About Barbados

More Than Beautiful Beaches

Barbados has so much to offer.  It is perfect for swimming and there are many water activities including catamaran cruises either during the day where you can swim with turtles, or enjoy the sunsets. Further inland in Barbados, there is a wealth of beauty and colour   and if you wait long enough you’re sure to see a mongoose or one of our infamous green monkeys. Sports lovers, whether on land or water will find Barbados has a lot to offer, from diving and swimming to tennis, golf, horse riding, polo and much more.

One of the greatest attractions of Barbados is its incredible range and diversity of restaurants. If you appreciate good food, you will relish the dining experience on-island, which is widely acclaimed. The restaurants in Barbados have an eclectic mix of American, European, Japanese, West Indian and Asian influences featured in the unique style of Barbados food.

Barbados boasts some of the very best nightlife in the Caribbean. No matter what time of the year you visit, the choice is endless. From sophisticated wine bars to beach bars or watching the game at the sports bars. Choose a jazz club, some reggae or one of the many nightclubs. Book to see a live theatre performance or maybe the latest movie at  the LimeGrove Lifestyle Centre after shopping.

Barbados measures a mere 21 by 14 miles and is divided into 11 parishes with 4 major towns; Holetown, Speightstown, Oistins and the capital, Bridgetown

Where is Barbados? It is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands. With its beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and lush tropical vegetation, it is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Caribbean”.

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Facts About Barbados

Barbados offers some of the most luxurious villas in the world and has many famous residents who own their own luxury villa, which makes Barbados one of the most exclusive islands for luxury villa rental.

WEATHER - The average temperature is between 70 – 80 degrees F and anytime of year is good for a visit.

VISAS FOR BARBADOS - Visas are not usually required when entering Barbados. Canadian, UK, US and European passport holders do not need visas to enter Barbados.

DEPARTURE TAX FROM BARBADOS - Departure Tax of Bds $55 (US $ 27.50) applies for all passengers over 2 years old leaving Barbados. Most airlines include this with the cost of the ticket, but we recommend checking to be sure.

LANGUAGE IN BARBADOS - English however the locals also speak a dialect of English that is beautiful to listen to but difficult to comprehend.

LOCAL TIME IN BARBADOS - Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) minus 4 hours.

GETTING AROUND IN BARBADOS - Barbados Rental cars, taxis, public buses are readily available. A visitor’s driving permit (required when renting a car) costs only Bds $10 and is available at any police station or car rental company with a valid drivers license. In Barbados, you drive on the left hand side.

ELECTRICAL STANDARDS IN BARBADOS - Barbados uses the 100-125 volt system.

LOCAL CURRENCY IN BARBADOS - Barbados currency is the Barbadian Dollar (Bds) which is linked to the US$. The official exchange rate is approximately BDS$1.98 = USD$1.00. On the street it is usually charged at a 2 to 1 ratio.

CREDIT CARDS IN BARBADOS - Most restaurants do encourage and accept credit cards. Travellers cheques in US, UK and Canadian funds are also cashable at many retail outlets. There are many regional and international banks, which have ATMs that will accept major credit cards and dispense local currency based on the current exchange rate.

BANKING AND ATM’S IN BARBADOS - There are many banks and ATMs around the island for the convenience of visitors.  Most banks are open between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Mon – Thursday, until 5:00 pm on Fridays and are closed on weekends.

WATER STANDARDS IN BARBADOS - Barbados’ water is among the purest in the world and can be enjoyed straight from the tap. It is known as one of the best windsurfing locations in the world

POPULATION OF BARBADOS - The population of Barbados is about 265,000. They are called Bajans and the population is well educated

SUNRISE + SUNSET IN BARBADOS - The sun in Barbados rises at about 5:45 am and sets at approximately 6:00 pm all year around.

COMMUNICATIONS IN BARBADOS - The area code for Barbados is 246. You dial this this code just like you would do for any other international area code.

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