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Barbados City Overview


Barbados is a sovereign island nation in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. It is 34 kilometers (21 miles)Barbados Flag long and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering a region of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It is arranged in the western zone of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; in that, it is around 168 km (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the main Atlantic sea tempest belt. Its capital is Bridgetown. Barbados is 1,600 mi (2,600 km) Southeast of Miami.


Occupied by Kalinago individuals since the thirteenth century, and preceding that by different Amerindians, Barbados was gone to by Spanish pilots in the late fifteenth century and asserted for the Spanish Crown. It initially showed up in a Spanish guide in 1511. The Portuguese went by the island in 1536, however they exited it unclaimed, with their exclusive leftovers being a presentation of wild hoards for a decent supply of meat at whatever point the island was gone by. An English ship, the Olive Blossom, touched base in Barbados in 1625; its men claimed it for the sake of King James I. In 1627, the primary lasting pioneers touched base from England, and it turned into an English and later British colony.


In 1966, Barbados turned into a free state and Commonwealth domain with the British Monarch (in no time Queen Elizabeth II) as inherited head of state. Due to their pioneer history and association with the United Kingdom, even after autonomy, it is once in a while alluded to as meager England. It has a populace of 280,121 individuals, overwhelmingly of African descent.Despite being delegated an Atlantic island, Barbados is thought to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is positioned as a main traveler goal. 40% of the vacationers originate from the UK, with the US and Canada making up the following huge gatherings of guests to the island. In 2014, Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index positioned Barbados joint second in the Americas (after Canada, break even with the United States) and joint seventeenth comprehensively (after Belgium and Japan, rise to with the U.S., Hong Kong and Ireland). Needham's Point is one of the famous beach near Bridgetown, Barbados.




The nation by and large encounters two seasons, one of which incorporates observably higher precipitation. Known as the "wet season", this period keeps running from June to November. By difference, the "dry season" keeps running from December to May. Yearly precipitation ranges somewhere around 1,000 and 2,300 mm (40 and 90 in). From December to May the normal temperatures range from 21 to 31 °C (70 to 88 °F), while amongst June and November, they run from 23 to 31 °C (73 to 88 °F).

On the Köppen atmosphere characterization scale, a lot of Barbados is viewed as a tropical rainstorm atmosphere (Am). In any case, delicate breezes of 12 to 16 km/h (7 to 10 mph) proliferate consistently and give Barbados an atmosphere which is reasonably tropical.

Rare characteristic risks incorporate quakes, landslips and sea tempests. Barbados is frequently saved the most noticeably bad impacts of the locale's typhoons and sea tempests amid the blustery season. Its area in the south-east of the Caribbean district puts the nation simply outside the primary sea tempest strike zone. Overall, a noteworthy tropical storm strikes about once at regular intervals. The last huge hit from a tropical storm to bring about serious harm to Barbados was Hurricane Janet in 1955; in 2010 the island was struck by Hurricane Tomas, however this created just minor harm the nation over




Although Barbados is only about 34 km (21 mi) across at its widest point, a car journey from Six Cross Roads in St. Philip (south-east) to North Point in St. Lucy (north-central) can take one and a half hours or longer due to poor roads. Barbados has half as many registered cars as citizens.

Transport on the island is relatively convenient with "route taxis" called "ZRs" (pronounced "Zed-Rs") travelling to most points on the island. These small buses can at times be crowded, as passengers are generally never turned down regardless of the number. They will usually take the more scenic routes to destinations. They generally depart from the capital Bridgetown or from Speightstown in the northern part of the island.


Including the ZRs, there are three bus systems running seven days a week (though less frequently on Sundays). There are ZRs, the yellow minibuses and the blue Transport Board buses. A ride on any of them costs BBD$2.00. The smaller buses from the two privately owned systems ("ZRs" and "minibuses") can give change; the larger blue buses from the government-operated Barbados Transport Board system cannot, but do give receipts. Children in school uniform ride for free on the government buses and for $1.50 on the ZRs. Most routes require a connection in Bridgetown. Some drivers within the competitive privately owned systems are reluctant to advise persons to use competing services, even if those would be more suitable.


Some hotels also provide visitors with shuttles to points of interest on the island from outside the hotel lobby. There are several locally owned and operated vehicle rental agencies in Barbados but there are no multi-national companies.


The island's lone airport is the Grantley Adams International Airport. It receives daily flights by several major airlines from points around the globe, as well as several smaller regional commercial airlines and charters. The airport serves as the main air-transportation hub for the eastern Caribbean. In the first decade of the 21st century it underwent a US$100 million upgrade and expansion.

There is also a helicopter shuttle service, which offers air taxi services to a number of sites around the island, mainly on the West Coast tourist belt. Air and maritime traffic is regulated by the Barbados Port Authority.



English is the official language of Barbados, and is used for communications, administration, and public services all over the island. In its capacity as the official language of the country, the standard of English tends to conform to the vocabulary, pronunciations, spellings, and conventions akin to, but not exactly the same as, those of British English.


A regional variant of English, referred to locally as Bajan, is spoken by most Barbadians in everyday life, especially in informal settings. In its full-fledged form, Bajan sounds markedly different from the Standard English heard on the island. The degree of intelligibility between Bajan and general English, for the general English speaker, depends on the level of creolised vocabulary and idioms. A Bajan speaker may be completely unintelligible to an English speaker from another country. Bajan is influenced by other Caribbean English dialects.



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