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Barbados is an island (Area: 431 sq km) in the Caribbean, or West Indies, northeast of Venezuela, in Central America, lying between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The island is portrayed as the little England of the Caribbean because of its long association as a British colony.
Barbados has the following towns and cities:
The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.
Buses run from a stop across the road from the airport up the coast to Bridgetown, but a taxi is the most convenient way to get to your hotel on arrival.
Many cruise ships dock in Bridgetown, and in fact the Bridgetown deep water harbour has just been expanded to accommodate even more vessels. Private moorings are available around the island. Note- stiff penalties prohibit the dropping of anchors on coral reefs.
The bus system is extensive, cheap, and fast -- if you're headed to somewhere on the main route, but a car (or mini-moke) is the only way to see many of the out-of-the-way sights.
There are also more then enough taxi's to take you wherever you need to go on the island for reasonable prices.
Mopeds and bikes can also be rented, on the island, to explore sites that aren't easily reached by cars.
Bajans speak English with plenty of local terms thrown in.
The local currency is the Barbadian dollar, but US dollars are accepted just about everywhere in shops and restaurants. The exchange rate is fixed at 2 Barbadian dollars to the US Dollar. Lots of duty free shops in Bridgetown catering to the cruise liner trade, where you can buy jewellery, etc.
Rum and rum drinks are featured at every bar. Beer and wine is easy to find as well. Banks beer is Barbados' own beer and very good.
You will find inexpensive guest houses with bed and breakfast from under $40.00 U.S daily for a single in the summer to luxury accommodations at some of the world's best hotels at $1,600 in the prime season. From large hotels to small intimate guest houses, Barbados has it all. Stay in a cosy country inn, rent self contained apartments or an elegant villa, on the beach, in town or far away in the quiet countryside. And there are hotels for the sports enthusiasts, from water sports to tennis lessons and professional golf courses. Barbados offers accommodation in every class, for every budget and for every taste. Barbados apartments and apartment hotels offer the comfort of a hotel room combined with the convenience of your own cooking facilities. Most are located on/near the beach and are especially suitable for families. There is a wide selection of luxury villas and cottages available for rent throughout Barbados. Many of these villas and cottages are located on or near the beach, and provide all the facilities needed to make your stay in Barbados truly relaxing and enjoyable. Privately owned vacation rentals are often rented at much lower costs than hotel or resort rooms. There is a wide selection of these holiday properties available throughout Barbados and many are located on or near the beach. Vacation properties range from beach houses to condos and apartments.
Although a very safe place to travel, it is generally suggested to avoid certain high risk activities Most notably, walking alone on the beach during the evening or late at night is generally regarded as a bad idea as it makes for an ideal situation for robbers to attack tourists.
Beware of the sun, Barbados is only 13 degrees off of the equator and you can burn very easily. It is very important to keep your water intake high. Drink plenty of water.
Despite, or maybe because of the tropical climate, Bajans tend to dress conservatively when not on the beach. A bikini probably won't be appreciated in town and certainly not in church.