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Barbados

The ideal destination when traveling with your family, as it has something to offer everyone regardless of their age.

Barbados Island Guide

COVID-19 Resources

Learn about COVID-19 in Barbados

Entry Protocols for Vaccinated Travellers

Vaccinated Traveller Protocol

  1. Persons who are fully vaccinated and come with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than three (3) days before travel will have a standard or Rapid COVID-19 PCR test done on arrival at the airport or their approved accommodation.
  2. Fully vaccinated travelers must use specially designated transportation providers to transport from the airport to approved accommodation. It is noted that local nationals returning home will continue to have access to government-approved accommodation and approved hotels for their quarantine period.
  3. While awaiting this on-island COVID-19 PCR test result, fully vaccinated travelers will be restricted to their approved accommodation, where they are free to move around following the guidelines of that property. This use of property includes pool facilities but excludes access to the beach, spas, personal butler services, or gym facilities. This restricted use of the property is for the period until they receive their negative test result.
  4. On receipt of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and clearance by Ministry of Health officials, travelers are free to enjoy the island.

Full Vaccinated Traveller

Travelers will be considered to be fully vaccinated if:

  • They have completed a full regimen of vaccines for any of the MHW approved
    COVID-19 vaccinations, more than two weeks before travel to our island.

N.B.: The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have traveled from or transited through countries of special consideration within the 21 days immediately before arrival, will determine which protocols apply.

  • Countries of special consideration are those where the prevalence of specific variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Public Health Officials.

Unvaccinated Travellers

A traveler will be considered to be unvaccinated when they are:

  • A person who has not been vaccinated at all and therefore has no evidence of such.
  • A person who claims to have been vaccinated but has produced no valid evidence of vaccination or the evidence produced is in doubt.
  • A person who has been vaccinated using a vaccine, not on the approved list of vaccinations
  • A person who has only received one dose of a two-dose regimen

Approved Vaccines

NB: The MHW may add other vaccines guided by the WHO emergency listing approval.


Vaccine Certification

Whereas pre-submission for approval of vaccine certificates is preferred, proof of vaccination, in the form of a vaccine certificate, is required for entry for fully vaccinated travelers. Validation of certificates at the point of entry will include one of the following:

  1. Proof of issuance from a national Public Health Organisation.
  2. Proof of documented vaccination issued by a hospital or medical center.
  3. Use an independent validation system like IATA Travel Pass or The Digital Green Certificate.
    These may have Q.R. Codes and verifiable Apps incorporated.

It is required that vaccine certificates are presented in English.

Persons who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be subject to the protocols of unvaccinated persons.

Recommended Steps:

  1. Upload the proof of the vaccination certificate via the BIMSafe App.
  2. Verify via Electronic Health Passports.
  3. Travel with the paper and electronic form.

Protocols for Travellers Based on Travel History

  • The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have traveled from or transited through countries of special consideration, will determine which protocols apply.
  • Vaccinated travelers coming from or transiting countries of special consideration in the past 21 days will be treated as unvaccinated travelers and must observe the associated travel guidelines.
  • Acceptance of vaccination status will not be considered independently if there is a high prevalence of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoC).
  • All travelers are advised to consult the list of countries of special consideration using the link below.
  • The list of countries with a high prevalence of Variants of Concern will be updated regularly on the BTMI website www.barbadostravelprotocols.com based on a directive from the MOHW.
  • Persons traveling from or transiting countries with a high prevalence of Variants of Concern will be required to
    quarantine at specially designated approved facilities.

Family and Group Travel

Children under 18:

  • Some travelers may be traveling with children who may not have been vaccinated. Children under 18 years traveling with fully vaccinated guardians will be allowed to adhere to the same guidelines as their fully vaccinated guardians.
  • If a child with the family party should test positive, the entire family will need to quarantine together. Groups comprising both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
  • Suppose a fully vaccinated adult traveler travels with an unvaccinated adult traveler, 18 years and older, and they choose not to be separated. In that case, the rules applied to the unvaccinated traveler will also apply to the fully vaccinated traveler.

Groups comprising vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Suppose a fully vaccinated adult traveler travels with an unvaccinated adult traveler, 18 years and older, and they choose not to be separated. In that case, the rules applied to the unvaccinated traveler will also apply to the fully vaccinated traveler.

Unaccompanied Minors

  • All unaccompanied minors under 18 years of age must travel with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken no more than three days before arrival as per the current protocol in place.
  • Vaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the proposed protocol for all vaccinated travelers.
  • Unvaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the protocol of unvaccinated travelers.
  • Where guardians are considering travel for unaccompanied minors, they are required to submit to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for his consideration via covid19hotline@barbados.gov.bb.

Get the latest updates from Airlines that fly here.

The Ministry of Tourism released updated Travel Protocols on November 10th, 2020. In light of the fluidity of the pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Travelers are encouraged to check BarbadosTravelProtocols.com.

DEFINITIONS

– FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLER

Travelers will be considered to be fully vaccinated if:

  • They have completed a full regimen of vaccines for any Ministry of Health and Wellness approved COVID-19 vaccinations*, more than two (2) weeks before travel.
  • The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have traveled from or transited through countries of social consideration, will determine which protocols apply within the 21 days immediately before arrival.

AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson
(Note: Additional vaccines may be added based on WHO emergency listing.)

* Countries of special consideration are those where the prevalence of specific variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Public Health Officials.

– MONITORING

Monitoring includes daily self-temperature checks and sharing that information with the public health teams who will check in via call or text on the BIMSafe App. Please remember to travel with your thermometer. Monitoring is generally for seven days after arrival or the length of stay, whichever is shorter.

