Holidays in Barbados, Caribbean
The name Barbados comes from the island’s Portuguese christening of Los Barbados, named after the bearded fig tree, which grew abundantly on the island at the time of its discovery in the 16th century. This tree is unusual in that it sends aerial roots from its branches, thus giving the impression of being bearded.
Barbados is a relatively flat island, rising gently to the central highland region, the highest point being Mount Hillaby, in the Scotland District , at 340 meters (1,100 ft) above sea level. The island is located in the Atlantic Ocean, to the east of the other Caribbean islands. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from June to October.
The southern and western coasts of Barbados are popular, with the calm light blue Atlantic Ocean and their fine white and pinkish sandy beaches. Along the island's east coast the Atlantic Ocean side are tumbling waves which are perfect for light surfing, but a little bit risky due to under-tow currents.
Barbados is known for having some of the best nightlife of the Caribbean, so no matter what your tastes, your evening is sure to be a great time on this little island.
Enjoy the Barbados sunshine but do keep swimwear to the beach only. Topless bathing is not permitted.
Camouflage clothing and accessories are not allowed in Barbados. In most establishments, long trousers are the rule after dark. If in doubt, do check to avoid embarrassment.
It is very easy to get married in Barbados. There is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage licence must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The following documents are required: • Valid Passports or the original or certified copies of birth certificates. • If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgement. • If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse. • Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. • Fees: if neither party is a citizen or resident of Barbados