Barbados is a coral paradise in the Caribbean. It is a delightful mix of culture, food, natural scenic beauty, a warm climate and the sea that merges with the blue skies in the distant horizon. It is a beautiful country with secure living conditions. There are eleven parishes and four towns, each with their own character, charm and history.
The beauty of the place has rubbed onto every Barbadian heart. There is a smile on every face and a twinkle in every eye. It is the most pleasant place to pursue your dream of mastering the art and science of modern medicine.
Bridgetown is the capital city of Barbados. Many streets, buildings and historic sites are also home to Bridgetown and its outskirts. These include Bay Street, Belleville, Broad Street, Cenotaph War Memorial, Chamberlain Bridge, Heroes Square and Lord Nelson Statue to name a few.
The Grantley Adams International airport provides an integral connection for international air traffic in the Eastern Caribbean, with non-stop daily services to major international destinations. Major airlines flying into Barbados include Air Canada, British Airways, jetBlue, American Arlines and US Airways. Barbados is easily accessible from anywhere.
The climate in Barbados is generally sunny and warm with brief occasions of intense rain. The summer temperatures hit average highs of 32oC and winters temperatures 28oC. The dry season of the island starts in January and ends in June when the generally wetter conditions start.
The educational system in Barbados is modeled after the British system and one that has produced a high literacy rate over the years. School is compulsory upto the age of 16 and government schools are free at the primary and secondary levels. The country proudly boasts of a literacy rate of 97%.
English is the official language of Barbados
As per the United Nations estimates of 2017, the population of Barbados was recorded at 285,744 which includes European, Guyanese, Indians, Chinese and Syrians descent.
Anglicanism is the official religion of Barbados but the island is also home to more than 100 religions
The Bridgetown Port in Barbados is one of the most modern sea ports in the Caribbean with a deep water harbour and a shallow draught facility. This award winning Port is well equipped with container handling and berth facilities for ocean going freighters and passenger vessels, including major luxury liners.
Barbados is in the Atlantic Time Zone, which is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). It is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time; however, the island does not observe daylight-saving time. From April to October, the Eastern time in America is the same as the time in Barbados. From October to April, the East Coast of the United States is one hour behind Barbados.
All visitors to Barbados are required to have a valid passport. Nationals of CARICOM, UK, USA, Canada and some Commonwealth countries can travel to Barbados with acceptable proof of identification, like a passport, birth certificate or national ID.
Barbados boasts a pure water supply. It's pumped from underground sources in the coral rock that covers a vast majority of the island, and it's safe and ready to drink right away.
Barbados Dollar (US currency widely accepted)
US $1.00 = BDS $ 2.00
Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the world, with uninterrupted parliamentary governance since 1639. The constitution of Barbados is based on the British style of parliamentary democracy with elections held every 5 years. There are 2 houses of parliament, a Senate and a House of Assembly. The Governor General is the Head of State, while executive authority is vested in the Prime Minister and Cabinet, who are collectively responsible for Parliament.
Most electrical outlets in Barbados are wired with 110-volt AC.
The island has excellent telecommunications systems. To call Barbados from the United States, dial 1, then 246 (the area code for Barbados) and the local number. Once in Barbados, to call another number on the island, only the local number is necessary.