About the Island
At one time, Barbados was dependent on sugarcane
cultivation, but production in recent years has been diversified into
the manufacturing and tourism sectors.
The Island is well developed and there are many local quality-hotels
known internationally which offer world-class accommodations.
Location: Barbados is a Caribbean island located
in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
Size: 431 square miles (693 square km), 2.5 times
the size of Washington, DC
Climate: Tropical, Rainy season (June to October)
Terrain: Relatively flat; rises gently to central
highland region. The highest point on the island is Mount Hillaby
at 1,102 feet (336 meters).
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Medical care: Medical care is generally good, but
may be limited in outlining areas
Tourism info: Barbados Tourism Authority (246) 427-2623
Getting there from Miami: Barbados is located 1,599
miles (2,573 km) from Miami, FL. The easiest way to visit the Island
is to fly.
Beginning Jan 1, 2008, the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires all U.S. citizens, citizens
of the British Territory of Bermuda, and citizens of Canada and Mexico
visiting Barbados to
have a passport or other secure document that establishes the bearer’s
nationality to enter or re-enter the United States
The waters on the West Coast around Bridgetown are calm and peaceful,
and there are numerous exquisite beach destinations.
Paynes Bay is the perfect location for all kinds of water
sports. A serene ocean and still air make Paynes Bay
ideal for families.
Directly south of Paynes, and minutes from your docking site, you
will find the picturesque Brighton Beach.
Snorkelers are drawn to Mullins Beach because of
its crystal blue waters and ideal atmosphere. Upscale facilities and
Mullins Beach Bar are conveniently located on the
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Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI)
Seawell, Christ Church, Barbados
Phone: (246) 428-7101
Taxis are a great choice for transportation in Bridgetown and all
around Barbados because they are on a fixed rate set by the government.
Up to five passengers can ride in a taxi at no additional charge.
The bus system in Barbados is quite reliable and punctual. The buses
leaving from Bridgetown will take you anywhere on the island. The
blue and yellow buses are nationally owned and the destinations are
posted on the front. The fare is only $.75, but exact change is required.
If you plan to rent a car in Barbados,
be aware you will be driving on the left. The only islands in the
Caribbean where you drive on the right are Aruba, Cuba, Dominican
Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, and the Netherlands Antilles.
Taxi service is available on the island. Although metered rates vary,
they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Bicycles and scooters are
also available for rent at most popular tourist centers.
You can use your home driver’s license but you'll need to purchase
a temporary Barbados driver's license for $20. Remember, when you
take to the road, British rules apply, so keep to the left. Pedestrians
should remember to look right before crossing streets.
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United State diplomatic representation
Embassy of Barbados
2144 Wyoming Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 939-9200
Consulate of Barbados
150 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: (305) 442-7471
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with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking.