tourist shops and vendors. Still it's a laid-back place with great beaches.

St. Lawrence Gap is the main strip for restuarants and night life, and is a busy and vibrant scene in the evening.