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Rockley Beach, Barbados

Rockley Beach, Barbados

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Great Barbados Vacations features clean, comfortable and affordable self-catering apartments located at Rockley Golf & Country Club in Barbados.

Our apartments have been tastefully decorated and outfitted to ensure that you, our guest, feel just as comfortable as you do in your own home. In fact, that is exactly what we’ve become, a home away from home, to many of our guests who are now repeat visitors year after year.

For first time visitors, we have included some general tips and information about Barbados below.



Swimwear is excellent for the beach, however, it is not considered proper apparel for shopping or dinning. General attire for dinning out in the evening is casual but elegant, walking shorts are acceptable in most restaurants (some exceptions in upper scale dinning establishments).


Several on South Coast, West Coast and Bridgetown
Only one on the East Coast (in Belleplaine, St. Andrew)

General Business Hours:

Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 1:00/2:00 pm
Sunday Closed


Barbados Currency is dollars. US $1.00 = BDS $1.98


110 Volts AC 50 cycle


Length: 34 km (21 miles)
Width: 22 km (14 miles)
Area: 425 square km (166 square miles)

Barbados is divided into 11 parishes.

West Coast: 
Caribbean Sea (calm ideal for swimming)

East Coast:

Atlantic Ocean (rough – swimming not recommended)

South and South-East Coast:
Ideal for swimming as well, with South-East Coast having larger waves.


The crime rate in Barbados is very low, however, simple precautions should always be taken.

  • Please stay in well-lit, familiar areas at night
  • Do not leave valuables unattended
  • Lock your doors
  • Do not swim on the East Coast


Winter: GMT minus 4 hours
Summer: GMT minus 5 hours

Banking Information:

General Banking Hours:
Monday to Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Major Banks:

Republic Bank
CIBC First Caribbean
Royal Bank of Canada
The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)
First Citizens (formerly Bank of Butterfield)


Bridgetown located in the parish of St. Michael.


Temperature: 24 to 33 degrees (74 to 83 Fahrenheit) approximately
Rainy Season: June to November

Emergency Phone Numbers:

Police 211
Fire 311
Ambulance 511


Barbados is Independent, with a Prime Minister.
Barbados is also a member of the Commonwealth, with a Governor General.


Official Language: English. However, Bajan dialect is commonly spoken.


Population: 274,000 approximately


Stores and Restaurants 17.5% VAT tax
Hotels 7.5% VAT tax

There are several tax-free shopping areas throughout the island, particularly in Bridgetown.


Pay Phones
Internet Cafes
Cellular Phone Rental

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