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FACTS & TRAVEL INFORMATION

Size - 166 square miles
Population - 265,000 people
Capital - Bridgetown
Political Status - Independent nation & member of British Commonwealth
Language - English
Currency - Barbados dollar   US dollar widely accepted
Climate - 75F winter   85F summer
Electricity - 100 volts/50 cycles same as US
Time Zone - Eastern Standard Time
Telephone - Area Code 246 with direct dial capabilities to USA

 

Getting to Barbados

Entry requirements

US and Canadian citizens are not required to present a passport but will need to show a proof of citizenship (Birth certificate and a photo i.d.) along with their return airline ticket or continuation to another island. Departure tax is $25.00 Bajun Dollars per person.

Airlines serving Barbados from North America

American Airlines- Service from New York, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico

BWIA- Service from New York and Toronto

Air Jamaica- Service from New York

Air Canada- Service from Montreal and Toronto

Airlines serving Barbados from Europe

British Airways- Service from London

BWIA- Service from London

Virgin Air- Service from London

Condor- Service from Frankfurt

Martinair- Service from Amsterdam

LTU- Service from Dusseldorf

 

Service from South America to Barbados

BWIA- Service from Guyana

LIAT- Service from Guyana

Suriname Airways- Service from Surinam

 

Intra-island air service

Antigua- British Airways, BWIA and Liat

British Virgin Islands- Liat

Dominica- Cardinal Airlines and Liat

Grenada- Liat and British Airways

Guadeloupe- Liat

Jamaica- Air Jamaica and British Airways

Martinique- Liat

St.

Miami Beach - South Coast
Lucia- British Airways, Helenair and Liat

St. Vincent- Liat

Trinidad & Tobago- Air Caribbean, BWIA and Liat

Getting to Barbados & Getting Around Barbados

Sea Ferry Service

It is not easy to go to or from Barbados via boats. However Windward Lines Limited runs weekly service from Barbados via St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Trinidad.

There is occasional service to Venezuela and you can arrange one day mini-cruises to St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada and Dominica. Contact Caribbean Safari Tours in Barbados for information. Barbados has a clean, modern and efficient international airport. In the airport look for copies of the tourist information magazines named Visitor or Sunseeker. They will give you a wealth of information on the events and "happenings" on the island.

Rental Cars*

Though the island is small (166 square miles) and has modern roadways, the small winding roads and congested city traffic can make driving tricky. Not to mention they drive on the left side of the road! There are rental car agencies located at the airport, but most companies deliver rental cars to wherever you are on the island. It is highly recommended that you call ahead of your trip to book your rental car, as they can be quickly booked up in high season. *Note- you will also have to purchase a Barbados Temporary Driver's License for $5.00 which can be provided from the rental agency.

Courtesy Rentals - (246) 431-4160

National Car Rentals - (246) 426-0603

P & S Rentals - (246) 424-7591

Stoutes Car rental - (246) 435-4456

Regency Rental Car - (246) 427-5663

 

Moped & Bike Rentals

Funseekers- (246) 435-8206

 

Taxis

Taxi's are plentiful and easy to get on the island.

Foul Bay - East Coast
You will find them right outside the Arrivals area at the airport and at all major resorts and restaurants. However, they are extremely expensive, and constant usage of a taxi will ring up quite a bill during your stay. There are no meters in the cabs, but rates are quoted in advance from major points to major points. (I.e.- The Airport to Sam Lord's Castle) Up to 5 people can ride in the cab for 1 standard charge. It is wise to negotiate and settle on the fare before hiring the cab.

 

Private Taxi Tours

This is a great way to get to know the island first hand from a local with some of the best knowledge of the island to point out highlights and "inside" information to you. Again you can negotiate with the driver or talk to a hotel concierge but plan on about $70-80 for a full day tour. One that is probably well worth it.

 

Buses

Buses in Barbados are clean and provide an inexpensive way of exploring the island.(The flat rate to go anywhere on the island is about $2.00 US!) There are two bus stations in Bridgetown. The Jubliee Bus Town runs buses along the north coast and Fairchild runs buses along the south and east coasts. Just ride a bus with the mindset that they will be crowded and move at their own pace.

 

Barbados Culture & History

People, History & Culture

Several mysteries concern the ancient history of Barbados. It is thought that Arawak Indians lived on the islands for centuries before the arrival of European explorers.

Jet Skis and Sailing at Mullins Bay - West Coast
When the Portuguese arrived at Barbados in 1536 they reported no inhabitants lived on the island. It is thought that the Arawaks had moved off the island or been decimated by the more powerful Carib Indians. Though the Portuguese did not stay and establish any settlements on the island they did give the island its modern name- Los Barbados- named after a shaggy fir tree that can still be found on the island- meaning the "Bearded Ones".

English Settlers

The island again sat in relative isolation until the arrival of the first British settlers in 1625. This group of settlers claimed the island for England and set about the cultivation of fields.

