About Barbados

Barbados is the eastern-most Caribbean island which seeks to offer visitors a diversity of different cultures. Originally settled by Arawak Indians, it was then ruled as a British colony until 1966 when it became an independent nation within the Commonwealth.

The island is approximately 166 sq. miles and is divided into 11 parishes. Unlike many other Caribbean islands, Barbados is not volcanic. Much of the island is coral or limestone.

The capital of Barbados is Bridgetown, the busy commercial area with its own natural harbour. There are also three other smaller towns, Oistins in the South Coast, Holetown on the West Coast, which is the oldest town on the island where the first settlers landed and is now the hub of the tourist area, and Speightstown which is further north.

Currency : Barbados has its own currency, the Barbados dollar which is tied to the US dollar at a rate of BDS$2 to US$1.

Climate: Barbados enjoys an all year round mild and sunny climate with temperatures ranging from 24 – 31 degrees Celsius (75 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit). It enjoys the trade winds which help to keep the humidity levels low. The rainy season is from June to November.

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