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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Barbados

Geography

Barbadian Geography - Bottom Bay
Bottom Bay

Barbados is located just east of the majority of the Caribbean islands as it sits entirely in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the island nation has no land border, its closest neighbors are both St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, which are both to the island's west.

Barbados rises in elevation to hills, but no true mountains. The island is rocky and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, which protect it. Although there is little water, the island is more densely populated than many Caribbean Islands.

Weather

Barbados has a fairly consistent weather pattern as temperatures remain in the 75-85° F (24-29° C) range year round and humidity tends to remain fairly high year round. The island gets winds from the west, which makes the temperature feel cooler and the mountains can also be a few degrees cooler. Rain is heaviest, but not substantial in July to December.

Wildlife

Barbadian Geography - Pier
Pier

Barbados has an odd wildlife system as the island nation has few indigenous mammals due to its volcanic origin; the bat is about the only native mammals although there are also monkeys, mongoose, and hares. Plus, off the island's shore are more mammals and great sea life. In addition to mammals like dolphins and whales, as an island nation there are thousands of fish surrounding the country and these waters contain larger animals like sharks, but also include eels, angelfish, barracudas, grouper, sponges, lobsters, snapper, and thousands more.

Like the sea life, there are plenty of birds that live on the island or migrate through. These birds are mostly limited to water fowls like ducks, egrets, and terns, but there are other non-water fowl species that call the islands home such as the falcon, hummingbird, and finch. The reptilian and amphibian life is also limited in scope, but there are turtles, snakes, iguanas, frogs, and lizards of all kinds. There are numerous other species, including insects and spiders on the island.

This page was last updated: March, 2013