23 Breathtaking Facts About Barbados

Are you heading into the tropical sunshine for a holiday of a lifetime? Prepare your local knowledge by taking a look through 23 facts about Barbados!

Geographical stats…

  1. Barbados is a beautiful country in the Caribbean Sea… and we want to go there, now!
  2. Its nearest neighbours are Saint Lucia and Martinique to the northwest, Guyana to the south, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela to the southwest and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the west.
  3. Fancy a delightful beachside holiday full of cocktails, delicious food and plenty of sun? Head for the coordinates of 13.1667° N, 59.5500° W to experience your very own Barbadian adventure!
  4. The terrain here is relatively flat, rising to a central highland region – nice and easy to explore!
  5. The total land area of Barbados is 166 square miles (430 square kilometres)…
  6. …that’s around 4 times the size of Liverpool.
  7. Barbados’ population was 290,604 in 2015…
  8. …that’s only around 2/3 of the population of Liverpool!
  9. Residents here are known as Barbadians or Bajans
  10. The capital is Bridgetown; it covers an area of 15 square miles (39 square kilometres) and had a population of 90,000 in 2014.
  11. Barbadians enjoy a topical climate with a rainy season from June to October.
  12. In 2014 a total of 519,598 overnight visitors stayed in Barbados, almost double the number of residents!
  13. Barbados wildlife includes monkeys, mongooses, tortoises, lizards, bats, toads and even the Whistling Frog!

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of Barbados is English.
  2. Fancy a refreshing cocktail? Make sure you exchange you GBP into Barbadian Dollars, the official currency here.
  3. Barbadians live an average life span of 75 years.
  4. In Barbados it is considered good luck if a Mongoose crosses your path!
  5. The name ‘Barbados’ actually derives from the Portuguese ‘Los Barbados’ meaning ‘Bearded ones’. This was due to the number of Bearded Fig trees found on the island.
  6. Taxi fares in Barbados are predetermined by the driver rather than relying on a meter!

Industry insights…

  1. Barbados grows vegetables, molasses, sugarcane and cotton and produces rum.
  2. Its industry consists of tourism, sugar, light manufacturing and component assembly.
  3. Barbados exports rum, sugar, molasses, other foods and beverages and chemicals.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Barbados? You can make cheap calls to Barbados with Cherry Call.  You’ll need to remember to use the international dialling code of 001246.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Barbados, head over to the Barbados Today website.

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