Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean chain of islands and it was first settled by the British in 1627 and remained a British colony until it gained full independence in 1966. Barbados maintains ties to the British monarchy as a member of the Commonwealth. The name Barbados comes from the bearded fig tree which grew in abundance when the Portuguese discovered Barbados in the 16th century and christened the island “Los Barbados”. The name was later shortened to Barbados. The official language of Barbados is English, the dialect widely spoken on the island by nationals is called Bajan.
Barbados is a mainly flat coral island, fringed with white sandy beaches and stunning blue waters. The island is approximately 14 miles wide and 21 miles long (166sq.miles). The population of the island is approximately 270,000 people and the year round temperature is 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Barbados has two seasons: the dry season which usually runs from December to June and the wet or “hurricane” season which normally lasts from June to November. Even during the wet season rain showers are usually short and the island has not experienced a major hurricane since 1956.
The tap water is safe to drink
The local currency is the Barbados dollar ($1.98 BDS to $1.00 U.S.)
Electricity voltage is 110 volts/50 cycles.
Driving is on the LEFT
Barbados is considered to be a very safe destination however you should “pack your common sense”
All beaches in Barbados are public
Do not purchase merchandise from unlicensed beach vendors
Apply high SPF suntan lotion at least 30 minutes before exposure and reapply liberally
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
Apply insect repellent to keep mosquitos away particularly at dusk and in the evening
Taxi fares are unmetered. Always agree on your fare before starting off. For your safety and security we recommend that our hotel guests use only authorized Coconut Court taxis
All major credit cards are accepted in Barbados.
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Barbados has one airport, Grantley Adams International, located approximately 20 minutes from Coconut Court Beach Hotel. All visitors to the island must have onward or return tickets to their country of residence or origin and a valid passport.
Barbados Entry Requirements – Visitors
All visitors to Barbados (including North American citizens) require a valid passport to gain entry to the island plus a valid return airline ticket or other means of travel. It is important for people visiting Barbados to have the right documents, otherwise prevention of entry into the country may occur. Visitors from the UK, USA, Canada, Nationals of CARICOM member states plus some Commonwealth countries do not require a Barbados visa and may be admitted for a period not exceeding 3 months. Please note that Barbados has a strict law prohibiting any camouflage material entering the country. For example rucksacks, any items of clothing etc. Any material will be confiscated and returned at departure.
Barbados Entry Requirements – Cruise Ship Passengers
Visas are not required for passengers on cruise ships with the exception of citizens of the C.I.S., Eastern European countries, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, South Africa and Korea.
When you exit the Airport, take the A.B.C Highway until the fourth roundabout (approximately 8 miles), named the Errol Barrow roundabout. Take the left exit at the Errol Barrow roundabout and continue to the Ship Inn roundabout. Take the right exit onto Highway 7 and follow the road (straight and runs parallel to the sea) for approximately 3 miles. You will go straight through the stop lights at the Shell gas station, you will pass Chefette restaurant, and KFC before reaching the hotel. We are located on the left or seaside of the road and the hotel buildings are pale green in colour. If you pass the horse race track (the Garrison Savannah) on the right side of the road – you know that you have gone too far.
The Barbados parliament is the third oldest in the Commonwealth (Britain and Bermuda are the two oldest).
George Washington visited Barbados in 1751. Barbados was the only country outside of the USA that he visited in his lifetime.
The 18th century Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill is the last stone windmill functioning in the Caribbean.
The oldest Jewish Synagogue was built in Bridgetown in 1654 by Brazilian Jews who came to Barbados to work in the sugar industry. It has since been restored and is currently being used by the Jewish community.
The world’s oldest rum, Mount Gay (established in 1703) is produced in Barbados.
Barbados was the only holiday destination in the world with a scheduled Concorde service. The original Concorde airplane resides in Barbados and the Barbados Concorde Experience attraction is open to visitors.
Barbados is known as the “Land of the Flying Fish.” These amazing small fish use their fins and strong tails to “fly” out of the water at speeds of up to 55 mph.
The fruit with the highest content of vitamin C in the world is the Barbados cherry.