Barbados is a unique island that combines a beautiful landscape of beaches

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Barbados

Barbados Barbados is a unique island that combines a beautiful landscape of beaches, coral reefs, tide pools and caves with the remnants of its colonial past. From the first settlement in 1627 to independence in 1966 Barbados was under British rule, and it is often referred to as the ‘Little England’ of the Caribbean. This wonderful combination of stunning landscape features, old colonial influence and the more flamboyant local culture mean that Barbados is perfect for both relaxation and exploration. To complete the experience of Barbados visit its capital, Bridgetown, to sample the local rum and experience the friendly nature and colourful dialect of the Bajan people.

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Information on Climate / Weather

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Temp (C)
28 28 29 30 31 31 31 31 31 30 29 28
Hours of Sunshine
9 9 9 9 9 9 8 9 9 8 8 9
Rainfall
(in mm)
66 28 33 36 58 112 147 147 170 178 206 97

Information on Driving

Barbados has a good network of roads which covers the entire island. Driving time to the east coast from Bridgetown has been greatly reduced following the completion of the trans-insular highway. Traffic drives on the left. There is a speed limit of 60 kph (37 mph) and 80 kph (55 mph) on the highway. The road journey from Bridgetown to Speightstown takes about 30 minutes and to Holetown or Oistins about 20 minutes.

Information on Currency

The Barbados dollar is divided into 100 cents. Coins range from 1 ¢ to $1; banknotes from $1 to $100. US and Canadian currency is accepted.

Information on Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. Please contact your general practioner or travel clinic for more information

Information on Time

GMT–4 in winter, GMT–5 in summer.

Information on Tipping

Porters expect Bd$ 1 per piece. In restaurants or night-clubs, the Bajans prefer to leave it to the customer's discretion. Service is usually included in hotels. If not, 10 % is the accepted tip.

Information on Water

Bottled mineral water is recommended.

Information on Transport

There is frequent, comprehensive coverage of the island by bus, with a flat, inexpensive rate for all journeys. Buses are crowded during the rush hours; most terminate at Bridgetown. For car hire, anything from a mini-moke to a limousine may be hired at the airport, at offices in Bridgetown and at main hotels. Petrol is comparatively cheap. Cars may be hired by the hour, day or week. Taxis do not have meters but fares are regulated by the Government.

Information on Things to do

Folkstone Marine Park - About one mile north of Holetown is the government-run Folkestone Marine Park. This is basically an underwater park with exhibits, diving and beach facilities. Folkestone has a good beach, many water-related activities, along with fresh water showers and shops. There is an interpretive centre and museum with marine and coastal environment displays, exhibits of the island's fishing industry and a salt water aquarium. The underwater park zone extends from Sandy Lane to Colony Club and you can rent gear for snorkelling around the fringe reef, or secure a boat for diving. A glass bottom boat also plies the area.

Animal Flower Cave - The Animal Flower Cave is located under the cliffs at the Northern tip of Barbados. The Cave is an interesting study in geology, local history and stunning sea activity. This beautiful sea –cave is a “must see” for all nature loving visitors.

Cherry Tree Hill - In the hilly parish of St. Andrew lies Cherry Tree Hill, from which one most beautiful views on the island can be captured. Cherry Tree Hill overlooks the rugged Scotland District, the powerful Atlantic Ocean and the longest beach on the island - Cattlewash Beach. This view is a must for all visitors to the island: The magnificent view combined with the fresh aromas of the sea help make this an almost religious experience.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve - Once you enter through the gates of the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, you are in the Animals' World. Most animals (except ones like parrots & pythons) are compatible and free to travel where they please. You may find them anywhere as they go about their daily lives, so, as you walk along... take your time... look up... look down... look carefully amongst the bushes and the trees in the mahogany woods. In this tropical haven, exotic animals, reptiles and birds, some threatened with extinction and some disabled, thrive. It's a community devoted to man's love and respect for nature as well as to research and conservation. No day is like any other when you visit the Reserve, walk through the shady paths and discover for yourself! It is important that you move quietly. These animals are not tame, and unexpected noises may frighten them away from you. See their world with wider eyes, hear their world with wider ears. Listen to their sounds. Sit on a bench and see what passes you by... you may be surprised.

Flower Forest of Barbados - Located in the heart of St. Joseph is the Flower Forest. This 50 acre attraction offers an explosion of greenery and commanding vistas of the island's stunning Scotland District. The owners aptly consider this attraction "a cross between a botanical garden and a nature trail", since you can take an hour or a day to leisurely stroll the Forests winding paths while eyeing a virtual wonderland of tropical flora. The paths are all amusingly named, and while you will never get lost, you might get confused as there are several short and long cuts coming off the main paths. Not to worry, as there is no time limit and no fixed way to travel through this forestland.

Information on Banks

Open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and Friday afternoon to 5 p.m.

Information on Electricity

As the current is 110 V, 50 cycles, you may need a transformer for your appliances

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