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Barbados Flag Barbados is an island country, one of the Lesser Antilles chain, and is located in the western Atlantic Ocean, just to the East of the Caribbean Sea. The country's closest neighbors are Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The estimated population of Barbados was 279,254 as 2005. About of third of the country's population live in the capital city, Bridgetown. Other important towns on Barbados include Bathsheba, Blackmans, Crab Hill, Greenland, Holetown, Oistins, Speightstown and The Crane.

When Barbados became independent from the UK in 1966, Barbados had a low income economy based around sugarcane production. Subsequently however the economy has grown considerably, and the country has diversified into other aries including tourism, financial services, information technology and light manufacturing. As a result, Barbados now has a high standard of living and has achieved upper-middle income status, and is today, the third highest rated country in North America in the Human Development Index after the US and Canada.

The national currency of Barbados is the the Barbadian Dollar (BBD). Since 1975, the Barbadian Dollar has been pegged to the US Dollar, such that 2 BBD = 1 USD.

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Barbados Country Details


Country Name Barbados
Political Status Country
Geographic Location The Caribbean Sea
Flag Barbados Flag
Principal Language English
Capital Bridgetown
Major Towns/Cities
  • Bathsheba
  • Blackmans
  • Bridgetown (Capital)
  • Crab Hill
  • Greenland
  • Holetown
  • Oistins
  • Speightstown
  • The Crane


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    Holetown Monument, Saint James, Barbados
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    Fodor's In Focus Barbados & St. Lucia (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's
    Released: 2014-12-30
    Paperback (208 pages)

    Fodor s In Focus Barbados & St. Lucia (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

    Known for its sophisticated resorts, British style, and warm inviting hospitality, Barbados is an island of broad vistas, sweeping seascapes, and acres of sugar cane. Mountainous St. Lucia is covered by rainforest that makes it one of the greenest islands in the Caribbean, and it also has vibrant coral reefs that draw scuba divers from all over the world. The two islands offer both all-inclusive and regular resorts and are linked by frequent air service, making the short hop in about 20 minutes.

    This travel guide includes:
    · Dozens of full-color maps
    · An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Barbados & St. Lucia
    · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
    · Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
    · Major sights such as Diamond Falls, Marigot Bay, and The Pitons

    Planning to visit more of The Caribbean? Check out Fodor's region-wide travel guide to The Caribbean.
    Barbados Handbook (Footprint - Handbooks)
    By Sarah Cameron

    Footprint
    Paperback (112 pages)

    Barbados Handbook (Footprint - Handbooks)
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    Barbados offers the ideal Caribbean holiday. Whether you're seeking some serious relaxation in the sun or rugged coastal walking, this island has something to offer everyone.This Footprint Handbook provides invaluable information on transport, accommodation, eating and entertainment to ensure that your trip includes the best of this sun-drenched isle.
    • Essentials section with useful advice on getting to and around the island of Barbados.
    • Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, sleep and play.
    • Includes information on tour operators and activities, from sipping rum on the plantations to golfing in the sunshine.
    • Detailed maps for Barbados and its key destinations.
    • Slim enough to fit in your pocket.

    With detailed information on all the main sights, plus many lesser-known attractions, the Footprint Barbados Handbook provides concise and comprehensive coverage of one the Caribbean's most sought-after destinations.
    101 Things To Do and Places To See in Barbados
    By Russell Streeter

    Caribbean Travel Guides Limited
    Paperback (72 pages)

    101 Things To Do and Places To See in Barbados
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    NEW UPDATED EDITION FOR 2017!

    ***All information is bang up to date.***

    This insider’s guide reveals the island’s best-kept secrets, so you can feel like a “regular”, even on your first trip, and find activities for the whole family!

    • Find the best beaches, away from the crowds...
    • Learn the stories behind the sights
    • Plan your holiday before you leave home - and make sure you pack the right stuff!
    • Benefit from local knowledge
    • Make the most of your hard-earned vacation
    • This book is small enough to fit in your pocket

    Did you know that Bajans were among the first to produce rum? Or that the grapefruit was bred in one of the island's gullies? Russell Streeter does. He also knows where the most tranquil beaches are, where the turtles swim and nest, and where you can savour the best fried fish.

    In this information age, it can be challenging sifting through all of the data and finding what’s really useful. So instead of trawling through the Internet, this insightful and colourful book will help you to navigate the best that Barbados has to offer.

    It includes details of:

    • 38 beautiful beaches to relax on;
    • 39 engaging attractions;
    • 24 fun activities to keep you out of trouble!
    • Lists of major tour operators with contact details;
    • Summaries of the major scuba diving sites around the island;

    Plus over 30 full-colour pictures, a short guide to local cuisine and a list of major annual cultural and sporting events

    All this for less than the cost of a good meal!

    This book doesn't include every beach, rum shop or building that the Queen or George Washington ever stayed in. There are no details of hotels or restaurants - because Trip Advisor is the best place for such information.

