|Official Names: Barbados.
Languages: English with a local dialect.
Total Area: 165 sq mi/430 sq km
Topography: mostly fat, Barbados is a coral island with some rolling hills and deep rifts and gullies. It also has a collection of caves and underground lakes that provide an excellent source of drinking water.
Climate: Tropical all year, with cooling northeast trade winds that keep the average temperature between 75°-85°F. September and October see the most rain.
Economy: Tourism, agriculture, light manufacturing.
Government: Independent member of the Commonwealth.
Religions: Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Moravian, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovahs Witnesses.
Currency: Barbados dollar (BD)=US $1.98. Traveler's checks and major credit cards are widely accepted. US money is also accepted but it's better to convert it upon arrival.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard (EST + 1 hr).
Telecommunications: Country code is 246.
Electricity: 120 volts AC, 50 cycles. Hotels have adapters and converters.