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Andrew Hulsmeier

Niall Thomas/BeSocial

Courtesy Diamonds International

Bridgetown’s Careenage & Carlisle Bay

Barbados $5 dollar bill

Diamonds International, Broad Street

Water basin by Earthworks

AREA CODE

- The international

telephone area code for Barbados

is (1) 246.

CAPITAL CITY

- Bridgetown, the

main shopping centre. On June

25 2011, ‘Historic Bridgetown and

its Garrison’ was inscribed on the

UNESCO World Heritage List.

CHAT offers fabulous guided audio

walking tours of Bridgetown and

its Garrison daily, Tel: 232 7531 or

Lickrish Food Tours of Bridgetown,

Tel: 622 1886.

CURRENCY

- The Barbados Dollar.

Check press for rates.

DRESS

- Keep swimwear on the

beach. Camouflage is prohibited.

ELECTRICITY

- 110/230V 50Hz.

HOURS OF BUSINESS

- Banks

open Monday to Thursday from

8am-3pm and Friday 8am-5pm.

Supermarkets open daily from 8am

and close between 7pm and 10pm

in the evenings. Other retail outlets

generally open Monday to Friday

from 9am-5pm and on Saturday

from 9am-2pm. Special opening

hours in December.

POPULATION

- 287, 733

SIZE

- Barbados is 166 square miles,

measuring 21 miles long x 14 miles

wide.

TAX

- 17.5% VAT is usually included

in prices quoted. 7.5% VAT and 10%

service charge will be added to your

hotel bill.

TIPPING

- Usually 10%–15%.

WATER

- Safe to drink from tap.

Nuts & Bolts