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Barbados Information

Population: 280000

Time Zone: GMT-5 hours

Driving side: Left Hand Side

Languages: English

Religion: Mainly Christianity
Rastafarian followers.

Emergency #: 911 for police, fire and ambulance.

Barbados Popular Destinations

Bridgetown The capital city is a lively and busy harbour town, which is tinged with the colonial British influence. The old and new buildings live happily side-by-side and gardens provide picnic spots with fine views of the harbour. The town also houses a good museum and comes to life at night with Baxter's road being the focus.

Sam Lord's Castle Legend has it that Sam Lord diverted ships off course, by a system of lanterns to reach a watery grave while Sam plundered the bounty. More of a stately home than castle containing some of Sams ill gotten gains.

Holetown The oldest town on the island dating back to the 1600s, home to a fine 19th century church and a lovely park at the beach with a marine museum on the grounds.

Sunbury Plantation House The house dates back to the 17th century and is furnished with antiques, well worth exploring on an educational guided tour.

Moving Around Barbados

Bus The bus routes are extensive and cheap, or you can board a shared minibus.

Car Rental Many small rental firms do business from the towns and hotels and they will arrange for your temporary driving permit at a small fee.

Taxi The fares are fixed by the government, so be sure of your fare in advance (hotels can help here)

Mopeds and Bikes Can be hired in Maxwell and Hastings and are a great way to get to those hard to reach beaches etc.

National festival and holidays

Errol Barrow Day Celebrated on January 21st in tribute to the first prime minister of Barbados. He became leader in 1961, 5 years before independence.

Crop Over Festival Self-explanatory sugar harvest fest celebrated from mid July till the first Monday in August. Every village and town has its own parades, festival Queens and all sorts of fun that West Indians love to enjoy. The final day is Kadooment Day where it all comes together with a bang in Bridgetown and is a national holiday.

Independence Day The 30th of November is commemorated as the day that Barbados Became an independent country from Britain in 1966.Parades and parties are held in the capital.

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