Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain, with the Atlantic Ocean to one side and the Caribbean Sea to the other.
Barbados is made of limestone and measures 166 square miles, it reaches 21 miles in length and 14 miles in width, however you will find this small island as rich in culture and history as it is in beauty.
Barbados is a relatively flat country with one major incline, Mount Hillaby, which measures 1,089 feet above sea level.
The weather in Barbados rarely drops below 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter months December to March, and rarely goes above 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months May to October. The hurricane season runs from June until December when humidity can be quite unpleasant but the rest of the year enjoys cooling trade northeast trade winds.
English is the official language spoken. The population is roughly 287,000 and the capital city is Bridgetown located on the southwest coast. Here you will find plenty to do from shopping, sightseeing, horse racing to historic churches and museums.
The Barbadian population is a very friendly one, and with tourism being a major contribution to the economy, most Barbadians are keen to ensure that you have a good time while visiting. Barbadians are very proud of their country and love to tell visitors about their heritage and history, so please make the most of your surroundings and talk to the locals.
The water in Barbados is safe to drink as it filtered naturally through the coral limestone rock; make sure you drink plenty of it as dehydration in this hot climate can happen quite easily. You also will need to wear a high factor sunscreen as you can burn even on cloudy days.
Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the world with 358 years of an uninterrupted parliamentary system of government.
The name 'Barbados' is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island.