World Travelling Guide
World Travelling Guide

Accommodation in Southern Africa and South Africa including accommodation in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo Province, North West Province, Free State, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga

List of Countries
Map of Central America

Barbados Travelling Guide
Barbados Travelling Guide

General background: The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Its economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

Area comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Climate: Tropical; rainy season (June to October)

Terrain: Relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region

Population: 276,607 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed 6%

Religions: Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%

Language: English

Government type: Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth

Capital: Bridgetown

Legal system: English common law; no judicial review of legislative

Economic overview: Historically, the Barbadian economy had been dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities, but production in recent years has diversified into manufacturing and tourism. Offshore finance and information services are important foreign exchange earners, and there is also a light manufacturing sector. The government continues its efforts to reduce unemployment, encourage direct foreign investment, and privatize remaining state-owned enterprises. The economy contracted in 2001 due to slowdowns in tourism and consumer spending. Growth will remain anemic in 2002 with a recovery likely near the end of the year.

Communication/Telephone system: Island-wide automatic telephone system, satellite earth stations - 4 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean); tropospheric scatter to Trinidad and Saint Lucia.

Places of interest:

Travel Tips: If you're looking for a Caribbean island with plenty of amenities, water sports and nightlife, Barbados fits the bill.