Sophisticated Barbados with its quaint colonial towns are enchanting. You’ll find stately homes, neat cottages, rolling green countryside, afternoon teas, and all-day cricket matches. It’s upscale shopping and gourmet dining will please the most discriminating vacationer.
Only 14 miles wide and 21 miles long, Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean. It is crisscrossed with more than 975 miles of paved roads, making it easy to get around to explore, with driving on the left in the British tradition. Bridgetown, the capital, is a port city and its colonial charm blends with its contemporary commercial buildings. It is often considered the duty-free centre of the Eastern Caribbean, with some of the lowest prices in the entire Caribbean on certain items – English goods, such as china, crystal, porcelain, and perfume. Broad Street is the main shopping street in Bridgetown. Downtown around the Careenage waterfront area you’ll find cafes and night spots where you can enjoy the beauty of the city after dark.
There is almost one continuous stretch of white sand beach, from Almond Beach to Brighton Beach on the west coast. St. Michael and Christ Church parishes in the south have a string of beaches as well, including Browne’s Beach, Needham’s Point, and Casuarina Cove. There are many beachfront resorts on the west and south coasts.
The island is ringed by reefs and shoals, the waters off the west coast and parts of the south coast are particularly good for diving. Ideal conditions for windsurfing exist along the southern shore.
New Year's Day; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Whit-Monday; Labour Day; Kadooment Day (first Monday in August); United Nations Day (first Monday in October); Independence Day (30 Nov); Christmas; Boxing Day.
Visas are required for citizens from China, Taiwan, Pakistan, non-Commonwealth African countries and all South American countries except Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. All visitors are officially required to be in possession of an onward or return ticket.
430 sq km (166 sq miles)
Barbados GNI per capita
US$9,260 (World Bank, 2005)
Barbados Head of state
Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a governor-general.
256,000 (UN, 2009)
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