POPULATION: Approx 286,000
SIZE: 14 x 21 miles
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Barbados Dollar (Bds) but US dollars are also accepted. The Barbados dollar is permanently linked to the US dollar at a fixed rate of 1.98 Bds to 1 USD
TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT -4 hours in winter and -5 hours in the summer
FLIGHT TIME FROM UK: ~8 hours
PRIME MINISTER: Mia Amor Mottley, QC
MAIN INDUSTRIES: Tourism, Sugar, Rum
AIRPORT: Grantley International (Code BGI). Fly with VIRGIN, First Choice, Thompson, Thomas Cook & BA direct from the UK
INTERNATIONAL DIALLING CODE: - 1 (246)
WATER: Barbados boasts the purest water supply you will find anywhere. Rainwater is filtered naturally through natures own coral filter system, and eventually collected underground. You can drink tap water anywhere on the island.
ELECTRICITY: 115/230 Volts 50 Cycles. (Two prong flat plug the same as most North American devices).
VACCINATIONS: There are no specific vaccinations required for visitors to Barbados. All travellers should be up to date on routine immunisations. There is no present risk of malaria in Barbados, therefore no preventative measures are required.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas.
DRIVING IN BARBADOS: Good news for Brits is that driving in Barbados is done on the left! There is a fairly good network of roads including a highway which links North to South. A permit must be obtained to drive in Barbados. All visitors must be over 25 and hold a valid driving license to obtain a permit. The cost of a permit, which is valid for 3 months is $10 BDS or $5 USD. If you hire a car - most Barbados car hire companies will issue the permit for you. Alternatively you can obtain a permit from the Airport, Ministry of Transport or the Police Stations based in Hastings, Worthing or Holetown. By law you are required to wear a seat belt at all times.