Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies and an independent British Commonwealth nation.  It is a relatively small island, just 34 kilometres in length and up to 23 km in width. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port and has numerous colonial buildings. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Barbados is a tropical island, and its vegetation can be lush, wild, and breathtakingly beautiful. Barbados also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The west coast of Barbados has some of its best beaches, as its fringed by the calm Caribbean, so is ideal for relaxing.