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Discover a land of authentic West African and Caribbean culture influenced by its British heritage. Often regarded as a colourful island of paradise, Barbados offers a diverse range of experiences making it the ultimate getaway destination.
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Just northeast of Venezuela, you'll discover the Caribbean paradise of Barbados. Boasting a rich infusion of culture with West African, Caribbean and British influences, Barbados proudly showcases its strong identity through the distinctive architecture, sensational cuisine and the passionate locals. Discover an array of spectacular attractions from beautiful beaches to historic sites and landmarks that better help you understand the serene beauty of this stunning island.
With a generally nice climate all year round, Barbados is exposed to over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year. The months from November to April are the ideal times to visit as hurricane season runs from June to October.
The capital of Barbados, Bridgetown is a bustling city with many old colonial buildings and shopping sights to occupy visitors.
Electrical Socket type: North American Voltage: 115-230 volts. To purchase electrical adapters,or for further information, go to www.korjo.com.au.
Country Code for Barbados: +1246
Offical Travel Advice: Visit www.safetravel.govt.nz
Emergency Services: 411
The emergency services may not have English speaking staff.
Shops in Bridgetown are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm and 8:30am - 1:00pm on Saturdays. Malls, out-of-town shops and boutiques usually open from 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) and 9:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays. Most shops are closed on Sundays, although some supermarkets and convenience stores remain open.
The standard rate of tipping at hotels and restaurants is approximately 10% however like most cases, the tipping fare is at your own discretion.
Driving in Barbados is on the left side of the road and the majority of vehicles are "right hand drive". The island has an extensive road network of about 1,475km of paved roads. A highway links the north and the south of the island. There are a number of ways to get around the island by hired car, taxis and buses; all are safe, reliable and convenient.
English & Bajan dialect
Official travel advice regarding visas is available by calling 04 439 8000 or visiting their website www.safetravel.govt.nz
As Barbados is a relatively conservative and religious destination, while it is fine to wear swimwear, it should be kept at the beach while suitable attire should be worn when going shopping or dining elsewhere on the island.
For professional medical advice relative to travellers, please contact the Travel Doctor on (+64) 9 373 3531.
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