– COVID-19 PCR TESTING PROCESS

For your COVID-19 PCR test to be considered for validation, your test must be taken by:

  • Nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample (or both). Saliva or nor nasal swabs will not be accepted.
  • A health-care provider. SelfSamples or hose tests will be considered invalid.

– RESTRICTED MOVEMENT

Restricted movement means that travelers cannot leave the property before their 2nd PCR test and have limited access to the property areas. You get to relax at your choice of the finest properties while you wait on your 2nd test result.

While you won’t have access to the beach just yet or be able to have family and friends visit, each property will offer unique experiences just for you. Amenities will vary by property, so feel free to reach out to your accommodation provider for an outline of what’s available during your pre-holiday.

– PCR TESTING PROCESS

For your test to be considered valid, your examination must be taken by nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample (or both), but not saliva nor nasal swab. Rapid tests or home tests will also be considered invalid.

How to Apply for a Welcome Stamp?

Since the Coronavirus Pandemic hit the world in 2020, the virus “has caused social and economic disruption worldwide, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression” – Wikipedia.

Many people are now working remotely from their homes around the world.

Since June 30th, 2020, the island is now offering international visitors the opportunity to work remotely on the island for up to one (1) year and possibly an extension for a second year.

The Government announced the introduction of the 12-month Welcome Stamp, which is a new remote work program that establishes a visa to allow people to work remotely on the island for a maximum of 12 months. The new visa is available to anyone who meets the visa requirements and location-independent work, whether individuals or families.

The new visa allows you to relocate and work alone or with family for up to 12 months.

With all the modern age facilities, our island is ideal for working or relaxing and staying safe.

An ideal location to work remotely, with fiber-optic networks and supporting world-class services.

Remote workers will stay in condos, villas, and hotels, and the country will provide workspaces.

With most major international management companies, accounting firms, and banks operating on the island, it is a desirable setting and lifestyle to work, play, and stay.

The island offers all tech and modern conveniences, plus professional services and excellent schools in a safe and friendly environment – come live where you are on holiday.

Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain, otherwise known as the Lesser Antilles. The island is east of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 250 miles northeast of Trinidad and Tobago.

The UNESCO World Heritage List features the world’s greatest wonders, such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and China’s Great Wall. Since 2011, the capital city, Bridgetown, and its Garrison area have been internationally recognized for their beauty, history, and significance.

Caricom

Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago were the first six to implement the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) on Jan 1, 2006. Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines followed about six months later.

Currency

The Barbadian dollar is divided into one hundred cents. There is also one (1) dollar coin. Robust, stable, and secure, the dollar has been pegged to the U.S. dollar (USD) at 1.98 (BBD) to 1 – since 1975.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

As Published by H. Plecher, Nov 26, 2020 – the statistic shows the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita from 1985 to 2019, with projections until 2025. GDP is the total value of all goods and services produced in a country in a year.

It is considered a significant indicator of a country’s economic strength, and a positive change is an indicator of economic growth. In 2019, the GDP per capita amounted to around 18,139.48 U.S. dollars.

Food

Known as “The Land Of The Flying Fish,” the national dish is cou-cou and flying fish and “The Birthplace of Rum.”

With over 300 years of experience, Mount Gay distillery is the oldest rum distillery globally. Mount Gay Rum is infused with the quality, sophistication, and classic style achieved through a long history of excellence and tradition.

Sugar was introduced to the island by the early settlers in the 15th century and provided Britain with sugar, rum, and molasses.

While our island boasts several elevated areas, it is not considered mountainous. However, near the island’s center, just west of the Scotland District in St. Andrew (on the island’s east coast), one will find the highest point – that of  Mount Hillaby.

Government and Legal System

Our island has one of the oldest Westminster-style parliaments in the western hemisphere and one of the oldest constitutions In The Commonwealth. The Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, is the head of the government of Barbados, and you can view the official website here: https://www.gov.bb/. The House of Assembly has 30 members (MPs), and the political party that has the most members, currently the  Barbados Labour Party (BLP), constitutes the government.

The public votes every five years, and Members of Parliament are appointed by The Governor-General (G.G.), who acts as the domestic representative for the Chief or Head of State (Queen Elizabeth II).

Official Language 

The local language is often referred to as the Bajan dialect. Although our native language here on the island is British English, the dialect can often seem like a whole other language in itself.

Life Expectancy

  • The current life expectancy in 2020 is 79.27 years, a 0.16% increase from 2019, and is higher for women at 80.1 years compared to 77.6 years for men, making the island the highest-ranking in the region.
  • The island ranks as the 34th top country with the highest life expectancy of 184 countries (source The United Nations Human Development Report 2019.)

Religion

Anglican is officially the national religion; however, various denominations of Christianity and non-Christian religions are practiced throughout the island.

Tourism

Barbados is one of the most sought-after tourism and vacation spots in the Caribbean.

Tourism has come out above the rest of the world and has landed the number one spot in the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI) by “The World Economic Forum.” The DSI is a metric that measures the overall valuation of a holiday destination based on the factors travelers find most attractive.

Our island was named the highest-ranking destination in the  West Indies and the world’s 58th most innovative nation within the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017 Report.

The island has attracted many West Indian and visitor arrivals from significant markets and cruise ship passengers. Sports and health tourism are viable economic options for bringing more visitors to the island seeking sports, fun, entertainment, and health-related treatment.

The best part about the tropical island is that you do not need to be a tourist to experience all it offers. As a country of deep historical foundations, you can always learn more about the island, whether you are a local or a visitor on vacation.

Many of the hotels and apartments listed offer exclusive deals and special packages to locals and visitors on vacation.

As a  Bajan at heart, you can learn exciting facts about the island while recognizing and appreciating the culture and its unique flavor.

