Discover Barbados Fast Facts

As a way to help you get better acquainted with Barbados, we've provided a list of quick and handy facts below about life on the island.


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Size & Location

Barbados is 166 square miles, divided into 11 parishes.
 

Climate

With over 3,000 hours of sunshine yearly, the weather is almost always sunny and warm, cooled by the constant northeast trade winds. The average daytime temperature ranges between 84-88 degrees Fahrenheit (29-31 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).

 

Language

English, although the Bajan dialect can be heard all around the island.

 

Time Difference

Four (4) hours behind GMT in the winter and five (5) hours in the summer. One (1) hour ahead of US and Canada Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the winter and the same during US Daylight Saving Time.

 

Electricity

115/230 volts 50 cycle. Many hotels provide converters for European or Asian appliances. North American appliances will not need converters.

 

Dress Code

Outfit yourself for the warm tropical climate: shorts, t-shirts, wraps and sundresses would be your best bet for daytime wear and "elegantly casual" wear for evenings. Bear in mind that swimwear should be kept for the beach and suitable attire should be worn when going shopping or dining out.

 

Business Hours

Shops in Bridgetown are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm and 8:30am-1:00pm on Saturdays. Malls, out-of-town shops and boutiques usually open from 9:00am-5:00pm (Mon-Fri) and 9:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays. Most shops are closed on Sundays, although some supermarkets and convenience stores remain open.

 

Telecommunications 

Barbados has a modern telecommunications infrastructure with the latest in digital technology and fiber optics systems including international direct dialing, facsimile transfer and satellite telecommunications which allows for the efficient transmission of electronic data. Internet and e-mail services, as well as express mail and courier delivery, are also available. The International direct distance dialing code for Barbados is (1-246), followed by a seven digit local number.

 

Getting Around

Driving in Barbados is on the left side of the road and the majority of vehicles are "right hand drive." The island has an extensive road network of about 1,475 km of paved roads. A highway links the north and the south of the island. There are a number of ways to get around the island by hired car, taxis and buses; all are safe, reliable and convenient.


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