See Barbados tips on banking, transportation and more
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
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.
Caribbean Sea (calm ideal for swimming)
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
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
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:
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.
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