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Barbados Island Information     page 2

CAPITAL: Bridgetown. 
AIRPORT: Grantley Adams International.
LANGUAGE: English. 
CURRENCY: Barbados Dollar or U.S. Dollar.

Credit cards are widely accepted.
TIME ZONE: GMT - 4 hours.
VISAS: Visas are not usually necessary for British passport holders.
VACCINATIONS: No compulsory vaccinations, however, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended.
Please consult your G.P. before travelling.


With its golden beaches, tropical sunshine and warm Bajan welcome Barbados is hard to beat.
The island has strong English ties and this is reflected in many of the historical place names such as Hastings, Worthing and Christchurch.
The capital, Bridgetown, even has its own statue of Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square and the country is run on an English parliamentary sytem.
Don't expect to find deserted beaches here, but do expect a wide array of activities and entertainment. 

Choose from water-sports to riding and golf, from horse-racing and cricket to beautiful botanical gardens and, during the evenings, a good selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.   
And yes, it is still possible to simply lie back, relax, and soak up the sunshine.


Barbados has three quite distinctive coastlines: the fashionable West Coast has the best beaches, with long sandy stretches bordered by many luxury hotels, and the gentle Caribbean sea, protected by coral reefs, is ideal for water-sports.
Evenings here tend to be quiet and sophisticated.
The South coast has many good sandy beaches too, but sometimes the water can be rough.  There's lots going on here, and you are never too far away from the next bar or restaurant.  The East coast is scenic and un-spoilt.  Atlantic waves crash onto the rocky shore; an impressive sight.
This is a great place for a day out, however, swimming is dangerous here, so look out for the Red Flags.


All beaches are formed when coral is repeatedly ground down by wave action in to smaller pieces, from the peaceful tranquillity of Dover beach to the majestic splendour of the Lucy Caves facing the Atlantic.


The road system is very good and car or mini-moke hire is easily arranged. This is Carol and I driving around the Cherry Tree Hill area.
A local license is required which will be organised by the car hire company for a small charge, and if arriving from the UK you will need to bring a full British driving license.
There is an efficient bus service, especially to and from Bridgetown, and locals will direct you to the nearest bus stop.
Taxis are easily available, but fix the price before you get in.
You can find a guide to taxi prices on the transport page.

Weather Averages
for Barbados
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Daily Sunshine (Hrs) 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 9 8 8 8 8
Temperature (F) 83 83 85 86 87 87 86 87 87 86 85 83
Rainfall (inches) 3 1 1 1 2 4 6 6 7 7 8 4

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