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Barbados - a bay - s.t. photo

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Practicals

Transport

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Barbados - public bus - g.a. photo

Accomodation

British TV personality, Simon Cowell has been known to stay at Sandy Lane resort and also likes to rent villas such as Cove Spring House, which is found on the same strip of West Coast.

Barbados - Beach at the Rostrevor Hotel - c.s. photo

Shopping

Pelican Village located near the Bridgetown Port has shops run by local artists. They sell e.g., paintings and prints of the old chattel houses, market scenes, etc.

Barbados - red snappers and bonitos

Fun

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Barbados - prices - m.s. photo

Public safety

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Barbados - the policewoman is watching vigilantly - s.t. photo

Barbados - fire service - r.k. photo

Health

You can drink tap water in Barbados.

Others

1. Local maps are mostly incomplete. Tourists using these, may get on the island at some point during their holiday and especially if they leave the central area. Tourists should better ask for directions from the hotel to their place of interest to be sure.

Background

Destination in brief

Barbados got the name from the bearded Fig trees which at the time looked like beards, moreover like bearded men standing on the shore: Los Barbados (Bar-ba-dos) which means the Bearded Ones.

Size: 431 km² (166 mi²)

Capital city: Bridgetown 

Population (in 2021): 287,711

Language: English is the official language - In the everyday, informal communication an English based Creole (Bajan Creole) is spoken

Religions: 95% Christians (mostly Anglicans)

Political system: parliamentary democracy, constitutional monarchy - Barbadian politics is dominated by two parties: Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Update: In November 2021,  II. Elizabeth will no longer be head of state of Barbados, as the island country will be a republic.

Currency: Barbadian (or Bajan) dollar (BBD)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 1400 USD

Most common surname: Clarke

Rihanna, the world-famous singer, is from Barbados. She is black with some Irish ancestry on her father’s side as her mother is from Guyana. Her grandfather was Irish.





Barbados - national flag featuring Neptune's trident- c.g. photo

Barbados map

Geography

Barbados is flat land. Locals don't like to be reminded of that. Don't ask them where the mountains are.


Climate

  • On average, the temperatures are always high.
  • On average, the warmest month is August.
  • On average, the coldest month is January.
  • The average annual maximum temperature is 29.0° Celsius (84.2° Fahrenheit) - The average annual minimum temperature is: 22.0° Celsius (71.6° Fahrenheit)

Nowadays

In Barbados, health care is free (including pharmaceuticals) education is also free (from nursery to university). Taxes are high. Most people own their own homes. 

The tourist sector accounts for more than 50% of Barbados' GDP; it hosts large data processing centers mostly employed by insurance corporations to hold their masses of statistical data. Barbados, so far, is a relatively unique example of a Caribbean country that manage to prosper without offshore banking. Prosperity has gradually been weakened by big corporations' strategy to keep relocating their operations (including data processing) into those countries outside of Barbados where the average salary is lower.

Barbados - Bridgetown - m.s. photo

Barbados - Bridgetown - Swan Street - j.i.

People

Locals, the Barbadians like to call themselves Bajans.  

A local's opinion:
We spend more than we earn.
We spend way too much money on importing food instead of growing. We have become a buy-and-sell society instead of an emphasis on industry/production and product creation.
We have become lazy
We believe we are better than other Caribbean islands
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Barbados - Fashion changes, but style endures

Barbados - in festive attire - c.s. photo

Barbados - National pride - c.y. photo

Barbados - She loves her country

Tourist etiquette

1. People in Barbados are very conservative. Please don't run around half-naked.

2. Locals don't like to waste food. Local staff in the hotels disapprove guests who fill their plates and leave most of it

3. Local girls don't like foreign tourist guys who try to chat them up for sex. They prefer to do the picking - if they feel like - but they do it discreetly.

4. Locals drink quietly and don't like tourists getting drunk and run around making noise.

5. Don’t drink to excess and don’t be rude.

6. In most restaurants, you would see men with fitted trousers and a long or short sleeve tropical weight shirt. Women wear nice lightweight dresses. Coat and tie are not necessary.

6. Don't wear any camouflage military clothing, as it is illegal in Barbados



Attractions


Hackelton's Cliff - Located in the parish of St. Joseph, about 300 meters (1000 ft) above sea level. It overlooks the east coast of the island, offering panoramic views.

Slave Gate - That historical monument is in Bridgetown (upper Broad Street). The slaves passed that gate when they were brought to the slave market. They were displayed there to be selected for purchase by the White Plantation owners.

Jewish Synagogue - This synagogue in Bridgetown was built in the 17th century.  The Jewish community restored it in the 1980s.

Beaches

Barbados has about 80 beaches.

Barbados - Dover Beach - s.f. photo

Barbados - Carlisle Bay - Brownes Beach - p.j. photo

Bridgetown

Barbados - Bridgetown - Parliament buildings - g.a. photo

Barbados - Bridgetown - Swan Street - the main old-style Caribbean shopping street - p.j. photo

Barbados - Bridgetown - The Parliament Building - previously the center of the colonial administration - p.j. photo

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