North America

Barbados Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Bridgetown

Official language: English

Currency: dollar

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.

Location

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.

Mobility

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.

Highlights

In addition to diving trips and golf vacations, Barbados is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons.

Important facts

Capital: Bridgetown

Official language: English

Currency

Currency (sub-unit)

Dollars (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

BBD / 052

Geography

Continent: North America

Region: Caribbean

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

Politics

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

Economy

Barbados GDP - gross domestic product

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%

Demographic data

Residents: 279,900

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

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Transportation

Cars: 79,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 58

Health

Number of doctors: 390

Daily food intake: 3,030 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 2,700

education

History

Foundation: 1966

Last sovereign since: 1966

Religion

Main religious group: Christians

Distribution of religions: Christian-Anglican

Crime

Prison inmates: 1,000

GETTING THERE

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.

Departure fee

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.
Traffic regulations:
left-hand traffic.
Speed limits:
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.