Barbados was inhabited by its indigenous peoples - Arawaks and Caribs - prior to the European colonisation of the Americas in the 16th century.
Barbados was briefly claimed by the Spanish who saw beard like features in the vegetation or maybe the allegedly bearded locals (hence the name Barbados), and then by Portugal from 1532 to 1620. The island was English and later a British colony from 1625 until 1966. From 1966 to 2021, it was a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy until transitioning to a republic.
Barbados has beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and a warm climate as you would expect for an island associated with the Caribbean. Many popular attractions exist on the island as well as tours and boat trips offering amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities including a chance to swim with turtles.
Like rum? Well you will have plenty of chances to develop a taste for it.