Top events in Barbados

November
19

Spanning four days, this culinary event brings together the very best in food, wine, rum and culture.

November
30

This annual festival brings together the best of world cinema and international film culture and provides a major showcase for the exhibition of...

December
03

The Run Barbados festival takes place annually on the first weekend in December. The event comprises a 10k, a Half-Marathon, and a Marathon.

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Barbados Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

430 sq km (166 sq miles).

Population

288,725 (2013).

Population density

671 per sq km.

Capital

Bridgetown.

Government

Constitutional monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1966.

Head of state

HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General Elliott Belgrave since 2012.

Head of government

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart since 2010.

Electricity

110-115 volts AC, 50Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are in use.

Fringed by talcum powder-white beaches and azure seas, Barbados fulfils the clichéd image of a tropical Caribbean isle, but peel back the exterior and the island offers far more than a mere beach holiday destination.

Endowed with 113km (70 miles) of beaches, however, first time visitors can be forgiven for heading straight for the sand and surf. Most tourists flock to the island’s legendary Platinum Coast to the west, which is lined with world-class, luxury resorts, spa hotels, sophisticated restaurants and manicured golf courses, all lapped by the limpid Caribbean Sea. The south coast has some of the best beaches while the east coast, pummelled by the Altantic Ocean, is less developed and attracts mainly surfers.

Although Barbados’s interior is unremarkable compared to its Caribbean neighbours, a jeep safari provides the best way to discover crumbling sugar mills, historic plantation houses, traditional churches reminiscent of England and colonial Bridgetown. The capital, and the nearby Garrison site, were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2012.

Combine this with Barbados’s indelible laid-back vibe, its passion for rum (over 1,500 rum shops dot the island) and calypso-infused festivals, and it’s no wonder people return here time and time again.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 29 September 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

If you need consular assistance, contact the British High Commission in Barbados.

The hurricane season in Barbados normally runs from June to November.

Over 168,000 British nationals visited Barbados in 2013.

Most visits are trouble free, but there have been incidents of crime including armed robbery and sexual assault.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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