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Barbados Barbados

Population: 285.000 people
Region: Caribbean (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Bridgetown
Country Code: BB

Money in Barbados

Currencie(s): Barbadian dollar

    Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

    The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the Belgium to Barbados and want to buy some Barbadian dollar here, you will pay less for it in Barbados, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your EUR will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

    Looking for advice about exchanging Barbadian dollar? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

    Corruption: Barbados has a corruption score of 32/100.
    If your itinerary runs through Barbados, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Barbados is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

    Language in Barbados

    Language(s): English

    Food & Drinks in Barbados

    Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste the national dish: Cou-Cou And Flying Fish

    Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.

    It's not just what you drink:

    • Check that natural bodies of water are safe before you swim
    • Be picky with the water you use to brush your teeth
    • Wash your dentures or ice your drinks
    • Keep your mouth closed in the shower, and always use soap!

    Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Barbados is 18. Sources say children ages 10-17 may drink in the presence of a parent or guardian.

    Religion in Barbados

    The religous adherents are Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%

    From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

    This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

    Sex & Relationships in Barbados

    Age of Consent: 16 years.
    At the age of 16, an individual is considered mature enough in Barbados to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.

    Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Barbados.

    Barbados scores a -4/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
    Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Barbados are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

    National Sports in Barbados

    While travelling through Barbados you'll be experiencing a foreign culture, rather than looking in from the outside as a temporary visitor. You'll discover new places, come in contact with new religions, explore intriguing destinations and experience culinary delights. You'll be immersed in a totally new culture .. and one aspect we shouldn't forget about is sports!

    A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Cricket is Barbados their national sport.

    Other practical tips for Barbados

    Timezone: UTC-04:00
    TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Barbados – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

    Driving: Right-hand traffic.

    Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

    Power adapters and converters: 115 V (50 Hz), Plug A / B
    When travelling to Barbados, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 115 V (50 Hz), Plug A / B. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

    Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 25 and 25°C (77 and 77°F)

    Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 23.08 µg/m3
    PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Barbados. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.

    Fly to Barbados

    Planning a trip to Barbados? Here is a list of 1 medium-sized airports you can fly to.

    List of cities in Barbados

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