Barbados Travel Guide & Information

Barbados, situated just east of the Caribbean Sea, is an independent West Indian Continental Island-nation on the western Atlantic Ocean. The island is portrayed as the little England of the Caribbean because of its long association as a British colony. Barbados was actually an enormous and ancient coral reef that was formed approximately one million years ago. It has been dubbed as a fantasy land that is home to several world class exotic resorts and glorious beaches.

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Travel to Barbados, one of the most inviting destinations in the Caribbean. Flights to Barbados are your ticket to lounge and meander on long stretches of sublime beaches, pamper yourself in warm hospitality, and participate in splendid cultural events, sporting activities and visit historic attractions. Whether you are looking for a calm and relaxed vacation, a sporting vacation or traveling for no particular purpose, Barbados offers a variety of things to do and wonders to enjoy.

Broad sandy beaches, craggy cliff, and picturesque coves make up the coastline, while the city is overflowing in by bars, pubs, nightclubs and great dining options, making Barbados a must visit destination.

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Things to do in Barbados

Beaches:

Barbados is a beach lover’s paradise and you’ll never be far from a beach on your vacation to this island.

Brandon’s Beach: Is located just on the outskirts of the capital city of Bridgetown, on the west coast of Barbados. The waters are very calm, making it a great place to swim, take a trip on a wave runner or a banana boat ride, water-ski, windsurf, or sail on Hobie Cat and go Kayaking.

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Paradise Beach:Paradise Beach is a relatively quiet beach located on the west coast of Barbados. It's a wonderful place for swimming. You’ll find beautiful shallow rock formations, which may be of interest to snorkelers. Paradise Beach is adjoined with Batts Rock beach and the wooded area between the two beaches is perfect for picnics.

Silver Sands Beach:Silver Sands is a lovely beach located on the south coast of the island. The waves and swells in this area are quite impressive, making it an ideal spot for a wide variety of water sports. During the winter months, the trade winds off the coast of Silver Sands create perfect weather conditions for windsurfing and Silver Sands is a world class spot for this exciting sport.

Prominent Attractions:

Barbados is home to several other prominent attractions that are a must see during your visit to the island.

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary: Is home to Graeme Hall Swamp, a mangrove swamp and popular tourist attraction in Christ Church, Barbados. It is an example of the coastal swamps that once dotted the leeward coast of Barbados from Speightstown to Chancery Lane. Many species of rush-like sedge flourish in the waterlogged ground. The water contains large fish, as well as a smaller fish similar to mollies, commonly kept in aquaria.

Andromeda Gardens:Andromeda Gardens is a 6-acre botanical garden and attractive tourist attraction in the village of Bathsheba, Saint Joseph in Barbados. It is a beautiful scenic park with strikingly attractive flowering plants and tropical trees. Flower Forest it is one of the most alluring parks on the island. Notable sites in the gardens, the large talipot palm tree, one of the largest palms in the world.

Harrison's Cave: This huge underground cavern is one of the most popular attractions on the island with its amazing gallery of stalactites and stalagmites, streams of crystal clear water, breathtaking waterfalls and deep emerald pools. The caves were opened as a tourist attraction in 1981. The caves allow visitors to see some of the most beautiful natural geological features in Barbados.

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Where to Stay in Barbados:

From cheap hotels, to 4-Star Hotels Under $99, beach resorts and spas, Barbados has hotels for every time of traveler, including extended stay hotels and hostels.

West coast:An ideal choice for being in the center of everything, you can find a hotel close to Holetown, which offers many restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. The water is very warm and calm on the western coast. The golden, sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and sailing. The hotels are usually are a bit more pricey, most of the islands villas are located on this coast, and many of the finest restaurants are located here.

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South coast : The South Coast is lovingly known as “fun coast” and visitors who are interested in activities like, entertainment and shopping can also choose to stay in one of many hotels located in this area, from budget hotels to mid-range hotels and hostels. There are lots of things to do and mostly within walking distance, such as entertainment, shopping and restaurants, especially in the St Lawrence Gap & the capital, Bridgetown. Most of the hotels and resorts are moderately priced. Restaurants in the area range types of cuisine, as well as pricing.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Barbados, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Barbados.

* No visa is needed to enter Barbados for stays up to 28 days.

* For further information, travelers may contact the Embassy of Barbados.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Barbados.

* Proof of a valid return or onward ticket is also required.

* To avoid delays upon arrival, travelers should have complete details of their intended address available for immigration officials.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Barbados

With favorable weather year-round, Barbados is an idyllic resort destination. However, the period of December through April is considered the most popular, as visitors flock to the island to escape the cold weather up north.

Budget travelers might consider visiting in Spring and fall, also ideal times for a getaway and the prices for attractions, airfares and hotels are lower, plus the island is less crowded.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December - April)

Low season: (June - October)

Barbados Weather

Barbados is generally warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 75 - 850F. The nights are usually slightly cooler.

* The prevailing northeast trade winds blow steadily, so although it is bright and sunny, it is not unbearably hot.

* The rain usually comes in quick showers. The dry season lasts from January to June.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

The US Dollar is widely accepted and can be exchanged in banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges we strongly urge you to take traveler’s cheques in US Dollars.

Languages:

* English is the sole official language of Barbados.