Barbados Travel Tips – Things to Know Before You Go
There are travel secrets everywhere you travel. This article will tell you about the key trips to know before traveling to Barbados. Don’t miss the travel tips at the end!
Barbados is a beautiful island and a great vacation spot. It is one of the best islands in the Caribbean.
The currency of Barbados is the Barbadian dollar or the Bajan. It is 1.98 US dollars. So basically $20 Barbados is about $10 US, give or take a little bit.
cost of goods
Goods and services in Barbados are not cheap. They are roughly the equivalent of items or services in the US.
A nice dinner for two with wine will set you back $100 US. Souvenirs are $20-$35 for t-shirts, $10-$14 for towels, mugs, etc.
Naturally, as it is just about anywhere you travel, domestic products are much cheaper than imported items.
Travel to and from and while in Barbados
When you arrive in Barbados at the airport and collect your bags, you will walk out of the terminal to buses, taxis and shuttles. It is best to pre-arrange a shuttle service to and from your hotel. The taxi ride from the airport will cost $20-60 depending on the distance to your hotel and the size of the taxi you need. The shuttle will charge for surfboard bags and some other large oversized items. Do not pay more than $5.
If you rent a car, it will cost you around $50-60 per day. Don’t let anyone charge you more than that. If you are from the US and planning to rent a car while in Barbados, please note that you will need to drive the car. This may sound simple but the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car and cars drive on the wrong side of the road. This takes a bit of getting used to, but it also makes for quite an adventure!
Barbados is an island colonized by the British and therefore embraces British conservatism in dress. Daytime attire is casual tropical beach attire for travel. At night and for dinner the men wear pants and collared shirts and the ladies dresses and skirts. Due to the weather, it is best to be made of light materials.
Barbadians, or Bajans as they are more commonly known on the island, dress casual most of the time. In the city, business attire is the norm for the locals and there are many men in ties and even jackets.
When it comes to dressing to go shopping, beach clothes are not suitable. Swimsuits and swimwear are reserved for the beaches and beach bars.
There are some good restaurants in Barbados. The Cliff Restaurant is one of the best restaurants on the island. The view, as you can imagine from the name, is beautiful. The restaurant is located on the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean.
In St. Lawrence Gap, Bellini’s is great. It’s right inside a cove with little boats and it’s amazing at sunset. Salmon is my favourite.
Most hotels will have a book of restaurants on the island in the lobby area or at the concierge desk. It will have a photo of the restaurant and the menu with prices. This is a great way to pick a few places you’d like to eat during your stay.
There is a wide range of hotels to choose from. It all depends on how much you want to spend.
If you’re looking for a bargain, try the Sandy Bay Beach Club. The hotel itself is nice enough, 3 stars. But the staff is very friendly and helpful, and the beach in front of the hotel is possibly the best on the island. It’s all-inclusive, so all meals, alcohol, gratuities, and non-motorized sports activities are included. This makes it an excellent offer.
Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and there is a snack bar for times in between. Dinner is your choice of buffet-style dinner or 5-course dinner in the dining room, reservations required. They’ll tell you they’re reserved for the dining room when you ask, but you can always come in. Just ask when you can come and see if there has been a cancellation or if you can try to come in the last seat which is 8:30pm
You can snorkel, kayak and paddle boat and it’s all included. The one hour massage at the spa is only $65. For $5 you can have a giant umbrella stuck in the sand next to your lounge chairs. The activity center offers a $50 Turtle and Shipwreck snorkel trip. It’s a great boat ride and a really reasonable cost.
If you try to book this hotel use www.baratocaribeano.com and you can get an even better deal.
The Hilton is a beautiful hotel located on a peninsula, so the view from every window is crystal blue water.
This hotel has all the comforts, valet, room service, diving excursions, restaurants, bars, spa, swimming pool, children’s programs, everything you may need.
Rooms range from $450-$1500 per night.
It is a beautiful hotel and if you have some money to spend on a good vacation this is the resort to choose. In fact, you don’t even need to leave the hotel much. You have the views, the pool and the beaches while having all the hotel amenities just steps away.
Sandy Lane Hotel is the place to stay if cost is not a concern. It is the site of Tiger Woods’ wedding and it is impressive.
This hotel is awesome. It is by far the most luxurious hotel on the island. You name it and voila. Spa, golf, horseback riding, 5-star dining, concierge service, luxury sedan from airport. They will have it or find it for you.
The kids have a summer camp style center called the Tree House Club. It’s a kid’s dream with arts and crafts, movies, pool time. Parents also always spend some time alone on vacation. They also have a Den for teenagers to enjoy away from parents and children.
Room rates range from $850 to $10,000 per night.
Snorkel with the turtles and shipwreck
Snorkeling excursions by catamaran and boat are offered throughout the island. The Snorkel Turtle trip was nice, but you may or may not see turtles in the water. Keep an eye out because you can see some from the boat.
The shipwreck snorkeling is beautiful. There are lots of colorful fish and clear water. There is an old wreck and then a newer man-made wreck where a party boat was sunk, not so authentic but draws some exotic marine life.
If there is something to go out and do in Barbados, go to the Wildlife Reserve. It is at the north end of the island and you can take the 4×4 Adventure Tour, taxi or rental car. The cost of admission is $13 USD and is worth 3 times the price.
When you walk in there are large turtles everywhere. The reserve does not have cages in the main area. Only snakes, giant pythons and iguanas are caged in a separate area. Monkeys, rabbits and other wild animals run free. The reserve is heavily shaded with rainforest-like trees and hanging vines that provide tools to balance the monkey. You walk through the reserve on brick paths. There’s even a crocodile in a pond, with high rock walls so he can’t escape.
It is a unique experience and something not to be missed.
Atlantis Submarine Tour
If you choose to do the underwater excursion book this at www.magictrips.com. They offer discounts including some two-for-one booking deals. That means $90 for two people instead of $180.
Other attractions on the island include a rum tasting tour, cave exploration, golf, and horseback riding.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS:
– Check the weather before you travel so you know how to pack
– You can search and claim your unclaimed money to have extra money to spend on your trip!
– Use traveler’s checks. If lost or stolen, they can usually be replaced within 24 hours, from virtually anywhere in the world by most banks, service outlets, and a large number of merchants.
– Do not leave valuables in your hotel room or if you choose to activate and use the closet safe.
– Do not call home from the hotel room. There are stores you can walk into and dial from your computer, use a phone to talk, and call home for $0.50 a minute. The hotel will charge you $5.00-35.00 to connect and then $2.90-7.90 per minute! If you use your cell phone, it can cost you between $2 and $5 per minute.
– Travel with great people and HAVE FUN!