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About Barbados...
(pronounced Bar-Bay-Duss)
(And it's just Barbados - NOT "The" Barbados)

Area Code (246)


Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands. The climate is warm, healthy and cooled by constant sea breezes. The island's name came from the Portugese, who christened the island Los Barbados after the beard-like fig trees which grew there at the time.

Barbados - largely of coral formation and surrounded by miles of white sand beaches - is 21 miles (34 km) long and 14 miles (23 km) at its widest point. It is relatively flat, but has a varied and attractive coastline and rolling countryside covered with sugar cane.

Bridgetown is the principal commercial centre, port and largest town; it lies in the southwest in the parish of St. Michael. Outstanding in St. Michael is the superb Paradise Beach. Trafalgar Square, at the end of Broad Street, the capital's main street and shopping haven, remains the focal point of bustling year-round activity. There is a statue of Lord Nelson, pre-dating the one which stands in London's Trafalgar Square.

Shops and department stores line Broad and Swan Streets in Bridgetown, and excellent specialty shops and boutiques have sprung up the Christ Church and St. James coasts.

Timeshares in Barbados:
There are many beautiful Caribbean timeshare resorts in Barbados, mostly in Christ Church, St. Philip, and St. James. Guests will experience many amenities like large villa suites, oversized swimming pools and quiet walks to the beach. They are the perfect option for people who return often to the Caribbean, and are less expensive than the hotels here.

Weddings (as of 29 Sept,. 2007):
Costs: $100 cash and $12.50 in Barbados postage stamps for the wedding plus $10 for the marriage certificate.
Documents: Marriage licence secured from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Bridgetown. Valid passports or birth certificates, plus your return tickets home. Letter from the Marriage Officer.
Please note: Documents required for a Roman Catholic Ceremony must be sent by the couple's Bishop to the Bishop of Bridgetown prior to the ceremony.
(Source: The Toronto Star)


Area: 166 square miles
Population: About 261,000
Locals are "Barbadians" or "Bajans"
Capital: Bridgetown
Airport: Adams - BGI
Language: English
Voltage: 110 volts, 50 cycles
Currency: BD$ (US$1.00 = BD$2.00)

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Business Hours

8:00am to 3:00pm Mon-Thu
8:00am to 5:00pm Fri.
(Closed Saturday and Sunday)
Government Offices
Monday to Friday -
8:15am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri.
(Closed Saturday and Sunday)
8:00am to 4:00pm Mon-Fri
8:00am to 12:00noon Sat.
(Closed Sunday).
Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry
First Floor, Nemwil House, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados, WEST INDIES
(246)426-0747 / (246)426-2056 Telephone
(246)429-2907 Fax
Barbados Investment and Development Corporation
Pelican House, Princess Alice Highway, St. Michael, Barbados, WEST INDIES
(246)427-5350 Telephone
(246)426-7802 Fax
Barbados Manufacturer's Association
Building #1, Pelican Industrial Park, St. Michael, Barbados, WEST INDIES
(246)426-4474 / (246)427-9898 Telephone
(246)436-5182 Fax
Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association
4th. Avenue, Belleville, Barbados, WEST INDIES
(246)426-5041 / (246)429-7113 Telephone
(246)429-2845 Fax
Barbados Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs
Government Headquarters, St. Michael, Barbados, WEST INDIES
(246)436-6435 Telephone
(246)429-4032 Fax
Ministry of Public Works, Communications and Transportation
The Pine, St. Michael, Barbados, WEST INDIES
(246)429-2191 Telephone
(246)437-8133 Fax
Barbados Tourism Authority
PO Box 242, Harbour Road, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados, WEST INDIES
(246)427-2623 / (246)427-2624 Telephone
(246)426-4080 Fax
Barbados Tourism Authority
Barbados Tourism Authority
800 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017
(212)986-6516 / (212)986-6518 Telephone
(800)221-9831 Toll Free / (212)573-9850 Fax
Barbados Tourism Authority
150 Alhambra Circle, Suite 1270, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305)442-7471 / (305)567-2844 Fax
Barbados Tourism Authority
3440 Wiltshire Boulevard, Suite 1215, Los Angeles
Barbados Tourism Authority
105 Adelaide Street West, Suite 1010, Toronto, Ontario M5H1P9, Canada
(416)214-9880 Telephone / (800)268-9122 Toll Free
Barbados Tourism Authority
263 Tottenham Court Road, London, England W1P9AA
01-44 (0)171-636-9448 Telephone / 01-44 (0)171-637-1496 Fax
Barbados Tourism Authority
Neue Mainzer Strasse 22, D-60311 Frankfurt/Main
(0)69-232366 Telephone / (0)69-230077 Fax



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