Barbados offersbotha tranquilCaribbeanshorewithfinewhite-sandbeaches, and a wild Atlantic coastline. Inland, the rolling landscape of sugar fields is dotted with colonial plantation houses, some of which date to the 17th century. (The first British settlers arrived in 1627.) The southern coast is crowded, overdeveloped and best avoided. Most of the desirable hotels are strung along the west coast in the parishes of St. James and St. Peter. During the winter high season, Barbados has a party atmosphere and is unsuitable for those in search of serenity.
WHEN TO GO : The weather is sunny and warm, with year-round trade winds and little temperature variation. Driest months are December-June.
CURRENCY : Barbados dollar (BBD). Set rate valued at BBD2 = US$1.00 as of April 2014. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
U.S. EMBASSY : Bridgetown, Tel. 227-4000.
DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in Barbados, dial 1 + 246 (Barbados code) + local numbers in listings.