Location & Geography
Barbados -- the Island
Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean chain, located just over three (3) hours by plane from Miami, four and one-half hours (4 ½) from New York and eight (8) hours from London.
Most of the island is made up of soft marine deposits of coral and limestone, with substantial clay and sandstone deposits also found some of the northeastern areas. The island is typically described as flat and low-lying, and therefore its assortment of hills and elevated points prove to be a source of delight for the unsuspecting tourist taking time to explore this 166-square mile paradise. It's highest point, Mount Hillaby in the parish of St. Andrew, is 1,104 feet above sea level.
The rugged East Coast is an idyllic retreat with great scenic beauty, and offers ideal conditions for hiking, surfing and exploring the natural habitat. The West and South coasts offer elegant dining and a vibrant nightlife, as well as five-star resorts and stunning beaches.
Each week, dozens take advantage of off-road Hikes organised by the Barbados National Trust, a non-profit agency dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the island's heritage. The hikes are offered throughout the year, each Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m., repeated later in the day to accommodate those preferring afternoon/evening walks. The Trust also offers an Open House programme.
Barbados enjoys a stable climate and average daytime temperatures range from 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 27 degrees Celsius). There is a rainy season from July-November.