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Barbados

Geography

Barbados’ total land area is 430 km2 (166.0 sq mi), and it has a coastline of 97 km (60 mi) length. Sometimes this island is compared to a pear or a leg of mutton for its physical shape. Along the north-south axis Barbados has a maximum length of 34 kilometers (21 mi), and east-west maximum breadth of 23 kilometers (14 mi).

The physical characteristics of Barbados are its lowlands or gently sloping, terraced plains, separated by rolling hills that generally parallel the coasts. The interior elevations range from 180 to 240 meters above sea level. Mount Hillaby is the highest point at 340 meters above sea level. Farther south, at Christ Church Ridge, elevations range from sixty to ninety meters. Eighty-five percent of the island’s surface consists of coralline limestone twenty-four to thirty meters thick; Scotland District contains outcroppings of oceanic formations at the surface, however. Sugarcane is planted on almost 80 percent of the island’s limestone surface. The soils vary in fertility; erosion is a problem, with crop loss resulting from landslides, washouts, and falling rocks. Most of the small streams are in Scotland District. The rest of the island has few surface streams; nevertheless, rainwater saturates the soil to produce underground channels such as the famous Coles Cave.

History

The history of the early settlement of Barbados is being rewritten as a result of recent archaeological discoveries unearthed at the site of Port St. Charles. Artifacts and evidence point to settlement sometime around 1623 B.C.

The first indigenous people were Amerindians who arrived here from Venezuela. Paddling long dugout canoes they crossed oceans and currents that challenge modern sailing vessels. On the north end of Venezuela a narrow sea channel called the Dragon’s mouth acts as a funnel to the Caribbean Sea and the nearest Island of Trinidad. It is a formidable passage of swift flowing water and cross currents. It is dangerous water for an open dugout canoe. But they came, families and villages, adventurers, descendants of the first people who travelled across the Alaska land bridge, down through Canada and the Americas to the South.

They made their new home in Barbados along the coast, leaving behind hardly a trace, only a hint of evidence for the archeologist to date and dream about. Fragments of tools made of shell, utensils, refuse and burial places convey but a mystery of their time.

Time

Barbados in the western Atlantic no longer observes Daylight Saving Time, like many Caribbean nations. The last observance of the DST related time clock adjustment was Sunday, 20 April 1980 at 2:00 AM – Thursday, 25 September 1980 at 2:00 AM. On 25 September of that year the clock was shifted from -3:00 –> -4:00 where it has remained since.

Economy

Sugar and Tourism.

Language Description

English.

Currency

Barbados dollar (B$ or BBD); B$1 = US$0.50 = €0.32 = UK£0.25. U.S. bills are accepted by most stores and businesses and change is given in E.C. currency. U.S. coins are not accepted.

• Credit Union
• Bank of Nova Scotia
• First Caribbean International Bank
• Royal Bank of Canada
• Barbados National Bank

Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-4pm. Each bank provides 24 hour ATM services where you can get cash advances from your VISA or MasterCard. You can also withdraw from or check the balance of the primary chequing and savings accounts linked to your bankcard, via the PLUS/Electron or Cirrus/Maestro networks.

Travel Documents and Entry/Departure Requirements

Citizens of Canada need only to present proof of citizenship – preferably a passport or birth certificate with the raised seal – in order to enter Barbados. If the birth certificate is used, it must be accompanied by a government issued photo ID (a drivers licence, for example) showing the same name. Where applicable, documentation of a legal name change (for example, a marriage certificate) must also be presented. Citizens of the United States, however, are required to have passports in order to re-enter that country. As such a valid passport is a required travel document when travelling to the Caribbean.

Additionally, proof of sufficient funds and a return or onward passage might be required. There is a departure tax of B$55 (about $22 USD) payable in cash, or by credit card – Visa or MasterCard – at the airport.
Please reconfirm travel document requirements with your carrier prior to the commencement of your trip.

Phones

Cable & Wireless (Lime) and Digicel are major telephone service providers in Barbados. Direct Dialing, Leased Circuits, Internet, Class Services, Voice Mail, Caller ID and other features are currently offered. ISDN and DSL services are also available. The area and country code for Barbados is 1-246.

Electricity

The domestic market is served by a 230 volt single phase supply. However, a 110 volt supply is available in most hotels. 60 MHz.

Water

The water is of good quality and suitable for drinking. It is collected from direct precipitation, mountain springs and wells, and is chemically treated for purification. Locally bottled water is also available.

Health

There are no particular health concerns associated with Barbados. Therefore, special vaccines are usually not required. Modern ambulatory services are available and there are specialists in most fields of medicine.

About Us

Enjoy your Barbados holiday in an affordable contemporary one bedroom apartment at Melrose Beach Apartments, located just 2 minutes from the a lovely beach.

At Melrose you’re are always our best customer. Choose from one of our comfortable, clean and spacious standard rooms or our magnificent superior rooms, each with its own private balcony and designed with the contemporary person in mind.

Barbados Museum
Barbados.ORG
The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association