POPULATION: Approximately 254,000
CLIMATE: Eight to nine hours of sunshine most days. Temperature between 75
F and 90 F year round.
GEOGRAPHY: A 21 mile x 14 mile Caribbean island. West and South
Coast have calm Caribbean sea and endless beaches. Rugged cliffs and Atlantic Ocean on East Coast.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English with a broad dialect. See a Street Vendor Talks
CURRENCY: Barbados Dollar - US $1 = BDS $2 approx.
DRIVING: A temporary yearly Barbados licence costs BDS$10 and is obtainable
from car rental agencies and Police Stations. Full licence must be shown. Drive on left. Go to Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia "Documents"
TIME: GMT-4 hrs. There is no daylight saving time in Barbados
ACCOMMODATION: Caters for all tastes and budgets from luxury hotels and all-inclusive
resorts to rooms in small hotels and self-catering apartments.
SPORTS: Snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, waterskiing, tennis, squash.
Three 18-hole and three nine-hole golf courses. See Barbados Golf
GETTING THERE: (Flying Times and Airlines)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: See Travel Documents
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: See Health in Barbados
WEDDINGS: It is now possible for ceremonies to take place on day of arrival,
providing documents are in order.