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Barbados produced the worlds oldest rum under the Mount Gay label

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

 It was the only holiday destination in the world with a scheduled Concord service – up to four flights a week in the winter season 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. 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. 
 Barbados has the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth. Barbados highest point is 1,100 ft above sea level. The first aircraft in Barbados was brought over by ship to Bridgetown, assembled and then flown from the Garrison Savannah in 1913. The oldest Church in Barbados is St. James Parish Church in the parish of St. James. Barbados is the only island in the Caribbean that has daily flights to United States, Canada, and England. Is the birthplace of Rihanna, who moved from Barbados to the United States at the age of sixteen to pursue her music career. 
  Was chosen by Tiger Woods as the location for his wedding in 2004. 
  The name 'Barbados' is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island.  Has never been successfully invaded by a foreign power. 
  When first settled in 1625, was found to be almost totally covered in dense jungle, with a very large population of wild pigs. 
 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. Britain ruled over Barbados until it gained its independence on the 30th of November 1966. The national flower is the Pride of Barbados or Caesalpinia Pulcherrima, which grows all over the island. Barbados is 166 square miles in size and is divided into 11 different parishes. Barbados has over 3000 hours of sunshine a year and the average daytime temperature is between 29-31degrees Celsius. 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. 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. Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean and is considered part of the Lesser Antilles. 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. The legal drinking age for alcohol in Barbados is 18.
Roundabouts are designed to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. As Roundabouts are an integral part of the traffic system in Barbados, it is important to understand how to use them safely. There are a few things to remember about driving Roundabouts Yield to drivers in the Roundabout Stay in your lane; do not change lanes Do not stop in the Roundabout Avoid driving next to oversize vehicles For further driving instructions, please review the information below. 

 What side do I drive on?  
Firstly, please note that as a former British colony, driving in Barbados is based on the British system - that is to say 'PLEASE drive on the left!' The steering wheel of most vehicles is positioned on the right hand side of the vehicle. 

 How many lanes? 
 Roundabouts in Barbados have two lanes: 

(1) The Outside Lane (left most lane): is generally used by those vehicles wishing to exit at the first left exit road. 
(2) The Inside Lane: is used by those vehicles wishing to exit at the second or third exit road. 

Please note some drivers also use the outside lane to access the second exit, while this is not a recommended practice, it is important to exercise caution when using roundabouts. 

 Flow of Traffic and Navigating Roundabouts  
All traffic flows around roundabouts in a clockwise direction. Once you have selected your lane, watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk as you approach the roundabout. Look right and wait for a break in traffic before merging with the oncoming vehicles. Remember, in a multi-lane roundabout, you must yield to both lanes of traffic. Leave the circle by using your indicator and turn left onto the road of your choice. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding. 

Each Roundabout in Barbados has signage. Some Roundabouts have been honoured with the name of a prominent Barbadian. These signs therefore assist drivers with navigation of the island and are also a medium through which public recognition and island pride are shown for individuals who have made a positive contribution to the development of the island.  If you are unsure or have any questions about driving in Barbados, please remember to ask our car hire representative when collecting your hire car.
It's easy to hire a car in Barbados but here are some top tips if you haven't done it before! In Barbados, we drive on the left-hand side of the road! It's very hot here - no surprise there! So consider ensuring your chosen hire car has air conditioning (A/C) if you can't take the heat. Many hire car outlets rent roofless or convertable vehicles as well (Mini Mokes, Jeeps, etc) - it is wise to keep the hood up during the peak sun hours (11am - 2pm) to avoid heatstroke. Hire cars will come with maps and Barbados is fairly easy to navigate - a lot of the fun of hiring a car is finding your way around the island and tripping over the lesser travelled spots. However, if you have a difficult time with maps you might want to consider the optional sat-nav systems. Failing that, stop and ask a friendly local, or, view the bus signs - 'To City' you're heading towards Bridgetown and 'Out of City' you're heading away from it! Barbados has a lot of pedestration crossings - zebra crossings if you're from the UK - but many can be faded, keep an eye out for them on the roads (and the exit of roundabouts on the highways) as it's courtesy to stop for pedestrians. They're marked by black and white stripes across the road. The Bridgetown one-way system can be a navigational puzzle sometimes, but there is no rush, if in doubt, go slow and watch the traffic around you closely, you'll find locals very patient with 'H'ire cars. When heading to the north or the east of the island make sure you have enough fuel in the car, gas stations get a little sparse that way and you want to ensure you can get back to where you started. Speaking of gas stations in Barbados, you don't need to pump your own gas, the vast majority of petrol pumps are manned and your gas is poured for you - no need to get out of your car. Do you have any more top tips on driving in Barbados? Share with us!

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