With so many great things to do, see, and experience, many have become excited and have chosen to LIVE, STAY, WORK, and have FUN in this island country paradise.

Water

The natural spring water found on the island is among the purest in the world.

The state-run Water Authority Limited (BWA) is the exclusive supplier of potable water on the island.

Water supplied by the BWA is pumped from wells within natural coral aquifers. The result is a  freshwater source of naturally high quality.

Despite this, to comply with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, The Water Authority treats its potable freshwater with chlorine.

According to one BWA survey, groundwater has always provided the most significant supply source, providing nearly 90%. Around half was drawn from just two wells, both of which were operating at near-total capacity.

Weather and Climate Change

According to the United Nations Development Programme, “Of the numerous impacts of climate change expected, increases in atmospheric temperature, sea-level rise and changes in weather patterns are expected to pose problems to the island in the future.

Discover events, activities, and things to do with daily schedules, maps, and directions.

  • Events Calendar – View the updated plans for all upcoming events and activities.
  • Daily Events – View all daily events.
  • List of Annual Events – Take a look at the list of annual events.
  • Festivals – Festival Fever is in the air all year round with a host of music, arts, theater, and food festivals.
  • Add an Event – To get more people to attend your event or activity.

We include all kinds of events from business, entertainment, nightlife, and even sporting events happening on the island.

The event calendar is updated each day of the week with all of the latest events, so be sure to bookmark these pages for future reference.

View upcoming Events, Activities, Festivals, and Annual Events that happen each year on the island.

Crop Over is our island’s most significant cultural festival and signifies the end of the once-dominant sugar cane crop harvest. The party carnival involves a wide variety of entertainment and celebrations that brings thousands of tourists to the island each year.

Crop Over season is held throughout July and ends in a big Grand Kadooment Day finale parade on August’s first Monday.

This massive street parade brings both local and international revelers to ‘jump up’ in extravagant costumes from Warrens in St. Michael to the Spring Garden Highway, where the party continues to the early hours of the morning. And, the best part is, anyone can join in the festivities, so it’s a definite must-do while you’re on the island.

In the lead-up to the parade, the Crop Over festival features numerous calypso and soca music competitions, among other cultural activities. For many Bajans living overseas, the months of July and August are the most popular to return home to coincide with all of the Crop Over fun.

Barbados is the ideal destination when traveling with your family, as it has something to offer everyone regardless of their age.

If you are going with elderly relatives such as grandparents or a tiny baby, don’t worry, the island is a suitable vacation spot.

If you travel with children under ten (10), it is advisable to book an all-inclusive resort. They offer buffet-style lunch, so children can eat as much or as little as they like, and they usually have a barbecue serving burgers and hot dogs. This way, you can relax and enjoy yourself and not worry about the children wanting to eat at different times or organize where to go for snacks, lunch, or dinner.

Are you traveling with teenagers? They will love St. Lawrence Gap, abundant with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. There is always something to do in the Gap, with live music playing and many bars and restaurant options.

Holetown was the first town discovered in 1625 by an Englishman called Henry Powell, who was blown off course and found the island by accident.

The town is located on the “Gold Coast” and has the coast road running through it with luxury hotels and restaurants. You can go Duty-free shopping at Sunset Crest Shopping Center. The Chattel House Village complex has many quaint boutiques selling designer clothes, tourist souvenirs, and luxury items.

You will also find the West Coast Mall; you will find some fast-food restaurants and supermarkets here. So head to the “Gold Coast” if you fancy shopping.

Each year on the second weekend in February, the Holetown Festival is held, a weeklong carnival of song and dance with English and African influence to celebrate its heritage. You can enjoy live music, stage performances, historical presentations, and street parades.

The island is usually a very safe place for tourists, and you can let your teenage children wander around the Gap, where they can play pool and hang out.

Oistins is a historic fishing and market town in Christ Church parish on the south coast. It is our smallest city, but what it lacks in size makes up for in character. It is a popular entertainment venue for locals and tourists for its thriving fishing community and infamous Friday night Fish Fry.

Families will find Harrison’s Cave, one of the world’s most popular and beautiful natural formations. The active cave is just over two (2) kilometers long and was first mentioned in historical documents in 1795. Having been rediscovered in the early 1970s and renovated and re-opened in 2008.

Families can also enjoy the beautiful tropical gardens such as the Flower Forest, Hunte’s Gardens, Andromeda Gardens, or Orchid World.

Swimming with the turtles is a popular activity for both locals and visitors alike. The island is one of the few places in the world where you can interact with these sea turtles in their natural environment. It makes for an excellent experience and a must-do opportunity during your time on the island.

Snorkeling is a must-do sporting event. With several colorful reefs to explore and plenty of fascinating marine life to see, “going under the sea” is a popular pastime for locals and visitors alike.

Snorkel equipment such as life jackets, masks, snorkels, and fins can also be easily rented or purchased from several local shops or beach-side kiosks. Or, why not join a guided tour or book a trip on one of the many local cruises that operate daily island-wide.

Not only is it a fun and exciting activity, but it’s also relatively easy to do – unlike scuba diving, it involves little training or expertise, so it’s something the whole family can enjoy.

The parish of St. John is located on the east coast and has quite spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the cliffs. In this parish, you will find historical churches, tourist attractions, and picture-postcard sandy beaches.

The most famous stop in St. Joseph (Saint Joseph) is Bathsheba, which is well known to surfers as the Soup Bowl. The international Reef Surfing Competition is held here every year in November, with some of the world’s top-class surfers showing off their talent as they ride the huge waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Crane Resort is located in the parish of St. Philip (Saint Philip) which was the first hotel on the island. It has been refurbished to a high standard, and afternoon tea in the cliff-top restaurant is a pleasant way to pass the day. From here, you have a stunning view of the world-famous Crane Beach below, which has been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

With many places to eat and drink, you can enjoy some fantastic meals at the best fining dining restaurants in the world. Or perhaps the family would enjoy afternoon tea at the world-famous Sandy Lane Hotel.

Athletic activities and lifestyle choices are rising, and our ‘no stress’ policy is essential to a healthy balanced lifestyle. With multiple spasgyms, and health clubs, you can enjoy a healthy lifestyle by staying happy and relaxed while on vacation.

Fitness groups are standard on the island. A variety of sports such as swimming, squash, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, polo, rugby, and football (soccer) are great ways to get involved in the community and keep active and healthy in your life.

The island has multiple first-rate spas for your health and fitness to assist you in getting relaxed. Most major hotels have world-class resorts, boasting massage therapies, manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing.

Most beauticians, masseuses, and aesthetics on the island have been highly trained overseas, in England, the  United States, and Canada, and are real professionals.

Another healthy activity is to visit the infamous Oistins Fish Fry on a Friday evening. Get your daily dose of omega-three fatty acids from the freshly grilled fish served with various stalls in the quaint south coast fishing village.

Another part of a healthy lifestyle is finding time for your family and friends. Locals are sure to see relatives and friends on Sundays for their weekly picnic by the beach.

The island’s capital city is situated on Carlisle Bay and is a popular spot for scuba diving and swimming with marine life, with the ability to see underwater shipwrecks. Anchors, cannonballs, and relics from ships and coral reefs are found on the ocean floor in Carlisle Bay.

As with most of the beaches on the south end of the island, it’s an excellent place for swimming and has a long stretch of calm water for shallow dipping as well as deeper swimming.

Carlisle Bay is home to the historic Needham’s Point Lighthouse.

Are you looking for a great holiday destination? Learn all about the island in our travel guide, suitable for locals and visitors.

Visit Barbados

Come for the holidays and enjoy the sunshine and warm, friendly people.

Within our island guides, you can be sure of staying up-to-date with helpful information about our island.

Both travelers and locals will find insider tips and advice about local events, relevant facts, and information, and an insight into the rich culture and heritage of the island.

With our white-sand beaches, hotels, fine dining restaurants, and exciting nightlife, visitors will always experience people’s charm and friendliness.

Helpful Top 10 Guides will ensure you have the best experience on this island located in the Lesser Antilles and the Leeward Islands.

Learn about the most popular amenities at the top beach resorts, hotels, and other accommodation options. Take advantage of exclusive special offers, discounts, and coupons to save on your holidays.

Plan your time with our local events calendar to ensure you get updated schedules, dates, and times of important events and activities.

Are you on a cruise and looking for a one-day shore excursion?

Sightseeing tours will pick you up from the cruise terminal and take you on island tours to see and experience our island’s beauty.

The central town in St. Peter is Speightstown and is the second-largest city. Founded in 1653 and named after William Speight, a wealthy merchant who owned the land in that area; is relatively quiet and relaxing, with Queen Street being the main road that runs through the town. You will find a few shops, corporate offices, supermarkets, the fishing complex, and some good restaurants catering to the passing tourist trade.

Speightstown is one of the only places where you can see some of the original architecture and some of the town’s once very grand townhouses that belonged to the wealthy merchants.

St. Nicholas Abbey is located in the parish of St. Peter. The house was built in 1650 by Benjamin Berringer and is one of only three remaining Jacobean properties in the western hemisphere – the second Jacobean property is also home in Drax Hall in St. George. The house sits amongst 225 acres of cane fields, is in excellent condition for its age, and is full of antiques. While it is a privately-owned residence, it is open to the public on occasions.

Choose to go on a catamaran cruise and swim with the sea turtles. You can join a group for a casual lunch at two or three selected attractions. All visits are scheduled to ensure you get back in time for the ship’s departure.

Should you wish to stay longer than your projected holiday, you will find helpful information on our website. View the immigration requirements, working regulations, and information about renting a property and other real estate options to help you get started.

You can find the most highly recommended locations and businesses within the World Travel Awards, where we’ve been voted the World’s Leading Travel Destination Website.

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Learn

Education and training are accessible to all Barbadians from age five to university.

The government allocates the most significant chunk – nearly a quarter – of its annual billion-dollar budget to funding close to 100 primary and secondary schools, plus four tertiary level institutions.

State financing covers actual tuition, free bus fares to and from school, and free books and meals for all primary students who need them.

Several institutions are available to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

For the more academically inclined, post-secondary education is available.

For the more technically minded, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) provides both day and night hands-on courses, therefore, and it’s not surprising that this 166 square mile island of approximately 274,000 people boasts a literacy rate of nearly 98%.

Education and training are accessible to all Barbadians from age five to university.

The government allocates the most significant chunk – nearly a quarter – of its annual billion-dollar budget to funding close to 100 primary and secondary schools, plus four tertiary level institutions.

State financing covers actual tuition, free bus fares to and from school, and free books and meals for all primary students who need them.

Several institutions are available to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

For the more academically inclined, post-secondary education is available.

For the more technically minded, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) provides both day and night hands-on courses, therefore, and it’s not surprising that this 166 square mile island of approximately 274,000 people boasts a literacy rate of nearly 98%.

View our Google Maps and explore places of interest, shopping areas, beaches, churches, and major roads.

Interactive Maps are available for various needs, including directions and locations of recommended attractions, hotels and accommodation, beaches, restaurants, and eating places.

A land of contrasts, part of the unique charm, comes from the old world happily coexisting with the new. Glass and marble offices stand next to brightly painted rum shops. Luxury vehicles are parked outside traditional wooden chattel houses, and high-tech SUV drives alongside donkey carts.

Bordered by the eastern Caribbean Sea’s calm waters on the coast and by the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean on the east coast, just driving from one side to the other is an experience with breath-taking scenery.

The island is divided into 11 parishes, each with its distinct character. The ABC highway is the main artery, starting at the  Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Christ Church and running through the island’s center, connecting the island from south to north.

Affectionately known as ‘Little England,’ a certain  British-ness permeates daily life, from places named Clapham, Dover, Hastings, and Lancaster to driving on the road’s left-hand side, roundabouts, and afternoon tea.

Are you trying to find an ideal place to stay or purchase on our famous island?

Buying real estate, buying a villa, or vacation rentals can all be supplied to you within our Real Estate and Property Guide.

You can search for all types of property and real estate for the ideal sale or rental. You can find information on investment opportunities with realtors and agents of many real estate agencies, especially in the parish of St. James (Saint James), otherwise known as the “Gold Coast.”

With its temperate climate, endless beaches, colorful culture, and friendly people, there is little wonder why our island has an ever-expanding and lucrative real estate industry.

Visit our sister site to learn about Real Estate – Property Specialists and view listings by agents and brokers offering sales and rentals.

If you are passionate about sports, be sure to come prepared with your athletic gear when you visit this famous island.

Sports and activities available on the island range from cricket to horse racing to all kinds of athletic and non-athletic games.

Whether you like to participate actively or want to be a spectator, you can choose from many sporting activities on the island.

World-famous for its excellent surfing conditions in ‘Soup Bowl,’ Bathsheba provides a hub of activity all year long, as surfers from around the world congregate here for some of the best surfing action.

Are you looking to get around the island? For transportation to suit your vacation needs, you can use many different methods to get around the island.

It’s a small island – just 21 miles (34 kilometers) long by 14 miles (23 kilometers) wide, and the terrain is relatively flat, so nowhere takes too long to get to, and there’s a wide choice of transport options to suit both your lifestyle and budget.

Car Rentals

From luxury vehicles with air conditioning to four-wheel drive jeeps to the smaller, open-top mini mokes, you’ll indeed find one that will help you get around during your vacation experience.

Just remember to bring your driver’s license from home, as the car rental company requires this to get you insured and issue you with a local driving permit.

Hint: People drive on the left-hand side of the road on the island. Make sure you are comfortable with this before booking a car rental.

If having the freedom to drive yourself around the island sounds appealing, why not check out the local car rental companies for more information.

Taxi Rentals

There are many taxis on the island to choose from when you wish to get around. Taxi drivers are more than happy to drop you from point A to B or even take you on a full island tour once you’ve settled yourself and are in full vacation mode.

Tip: Taxis are not metered, so make sure you agree on a fixed fee with the driver in advance before setting off to your destination.

Licensed taxis have number plates starting with ‘Z .’ The larger minibus taxis have ‘ZM’ number plates.

Note: If you get into a ZM taxi, you will be charged a taxi fare, not the BBD  3.50 you would pay on a ZR.

Limousines

It’s not too complicated to find a reputable limousine company to get around the island. If you want a luxurious start to your holiday, a limo might be the way to go!

Bus

Government-owned buses frequently run on schedule and can be caught from any bus stop, as well as the bus terminals. They have painted the national colors of blue with a horizontal yellow stripe.

The island’s bus stops are marked ‘To City’ (towards Bridgetown) and ‘Out of City‘ so that you can gauge which direction you are heading in.

Since April 16th, 2019, the standard bus fare is $ 3.50,  and it applies to any single/one-way trip on these buses, as well as on the privately-owned ZR vans and minibusses detailed below.

Tip: The bus drivers do not carry money, so you must pay your fare with the correct change.

Need to know more? See our Government-owned Transport Board page for all the details.

There are two other types of buses to choose from:

Mini-Vans

These privately-owned mini-vans are smaller than the big blue Transport Board buses, and other coaches are privately-owned. Mini-vans are painted bright yellow with a blue stripe. These are identified by a “B” at the beginning of their license plates.

You can also catch these buses from bus stops all over the island and the island bus terminals.

Fares on all buses are fixed at $ 3.50 per trip, regardless of how far you go.

ZR Vans (pronounced Zed-R’s)

These are white privately-owned minibusses or vans that work specific routes and do not operate according to a schedule.

You’ll recognize them from their license plates’ letters’ ZR.’

You may find these are more frequent and get you into the local way of life – there’s generally music playing, and you may even see yourself squeezed in tight between two total strangers.

This mode of transport is said to be a genuinely Bajan experience!

Sound like your kind of thing? See our ZR Vans page for more information about this infamous form of island transport.

Airport Transport

When you arrive on the island, several transportation options get you to your next destination.

Again, depending on your budget and taste, you can choose from transport such as a hire car, local bus, taxi, tour coach, and even a Rolls Royce Bentley!

Are you looking to get around the island?

Tourists visiting have various transportation methods to choose from, including car rentalslimostaxi rentals, and our renowned public transportation system of transport buses and VR vans.

You can also rent bicycles and electric bicycles on two wheels by renting a scooter, bike, motorcycle, or Segway machine.

Note: Some accommodations offer complimentary airport transfers, so you may wish to check this out before committing yourself to any of the options above.

Cruise Terminal Transport

Passengers arriving at the cruise terminal have many options for exiting.

You can cruise from Saint Kitts (St. Kitts – Port Zante) on several cruise ships in normal cruise conditions.

Click the above title for further options, with some great tips on spending your time on the island.

