Barbados Travel Overview
Official language: English
Continent: Caribbean North America
Dream vacation in the Caribbean
Playing golf or diving, Barbados has all the advantages of the Caribbean. The name of the island comes from its Portuguese explorer, to whom the leaves of the fig tree reminded of beards.
According to Countryaah, Barbados belongs to the “Commonwealth of Nations”, ie the British Queen is the formal head of state. With an area of 431 km², the island is somewhat larger than the state of Andorra. Barbados is located in the Atlantic Ocean and is the easternmost part of the Caribbean. Geographically, it is one of the small Antilles and is therefore close to Venezuela and the island of St. Lucia.
Climate and travel time
Barbados is characterized by the Caribbean climate. However, it is in a cyclone-prone zone. Hurricanes occur more often between June and November, you should avoid this time.
Due to its size and geography, Barbados is poorly served by public transport. You can rent a car without any problems, but two things should be considered: in Barbados there is left-hand traffic and you need a holiday driver’s license, which you can get without any problems. Either with the police or directly with the rental car.
In addition to diving trips and golf vacations, Barbados is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons.
Official language: English
Dollars (100 cents)
ISO 4217 code
BBD / 052
Continent: North America
Geo coordinates: N 13 ° 11 ’38 ” W -59 ° -32′ -35.5″
Highest mountain: Mount Hillaby (336 m)
Total area: 431 km²
Mainland: 431 km²
Coastline: 97 km
Dependency: UK since 1966
UN member since: 1966
Other political affiliation: Commonwealth
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy
Houses of Parliament: bikameral
Party system: Two-party system
State building: federal
Political culture: Civic culture
Export goods: Electronics, petroleum, sugar
GDP: $ 3,113,700,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 4,982,000,000
Economic growth: 3.9%
Export: $ 220,000,000
Import: $ 1,690,000,000
Electricity consumption: 811 million KWh
Gas reserves: 141,600 million m³
Gas production: 29 million m³
Gas consumption: 29 million m³
Oil reserves: 1 million m³
Oil production: 1,000 million m³
Oil consumption: 10,300 million m³
Cultivation area: 39.54%
Residents in cities: 142,600
Minorities: Mulattos, whites, Indians
Average age: 34.6 years
0-14 years: 20.1%
15-64 years: 71.1%
> 65 years: 8.8%
Population growth: 0.37%
Birth rate: 12.83 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 8.67 / 1,000 residents
Migration: -0.31 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.94
Fertility: 1.65 children / woman
Infant mortality: 11.77 ‰
Life expectancy men: 70.79 years
Life expectancy women: 74.82 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: BB
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: BRB
ISO 3166 numeric: 52
Top Level Domain: bb
IOC country code: BAR
UN / LOCODE: BB
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 58
Number of doctors: 390
Daily food intake: 3,030 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 2,700
Last sovereign since: 1966
Main religious group: Christians
Distribution of religions: Christian-Anglican
Prison inmates: 1,000
Arriving by plane
Condor (DE) (Internet: www.condor.com), Lufthansa (LH) (Internet: www.lufthansa.de) offer direct flights from Frankfurt / Main to Barbados in cooperation with other airlines. Swiss International (LX) (Internet: www.swiss.com) and Air France (AF) (Internet: www.airfrance.com),
among others, fly from Zurich, while Austrian Airlines (OS) (Internet: www.aua) fly from Vienna. com) in cooperation with other airlines. British Airways (AB) (Internet: www.britishairways.com
) offers flights from all major German airports as well as from Zurich, Geneva and Vienna. Caribbean Airlines (Internet: www.caribbean-airlines.com/) flies from London to Barbados.
27.50 US $ (55 BD $) upon departure. Transit travelers and children under 12 years of age are excluded.
Arrival by ship
The port in Bridgetown (Internet: www.bridgetowncruiseterminals.com) is called by international cruise lines including Star Clippers (Internet: www.starclippers.com). More information from the tourist office (see addresses). The terminal for cruise ships offers several duty-free shops, a market for local goods, restaurant / bar, tourist information, exchange office, rental car counter, mobile phone rental, telephone and fax point.
ON THE GO
On the way by car / bus
Barbados has a well-developed road network, and the east coast can also be reached more quickly via the new connecting road. The drive from Bridgetown to Speightstown takes approx. 30 minutes, to Holetown and Oistins approx. 20 minutes. Bus (Internet: http://transportboard.com): Regular bus services with low fares connect Bridgetown with all parts of the island. Buses are often overcrowded during rush hour. Buses run from around 6 a.m. to midnight. The terminus of every bus is Speightstown. Mini-buses: Licensed mini-buses, which can be recognized by their license plate marked ‘ZR’, operate all over the island and can be stopped anywhere at any time. There are no fixed timetables. Taxi:Standard tariffs apply to all routes, a price list is available from the tourist office. Rental Cars : Various types of vehicles from mopeds to limousines can be rented at the airport, from car rental companies in Bridgetown or from large hotels. Gasoline is relatively cheap. Vehicles can be rented by the hour, by the day or by the week. Documents: A local, temporary driver’s license (Visitor’s Driver’s License) is obtained from the offices of the Ministry of Transport,issued at the airport and at police stations for a fee of BDS $ 10. Car rental companies can also help with the necessary formalities. The driver’s license can also be booked from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A valid national or international driver’s license must be presented.
within built-up areas: 60 km / h;
outside built-up areas: 80 km / h.
Traveling in the city
Bridgetown has a public bus network. Taxis run all over the city.