Capital city Bridgetown
Surface 431 km²
Population 285,000
Road network length 1,600 km
Length of highway network 0 km
First highway N/A
Motorway name N/A
Traffic drives Left
License plate code BDS

Barbados is an island nation in the far east of the Caribbean, part of the continent of North America. The country has 285,000 inhabitants and the capital is Bridgetown. See Barbados population density.

The island of Barbados is more easterly than the other Caribbean islands, approximately 160 kilometers east of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 290 kilometers northeast of Trinidad and Tobago. The island measures 35 by 20 kilometers and is densely populated. The capital Bridgetown has 100,000 inhabitants, more than a third of the total population of Barbados. The island is densely populated, especially in the southwest and south. Unlike most Caribbean islands, Barbados is not very mountainous, nor is it densely forested. Only in the central north are rainforests to be found. Much undeveloped land is used for agriculture.

According to ABBREVIATIONFINDER, the country gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, and has been a stable democracy ever since. With an income of nearly $23,000 per capita, Barbados is a prosperous and developed country. Tourism is of great importance to Barbados, as is agriculture and business.

Road Network

Barbados’ road network is one of the densest in the world, due to its high population density. There is 1,600 kilometers of road, all of which are paved. The maximum speed is 60 km/h on minor roads and 80 km/h on major roads. In cities, lower speed limits often apply. There are no highways in Barbados, but there is a bypass of the capital Bridgetown. Intersections are often in the form of roundabouts. There is often a lot of traffic around the center of Bridgetown because the roads here are not designed for the population size. There are some scenic roads across the island, especially in the north. Views from great heights, as is the case on many Caribbean islands, do not occur in Barbados, the highest elevations are no more than low hills.

Road numbering

There are seven numbered roads, numbered Highway 1 to Highway 7. They form a radial system from the capital Bridgetown, Highway 1 to the north to Highway 7 to the southeast.


Any signage is probably British model.

Barbados Location Map