Barbados is an island located on the border of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. For over three centuries Barbados was under British rule and the sovereign of the United Kingdom is still the head of state but it has been independent since November 30, 1966. Located about 13 degrees North of the equator and 59 degrees West of Greenwich, Barbados is considered part of the Lesser Antilles. The closest islands are Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia to the West. To the South lies Trinidad and Tobago - with which Barbados now shares a fixed official maritime boundary - and the South American coast. The total area of Barbados is 430 square kilometres, and its altitude is rather low, the highest peaks being in the interior of the country. The highest point in Barbados is Mount Hillaby in the parish of Saint Andrew. The geological composition of Barbados is of non-volcanic origin and is predominantly limestone and coral formed as a consequence of a collision between the South American and the Caribbean plates. The island has a tropical climate with winds from the Atlantic Ocean producing mild temperatures. Some less developed areas of the country contain tropical forests and mangroves. Other parts of the interior of the country are dedicated to the production of sugar cane which contributes to the agricultural industry.

Get to know Barbados...

Want to relax, escape and enjoy a change of scenery? Barbados welcomes you!

Barbados reveals its tourist attractions to you

Barbados offers an exceptional range of exciting attractions and breath-taking landscapes…Your every need is satisfied during your stay!

A variety of activities

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you on this Caribbean island. You can bask in the sun, swim or surf or snorkel on any of the many white sand beaches especially on the South and West coasts.

You can also go on jet ski rides, windsurf or go water skiing.

What about a sailing trip on a catamaran? Or a cruise on the historically famous Jolly Roger 1 pirate ship or the Harbour Master?

Deep sea fishing trips are also available.

You can also swim with the turtles or go scuba diving at historic shipwreck sites.

Why not get aboard a glass-bottom boat and admire the sea-life from a safe but enjoyable distance? Or travel underwater on the Atlantis Submarines?

If you are in the mood for island touring and sightseeing, make sure you visit the world famous Harrison's Cave with its underground lakes and waterfalls; the Barbados Wildlife Reserve; the Animal Flower Cave; Orchid World; the Flower Forest and Andromeda Gardens.

You should take the opportunity to see famous structures such as George Washington House with its fascinating museum, where the first American President spent 50 unforgettable days; the Historic Garrison Buildings; exhibitions in the Barbados Museum; Tyrol Cot Heritage House and Craft Village and St. Nicholas Abbey.

Why not take a relaxing tour of the alcohol beverage and brewery companies: Mount Gay Rum Visitor Centre, the Cockspur Rum Beach Club and Banks Beer Holdings?

You do not want to leave Barbados without visiting Speightstown and Bathsheba, or, on Friday nights the famous Oistins Fish Lime, where you can taste the local fish. Besides, you have in St. Lawrence Gap a very popular night life centre, with a wide variety of entertainment: Karaoke bars, nightclubs, exotic and local restaurants.