Barbados

 

Barbados is the ‘Little England’ of the Caribbean.It’s easy to feel comfortable here, with its high standards of education, delicious and varied food and reassuring stability, generations have enjoyed “Bajan” (the local term for Barbadian) hospitality.

Beautiful Barbados welcomes you with its swaying palms and endless beaches. Play a round of golf on the tropical greens, take a safari tour, plunge into the sparkling blue Caribbean on an underwater adventure or surf the waves at Bathsheba. With 300 years of history, there are many ancient churches, old forts and buildings to explore. Visit Harrison’s Cave, often described as the 8th Wonder of the World.

Quick Facts

Barbados Weather
Stable year-round climate 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Average relative humidity 57-74%, constant trade winds 7-8 miles per hour.
Clothing
Dress code is casual although some restaurants may require suits & ties.
Currency
Barbados Dollar, US Dollar widely accepted. The rate is fixed at US$1.00 = BDS$1.98. Credit cards & traveler’s checks are generally accepted.
Language
English, Bajan dialect
Time Zone
One hour ahead of EST in the Fall/Winter; the same time during the summer because of Daylight Saving Time.
Taxes
Departure tax – US$27.50, VAT (Value Added Tax). On Hotel Rooms – 7.5%, VAT on food and beverages – 17.5%.
Entry Requirements
Travelers from the US and Canada visiting Barbados will be required to carry a valid passport under new security rules issued by the Barbados government. The new rule does not apply to in-transit cruise passengers who will be permitted to go ashore and return to the ship using their ship’s magnetic ID card. Passports, however, will be required for cruise passengers on trips that begin or end in Barbados. [ /accordion ]

  • Police 211
  • Fire 311
  • Ambulance 511

Health Precautions
Chikungunya, Sunburn
Behaviour
Social attitudes, like administration and architecture, tend to echo the British provincial market town. However, the optimistic attitude, laid-back manner and wonderful sense of humor of the Bajans is well appreciated by many tourists. Casual wear is acceptable in most places. Dressing for dinner in hotels and restaurants is suggested. Smoking is generally unrestricted.
Driving
Traffic drives on the left. Barbados has a good network of roads which covers the entire island. Driving time to the east coast from Bridgetown has been greatly reduced following the completion of the trans-insular highway. There is a speed limit of 60kph (37mph) and 80kph (55mph) on the highway. The road journey from Bridgetown to Speightstown takes about 30 minutes and to Holetown or Oistins about 20 minutes. Temporary license/permit required – On presentation of a valid driver’s license & payment of US$5.00 (BB$10.00). A permit is available from some police stations or from your car rental agency.

Airlines
Air Canada. American Airlines. WestJet. Jet Blue. British Airways. Caribbean Airlines. LIAT. Sky Service. Virgin Atlantic. US Airways.
Flight Duration
GATEWAYS/FLYING TIMES Houston (via Miami): 7 hrs. London: 8 hrs. Miami: 3.5 hrs. Montreal: 5 hrs. New York: 4.5 hrs. San Francisco: 9.5 hrs. Toronto: 5 hrs. San Juan: 1 hr.
Airport Details
(BGI) Grantley Adams International Airport is 30 mins drive from Bridgetown, the capital.
Taxis
These fares are approximate, based on a 2-1 exchange between the Barbados and US dollars. Taxi fares are fixed and should be agreed beforehand. Rates from airport: Bridgetown Harbor/City Center US$23. Holetown/Porters US$29.50. Speightstown US$36.50.
Best Beaches
West Coast(The Gold Coast): Brandons, Batts Rock, Fitts Village, Paynes Bay and Folkestone Park in St.James or Mullins Bay and Heywoods in St.Peter South Coast(calmer): St Lawrence Bay, Worthing, Dover Beach, Rockley, Miami Beach, Crane East Coast(surfer’s dream):Bathsheba, Cattlewash, Bath, Ragged Point North Coast: River Bay, Cove Bay, Animal Flower Cave
Marriage
A Marriage License must be obtained in Barbados by all visitors desirous of getting married. There are no residence requirements, and marriage can take place immediately after the license is obtained. Documents Required: Valid passports or the original or certified copies of the applicants’ birth certificates and airline tickets should be presented. If either party was married previously and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse. If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgement or the Decree Nisi is necessary. The Decree Nisi is not acceptable if either party is divorced. He or she must present an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment. If the Decree Absolute is in a foreign language, the document should be translated by an authorized Notary Public. Fees: If neither party is a citizen or resident of Barbados – BDS$150.00 cash and a $25.00 stamp. If either party is a citizen of Barbados – BDS$45.00 cash and a $10.00 stamp. Arrangements should be made with a Minister of Religion or a magistrate prior to the completion of an application form for the license. A letter from the Minister of Religion or Magistrate who has consented to perform the marriage ceremony should be presented at the time of filing the application.
Tipping
10% service charge is often added to bill; if not, tipping is at your discretion (usually 10%
Electricity
110 Volts, 50 AC. Converters are available in hotels.