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
Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within
November 30, 1966.
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.
11 parishes and the city of Bridgetown.
Barbados Labor Party (BLP, incumbent),
Democratic Labor Party (DLP), National Democratic Party (NDP).
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.
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
its natural unspoiled beauty, consistent high waves, warm tropical
waters and friendly locals, Barbados is truly a surfer's paradise.
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
Experiance the best of Barbados
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
Western Ave Fort George Hgts
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.
St Philip, Barbados
World Service and Voice of America frequencies:
BBC: 17.72, 15.22,
6.195 & 5.975 mhz
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
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
Ultimate Catamaran Experience
Of Fort Charlotte
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Gardens & Zoo