Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain, otherwise known as the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. The island is east of both Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 250 miles north-east of Trinidad and Tobago.
Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago were the first six to implement the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) on January 1st, 2006. Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines followed about six months later.
Government and Legal System
Barbados has one of the oldest Westminster-style parliaments in the western hemisphere. The Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, is the head of government. The House of Assembly has 30 members of Parliament (MPs), and the political party that has the most members, currently the Barbados Labour Party, constitutes the government.
The public votes every five years. Members of Parliament are appointed by The Governor-General (GG), who acts as the domestic representative for the Chief or Head of State (Queen Elizabeth II).
Barbados has long been known as ‘The Land Of The Flying Fish,’ with the national dish being cou-cou and flying fish.
Also known as “The Birthplace of Rum.” With over 300 years of experience, Mount Gay distillery is the oldest rum distillery in the world. Mount Gay Rum is infused with the quality, sophistication, and classic style that can only be achieved through a long history of excellence and tradition.
Sugar was introduced to the island by the early settlers in the 15th century and provided Britain with sugar, rum, and molasses.
While our island boasts several elevated areas, it is not considered mountainous. However, near the center of the island, just west of the Scotland District in St. Andrew (on the East coast of the island), one will find the highest point – being that of Mount Hillaby.
The local language is often referred to as the Bajan dialect, or quite simply ‘Bajan.’ Although our native language here on the island is British English, the Bajan dialect can very often seem like a whole other language in itself.
The Barbadian dollar (BBD) is divided into one hundred cents. There is also one (1) dollar coin. Robust, stable, and secure, the Barbados dollar has been pegged to the US dollar at 1.98 to 1 since 1975.
Anglican is officially the national religion; however, there are various denominations of Christianity and non-Christian religions practiced throughout the island.
According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) data published in 2018, Barbados’ life expectancy is 75.6 years.
Barbados is one of the most sought after vacation and tourism spots in the Caribbean.
Tourism has come out above the rest of the world and has landed the number one spot in the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI) by “The World Economic Forum.” The DSI is a metric that measures the overall valuation of a holiday destination based on the factors travelers find most attractive.
Barbados was named the highest-ranking destination in the Caribbean and the world’s 58th most innovative nation within the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017 Report.
The island has continued to attract many visitor arrivals from significant markets and cruise ship passengers, with sports and health tourism being viable economic options for bringing more visitors to the island seeking sports, fun, entertainment, and health-related treatment.
The best part about the tropical island is that you do not need to be a tourist to experience all it offers. As a country of deep historical foundations, whether you are a local or a visitor on vacation, you can always learn more about the island.
Many of the hotels and apartments listed offer exclusive deals and all-inclusive packages to locals and visitors on vacation.
Whether you’re a Barbadian or simply a Bajan at heart, you can learn exciting facts about the island while recognizing and appreciating the Bajan culture’s unique flavor.
With so many great things to do, see, and experience, many have become excited and have chosen to LIVE, STAY, WORK, and have FUN in this island country paradise.