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Barbados (/bɑːrˈbeɪdɒs/ or /bɑːrˈbeɪdoʊs/) is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 km (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital is Bridgetown. Barbados is 1,600 mi (2,600 km) Southeast of Miami. Inhabited by Kalinago people since the 13th century, and prior to that by other Amerindians, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed for the Spanish Crown. It first appeared in a Spanish map in 1511. The Portuguese visited the island in 1536, but they left it unclaimed, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. An English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1625; its men took possession of it in the name of King James I. In 1627, the first permanent settlers arrived from England, and it became an English and later British colony. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with the British Monarch (presently Queen Elizabeth II) as hereditary head of state. Due to their colonial history and connection to the United Kingdom, even after independence, it is sometimes referred to as Little England. It has a population of 280,121 people, predominantly of African descent. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination. Forty percent of the tourists come from the UK, with the US and Canada making up the next large groups of visitors to the island. In 2014, Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Barbados joint second in the Americas (after Canada, equal with the United States) and joint 17th globally (after Belgium and Japan, equal with the U.S., Hong Kong and Ireland).

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Home to pretty treasures, Barbados is Barbados's best kept secret. When planning a trip to Barbados, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Bridgetown. Bridgetown, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like George Washington House, Kensington Oval, Parliament Buildings. To explore Barbados, set aside 1 to 2 number of your days. You'll be coming back for more!

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Facts and Stats for Barbados*

  • Pollution Statistics in Barbados

    Know the pollution level of Barbados before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Barbados: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Barbados for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Barbados.

    • Burglary and Theft 40 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 45 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 55 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 35 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 55 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 40 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 40 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 40 (Moderate)
  • Living in Barbados - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 55.94 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 17.24 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 78.42 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 74.54 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.7 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 62.65 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Barbados

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Barbados

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.35 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 83.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 66 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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