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Banks open from 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday – Thursday, 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday and are closed on all National Holidays. You can easily use your credit card at most businesses island wide or withdraw up to $500 USD per day at hundreds of ATM Machines. ATM machines can be found island wide outside banks or at most 24hr gas stations.
BusinessHours From Monday to Friday businesses and stores in Barbados normally open between 8am & 9am and close at roughly 3:30/ 5:00pm. Saturdays are shopping days in Barbados, however stores typically close between 1pm and 2pm in Bridgetown, but shopping malls and supermarkets open till 9:00pm. On Sundays the Grocery stores will close between 12 noon and 2pm. Cave Shepherd, a popular duty free department store in Hastings is also open until this time.
dress You can’t go wrong if you remember the following: • No Camouflage – It’s illegal. • No bare feet & bare backs in most stores. • Sneakers are frowned upon in several clubs & restaurants • Try elegantly casual for fine dining - Call ahead if you need to be sure. • Shorts of a reasonable length are mostly acceptable in this cool climate but if in doubt call ahead.
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Government Barbados was once an island under British rule and as a result the island’s government and governmental practices are a result of British rule. In fact, the island is a constitutional monarchy, and parliamentary democracy, modeled on the British Westminster system. In 1966 Barbados gained its independence from Britain but the island maintains a Prime Minister and 2 parliamentary houses – The House of Assembly (30 ministers) and The Senate, with Elizabeth II, as the head of state (she is represented locally by the island’s Governor General). Notably Barbados has the third oldest parliament in existence.