AREA: 430 sq. km (166 sq. mls.).
SIZE: 14 miles wide and 21 miles long.
CLIMATE: Warm and sunny all year
POPULATION: Approximately 260,000.
in the parish of St. Michael.
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110 Volts
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English.
CURRENCY: The BDS $
Industry: Tourism, fishing, food processing.
One (1) Hour ahead of Standard US Time.
Four (4) behind the UK in winter, five (5) behind in Summer.
There is no daylight saving time in Barbados
Barbados has a resident population of 260,000 ,
which includes a wonderful mixture of races, colours and creeds.
Barbados' greatest asset is its friendly, peaceful people.
Bajans have a history of long ingrained Christian principles.
The island's excellent educational system has produced
a 99% literacy rate - one of the highest in the world.
Barbados boasts a skilled, well educated and motivated
labour force of over 125,000.
English mixed with a broad Bajan dialect.
Bring clothes suitable for the tropics.
Casual slacks and shorts, lightweight sports wear
for everyday use.
Casual elegance, light cotton dresses and light jackets,
for formal wear.
Beachwear should include sunglasses, sunscreen and
Whilst Barbados is a fun holiday island, there are dress codes. Due to centuries
of conservative British heritage, formal attire is still seen at times,
especially at weddings, funerals and Sunday church service. Business men
still wear a shirt and tie and sometimes even a jacket. Women wear smart
dresses or trouser suits. Its a good idea not to dress too casually when
visiting the bank or other business establishments. Bathing suits are best
for the beach, beach bars and the pool. Please do NOT wear them when shopping.
Topless or nude sunbathing is frowned on by Bajans, who are a respectful,
spiritual people and visitors should respect their beliefs & traditions.