March 12, 2019

Bridgeport, Barbados: Rihanna’s childhood home; things to do

Rihanna’s childhood home  On Westbury New Road (now Rihanna Drive), in Bridgeport.

Rihanna’s childhood home in Bridgetown, Barbados
Rihanna’s childhood home in Bridgetown, Barbados

Singer and starlet Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) is a Bajan girl.  She lived in this modest house from age 5 until 16, when   she moved to the U.S. to pursue her music career.  Since then, her childhood home has become a tourist attraction.  Located on a street renamed in her honor to Rihanna Drive, the house is newly painted in bright colors and no one lives in it any longer.  When I visited, a neighbor lady a few doors up was relaxing on her own front porch, enjoying watching all the tourist activity.

fan at dedication sign for Rihanna’s childhood home in Bridgetown, Barbados
fan at dedication sign for Rihanna’s childhood home in Bridgetown, Barbados

Rihanna Takes Oprah on a Tour of Her Childhood Home:

Now when she returns to the island--which she does regularly--she resides ocean-side in an apartment at One Sandy Lane in St. James.  Simon Cowell also has an apartment here, and Oprah lives nearby.
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When Rihanna is on island, look for her in her favorite places:  Daphne’s restaurant, Waterfront Café, bars in St. Lawrence Gap, dining at Oistin’s Fish Market, shopping in Bridgetown, or at Sandy Lane resort relaxing at the roof terrace or enjoying tea.

According to Vanity Fair, Rihanna has sold more than 250 million records, has 14 number one singles, and has been awarded 9 Grammys.  Because she has contributed significantly to raising the island’s profile around the world, she was recently appointed by the Barbados government as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary with the specific responsibility of promoting education, tourism, and investment for the island.

Several of Rihanna's music videos, directed by Dave Meyers:

Where Have You Been

Loyalty (with Kendrick Lamar)

More things to do in Barbados.

More ideas for travel adventures in California and the U.S. and around the world.

images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 


  1. Nice to know. Have not been to Barbados but it looks like it is becoming a favorite destination of big stars!

  2. I actually knew who Rihanna is and have downloaded some of her music. :) On my only visit to Barbados as a port stop on a cruise, a huge tree branch fell and missed me by inches. Ever since, I've considered the island good luck.

  3. I had no idea that Barbados was such a popular destination for celebrities. I knew Rihanna was from there but I appreciated learning more about the destination.