Things To Know Before And During Your Stay In Barbados, continued...
Bridgetown is the capital and major city of Barbados in the Parish ofSaint Michael. Bridgetown is where you will find the House of Assemblyof the Government.
The administrative parishes are: St. Lucy, St. Peter, St. Andrew, St.James, St. Joseph, St. Thomas, St. Michael, St. George, St. John,Christ Church and St. Philip.
Direct dial telephone service, internet and email connections are available. The telephone area code on the island is 246.
English is the official language. There is the 'Bajan' dialect that can be heard all around the island.
North American 110/115 volts. Most hotels provide converters when needed.
Safe to drink directly from your tap.
National Holidays - 2010
New Year's Day - Friday, January 1st
Errol Barrow Day - Thursday, January 21st
Good Friday - Friday, April 2nd
Easter Monday - Monday, April 5th
National Heroes Day - Friday, April 28th
Labour Day - Saturday, May 1st
Whit Monday - Monday, May 24th
Kadooment Day - Monday, August 2th
Emancipation Day - Tuesday, August 3rd
<>Independence Day - Tuesday, November 30th
Christmas Day - Saturday, December 25th
Boxing Day - Monday, December 27th
Beach wear is only for the beach. Casual summer clothing for days and casual elegant dress for other times.
Accommodation: High, Christmas and Low Seasons:
The high season begins December and ends April. The Christmas season is also high season so expect to pay a higher price than in high season or there could be a minimum stay policy. The low season begins in April and ends in December when holiday rentals are a bargain.
On this very British Isle, driving is on the left side of the road, unlike in North America where driving is on the right side.
Fluctuates between 29 °C / 84.2 °F and a low of 23 °C / 73.4 °F. These are only approximations. The temperature rarely gets above 32 °C / 90 °F as there's the constant trade winds to cool you off!
-Quick rain showers in the wet season from June to November. Some areas do become flooded and mud slides have been reported.
- Hurricanes: Season is also from June to November. Barbados was last brushed by hurricane Ivan in 2004 and prior to that by tropical storm Lili in 2002 and hurricane Allen in 1980.
- Volcanoes and tsunamis have not occurred in Barbados.
- Earthquakes: The last mild earthquake that was felt in Barbados was November 2007.
4hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in the winter and 5 hours in thesummer. 1 hour ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the winterand the same during U.S. Daylight Savings Time.
Banks operating in Barbados:
RBTT Bank Barbados Ltd., 431-2500
First Caribbean International Bank, 431-5493
Bank of Butterfield, 431-4500
Bank of Nova Scotia, 426-7000
Barbadian Dollar. Click for currency assistant.
The Barbados Advocate, 467-2000
The Nation, 430-5400
Predominately Anglican, however other religions denominations include Methodism, Judaism, Catholicism and possibly 100 more.
St. George Parish Church, St. George, 436-8794
St. James Parish Church, St. James, 422-4117
St. John Parish Church, St. John, 433-5599
The [Catholic] Bishop's Office, 426-3510
Sharon Moravian Church, St. Thomas, 425-4011
CBC 900 AM, 434-1900
Gospel 790 AM, 467-7355
Q 100.7 FM, 434-1007
LOVE 104.1, 434-5683
The ONE 98.1 FM, 434-1981
MIX 96.9 FM, 436-4936, Fax 228-3550
VOB 92.9 FM, 434-1790, 434-1791, 434-1770, 434-1771
HOTT 95.3 FM, 430-7300
Caribbean Broadcasting Corp., 467-5400.
Carib Vision, 467-1000 or 866-542-8958.
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