Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. Formerly The Town of Saint Michael, the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of Saint Michael. Bridgetown is sometimes locally referred to as "The City", but the most common reference is simply "Town".
The Bridgetown port, found along Carlisle Bay on the south-western coast of the island. The Greater Bridgetown area is roughly defined by the Ring Road Bypass or more commonly known as the ABC Highway, sit close to the borders of the neighbouring parishes Christ Church and St. James. The Grantley Adams International Airport for Barbados, is located 16 kilometres (10 mi) south-east of Bridgetown city centre, and has daily flights to major cities in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
The present-day location of the city was established by English settlers in 1628; a previous settlement under the authority of Sir William Courten was at St. James Town. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics, convention centre, and cruise ship port of call in the Caribbean region. On 25 June 2011, "Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison" was added as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
Barbados' main exports are sugar, rum, and molasses. The island is also involved in other industries namely tourism and the offshore sector.
Barbados Stock Exchange (BSE), The city of Bridgetown has a stock exchange with securities of Barbadian and regional Caribbean companies.
Banking The main banks are: Bank of Nova Scotia, • Republic Bank, • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) • FirstCaribbean International Bank • First Citizens • Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
Bridgetown is the #86 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.
Bridgetown was ranked #1306 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Bridgetown has a population of over 110,000 people. Bridgetown also forms part of the wider Barbados metropolitan area which has a population of over 287,618 people.