Where Ambassadors Are Barbados
A longtime fixture on D.C.'s political and social scene, Mary Ourisman served on the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center boards. In 2006, she was named to Barbados, a post that includes seven other Caribbean countries.
DINING Daphne 's and The Tides on the beach are two great restaurants for flying fish and other local seafood.
LODGING Of course, people should visit Barbados's most famous resort, Sandy Lane, which has won many travel-industry honors.
SHOPPING They've just restored the downtown waterfront, and there's good shopping on Broad Street, with duty-free jewelry shops and a number of fine galleries.
LOCAL SITES Every Wednesday during the winter tourist season, the National Trust holds an open house at a historic plantation, church, or home: St. Nicholas Abbey, Bellevue Plantation, the manager's house of historic Andrew's Sugar Factory--sites that may not otherwise be open. George Washington lived in Barbados as a young surveyor in 1751. His restored two-story house downtown has recently opened to the public.