A few tips:
1. Look early for flights to Barbados. Flights from North America typically are routed through Toronto, New York, or Miami, with some flights from Fort Lauderdale and Boston as well.
2. Look for accommodation in the Rockley or Hastings area. While we will be offering special rates at the Accra Beach Hotel (the site of the conference) and the Blue Horizon Hotel (across the street from the conference), some people may wish to stay elsewhere. By staying in the Rockley and Hastings areas, you will have convenient public transportation of US$1 each way to the site of the conference.
3. US dollars are widely accepted on the island, as the currency is pegged at BD$1.98 to US$1.00. Informally, the exchange rate observed on the island is US$1 for BD$2. We do not recommend that you change US dollars into local currency.
4. Bring (or if that is not possible, plan to buy on site) plenty of high SPF sunblock and tropical mosquito spray. The sun gets hot and the UV rays are quite high on the island, so take the proper precautions to prevent sunburn and enjoy the tropics without worry. Mosquitoes are not a big problem around the site of the conference, but the ones that there are can carry tropical diseases like zika and dengue. As long as you take the proper precautions, mosquitoes should be of only minor concern.
Barbados - Fast Facts and Figures
Population: Approximately 285,000
Climate: Eight to nine hours of sunshine most days.
Geography: A 21 mile x 14 mile Caribbean island. West and South Coast have calm Caribbean sea and endless beaches. Rugged cliffs and Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast.
Barbados Language: English with a broad dialect called Bajan.
Currency: Barbados Dollar - US $1 = BDS $2 approx.
Time: GMT-4 hrs. There is no daylight saving time in Barbados
Getting There: Flying Times and Airlines into Barbados
Electricity: Electricity in Barbados is 110 volts/50 cycles
Entry Requirements: See Travel Documents
Health Requirements: See Health in Barbados
Driving: A temporary yearly Barbados licence costs BDS$10 and is obtainable from car rental agencies and Police Stations. Full licence must be shown. Drive on left. Go to Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia "Documents"
Laws: Largely based on English common law.
The University of the West Indies has campuses at Cave Hill in Barbados, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago and Mona in Jamaica. The total student body which is approximately 24,321 is distributed amongst the Faculties of Law, Humanities & Education, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Medical Sciences at Cave Hill; Arts & Education, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences and Science & Technology at Mona; and Agriculture & Natural Sciences, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences at St. Augustine.
The Cave Hill campus overlooks the island’s capital and principal commercial centre, Bridgetown, which is just five miles away. Despite its expansion in recent years, the campus maintains much of its original architecture of simple, low-rise buildings. The scenic attractiveness and relatively small size of the university community creates an inviting, intimate and friendly atmosphere.