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Barbados Tourism: Best of Barbados

About Barbados
Romance and adventure are in the air on this lush West Indian island in the Caribbean, depending on your coast. To the west, you'll find calm waters and good swimming. To the east, there are massive, competition-caliber waves. Wherever you stay, expect turquoise waters, fine soft sand beaches, catamaran cruises and delicious island fare.

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Essential Barbados

Barbados Is Great For

Nature and Wildlife Tours

After dark

Jet Ski Rentals

Eat & drink

Historical Tours

Bars

Barbados Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Barbados

Wayne N
Public Transport is very good in Barbados with fixed prices for fares. National Bus services are good and local ZR buses run all over the island and pick up from the roadside (even though they are not supposed to!).
Canby🇨🇦
[If visiting in the wet season] you can swim when there’s no storm, but if any red or yellow flags are out avoid going in the water.
Westiegal3
You can use credit cards at many restaurants and big stores. If you use one at a supermarket, you must show some form of photo ID such as passport or driving license.

In the words of those who've been there before...

surfandsand1
Barbados is my personal PARADISE!
Chris E
Barbados is privileged to be surrounded with beautiful sandy beaches, practically all round its coast.
Tracey F
The shores of Barbados are beautiful! On the Caribbean side of the island the waves lap gently at your feet, the sand is fine like sugar. On the Atlantic side of the island however, the waves are for surfers!
emeldajohnson
Everywhere you go in Barbados is beautiful! Beautiful beaches, friendly people, great food! Loved all of it!
STEVEandJAN
The east and southeast coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, never mind Barbados!

What is the best way to get there?

Flying:

The main airport in Barbados is Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), just outside of Bridgetown.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Barbados from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.

When is the best time to visit?

The sun always shines in Barbados with daytime temperatures between 77°F (25°C) and 86°F (30°C) all year round. The most popular time to visit is during the dry season and advance recommendations are essential during the peak months of December and January.

Hurricane season lasts from June to November, but Barbados is rarely affected and if you can put up with the daily showers, you can make big savings by visiting at this time. Worthwhile annual events include the Holetown festival in February and the island-wide Crop Over festival in August.

Cars

Renting a car is a popular way to get around and there are car rental outlets in all major towns.

Buses

The cheapest way to get around the island is by bus and there is a wide network of public buses, minibuses, and route taxis (shared taxis) that connect Bridgetown, Oistins, Speightstown, and other destinations.

Taxi

Taxis are widely available and can also be hired for longer trips and day tours. Agree on a price before you set out.

Ridesharing

Uber is not currently available in Barbados.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Atlantic Standard Time
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in Barbados is 115 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. There are two plug types—one with two flat pins and another with two flat pins and a grounding pin.
What is the currency?
Barbados dollar.
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Yes.
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Yes.
How much do I tip?
Most hotels and restaurants in Barbados add a 10% service charge to the bill; additional tipping is not expected.

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking
The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.
Drive on the left
If you rent a car, be aware that Barbadians drive on the left side of the road. Similarly, when crossing the road, be sure to look to the right.
Water
Barbados’ tap water is drinkable in all of the main cities and resorts, so bring a refillable water bottle.
Leave the camo at home
Wearing camouflage clothing is illegal in Barbados for non-military members and fines apply.
Frequently Asked Questions about Barbados

Barbados is known for some of its popular attractions, which include: