Barbados

Capital Bridgetown

Population 285,000

Area 430 km2

Key facts

Barbados is a country located in Caribbean. The country has no land neighbors.

English is an official language in Barbados. It means that if you speak it, you would be able to communicate with almost everyone. If not, it is highly recommended that you acquire some basic English before traveling to Barbados.

The national currency in Barbados is Barbadian dollar (BBD). The dollar ($) is subdivided into 100 cent.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 2.17 BBD and 1 USD is worth 2.02 BBD.

Barbadian
Banknotes

$2$5$10$20$50$100

Barbadian
Coins

151025

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Barbados is 134.85 Mbps and mobile is Mbs.The global average is 159.18 Mbps and 109.61 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Barbados has less ATMs.29.99 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.69.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Barbados, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Barbados. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 115 V, 50 Hz  Type B 115 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Barbados will celebrate 12 national public holidays. The next one Emancipation Day will take place on August 1.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
January 21, 2023 Errol Barrow DayErrol Barrow Day
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
April 28, 2023 National Heroes’ DayNational Heroes’ Day
May 1, 2023 Labour DayLabour Day
May 29, 2023Moving holiday Whit MondayWhit Monday
August 1, 2023 Emancipation DayEmancipation Day
August 7, 2023Moving holiday Kadooment DayKadooment Day
November 30, 2023 Independence DayIndependence Day
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2023 Boxing DayBoxing Day

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Barbados?

There are no Mariott hotels in Barbados.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Barbados.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Barbados.

There are no Best Western hotels in Barbados.

There are Radisson hotels in Saint Michael.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Barbados.

What fast food chains are present in Barbados?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Barbados.

The KFC chain operates in Barbados.

The Burger King chain operates in Barbados.

The Subway chain operates in Barbados.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Barbados.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Barbados.

Weather

What is the weather like in Bridgetown?

Today the sun in Bridgetown, rises at 5:29 AM and sets at 6:22 PM. The climate of Bridgetown may be categorized as a equatorial monsoon (Am), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayMay 31ThunderstormLow: 26.4°C (79.52°F)High: 30.2°C (86.36°F)
ThursdayJun 1ThunderstormLow: 26.4°C (79.52°F)High: 30.3°C (86.54°F)
FridayJun 2Rain showersLow: 26.6°C (79.88°F)High: 30.1°C (86.18°F)
SaturdayJun 3ThunderstormLow: 26.7°C (80.06°F)High: 29.8°C (85.64°F)
SundayJun 4OvercastLow: 26.9°C (80.42°F)High: 30.3°C (86.54°F)
MondayJun 5Rain showersLow: 26.6°C (79.88°F)High: 31°C (87.8°F)

Weather data for Bridgetown (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Barbados.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Barbados.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  No data available.

Driving Side In Barbados traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  399.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 8.20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Barbados

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Legal for spiritual use by registered Rastafarians
Medical usage: Legal

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