Barbadians also speak an English-West African pidgin called Bajan. Barbados was colonized by the English early in the seventeenth century.

The number of native Bajan speakers has declined in recent decades. The English found the island uninhabited when they landed in 1625, although archaeological findings have documented prior habitation by Carib and Arawak Native Americans.

It was after having "made friends" with a local who he suspects may have been in on the crime. Holetown on Barbados' west coast also attracted some attacks, such as rapes and robberies, during the day in late 2010.

Most travelers and residents maintain that the island is very safe, but tourists should avoid empty beaches at night and other desolate areas.

Although Barbados generally has a lower rate of violence than it's Caribbean neighbors, it's not without dangers – especially at night.

On the bright side, police are heavily stationed around residential and tourist areas in Barbados.

Barbadians emigrated in large numbers to the United Kingdom and in smaller numbers to the United States and Canada.

Death rates and birth rates fell rapidly after 1960.

*breathes a sigh of relief* But you still need to keep your guard up.

It doesn't seem pedlars on the island are much worse than those in other Caribbean destinations or Mexico, but prepare yourself for the possibility of some intense hassling. Lawrence Gap, on the southern coast of the island, is one place to watch your back.

You may be offered drugs or prostitutes, and locals will try to sell you other items like souvenirs in certain areas of Barbados.

The hustlers can be relentless in their offers, and beggars will often pester you for money. Some travelers say the nightlife is good due to the high amount of pubs and dancehalls.

Take cabs back after a night of bar-hopping or clubbing to avoid run-ins with panhandlers, pimps and drug dealers.