Where is Barbados located?

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Barbados Weather

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Barbados Facts and Culture

What is Barbados famous for?

  • Food and Recipes: Steamed Flying Fish combined with Cou-Cou is considered the national dish of Barbados.  Salt cod or codfish preserved with salt... More
  • Family: Extended family is important and members may live with or near one another. The mother's role in rearing children is... More
  • Fashion: Bajan cuisine combines African and English traditions. Fast foods and Pizza are becoming popular. More
  • Visiting: Bajans usually visit on weekends with a favorite time for men to gather being Sunday Morning. Cricket matches are important... More
  • Recreation: Cricket is the national sport. The coral reefs encourage diving with sunken ships close for exploration. Dominoes is the... More
  • Cultural Attributes: Informal English phrases are common. More

Barbados Facts

What is the capital of Barbados?

Capital Bridgetown
Government Type Parliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm
Currency Barbadian dollars (BBD)
Total Area 166 Square Miles
430 Square Kilometers
Location The Caribbean, an island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
Language English
GDP - real growth rate 1.7%
GDP - per capita (PPP) $17,200.00 (USD)

Barbados Demographics

What is the population of Barbados?

Ethnic Groups Black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed 6%
Nationality Adjective Barbadian or Bajan (colloquial)
Nationality Noun Barbadian(s) or Bajan (colloquial)
Population 294,560
Population Growth Rate 0.34%
Population in Major Urban Areas BRIDGETOWN (capital) 122,000
Predominant Language English
Urban Population 44.4%

Barbados Government

What type of government does Barbados have?

  • Executive Branch: Chief of State: King CHARLES Philip Arthur George III (Since 8 September 2022), previous Queen ELIZABETH II (6 February... More
  • Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal More
  • Citizenship: Citizenship by Birth: yes Citizenship by Descent: yes Dual Citizenship Recognized: yes Residency Requirement for Naturalization: 5 years More
  • National Holiday: Independence Day, 30 November (1966) More
  • Constitution: Adopted 22 November 1966, effective 30 November 1966; amended several times, last in 2007 More
  • Independence: 30 November 1966 (from the UK) More

Barbados Geography

What environmental issues does Barbados have?

  • Overview: Barbados lies about 270 miles northeast of Venezuela and 1,612 miles southeast of Miami. The island is 21 miles long... More
  • Climate: The temperature in Barbados varies little during the year, averaging about 77°F (25°C) and rarely rising above 89°F (32°C) or... More
  • Environment - Current Issues: Pollution of coastal waters from waste disposal by ships; soil erosion; illegal solid waste disposal threatens contamination of aquifers More
  • Environment - International Agreements: Party To: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone... More
  • Terrain: Relatively flat; rises gently to a central highland region More

Barbados Economy

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Barbados News & Current Events

What current events are happening in Barbados?
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Interesting Barbados Facts

What unique things can you discover about Barbados?

  • Barbados has a rich legacy of proverbs. For example, “ Trouble don' set up like rain” (You can't always see trouble coming). “ If greedy wait, hot will cool” (Wait patiently and you will get what you want). “ Taking time ain't laziness” (Much can be achieved by taking one's time). “ Wuh sweeten goat mouth does bun e tail” (What seems sweet and good at first can have negative or painful consequences).
  • Barbados has a small Jewish community. Barbados Synagogue, the second oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, is in Bridgetown. It was originally built in 1654, destroyed by a hurricane in 1831, and rebuilt in 1833. It has a cemetery dating back to 1658.
  • Barbados was given its name by a group of Portuguese sailors who landed on the island on their way to Brazil in 1536. Here they found huge banyan trees with roots hanging like beards from the branches. They called the island “Los Barbados” meaning “ the bearded ones”.
  • Barbados was the first island in the West Indies to have piped drinking water. It has many underground wells and caves that provide a plentiful supply of pure drinking water filtered through the porous coral of the land.
  • For the past 358 years, the Barbados parliament has functioned without interruption. This makes it the third oldest parliament in the world.
  • In 1847, the parliament of Barbados passed an act to establish a public library. This was a milestone for learning in Barbados. A similar act was passed three years later in Great Britain.
  • In the 17th century, people who were deemed to be enemies of the British crown were sent to Barbados as indentured servants. This practice was so widespread that punishment was sometimes described as “ being Barbadoed.”
  • Kadooment is Barbados's biggest street carnival, held on the first Monday in August. Kadooment means fun and good times.
  • Parents warn their children to be careful with the saying, “ The sea ain't got no back door.” This means, “ Don't go out too far into the sea, you may not be able to get back.”
  • Plantation workers needed houses that were easily assembled and taken down so that they could move from plantation to plantation. Although these “chattel houses” were designed to be mobile, they were often richly decorated with carved wood.
  • Sir Garfield Sobers of Barbados is known as the world's greatest all-around cricketer. In 1975, Queen Elizabeth knighted him for his services to the sport.
  • The rich fruitcake or pudding served at Christmastime or at weddings is laced with several kinds of rum. Fruits may be soaked in the rum for several months before baking. These cakes have a very long shelf life because the alcohol acts as a preservative.
  • Visitors have been coming to the island since the 18th century to recuperate from illnesses in its healthy environment. Two well-known health resorts are in Bathsheba and Cattlewash, on the east side of the island.

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Barbados Travel Information

What makes Barbados a unique country to travel to?

Country Description

Barbados is an independent Caribbean island nation with a developed economy. The capital is Bridgetown. Facilities for tourism are widely available. The U.S. Embassy in Barbados has consular responsibility for Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts, and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, as well as the British dependent territories of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, and Montserrat, and the French islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Barthélemy and St. Martin.


Crime in Barbados is characterized primarily by petty theft and street crime. Incidents of violent crime, including rape, do occur. Visitors should be especially vigilant on the beaches at night. In 2012 several female tourists were reportedly sexually assaulted in separate attacks while walking alone in the Holetown area on the West Coast of Barbados.

As always, visitors to and residents in Barbados should always be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution, especially when walking alone and even during the day. If walking alone, avoid secluded areas. Always secure valuables in a hotel safe, and always lock and secure a hotel room and rental home doors and windows.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, but if you purchase them you may be breaking local law.

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Barbados, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. In some places, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. In some places, it is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. In some places, driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. These criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Barbados, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not where you are going.

Persons violating Barbados laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs in Barbados are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Medical Facilities and Health Information

The main medical facility in Barbados is Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Medical care is good for the region, but medical transport can take hours to respond and ambulance attendants are prohibited from applying lifesaving techniques during transport. Minor problems requiring a visit to the emergency room can involve a wait of several hours; private clinics and physicians offer speedier service. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services, and U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United States.

Traffic Safety and Road Conditions

While in Barbados, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Driving in Barbados is on the left-hand side of the road. Registered taxis and large public buses are generally safe. Private vans and small buses are often crowded and tend to travel at excessive speeds. Travelers are cautioned against riding in private mini-buses, known as “Z buses”, as the owners frequently drive erratically. Night driving should be done with caution because of narrow roads with no shoulders and pedestrian/bicycle traffic. Visitors are warned to be extremely careful when driving, riding in a vehicle, or crossing roads on foot.

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