Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport. We visited Barbados in September 2011 to celebrate Ronnie’s birthday. We stayed at the Divi Southwinds Resort. We enjoyed snorkeling, sailing, swimming with sea turtles and visited Harrison’s Cave.