Get Around with a Tour Operator

Some great tour companies operate on the island, each with various tours to offer.

May you like to try one of the more adventurous tours in an off-road 4×4 vehicle? Or, maybe you would prefer a quieter and gentler experience on an air-conditioned coach?

Either way, the possibilities for touring the island are endless!

Find tour operator and sightseeing contact details here.

Happy traveling!

Whether you plan to use the public transport buses, taxis, or rent a car while visiting the island, you will find the various transportation options for getting around very convenient.

Are you planning to get married?

Our informative wedding guide covers everything you need to plan and organize your wedding.

We appreciate that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and therefore we have put together a comprehensive section dedicated to your wedding day.

The beauty of having your wedding on an island is that you are guaranteed a warm climate. Therefore your wedding and celebrations can take place outdoors.

There are many places to choose from when deciding where you will get married. You can have a conventional white wedding in a church, and you can have a civil ceremony on a beach or even get married out at sea.

We have put together a comprehensive section dedicated to your special day in our Wedding Guide. We have all the information covering romantic hideaways for you and your loved one.

Wedding Receptions, Honeymoons, Entertainment, and Florists

We’ve outlined the various venues available for receptions and made suggestions for your honeymoon.

Entertainment options can be organized for the wedding reception and create a guide for choosing the right flowers for her bouquet and the bridesmaids.

Photographers, Videographers, and Wedding Cakes

We have also covered how to get a good photographer and videographer so that you will always have those memories of your tropical wedding recorded. We have also looked at the best types of cakes, and no celebration is complete without exquisite food, so there is a section on catering.

Shopping and Spas

There are many health spas on the island for the bride and groom, allowing you to enjoy relaxing massages before your wedding day. The ladies can enjoy waxing, facials, pedicures, manicures, hair, and bridal make-up at any of our beauty salons.

If you are a visitor to the island, you can enjoy lots of duty-free shopping. This means that you can make significant savings on buying jewelry for your special day and buying the essential rings that you will be looking at every day for the rest of your life. So you can splash out here and get something extraordinary at a suitable price.

You may be nervous about the organization involved in planning your wedding, and if you are a visitor to the island, this has the potential to hamper your plans. However, you can relax, take the easy option, and let a local wedding coordinator take the stress out of your wedding.

Most hotels make suitable wedding venues and usually have a wedding coordinator on staff who can plan your wedding before you arrive on the island.

They will organize the paperwork for you; however, both the bride and groom will need to attend the Ministry of Home Affairs (5th Floor, General Post Office Building, Cheapside, B’town, St. Michael ) to obtain a marriage license.

This allows either a minister or a justice of the peace to marry you. This same minister or a justice of the peace will need to give you a letter to take with you, which states their intention of marrying you.

You will need to take along your passports, your original birth certificates. If either of you has married before, you will need to show your previous marriage certificate and evidence of how that marriage ended.

Have you been widowed? A copy of your spouse’s death certificate will need to be presented. If you are divorced, then you will need to show the decree absolute. These documents need to be in English, or you need to obtain a certified translation.

If neither the bride nor groom is a citizen nor resident of the island, the license fee is BDS $200 cash and a $25 stamp, which is available from the post office counter downstairs – please purchase this before you go to the primary office. You must also present your return airline tickets. If you are a resident or citizen, the fee is $45, and the stamp is $10.

Legal Age

You must be 16 years of age to be legally married, and for persons under 18, you must be accompanied by your parents when making the application.

Regular worshipers at particular churches may opt to have banns of marriage published in church on three successive Sundays instead of acquiring a marriage license.

Paperwork

Once the paperwork is complete, this usually takes about an hour. Then you can get back to relaxing while your coordinator works with you to select the right venue for the ceremony, whether it is religious or civil service.

They will also liaise with the reception venue, supply sample menus from caterers, book photographers, work on your color scheme for reception decoration and flowers, arrange wedding transportation and arrange to have your wedding cake made.

Our beautiful tropical island is paradise on earth; therefore, it is logically an ideal setting for the perfect day of your life when you and your loved one make that lifelong commitment to one another.

The island is a popular wedding destination for celebrity couples. Many have chosen the perfect destination to get married here. In 2004, golfer Tiger Woods attracted much media attention when he married at Sandy Lane Hotel.

The beauty of a wedding on our island is that you are pretty much guaranteed a warm climate, and therefore, your wedding nuptials and celebrations can take place outdoors.

Use our Business Guide to find essential information, including statistics, business articles, as well as links to the most relevant and helpful business websites.

Learn why many foreign investors and business people who visit our island fall in love and find a way to become part of this small but affluent country.

Overseas investors, mainly from Europe and North America, jump at the island’s array of real estate opportunities. Constantly rising property prices have been producing a significant return on investment. You can invest in an extra home, a tourism enterprise, or a property to rent – short or long-term – to locals or visitors.

You also have the option to set up – as many have – an International Business Company (IBC), a captive insurance company, or an offshore bank to take advantage of the tax benefits or to trade on the  Barbados Stock Exchange.

Our Business Guide is your comprehensive information resource for doing business on our island.

The island provides a suitable environment for business and investment and is one of the most successful international real estate markets globally.

With many international tax and investment protection treaties and a long history of democracy, social and economic stability, the quality of life on the island (as ranked by the United Nations) strengthens its position globally.

The past Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, remarked after visiting in 2005 that the island punches above its weight.

For decades past, Sugar production was the island’s economy’s backbone and is now mainly in decline. They grew the cane stalks, ground it on-site, extracted the juice, processed it, and shipped the raw sugar to Britain to be refined into various products.

The island’s stated goal is to become the world’s smallest developed nation and be the Number One (1) Place to Live, Work, Play and Invest.

