Barbados, the most easterly island in the Caribbean, features sun- filled beaches, exotic locations, exciting history and a wealth of sporting and cultural attractions. The 430 square kilometer coral island has an estimated population of 285,000 people, with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country’s capital. The island enjoys a hot tropical climate for majority of the year with a seasonal wet period from June to November. Drawing on its West Indian roots, Barbados has established its own distinctive identity evidenced in its historic attractions, delicious cuisine and vibrant festivals. The island’s rich heritage is complemented by its international flair and sophistication – a combination that makes it one of the most diverse destinations in the Caribbean.