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"The bearded ones"


Barbados was under British rule until its independence in 1966. But it was a Portuguese explorer who christened the island. He thought the fig trees with their air roots looked like bearded old men and called them “los Barbados”, the bearded men.

Barbados has just under 300,000 inhabitants and tourism is the main source of income. The standard of living is comparatively high. The currency is called the Barbados Dollar, BBD, but US Dollars can be used at the rate of one USD to two BBD.

FOREX Bank recommends Barbados Dollars for when you arrive and the rest of your spending money should be in US Dollars. ATMs can be found in larger towns,



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