The Island of Barbados: Adventures on ‘The Rock’

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Facts and Figures

  • Getting There: Various flight options from most major airlines. Entry Requirements: Canadian and U.S. citizens can enter with a valid passport or birth certificate and onward ticket. Departure tax for international travelers is U.S.$27.50 per person.
  • Time: Barbados is on GMT minus 4 hours in winter and minus 5 hours in summer.
  • Language: The official language is English, but the Bajan dialect is widely spoken.
  • Electricity: 110-130 volts AC, 50 cycles; U.S.-type outlets.
  • Water: Barbados collects pure water from underground limestone coral, which serves as a natural filter system.
  • Money: The official currency is the Barbados dollar (BDS$2.00 = U.S.$1).
    The U.S. dollar and major credit cards are accepted throughout the island.
  • Tipping: 10-15 percent is the norm.
  • Getting Around: Some resorts offer free shuttle service from the airport. Taxi services are reliable and are not metered; be sure to negotiate price before service. Car rental agencies offer competitive rates through Avis, Budget or Hertz, and can be pre-arranged from the United States. Also, check if your credit card will cover you for insurance.