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Barbados Facts & Information

 Location Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
 Climate Tropical, rainy season June to October
 Terrain Relatively flat, rises gently to central highland region
 Population 279,254
 Nationality Barbadian or Bajan
 Ethnic groups Black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed 6%
 Religions Protestant 67%, Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%
 Languages English
 Government Type Parliamentary democracy
 Capital Bridgetown
 Currency Barbadian dollar (BBD)
 Description of Flag Three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold, and blue with the head of a black trident centered on the gold band; the trident head represents independence and a break with the past
 Barbados Flag Flag of Barbados

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Barbados Culture

Barbados is a small but densely populated island of less than 300,000 people. It occupies 166 square miles and is only 21 miles long and 14 miles wide at its widest point. Its location almost 100 miles east of its closest neighbor shielded it from feuding Spaniards and Frenchmen who craved other areas of the Caribbean. Throughout its history, Barbados remained comfortable under stolid British rule. The island is sometimes referred to as the “Little England

of the Caribbean.” But Bajans, as islanders call themselves, have selectively borrowed from the British. Tea, yes, but don’t forget Barbados is as care-free West Indian as the rest of the Caribbean. With its past history of slavery and sugar cane domination behind it, Barbados in the last century went through hard times, particularly in the 1930s when the prices for crops such as sugar dropped. Wages were low. Working hours were long. Racism and a rigid class system also led to social upheaval. Today, however, that has changed dramatically. The United Nations ranked Barbados 29 in the Human Development Index, which made it No. 1 in the world’s developing nations. The country has beefed up its education system to give it one of the highest literacy rates in the world, 99.7%. That’s much higher than many developed countries.

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Barbados Shopping

The heart and soul of shopping in Barbados is Broad Street, the main avenue of the capital city of Bridgetown. Shops range from large department stores to small specialty outlets. There are several shopping malls. Merchants claim their duty-free prices are up to 50% less than in Europe or North America. Visitors might keep in mind that right outside Bridgetown is the Bayshore Complex, which not only has shops but historic sites. One of the best places to

get local handicrafts including straw bags and rum cakes is Pelican Village, also on the outskirts of Bridgetown. Shopping here, of course, is not confined to the capital. Smaller towns such as St. James and St. Peter also have a variety of craft and gift shops. For visitors staying in apartments of hotels with kitchen facilities, local supermarkets include Big B and Jordan’s Supermarket, both chains.


Barbados Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in Barbados including Christchurch, St. James, Bridgetown and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Barbados cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

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