barbados_map.jpg (47199 bytes) Barbados is generally flat along the coast and hilly in the interior. Mount Hillaby, the highest point, rises to 340 m (1115 ft). Coral deposits form the surface of the island and are under laid by sedimentary rock. Barbados has no natural deepwater harbors and is largely surrounded by coral reefs. The climate is tropical, tempered by sea breezes; the mean annual temperature is about 26░ C (about 79░ F).
    A rainy season prevails from June to December, with average annual rainfall varying from 1000 mm (about 40 in) on the coast to 2300 mm (about 90 in) on the central ridge. Hurricanes occasionally strike the island. Wildlife is limited and includes hares, monkeys, mongooses, tree frogs, and various species of birds. Barbados lacks mineral resources, and nearly all the natural vegetation has been cleared for cultivation. The capital is Bridgetown


Government

Type: Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth.
Independence: November 30, 1966.
 
Constitution: 1966.
 
Branches: Executive--governor general (representing Queen Elizabeth II, head of state), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--bicameral parliament. Judicial--magistrate's courts, Supreme Court (High Court and Court of Appeals), privy council in London.
 
Subdivisions: 11 parishes and the city of Bridgetown.
Political parties: Barbados Labor Party (BLP, incumbent), Democratic Labor Party (DLP), National Democratic Party (NDP).

Suffrage: Universal at 18.


    The economy of Barbados has traditionally relied on the growing of sugarcane and the production and export of refined sugar, molasses, and rum. Sugarcane is grown principally on large estates rather than on small farms; the harvest in 1997 totaled 570,900 metric tons. Efforts have been made by the government to reduce the dependency on sugarcane products. 
    Local industries manufacture clothing, furniture, electrical and electronic equipment, and plastic items. Newly discovered reserves of petroleum and natural gas are being exploited. Fishing has also increased in importance. Tourist facilities have been developed, and since the late 1960s tourism has earned more foreign revenue than sugar products. Budget revenues in fiscal year 1994-1995 totaled $509 million; expenditures were $636 million. Barbados is a member of two free-trade organizations, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

    The island is well served by roads, of which some 1475 km (some 915 mi) are paved. An international airport is located at Seawell in the southeast. The artificial deepwater harbor of Bridgetown was opened in 1961. In 1972 a central bank was established and a new unit of currency adopted, the Barbados dollar (2 Barbados dollars equal U.S.$1; 1996).

    The population of Barbados (1998 estimate) was 258,756. The average population density of 602 persons per sq km (1559 per sq mi) was notably high considering the predominantly rural agricultural character of the island. The annual growth rate of the population during the 1970s and 1980s was kept below 1 percent by out-migration. In 1997 the country was growing at only 0.12 percent annually. The capital, largest city, and only seaport is Bridgetown, with a population (1990) of 6720.

     English is the official language. More than 50 percent of the people are Anglicans; other important faiths include various Protestant sects and Roman Catholicism.

    Education is free and compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. In the 1991-1992 school year 26,662 pupils were enrolled in primary schools. A campus of the University of the West Indies was established at Bridgetown in 1963.

    The culture of Barbados combines  English institutions, which evolved through more than three centuries of English rule, with a folk culture of African origin. The music and dances of Barbados reflect more purely the African heritage. The island has a museum and public library in Bridgetown and 2 daily newspapers.


Play

    Windsurfing is one of the most popular sports in Barbados and it is easy to see why! Barbados is surrounded by surfable waves, specially on the East Coast (Bathsheba) and south coast (Silver Sands).

    The best time to surf in Barbados is between December and March although waves are available all year around. You simply arrive, check the coast pack your board and follow the surf.

    Completive surfing in Barbados is organized by the Barbados surfing Association which numbers over 70 members and every 2 years sends a team of 20 competitors to the world championships.

With its natural unspoiled beauty, consistent high waves, warm tropical waters and friendly locals, Barbados is truly a surfer's paradise.

One friendly tip - sun block is necessity of life. 


    A healthy heart, lungs and strong, toned, flexible muscles achieved through strength training and aerobics is the key to looking, feeling and being your best. At West One we custom tailor programme which improve your co-ordination, flexibility and stamina: irrespective of your present age or conditioning. West One brings new meaning to the promise of advanced equipment and greater results through instruction from one of our personal trainers.


    A Luxurious beach front villa. Your yacht, moored steps away from your door. The whole of the Caribbean sea, and an entire tropical island as your playground. For yachting enthusiasts, or those simply seeking a holiday home in a unique environment, this is the ultimate reward, if not a glimpse of Paradise itself.

Experiance the best of Barbados with
Glory Tours! Take one of our tours and visit the islands many highlights. We make stops at Orchid World, Andromeda Gardens, St. Nicholas Abbey, Sunbury Plantation, Gream Hall Bird Sanctuary, Wild Life Reserve, Harissons Cave, St Johns Church, Cherry tree hill , Morgan Lewis Wind Mill, Bathsheba Comunity centre, Hackeltons Cliff, Ostins Fiish Fry, Speightstown, Earthworks , Gun Hill, Codrington College, Farley Hill. Come join us and experiance The Best of Barbados.
Contact: Sarah Taylor
Glory Tours
Western Ave Fort George Hgts
St Micheal
Bridgetown
Tel: 246-437-6823
Fax: 246-437-6823
email: tours@glorytours.org
URL: http://www.glorytours.org

Kensal Sporting is set in 70 acres of majestic rural Barbados. This sporting club with its friendly country club atmosphere offers the visitor a unique day out Come up and experience the hospitality and excitement of Kendal sporting.
Richard Bradshaw
Carrington
St Philip, Barbados
Tel: 246-437-5306
       246-437-5594
Fax: 246-437-5598





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Voice of America: 15.30, 13.74, 9.59 & 5.995 mhz


    Enjoy an exciting sail down the coast of beautiful Barbados, with the warm tropical sun and the calm azure Caribbean Sea slipping by, taking you to anchor in an idyllic bay.

    Go snorkeling in the crystal clear water, play on the beach or simply bask in the sun on our spacious decks while sipping a cool drink from our well stocked bar. A delicious lunch is served before weighing anchor to take you home completing an "unforgettable day".

Monday through Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. This popular cruise is ideal for viewing the coast line and soaking in the sun, we offer a Continental Breakfast and an open pit B-B-Que Lunch with a choice of chicken and fish with corn on the cob, a variety of side dishes, salads and garlic bread. Lunch is also served with a glass of wine. Two snorkel stops are offered, one on our lunch stop which is done on a reef (snorkel gear provided), a delicious Buffet Lunch is served shortly after our first snorkel period. On our return home our second snorkel stop is done over the Berwin Wreck which is situated in the Carlisle Bay. Our delicious homemade coconut and banana bread is served between our snorkel stops along with coffee or tea. Refreshments are served throughout the day.

The Ultimate Catamaran Experience


Attractions


The Cloisters
Paradise Island


Tour Of Fort Charlotte
Nassau


Bay Street
Nassau


Changing Of The Guard
Nassau


Ardastra Gardens & Zoo
Nassau


National Trust Gardens
New Providence
Nassau

Much more.

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