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Atlantic Ocean near Bathsheba fishing village
The Atlantic Ocean near Bathsheba, the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph on the rugged East Coast of Barbados.
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Location map of Barbados. Where in the Caribbean is Barbados
Location map of Barbados
Destination Barbados, an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean, northeast of Venezuela, to the east of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Today it is an independent British Commonwealth nation.

British settlers had been on the island since 1627; its main town, Bridgetown, was a large, bustling trade city, and the colony had become the largest and wealthiest of all the English colonies, surpassing Virginia and Massachusetts.

The island is covering an area of 432 kmĀ² (167 sq mi), it is slightly smaller than Andorra or about 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC.

290,000 people (2016 est.) live on the island, making it the most densely populated country in the eastern Caribbean. Official language is English, recognized regional language is Bajan (Bajan Dialect).

This page aims to give you a broad overview of Barbados's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.


Country Profile

The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished.

The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966.

In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

Barbados is close to Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

related countries: UK

Official Name:

ISO Country Code: bb

Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sun-May-26  21:08

Country Calling Code: +1 246

Capital City: Bridgetown

Type: Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth.
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II represented by a Governor General.
Independence: 30 November 1966 (from the UK)

Location: Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
Area: 431 sq. km. (166 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Generally flat, hilly in the interior.

Climate: Tropical; rainy season (July to November).

Nationality: Barbadian(s); informally "Bajan(s)."
Population: 290,000 (2016 estimated)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 17 170 (year)
Ethnic groups: Black 90%, White 4%, Asian or mixed 6%.
Religions: Protestant 67%, Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%.
Language: English.
Literacy: 99,7%

Natural resources: Petroleum, fish, natural gas.

Agriculture products: Sugarcane, vegetables, cotton.

Industries: Tourism, sugar, financial services, information services, light manufacturing, component assembly for export.

Major trading partners: Caribbean Community (CARICOM), UK, USA

Exports - commodities: manufactures, sugar, molasses, rum, other foodstuffs and beverages, chemicals, electrical components.

Exports partners: Trinidad and Tobago 22.5%, USA 11.8%, St. Lucia 9.2%, St. Vincent and the Grenadines 5.7%, Antigua and Barbuda 4.7%, St. Kitts and Nevis 4.4%, Guyana 4.2% (2015)

Imports - commodities: consumer goods, machinery, foodstuffs, construction materials, chemicals, fuel, electrical components.

Imports partners: Trinidad and Tobago 39%, USA 31.1% (2015)

Currency: Barbadian Dollar (BBD)

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Official Sites of Barbados

Government of Barbados
Official Site of the Government of Barbados.

Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS)
Website of the official communications arm of the Barbados Government.

Parliament of Barbados
Official Site of Barbados' Parliamnet with information on the Senate and the House of Assembly.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with its overseas missions.

Barbados Statistical Service
Website of Barbados Statistical Service.


Map of Barbados
General map of Barbados.
Google Earth Google Earth map Barbados
Searchable map and satellite view of Barbados.
Google Earth Google Earth map Bridgetown
Searchable map and satellite view of Barbados's capital city.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 

Bathsheba, Saint Joseph, Barbados
Bathsheba, the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph, Barbados.
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Barbados News

Barbados Advocate
Barbados daily.

The Nation Newspaper
Daily news.

Barbados Today
Barbados news.

Caribbean News Agency (Cana)
News and information from the English-speaking Caribbean.

Voice of Barbados Radio
With Barbados and Caribbean News.

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Arts & Culture

Bajans on the Web
This is the place for Bajans, either in Bim or out, to find each other online.
Barbados Gospelfest
Barbadian Gospel Music Festival with international and regional acts.
Barbados MusicEvents
Page about the Barbadian music events.
Crop Over Festival
Barbados' most popular and colourful five-week summer festival.

Website of the Barbadian recording artist.
Barbados - Bottom Bay
Barbados - Bottom Bay

Business & Economy

Ministry of Commerce and Trade
The official site of the ministry.

Central Bank of Barbados
Premier financial institution in the country.

Barbados Investment and Development Corporation
Promoting Barbados as the ideal location in which to invest and do business.
Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry
For sustainable economic progress for all Barbadians.

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA)
Official website of the non-profit trade association.

Barbados Airport Authority
Grantley Adams International Airport.
Barbados Transport Board
Public transportation in Barbados.
Barbados Port Authority
All about marine, cargo, passenger handling and other related services.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Barbados - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Barbados: Bridgetown, St James, Christ Church, St. Joseph, St. Peter, St. Philip: Crop Over Festival, Soca Music, St. Lucy, Harrison's Cave, Morgan Lewis Mill, Cannon Galore, North Coast, Sourth Coast, St. Lawrence Gap, East Coast, West Coast.

Visit Barbados
Official Barbados travel and tourism website.

Barbados Ministry of Tourism
With information about the ministry and tourism in Barbados.

Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia
Barbados visitor's guide.
Barbados Photo Gallery
Barbados photos: beaches, sunsets, flowers and more.
Fun Barbados
All about Barbados... The Fun Barbados Travel Guide!
Sporting Barbados
Barbados Sports Tourism.
Totally Barbados
Barbados Island Guide.
Virtual Barbados
A nice guide to the jewel of the West Indies.


Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Barbados
Official website of the ministry.
Queens College
Official Website of Queen's College of Barbados.
University of the West Indies
The Cave Hill Campus Barbados.

Environment & Nature

Coastal Zone Management Unit of Barbados
Managing the coastline.

The National Conservation Commission (NCC)
To conserve the natural beauty, topographic features, historic buildings, sites and monuments of Barbados.

Natural Heritage Department
The department has big plans for Barbados' sustainability.


Brief article about Barbados' History by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados.
History of Barbados
Comprehensive information about the history of Barbados.
The History of Barbados
Outline of Barbados' History.
Slavery and Economy in Barbados
BBC article about the Slave Life in Barbados in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Sources and additional Information on Barbados

BBC Country Profile: Barbados

The Commonwealth: Barbados

globalEDGE: Barbados

LANIC: Barbados

Wikipedia: Barbados

The World Factbook -- Barbados
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Major Cities in the Caribbean:
Basse-Terre, Basseterre, Bridgetown, Castries, Charlotte Amalie, Fort-de-France, Hamilton, Havana, Kingston, Kingstown, Nassau, Oranjestad, Port-au-Prince, Port-of-Spain, Roseau, Saint George's, Saint John's, Saint Martin, San Juan, Santo Domingo, The Valley, Willemstad

Other Countries and Territories in the Caribbean
Anguilla | Antigua and Barbuda | Aruba | Bahamas | British Virgin Islands | Cuba | Dominica
Dominican Republic | Grenada | Guadeloupe | Haiti | Jamaica | Martinique | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles
Puerto Rico
| Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines |
Trinidad and Tobago
| U.S. Virgin Islands