We invite you to take some time to discover the island – one of the most significant and successful small countries in the world.

Visit our island and acquaint yourself with the places and the people who make it unique.

Barbados Island Guide

COVID-19 Resources

Learn about COVID-19 in Barbados

Entry Protocols for Vaccinated Travellers

Vaccinated Traveller Protocol

  1. Persons who are fully vaccinated and come with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than three (3) days before travel will have a standard or Rapid COVID-19 PCR test done on arrival at the airport or their approved accommodation.
  2. Fully vaccinated travelers must use specially designated transportation providers to transport from the airport to approved accommodation. It is noted that local nationals returning home will continue to have access to government-approved accommodation and approved hotels for their quarantine period.
  3. While awaiting this on-island COVID-19 PCR test result, fully vaccinated travelers will be restricted to their approved accommodation, where they are free to move around following the guidelines of that property. This use of property includes pool facilities but excludes access to the beach, spas, personal butler services, or gym facilities. This restricted use of the property is for the period until they receive their negative test result.
  4. On receipt of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and clearance by Ministry of Health officials, travelers are free to enjoy the island.

Full Vaccinated Traveller

Travelers will be considered to be fully vaccinated if:

  • They have completed a full regimen of vaccines for any of the MHW approved
    COVID-19 vaccinations, more than two weeks before travel to our island.

N.B.: The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have traveled from or transited through countries of special consideration within the 21 days immediately before arrival, will determine which protocols apply.

  • Countries of special consideration are those where the prevalence of specific variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Public Health Officials.

Unvaccinated Travellers

A traveler will be considered to be unvaccinated when they are:

  • A person who has not been vaccinated at all and therefore has no evidence of such.
  • A person who claims to have been vaccinated but has produced no valid evidence of vaccination or the evidence produced is in doubt.
  • A person who has been vaccinated using a vaccine, not on the approved list of vaccinations
  • A person who has only received one dose of a two-dose regimen

Approved Vaccines

NB: The MHW may add other vaccines guided by the WHO emergency listing approval.


Vaccine Certification

Whereas pre-submission for approval of vaccine certificates is preferred, proof of vaccination, in the form of a vaccine certificate, is required for entry for fully vaccinated travelers. Validation of certificates at the point of entry will include one of the following:

  1. Proof of issuance from a national Public Health Organisation.
  2. Proof of documented vaccination issued by a hospital or medical center.
  3. Use an independent validation system like IATA Travel Pass or The Digital Green Certificate.
    These may have Q.R. Codes and verifiable Apps incorporated.

It is required that vaccine certificates are presented in English.

Persons who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be subject to the protocols of unvaccinated persons.

Recommended Steps:

  1. Upload the proof of the vaccination certificate via the BIMSafe App.
  2. Verify via Electronic Health Passports.
  3. Travel with the paper and electronic form.

Protocols for Travellers Based on Travel History

  • The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have traveled from or transited through countries of special consideration, will determine which protocols apply.
  • Vaccinated travelers coming from or transiting countries of special consideration in the past 21 days will be treated as unvaccinated travelers and must observe the associated travel guidelines.
  • Acceptance of vaccination status will not be considered independently if there is a high prevalence of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoC).
  • All travelers are advised to consult the list of countries of special consideration using the link below.
  • The list of countries with a high prevalence of Variants of Concern will be updated regularly on the BTMI website www.barbadostravelprotocols.com based on a directive from the MOHW.
  • Persons traveling from or transiting countries with a high prevalence of Variants of Concern will be required to
    quarantine at specially designated approved facilities.

Family and Group Travel

Children under 18:

  • Some travelers may be traveling with children who may not have been vaccinated. Children under 18 years traveling with fully vaccinated guardians will be allowed to adhere to the same guidelines as their fully vaccinated guardians.
  • If a child with the family party should test positive, the entire family will need to quarantine together. Groups comprising both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
  • Suppose a fully vaccinated adult traveler travels with an unvaccinated adult traveler, 18 years and older, and they choose not to be separated. In that case, the rules applied to the unvaccinated traveler will also apply to the fully vaccinated traveler.

Groups comprising vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

Suppose a fully vaccinated adult traveler travels with an unvaccinated adult traveler, 18 years and older, and they choose not to be separated. In that case, the rules applied to the unvaccinated traveler will also apply to the fully vaccinated traveler.

Unaccompanied Minors

  • All unaccompanied minors under 18 years of age must travel with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken no more than three days before arrival as per the current protocol in place.
  • Vaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the proposed protocol for all vaccinated travelers.
  • Unvaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the protocol of unvaccinated travelers.
  • Where guardians are considering travel for unaccompanied minors, they are required to submit to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for his consideration via covid19hotline@barbados.gov.bb.

Get the latest updates from Airlines that fly here.

The Ministry of Tourism released updated Travel Protocols on November 10th, 2020. In light of the fluidity of the pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Travelers are encouraged to check BarbadosTravelProtocols.com.

DEFINITIONS

– FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLER

Travelers will be considered to be fully vaccinated if:

  • They have completed a full regimen of vaccines for any Ministry of Health and Wellness approved COVID-19 vaccinations*, more than two (2) weeks before travel.
  • The travel history of a fully vaccinated traveler, where they have traveled from or transited through countries of social consideration, will determine which protocols apply within the 21 days immediately before arrival.

AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson
(Note: Additional vaccines may be added based on WHO emergency listing.)

* Countries of special consideration are those where the prevalence of specific variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Public Health Officials.

– MONITORING

Monitoring includes daily self-temperature checks and sharing that information with the public health teams who will check in via call or text on the BIMSafe App. Please remember to travel with your thermometer. Monitoring is generally for seven days after arrival or the length of stay, whichever is shorter.