As time would pass the island grew prosperous as a major sugar cane producing business. So valuable was the island that 26 forts guarded its 21miles of coastline and English-style parliamentary buildings, churches and homes soon rose up in Bridgetown. In 1639 Parliament was established on the island. Britain ruled the island for the next 300 years.

The island also served as a military staging area to help in the colonization or protection of other British colonies in the Caribbean. Its mild climate was also thought to contribute to better health and visitors flocked to the island in the 1700's to improve their health. One of the most famous visitors at that time was George Washington, who made a trip there in 1751!

Today

The people of Barbados are often called by their nickname- Bajuns. The island has a literacy rate of 98%. They are proud of their ties to England and enjoy cricket and afternoon tea.

View down to the East Coast from Farley Hill
People still wear light jackets for dinner, observe manners and speak with more of a British accent than a pure "West-Indies" accent found on other Caribbean Islands. But while they respect their ties to England and observe many English customs, they are equally (if not more) proud of who they are and what Barbados has made of itself. For the most part the people are outgoing, friendly and very patient with visitors. In fact, one of the reasons so many people enjoy going to Barbados is the friendly people and the feeling that the resort or hotel they are staying in is part of the "neighborhood" rather than just staying in a resort "compound."

Barbados Nightlife

Dancing

Check out the dancing action located along a 1 mile stretch of road known as the St. Lawrence Gap. Famous for its lively entertainment, shops, jazz bars and diverse lodging accommodations.

Live Entertainment

Harbour Lights/Beach Club/The Ship Inn/The Waterfront Cafe/After Dark/Le Mirage/The Bamboo Bar/The Reggae Lounge

Pubs & Sportsbars

The Boatyard/The Coach House/The Ship Inn/Dillion's

More Barbados Nightlife

Sunset Party Cruises

The Jolly Roger and Bajan Queen offer fun 4 hour evening party sails

Baxter's Road

Bajan streetlife used to really hum here, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Be careful when going here.

After Dark

After Dark is a popular and extensive bar that offers outdoor dancing and live music.

View across Bottom Bay - East Coast

The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn has live DJs and bands to dance to throughout the week.

The Reggae Lounge

The Reggae Lounge is an open-air bar surrounded by natural vegetation that serves as a nice backdrop as you dance to the rhythm of reggae, calypso, jazz and the blues beneath the stars!

Beaches in Barbados

The beaches of Barbados range from long, narrow strands of sand lapped by calm waters to rockbound, cove-type beaches that are scenic but pounded by high Atlantic surf. The following is a guide to some of the best beaches on the island.

All beaches on Barbados are open to the public, and public access ways must be provided. Most hotels will charge beach goers to use their facilities, which can range from dressing rooms, restaurants, bars, beach chairs, towels and watersports concessions.

The Gold Coast

This refers to the beaches on the calm west coast and swinging into the southeastern parts of the island.

East Coast

The waters off the beaches on this side of the island are not safe for swimmers. The Atlantic sea contains undercurrents and sends large swells up against the shores. It is not wise to ever swim alone are where warning flags or signs are posted. The coastline is ragged and rockstrewn and is incredibly scenic, and the strong ocean winds are refreshing and inspiring

More Barbados Beach Hotspots

Carlisle Bay

Just outside of Bridgetown, this is a local favorite and a great snorkeling spot.

Cricket Match in Speightstown

Paynes Bay

Great beach with watersports concessions and restaurants.

Churchpoint

In the Holetown area near the historic St. James Church. Beachgoers can enjoy the watersports concessions and restaurants of the hotel at this beach.

Mullins Bay

Another gorgeous spot and the restaurant is noted for its great food.

Heywoods

Located in Speightstown, beachgoers can enjoy the beach and restaurant facilities at the Almond Beach Resort.

Accra Beach

Also known as Rockley Beach. This is a popular local beach with a car park.

Silver Sands

Just past the South Point Light House. This is a popular windsurfing beach.

Foul Bay

Long, sandy beach with palm trees that is usually empty.

Crane Beach

Its limestone bluffs and beautiful sands makes this one of the most photographed beaches on the island. The Crane Beach Hotel charges a day fee for beachgoers to enjoy their beach facilities.

Bathsheba

Is the most famous beach on the east coast. From nearby restaurants, with their decks open to the sea breeze, patrons can watch the surfers challenging the waves off the scenic beach.

Sam Lord's Castle

Beachgoers can use the hotel facilities at this famous and beautiful sandy beach.

Bathsheba - East Coast
Just off the reef many ships found their fate. And legend has it that Sam Lord himself drew the unsuspecting ships up unto the reef with his lantern! His ghost is said to still roam the area.

Bottom Bay

This scenic cove has limestone cliffs, palm trees and surf

*Note: Use caution when on the East coast beaches due to high surf and undertow

 

 

LeighBR says:
thanks for posting all of this info.
Posted on: Nov 03, 2009
Mont-ros says:
I'm going to Barbados in 2 weeks. Thanks for all the information.

Un beso (do you understand ? is in spanish.

Rosa
Posted on: Feb 09, 2008
ted332 says:
Very informative. Wonderful photos as well. :) Thanks!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2008
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