Barbados is one of the most highly developed small countries in the world. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has ranked Barbados as No. 1 on its Human Development Index in the Caribbean and Latin America. In ts development, Barbados is also outperforming all of Africa and all of Asia, with the exception of Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.
The country's high level of development is reflected in its infrastructure and social environment.
Barbados enjoys a high standard of medicine and health services overall. Dental and Optical services are readily available, and the Medical Register lists specialists trained in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Barbados has an exceptionally good educational system that comprises free primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. The literacy rate on the island is approximately 97%.
One of the campuses of the University of the West Indies is situated in Barbados. The University's Department of Management Studies together with the affiliated Centre for Management Development provide many of the graduates for the country's domestic corporate sector, professional services firms, and international business sector.
Housing and Office Space
Barbados has well developed residential areas, and high quality housing for executives is available for sale or rent in many locations across the island.
Good quality, air-conditioned office space is available in Bridgetown or in several purpose-built office complexes on the outskirts of the city. Lease arrangements can be negotiated at reasonable rates.
Water and Electricity
Barbados enjoys crystal clear drinking water throughout the island. Its primary source is underground springs, filtered through coral, and these are supplemented by the output from a newly completed desalination plant.
The Barbados Light & Power Company provids a highly reliable electricity service throughout the island. Domestic current will operate appliances designed for 110 volts AC, 50-cycle supply. A 220-volt supply is also available to industrial and domestic users.
Babados is criss-crossed by an extensive network of paved roads, including a trans-island highway that links all of the main transportation arteries. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.
Hotels and Restaurants
In keeping with its reputation as a high-end tourism destination, Barbados has well-run hotels of international standards. These include a newly reconstructed Hilton, The Fairmont Hotels' Royal Pavilion, and Sandy Lane Resort.
Many of the larger hotels offer conference facilities, as does the Sherbourne Conference Centre, a purpose-built facility on the outskirts of Bridgetown.
Barbados has dozens of restaurants, many of which are world-class in standard. In addition to these restaurants, there are several private firms that cater for receptions. The island has an active nightlife, particularly on weekends.