Capital – Bridgetown
Currency – The official currency is the Barbados Dollar, however US Dollars are widely accepted.
Official & Recognised Languages – English, Bajan Creole
Population – 285,000
Time – GMT -4
Sport in Barbados
Cricket is the most popular sport in Barbados, hosting the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and being the birthplace of famous cricketers including Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott, and Sir Frank Worrell. The Kensington Oval is the biggest cricket ground on the island and hosts West Indies matches, as well as the Barbados national team in the Regional Four Day Competition and Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.
Other popular sports on the island include Athletics, Football, Golf, Horse Racing and Rugby.
Getting to Barbados & Visa
As well as Barbados being a popular cruise stop, Grantley Adams International Airport is the largest airport in the Eastern Caribbean and is approximately 16km from Bridgetown. The airport is served by major airlines from the UK and North America.
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British passport holders do not require a visa to visit Barbados, however your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. Further information can be found through the UK government website here. If you are not a British passport holder, please consult your country’s travel advice for Barbados.
Getting around Barbados
Bus – Fares for the bus are fixed at B$2 no matter where you are going. Buses come in three kinds – government run buses are blue with a yellow stripe, private minibuses are yellow with a blue stripe and route taxis are white and have ‘ZR’ on its licence plate.
Buses serve most of the island and will usually run through Bridgetown. Bus stops are red and white signs, with the direction of where the buses are going on the sign.
Taxi – Taxi’s can be identified by the ‘Z’ on the licence plate and will take you anywhere on the island. You will have to haggle the price and should expect to pay B$3 per kilometre.
Where to stay in Barbados
What to do in Barbados
Barbados is famed for its beaches, although you will have to head away from Bridgetown for the best ones. The closest beach to town is Brownes Beach, a lovely stretch of sand with a few bars on offer (see above).
Bridgetown does have a few sights to offer, including the Parliament Buildings, the seat of Parliament for Barbados and built in 1871.
St Michael’s Cathedral was originally constructed in 1665 but was rebuilt in 1789 following a hurricane, whilst National Heroes Square honours 10 Bajan heroes.