Bridgetown the captivating capital of Barbados combines faded colonial history captivating tradition and vivid white beaches plucked directly from your richest imagination of Caribbean perfection. Recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its beautifully preserved colonial architecture Bridgetown’s mask of modernity covers a core of complex history and fascinating culture. Sherbet coloured buildings line up to overlook the waterfront of the Constitution River at the ‘The Careenage’ - where gleaming ships bob on the blue water and peaceful strolls along a wooden boardwalk await. Stop for a sobering moment at the commemorative plaque honouring the people traded at this spot when Bridgetown was the British Empire’s most important harbour and first stop on the Transatlantic Slave Trade crossing. Just five minutes’ stroll from here is Carlisle Bay - a postcard-perfect place where you'll find crystal-clear turquoise seawater glowing in the Caribbean sun and a mile of soft white powder sand. A treasure trove for divers the shipwrecks scattered below the shallow water’s waves are now inhabited by turtles and swirling rainbow-coloured tropical fish. Head to the backstreets where street food vendors serve up spicy chicken soup barbecued pigtails and thirst-quenching coconut water. There are bargains aplenty to be had on Broad Street where duty-free malls and souvenir stalls cram together vying for your attention.