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25 things you might not know about Barbados

  1. Barbados produced the worlds oldest rum under the Mount Gay label


  2. The whistling frogs that you hear at night give birth to live young, not tadpoles as with normal frogs. 


  3. It was the only holiday destination in the world with a scheduled Concord service – up to four flights a week in the winter season
  4. As a visitor traveling to Barbados you will need a valid passport to enter and leave the island via Bridgetown Port or Sir Grantley Adams International Airport.
  5. The furry little creatures that run out in front of your hire car as you travel the country roads of Barbados are mongooses. 

Originally they were brought to the island from India to control the rat population in the cane fields. 

Being nocturnal, the rats never came into contact with the mongooses  – instead they demolished the snake population who actually did eat the rats. 

  6. Barbados has the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth.
  7. Barbados highest point is 1,100 ft above sea level.
  8. The first aircraft in Barbados was brought over by ship to Bridgetown, assembled and then flown from the Garrison Savannah in 1913.
  9. The oldest Church in Barbados is St. James Parish Church in the parish of St. James.
  10. Barbados is the only island in the Caribbean that has daily flights to United States, Canada, and England.
  11. Is the birthplace of Rihanna, who moved from Barbados to the United States at the age of sixteen to pursue her music career. 
 
  12. Was chosen by Tiger Woods as the location for his wedding in 2004. 
 
  13. The name 'Barbados' is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island. 
  14. Has never been successfully invaded by a foreign power. 
 
  15. When first settled in 1625, was found to be almost totally covered in dense jungle, with a very large population of wild pigs. 

  16. The English first colonists arrived on the Island on February 17, 1627. The ship landed at site now called Holetown with 80 colonists and 10 African slaves.
  17. Britain ruled over Barbados until it gained its independence on the 30th of November 1966.
  18. The national flower is the Pride of Barbados or Caesalpinia Pulcherrima, which grows all over the island.
  19. Barbados is 166 square miles in size and is divided into 11 different parishes.
  20. Barbados has over 3000 hours of sunshine a year and the average daytime temperature is between 29-31degrees Celsius.
  21. The time difference in Barbados is 4 hours behind GMT in the winter and 5 hours in the summer, 1 hour ahead of US Eastern Standard Time in the winter and the same during US Daylight Saving Time.
  22. Barbados is only 434 Kilometers northeast of the South American country of Venezuela. Its closest neighbours are St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to the west, Grenada to the southwest and Trinidad and Tobago to the south.
  23. Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean and is considered part of the Lesser Antilles.
  24. Taxi fares in Barbados are not metered; fares are actually set between certain points. It goes without saying to always ask how much before you get into a taxi.
  25. The legal drinking age for alcohol in Barbados is 18.
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