Country: Barbados

Population: 280,946

Capital: Bridgetown

Time Zone: UTC-4

Currency Name: Barbadian Dollar (BBD)

Government Type: Parliamentary Democracy

Languages: English

Ethnic Breakdown: Black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed 6%

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

Major Cities: Bridgetown

Phone Country Code: 246

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

Official Tourism Website: www.barbados.org

High Travel Season: mid-December - mid-April

Voltage: 115 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b

Major Holidays: Major Chiristian holidays, plus November 30 Independence Day and Crop Over Festival in July and August

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Mongooses were brought in to control the rat population, but since rats are nocturnal, the rats and Mongooses almost never crossed paths.