Things To Know
Size & Location

Barbados is 166 square miles measuring only 21 miles long and 14 miles wide. It is the eastern most Caribbean country with a population of approximately 275,000 people.

Weather & Climate

Barbados weather is mostly sunny and fair with warm days, cool winds and cozy nights. The prevailing cool northeast tradewinds blow steadily so that although it is bright and sunny, it is not unbearably hot.

Barbados has an average daytime have an average daytime high of 84 - 88oF or 29 - 31oC. The dry season in Barbados lasts from January to July. Tropical rainstorms sometimes occur in the hurricane season which runs from June to October.

Useful Numbers
The emergency numbers are:
 
  • Police - 211
  • Fire - 311
  • Ambulance - 511
 
Other useful numbers are:
 
Medical
 
  • Bayview Hospital - 246 436-5446
  • FMH Emergency Medical Clinic - 246 228-6120
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital - 246 436-6450
  • Sandy Crest Medical Centre - 246 419-4911
  • The Sparman Clinic - 246 624-3278
 
Barbados Tourism Authority Offices
 
  • Head Office : 246 467-3600
  • Airport : 246 428-5570/ 0937/ 7101
  • Cruiseport : 246 427-2623/ 426-1718/ 431-9033
Taxes

A 17.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at all stores and restaurants and 8.75% for hotel accommodation. There is a good selection of duty free shopping available on the island, especially in Bridgetown, but other locations can also be found on the south and west coasts.

Electricity

Barbados runs on 110 volts, 50 cycles and some European appliances might require adapters.

Water Tip

The water in Barbados is safe to drink as it is filtered naturally through the coral limestone rock.

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