Barbados is the easternmost island of the Lesser Antilles with the Atlantic on its eastern coast. This isolated pear-shaped island extends for 34 kilometres along a north-south axis and has a maximum breadth of 23 kilometres, giving it a total land area of 430 square kilometres. The island has a population of about 280 000.
The island itself is characterized by lowlands or gently sloping, terraced plains, separated by rolling hills that generally parallel the coasts. Elevations in the interior, range from 180 to 240 meters above sea level. Mount Hillaby is the highest point at 340 meters above sea level.
Barbados lies within the tropics. Its generally pleasant maritime climate is influenced by northeast trade winds, which moderate the tropical temperature. Cool, north-easterly trade winds are prevalent during the December to June dry season. The overall annual temperature ranges from 24°C to 28°C; slightly lower temperatures prevail at higher elevations.
Humidity levels are between 71 percent and 76 percent year round. Rainfall occurs primarily between July and December and varies considerably with elevation. Rainfall may average 187.5 centimetres per year in the higher central area as compared with 127.5 centimetres in the coastal zone.
Barbados has two distinct seasons which are a dry and a wet season. The dry season is the period chiefly for the reaping of crops especially the sugar cane. The wet season is that period of the year it experiences a Hurricane period.
There are direct daily flights from the United Kingdom, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Puerto Rico, Toronto, and from the rest of the Caribbean. Barbados has a wide variety of quality accommodation available, Resorts, Hotels, Apartments, Guest houses, Surf Shacks, Chalets, Lodges, B+Bs. Time share, and condos. On reaching one would find there is plenty things to do for fun, and also plenty of areas for relaxation and to recoup.
Barbados is located where the Atlantic Standard Time is EST+1, GMT -4. English is the language spoken. The phone access code is 246. The Currency in use on the island is the Barbadian dollar (1.98BDS=1USD).