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Barbados Travel Facts
Capital Bridgetown
Population Approximately 290,000
Time Zone Barbados falls in the Atlantic Time Zone, one hour ahead Eastern Standard Time, or Greenwich Mean Time minus five hours. There is no daylight saving time.
Climate Sunshine 8-9 hours most days. Temperature 75-85F (24-30C) year round.
Geography A 21 x 14 mile (34 X 23 km) Caribbean island. West and South Coast have calm Caribbean sea and endless beaches. Rugged cliffs and Atlantic Ocean on East Coast.
Language English with a broad dialect
Currency Barbados Dollar - US $1 = BDS $2 approx.
Driving Two-month tourist licence costs BDS $10 and is obtained from car rental agencies or Police Stations. Drive on left. You may drive on your existing license for only the first two days of arrival.
Electricity is 110 volts at 50 cycles. (Note: USA uses 60 cycles, so your appliances will work, but electric clocks will not keep proper time.)
Documents Every person entering Barbados must possess a valid passport and a valid return ticket.
Other Interesting Facts
Quality of Life The United Nations Development Index (1996) ranked Barbados third among 160 developing countries worldwide (Hong Kong and Cyprus ranked first and second respectively). Barbados ranked ahead of countries such as Spain, Italy and Ireland.
Friendliness Research and surveys show, visitors highlight the friendliness of Barbadians as its greatest and most pleasing asset. This is reflected in the highest repeat visitor factor in the region of 39%.
People The people of Barbados have a history of long ingrained Christian principles, a sound and free educational system with a literacy rate of 97%.
Government Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the world with 358 years of an uninterrupted parliamentary system of government.
Island Barbados is the only coral island in the region with all white sand beaches.
Infrastructure Barbados has pure drinking water and was the first Caribbean island to have piped water. It has excellent telecommunications. Utilities are available 100% island-wide.