    Instead, it's your personal tour guide to some of the best that Barbados has to offer.

    There's more to Barbados that the beaches. With this book you can feel like a 'regular' even on your first trip!

    Fodor's Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call (Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's
    Released: 2017-02-14
    Paperback (432 pages)

    Fodor s Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call (Travel Guide)
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    Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. 

    Packed with information on more than 40 ports of call and a dozen ports of embarkation, Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call is a comprehensive guide to everything from sightseeing information and strategies to help cruisers plan their own shore excursions to some basic information on the cruise-ship experience.

    This travel guide includes:
    · Dozens of maps
    · A "Cruise Primer" with the basics of cruising and "Cruising the Caribbean" with capsule overviews of every major cruise line
    · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
    · Covered ports of call: Private Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Oranjestad, Aruba; Bridgetown, Barbados; Belize City, Belize; Bermuda; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Calica (Playa del Carmen), Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Costa Maya, Mexico; Willemstad, Curacao; Roseau, Dominica; Falmouth, Jamaica; Freeport-Lucaya, Bahamas; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands; St. George's, Grenada; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Key West, Florida; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Charlestown, Nevis; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Progreso, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatan, Honduras; Samana (Cayo Levantado), Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Domican Republic; Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; Fredericksted, St. Croix; Cruz Bay, St. John; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Road Town, Tortola; and The Valley, Virgin Gorda
    · Covered ports of embarkation: Baltimore, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; Port Canaveral, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tampa, Florida
    Rough Guide Directions Barbados
    By Adam Vaitilingam

    Brand: Rough Guides
    Paperback (160 pages)

    Rough Guide Directions Barbados
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    Rough Guide DIRECTIONS Barbados fits neatly in your pocket and is packed with ideas for making the most of your trip to this to this dazzling island. Full-colour throughout, the guide highlights the best the island have to offer - from the eerie rock formations of Harrison’s Cave to cocktails at Sandy Lane - helping you to decide what to do, 24 hours a day. Use the practical ‘Places’ section of the guide to explore the island, every attraction, walk, restaurant, hotel, bar and beach is given a review and organised by geographical area so you always know what''s immediately around you and what''s worth making a special trip to see.

    Rough Guide DIRECTIONS Barbados is like having a local friend plan your trip!

    Fodor's Essential Caribbean (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's
    Released: 2016-11-22
    Paperback (944 pages)

    Fodor s Essential Caribbean (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

    In amazing full-color, Fodor's Essential Caribbean covers the top destinations in the Caribbean, from the Dominican Republic and Jamaica to Turks & Caicos and U.S. Virgin Islands. The guide reviews the best each island has to offer, including activities, resorts, restaurants, nightspots, shops, and more. It's a complete planning tool that will help travelers put together the perfect trip to an island paradise.

    This travel guide includes:
    · Dozens of full-color maps
    · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
    · In-depth breakout features on the reggae of Jamaica; the many different cuisines of the region; renting a villa, and chartering a yacht
    · Coverage of Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Barbados; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Curaçao; Dominican Republic; Guadeloupe; Jamaica; Martinique; Puerto Rico; St. Barthelemy; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Maarten/St. Martin; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States Virgin Islands

    Planning to focus on just part of the Caribbean? Check out Fodor's guides to Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados & St. Lucia; Bermuda; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Puerto Rico; St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth & Anguilla; Turks & Caicos Islands; and U.S. & British Virgin Islands.
    Fodor's Caribbean 2016 (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's
    Released: 2015-09-08
    Paperback (1184 pages)

    Fodor s Caribbean 2016 (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

    Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of the Caribbean, including Anguilla’s powdery white beaches, Bonaire's colorful coral reefs, and the scenic beauty of Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first trip or your fifth. 

    This travel guide includes:
    · Dozens of full-color maps 
    · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
    · In-depth breakout features on the reggae of Jamaica; the many different cuisines of the region; renting a villa, and chartering a yacht
    · Major sights such as Maunday Bay, Playa Grande, Eagle Beach, Crane Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Anse Beach, Baie Orientale, and Negril Beach
    · Coverage of: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Barbados; Bonaire; Biritish Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Curacao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; Saba; St. Barthelemy; St. Eustatius; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Marteen/St. Martin; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States Virgin Islands

    Planning to focus on just part of the Caribbean? Check out Fodor's guides to Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados & St. Lucia; Bermuda; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Puerto Rico; St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth & Anguilla; Turks & Caicos Islands; and U.S. & British Virgin Islands.
    Barbados Travel Pack (Globetrotter Travel Packs)
    By Melissa Shales

    Globetrotter
    Paperback (128 pages)

    Barbados Travel Pack (Globetrotter Travel Packs)
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    The handy pocket-size guide is packed with useful information, tips and recommendations, accompanied by colour photographs, charts and maps for the first-time traveller who wants to experience the major highlights that Barbados has to offer. The fold-out map of Barbados is ideal for tourists and visitors.

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