Barbados Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Barbados

Where is it?: Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

Why do people go here?: This little England combines Caribbean life and English living that draws tourists in hoards.

What are the main entry points?: Flying is possible, although you are more likely to arrive on a cruise ship.

Currency used: Barbadian dollar (BBD)

Country Code: 1-246

Religion: Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%,other 12%

Population: 300,000

Ethnic Breakdown: 90% Afro-Bajan (Igbo, Yoruba, Akan, others), 6% Asian and Multiracial (Mulatto), 4% European (English, Irish, other)

Government: Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy

Languages: English

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bridgetown

Attractions: Water, Nightlife, Close-to-home

Accommodation: Barbados Hostels, Barbados Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Barbados-Board of Tourism P.O. Box 242 Bridgetown, Barbados +1-246-427-2623; FAX +1-246-426-4080;//barbados.org/, www.caribsurf.com/Barbados/bar_home.html

Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Unfortunately, peak tourist times in the late winter/early spring are the best.

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 30 November (1966)

Getting Around: Bus it baby!

Good to know: More than half a million cruise ship-ites stop here each year.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travellers taking flights to Barbados is Grantley Adams International

Need more information?: Check out the Barbados travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.


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