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Flight Time to Barbados from the UK
Approx 8 hours 45 min
Barbados is a relatively flat island, rising gently to the central highland region, the highest point being Mount Hillaby, in the Scotland district, at 336 metres (1,100 ft) above sea level. The island is located in a slightly eccentric position in the Atlantic Ocean, to the east other Caribbean islands. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from June to October.
Though one might assume the island deals with severe tropical storms and hurricanes during the rainy season, it actually does not. The island gets brushed or hit every 3.09 years and the average number of years between direct hurricane hits is once every 26.6 years.
In the parish of Saint Michael lies Barbados' chief city Bridgetown, which is the nation's capital. Locally Bridgetown is sometimes referred to as "The City" or "B-town", and the most common reference is simply "'Town". Other towns include Holetown, in the parish of Saint James Oistins, in the parish of Christ Church and Speightstown, in the parish of Saint Peter.
The island is 23 kilometres (14 mi) at its widest point, and about 34 kilometres (21 mi) long.
Brief History of Barbados
The earliest inhabitants of Barbados were Amerindian nomads. Three waves of migrants moved north toward North America. The first wave was of the Saladoid-Barrancoid group, who were farmers, fishermen, and ceramists that arrived by canoe from South America (Venezuela's Orinoco Valley) around 350 CE. The Arawak people were the second wave of migrants, arriving from South America around 800 CE. Arawak settlements on the island include Stroud Point, Chandler Bay, Saint Luke's Gully, and Mapp's Cave. According to accounts by descendants of the aboriginal Arawak tribes on other local islands, the original name for Barbados was Ichirouganaim. In the 13th century, the Caribs arrived from South America in the third wave, displacing both the Arawak and the Salodoid-Barrancoid. For the next few centuries, the Caribs-like the Arawak and the Salodoid-Barrancoid-lived in isolation on the island.
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The best beaches on the island are on the tranquil west coast where most of the hotels are scattered, while the south of the island is more traditional and gives you a greater insight into Barbados life. For a change of scenery, take a trip to the east of the island away from the tourist trail and view the dramatic landscape at Bathsheba, much loved by surfers.The capital, Bridgetown, has a beautiful setting on Carlisle Bay, the island's only natural harbour. Stroll through the streets to see a mixture of architectural styles including the Gothic parliament buildings and a distinctive 19th-century synagogue. Along the south-western coast, about nine miles from Bridgetown, there's a cluster of small towns with excellent beaches, the liveliest being St Lawrence, which has the best nightlife on the island. Among the sporting attractions, horse racing at Garrison Savannah is a highlight for many. You may also be surprised to learn that Barbados has several coral reefs, so there's no shortage of opportunities for snorkelling. Another popular watersport here is boogie boarding, while catamaran cruises are the perfect way to get a different view of the coastline.
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Barbados offers a slice of the Caribbean with a distinct British atmosphere that stems back to the 16th century when it was part of the British colonies; even today afternoon tea is still served in hotels. The island offers a variety of attractions from the serene fairways of the golf courses to the wildly adventurous excursion aboard a pirate ship.
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Genteel, laidback and rather opulent, Barbados is not just about sparkling blue seas, fantastic beaches and endless sun; the island has also retained fine architecture and historical sites, plus a quirky Bajan personality and a little of the British character that influenced it for several hundred years.
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Public Holidays in Barbados
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 22 - Barrow Day
April 6 - Good Friday
April 8 - Easter
April 9 - Easter Monday
April 28 - Heroes Day
May 1 - Labour Day
May 27 - Whit Sunday (Pentecost)
May 28 - Whit Monday
August 1 - Emancipation Day
August 6 - Kadooment Day
November 30 - Independence Day
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Boxing Day
Visa Information for Barbados
Every person entering Barbados, including all North American citizens (Americans and Canadians), should be in possession of a valid passport and a valid return ticket.
Getting Around in Barbados
The bus system is extensive, cheap, and fast - if you're headed to somewhere on the main route - but a car (or mini-moke) is the only way to see many of the out-of-the-way sights. Many of the drivers will hold a bus for you if they see you're from out of town reflecting the typical welcoming spirit.
There are also more than enough taxis to take you wherever you need to go on the island for reasonable prices.
Mopeds and bikes can also be rented, on the island, to explore sites that aren't easily reached by cars.
Another fun way to get around is to rent a moke available from any number of local car rental agencies.
If you are driving, roads on the island are generally quite narrow, with the exception of the ABC highway. It is advisable to be extra cautious as many roads on the island have sharp turns, steep inclines, and are generally quite bumpy, although most are paved. Many of these proclaimed highways do not have sidewalks, so there can be pedestrians on the street sharing the road. Many bus stops are also on the side of roads where there are no sidewalks.