I worked at the US Embassy in Bridgetown with the State Department (US Foreign Service).  Barbados is very American/British which often made me feel like I had never left the states.  It is the richest country in the Eastern Caribbean so all the comforts of home are available, although for a price.  There is a large middle class and the capital city of Bridgetown is quite a normal type of city.  Things are pretty expensive here, dining out costs about what is does in a touristy area of the United States and prices for food stuffs are higher, close to those of Japan.  The beaches are nice and all public by law, but I am not sure why tourists come here.  There are cheaper islands with better beaches but it is a nice country overall.

Below is a bit of local culture.  This is  from Bridgetown Market, an arts and crafts sale during the annual Crop Over event in August. This is the quietest part of the festival which is a sort of carnival and involves about 4 days straight of drinking, "wukkin up" and calypso music, ending with the national holiday Kadooment Day. The two scenes above are from the east coast, a much less developed and more tropical feeling part of the island.  To the left is the coast view from one of the highest points in Barbados and above right is a look down the coast at Bathsheba, the popular surfing area and main east coast town.

Here on the right are steel pan musicians outside a downtown Bridgetown duty free shop.  On Broad Street there is almost always someone playing reggae or calypso. 

This is the careenage in Bridgetown, many of these boats are available for hire.  Cool Runnings is a popular catamaran to rent for a day.

A west coast beach near Oistens.