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Stunning turquoise waters, lush vegetation, luxury accommodation and a rich history, Barbados is wonderful to visit. While it is one of the most iconic and truly mesmerising islands in the Caribbean, it is also one of the most British. The beautiful island, offers both the familiar and exotic with its vibrant and alluring culture and British traditions such as afternoon tea and cricket as well as UK style judicial and school systems. It is the most developed country in the Caribbean and has one of the highest incomes in the region. Barbados and the UK have held long ties since the English claimed the land in 1627. Barbados then became independent state in 1966, but kept Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. For years, the economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum and molasses production. However, today’s economy is comprised mainly of tourism and manufacturing. In 2014, there were 186,858 UK visitors and they accounted for 37% of the country’s tourism. Additionally, nearly 4,015 British have made the island home. With such strong British ties and so many choosing the island for travel and business, there have been long and well-developed courier services to Barbados.
While known for its dramatic coastlines, Barbados also boasts a lush interior of plantations, botanic gardens, diverse wildlife and historic landmarks. Yet, holidaymakers, especially the British, know that the true draw to the beautiful island is its exclusivity, world-class service and proximity to other countries. The island’s one international airport is just an eight-and-a-half hour flight from London. It’s also an hour’s flight away from Trinidad and Tobago, a two hour ferry ride from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and a under an hour by plane to Grenada and St. Lucia. The island has an extensive network of paved roads. It also has a main commercial port in the capital of Bridgetown and a marina at Port St. Charles. The commonwealth island’s postal service utilises a newly-developed postal code system that encompasses seven digits. The first two are the letters BB, while the following two are closely related to the island’s 11 parishes.
Whether escaping for a sun, sand and sea holiday, looking to permanently retire in a paradisal island or to conduct business in a more desirable climate, Barbados offers visitors a warm, Caribbean welcome with its hospitality, rich culture, magnificent natural beauty and easy-going lifestyle. Ties between the two countries have endured almost 400 years and, as a result, there is a strong, competitive market for parcel delivery to Barbados. Some of the companies offering the most reliable and cheapest couriers to Barbados include Parcelforce and My Parcel Delivery’s own MPD International. With the convenient option of a collection service, MPD’s International Export service offers 2-day delivery £36.82 including VAT. [Prices correct as of 20/08/2015]