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LOCATION & HISTORY
Barbados is an Eastern Caribbean island which covers an area of 166 sq. Miles – it is 21 miles long and 23 miles wide.  Its closest neighbouring islands are Grenada, St Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.  The island is in the British Commonwealth but an independent nation with a Democratic Government.  Barbados is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Caribbean.

BUSINESS HOURS
Shops are open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am-1:00pm; Shopping Malls 9:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri and Saturdays 9:00am-2:00pm.

CHURCHES
40% of the population are Anglicans (Church of England) – other denominations include Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witnesses, 7th Day Adventists and Spiritual Baptists.

CLIMATE
Barbados has a year-round summer with average temperatures ranging between 27°-30°.   As with most of the Eastern Caribbean islands, the island experiences two seasons – a ‘wet’ season from June to December and a ‘dry’ season from January to May.  The hottest months are usually between June and September.

CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS
Barbados uses the Barbados Dollar which is linked to the US$ at US$1 = BDS $1.98.  The US$ is widely accepted on island and major credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted by most shops and restaurants.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
UK Citizens require a valid passport.

GETTING THERE
From the UK Virgin Atlantic and British Airways fly directly to Barbados – flights are from London Gatwick as well as Manchester & Edinburgh.

LANGUAGE
English is the language spoken in Barbados.

MEDICAL
There is a General Hospital in Bridgetown and 20 Polyclinics around the island.

TIME ZONE
Barbados is in the Atlantic Time Zone and is 4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.

WHAT TO SEE & DO
Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s leading tourism destinations, surrounded by beautiful beaches and a wide variety of interesting things to see and do:-
•    Wedding & Honeymoon – Barbados is one of the most famous Wedding & Honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean – offering a range of venues and scenery for that perfect day … including the ever-popular beach weddings
•    Entertainment – The island is famous for nightlife and entertainment including the well-known St Lawrence Gap; Friday night at Oistin’s, Nightclubs, etc.
•    Adventure – Barbados offers a wide range of adventure including Deep Sea Fishing; Surfing; Zip-lining; Hiking; Wildlife Reserve; Harrison’s Cave (3-miles long); Atlantis Submarine, etc.
•    Festivals – This year’s festivals include a Reggae Festival and the annual Crop-over Celebration with 5 weeks of events and festivities
•    Spas & Wellness – The island boasts “…a wealth of decadent and desirable spa destinations…” with experienced massage therapists and beauticians located throughout the island
•    Sports – Most Barbadians are sports fanatics and the island offers many sporting activities including Golfing, Fishing, Cricket, Polo, Sir Gary Sobers’ International Schools’ Cricket Tournament – to name just a few …..
•    Famous Faces – the pop icon Rihanna and Sir Gary Sobers are both natives of Barbados

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