Barbados travel guide

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You're Going to Love Barbados

Famed for its picturesque beaches and calm bays, Barbados delivers an unrivaled vacation destination that is perfect for relaxing. Dive deep into the turquoise waters and find stunning coral reefs and flourishing ecosystems or recline underneath a palm tree sipping on a coconut. The laid-back atmosphere across the island makes you feel instantly at ease upon arrival.

What to do in Barbados

1. Spend an Afternoon at the Mount Gay Rum Distillery

Barbados is recognized as the birthplace of rum and the Mount Gay factory is the oldest operating distillery in the world.

2. Take a Dip in Paynes Bay

The clear blue cove has calm waves and is a wonderful snorkeling destination. If you're lucky, you'll spot a turtle in among the schools of fish.

3. Explore Speightstown

Colonial impressions are still evident across the small town and it is easy to see why it has been dubbed Little Bristol. Discover remnants of Speightstown's maritime history and remaining 17th-century architecture.

4. Party the Night Away in Bridgetown

Renowned as having one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in the world, it's impossible not to have a great time at the quirky bars and jazz clubs in Bridgetown.

5. Hit the Waves at Bathsheba

Unprotected from the North Atlantic Ocean, large waves roll into Bathsheba and deliver ideal surfing conditions. The swell is so good that international competitions are held here, and it is referred to as the home of Caribbean surfing.

When to visit Barbados

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The tropical climate is best between December and May when temperatures sit between 84-88°F and there is rarely any rain.

How to Get to Barbados

Entry Requirements

Nationals of most European, North American, South American, Asian, and Oceanic countries do not require visas. Citizens of nations not covered can apply for a visa at a Barbadian or British embassy for a fee of approximately 50 BBD (25 USD).


Grantley Adams Airport is the only commercially operated airport in Barbados. Long-distance direct services are available from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is also possible to fly from Caribbean countries, such as Cuba, with a flight from Havana costing roughly 848 BBD (420 USD). Among the carriers that have the most scheduled routes are American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, LIAT, and WestJet.


There are no regular ferry services, however, some travelers make their way to Barbados on charter boats from places such as St Lucia and Grenada.

Popular airports in Barbados

Popular airlines serving Barbados

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Where to stay in Barbados

Apartment hotels provide convenience and familiarity, while some tourists use the island to indulge in seaside luxury villas. Gorgeous resort cottages are available along sections, such as Carlisle Bay, Sandy Lane, and Foul Bay.

Where to stay in popular areas of Barbados

Most booked hotels in Barbados

Bougainvillea Barbados
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Rostrevor Hotel
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Butterfly Beach Hotel
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Coconut Court Beach Hotel
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Fairmont Royal Pavilion
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Blue Orchids Beach Hotel
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How to Get Around Barbados

Public Transportation

Buses are the only public transport option in cities, with Bridgetown having three main terminals (Fairchild Street, Cheapside Road, and Nursery Drive). Most towns in Barbados are small enough that walking from destination to destination is comfortable.


Government operated services are available across the island and connect to Grantley Adams Airport, Bathsheba, Bayfield, Bridgetown, Josey Hill, Silver Sands, Speightstown, and Bridgetown, among others. The buses have blue and yellow stripes and a ticket costs approximately 3.50 BBD (1.70 USD). Privately operated vans, known as ZRs, drive around cities and coastal roads, much like informal taxis. Strap in tight and prepare for an exhilarating experience as the vans pump loud music and zip around traffic.


Be mindful when driving around the island as the coastal highways often don't have sidewalks and pedestrians may be around blind corners. A Barbados Driver's Permit must be obtained from the rental agency and costs roughly 10 BBD (5 USD).

The Cost of Living in Barbados

Food is moderately priced and eating out at a standard restaurant costs roughly between 20-30 BBD (10-15 USD). A domestic beer can be purchased for around 4 BBD (2 USD). Most businesses in Barbados are solely cash-based; however, upscale restaurants, tour companies, and hotels often accept credit cards.