Barbados experiences a tropical climate which is tempered by an almost constant sea breeze from the northeast in the winter and early spring and from the southeast during the rest of the year. Temperatures range from 21° to 30°C (70 to 86°F). Annual rainfall ranges from about 100 cm (40 in) in some coastal districts to 230 cm (90 in) in the central ridge area. There is a wet season from June to December, but rain falls periodically throughout the year.
Barbados has its own currency, issued by the Central Bank of Barbados. Two Barbados dollars are equivalent to one U.S. dollar. Notes are issued in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10, $5, and $2. Coins are issued in denominations of $1 and 25, 10, 5, and 1cents. Travelers Cheques and most major credit cards are also widely accepted.
Flora, Fauna & Sea Life
Underground caves of waterfalls and lakes, tropical gullies, flower forests and mangrove swamps are but a few of the many natural phenomena Barbados has been blessed with. There is also an abundance of fruit trees, palms, casuarinas, mahogany and almond trees to be found on the island. The wide variety of flowers and shrubs includes wild roses, Pride of Barbados, heliconia, hibiscus, lilies, and several cacti.
Natural wildlife is restricted to a few mammals and birds; finches, blackbirds, and moustache birds are common. The Barbados green monkey is one indigenous species to be found on the island.
The waters off Barbados are teeming with healthy sponge coral and plant life. Also to be found are sea turtles, parrotfish, rays and barracudas.