General Information

Barbados is located at latitude 13' 10'' N and longitude 50' 35'' W and 1600 miles south east of Miami, Florida.

Constantly cooled by the trade winds of the Atlantic, it has a tropical climate and enjoys pleasant summer-like conditions all year round. For centuries, Barbados, the most easterly island in the Caribbean Sea, has been seen internationally as the gateway to the Caribbean.

Despite a tiny land area (432 sq. km.), the country's strategic location - coupled with healthy living conditions and legendary political stability - has allowed it to become the regional hub for transportation and communications. Today, it is a thriving and highly reputable centre for tourism, international business and financial services.

For further information, please visit the website of the Barbados Government Information Service



The mainstay of the economy is tourism, financial services, light manufacturing and agriculture.

For further information see the 2009 Pocket Statistics. You may also visit The Central Bank of Barbados website.


pdf Barbados Pocket Statistics (28.57 MB)

Central Bank Website


Some useful facts

Language:           English

Capital City:        Bridgetown

Currency:            The Barbados dollar is tied to the US dollar; $1 US is worth approximately $1.98 BDS. Use of major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) is widely accepted.

Electricity:           110V/50 cycles

Time Zone:         -04:00 GMT, which is the same as the Eastern Seaboard of the United States when Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not in effect.

Map of Barbados