– COVID-19 PCR TESTING PROCESS

For your COVID-19 PCR test to be considered for validation, your test must be taken by:

  • Nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample (or both). Saliva or nor nasal swabs will not be accepted.
  • A health-care provider. SelfSamples or hose tests will be considered invalid.

– RESTRICTED MOVEMENT

Restricted movement means that travelers cannot leave the property before their 2nd PCR test and have limited access to the property areas. You get to relax at your choice of the finest properties while you wait on your 2nd test result.

While you won’t have access to the beach just yet or be able to have family and friends visit, each property will offer unique experiences just for you. Amenities will vary by property, so feel free to reach out to your accommodation provider for an outline of what’s available during your pre-holiday.

– PCR TESTING PROCESS

For your test to be considered valid, your examination must be taken by nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample (or both), but not saliva nor nasal swab. Rapid tests or home tests will also be considered invalid.

How to Apply for a Welcome Stamp?

Since the Coronavirus Pandemic hit the world in 2020, the virus “has caused social and economic disruption worldwide, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression” – Wikipedia.

Many people are now working remotely from their homes around the world.

Since June 30th, 2020, the island is now offering international visitors the opportunity to work remotely on the island for up to one (1) year and possibly an extension for a second year.

The Government announced the introduction of the 12-month Welcome Stamp, which is a new remote work program that establishes a visa to allow people to work remotely on the island for a maximum of 12 months. The new visa is available to anyone who meets the visa requirements and location-independent work, whether individuals or families.

The new visa allows you to relocate and work alone or with family for up to 12 months.

With all the modern age facilities, our island is ideal for working or relaxing and staying safe.

An ideal location to work remotely, with fiber-optic networks and supporting world-class services.

Remote workers will stay in condos, villas, and hotels, and the country will provide workspaces.

With most major international management companies, accounting firms, and banks operating on the island, it is a desirable setting and lifestyle to work, play, and stay.

The island offers all tech and modern conveniences, plus professional services and excellent schools in a safe and friendly environment – come live where you are on holiday.

Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain, otherwise known as the Lesser Antilles. The island is east of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 250 miles northeast of Trinidad and Tobago.

The UNESCO World Heritage List features the world’s greatest wonders, such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and China’s Great Wall. Since 2011, the capital city, Bridgetown, and its Garrison area have been internationally recognized for their beauty, history, and significance.

Caricom

Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago were the first six to implement the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) on Jan 1, 2006. Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines followed about six months later.

Currency

The Barbadian dollar is divided into one hundred cents. There is also one (1) dollar coin. Robust, stable, and secure, the dollar has been pegged to the U.S. dollar (USD) at 1.98 (BBD) to 1 – since 1975.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

As Published by H. Plecher, Nov 26, 2020 – the statistic shows the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita from 1985 to 2019, with projections until 2025. GDP is the total value of all goods and services produced in a country in a year.

It is considered a significant indicator of a country’s economic strength, and a positive change is an indicator of economic growth. In 2019, the GDP per capita amounted to around 18,139.48 U.S. dollars.

Food

Known as “The Land Of The Flying Fish,” the national dish is cou-cou and flying fish and “The Birthplace of Rum.”

With over 300 years of experience, Mount Gay distillery is the oldest rum distillery globally. Mount Gay Rum is infused with the quality, sophistication, and classic style achieved through a long history of excellence and tradition.

Sugar was introduced to the island by the early settlers in the 15th century and provided Britain with sugar, rum, and molasses.

While our island boasts several elevated areas, it is not considered mountainous. However, near the island’s center, just west of the Scotland District in St. Andrew (on the island’s east coast), one will find the highest point – that of  Mount Hillaby.

Government and Legal System

Our island has one of the oldest Westminster-style parliaments in the western hemisphere and one of the oldest constitutions In The Commonwealth. The Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, is the head of the government of Barbados, and you can view the official website here: https://www.gov.bb/. The House of Assembly has 30 members (MPs), and the political party that has the most members, currently the  Barbados Labour Party (BLP), constitutes the government.

The public votes every five years, and Members of Parliament are appointed by The Governor-General (G.G.), who acts as the domestic representative for the Chief or Head of State (Queen Elizabeth II).

Official Language 

The local language is often referred to as the Bajan dialect. Although our native language here on the island is British English, the dialect can often seem like a whole other language in itself.

Life Expectancy

  • The current life expectancy in 2020 is 79.27 years, a 0.16% increase from 2019, and is higher for women at 80.1 years compared to 77.6 years for men, making the island the highest-ranking in the region.
  • The island ranks as the 34th top country with the highest life expectancy of 184 countries (source The United Nations Human Development Report 2019.)

Religion

Anglican is officially the national religion; however, various denominations of Christianity and non-Christian religions are practiced throughout the island.

Tourism

Barbados is one of the most sought-after tourism and vacation spots in the Caribbean.

Tourism has come out above the rest of the world and has landed the number one spot in the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI) by “The World Economic Forum.” The DSI is a metric that measures the overall valuation of a holiday destination based on the factors travelers find most attractive.

Our island was named the highest-ranking destination in the  West Indies and the world’s 58th most innovative nation within the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017 Report.

The island has attracted many West Indian and visitor arrivals from significant markets and cruise ship passengers. Sports and health tourism are viable economic options for bringing more visitors to the island seeking sports, fun, entertainment, and health-related treatment.

The best part about the tropical island is that you do not need to be a tourist to experience all it offers. As a country of deep historical foundations, you can always learn more about the island, whether you are a local or a visitor on vacation.

Many of the hotels and apartments listed offer exclusive deals and special packages to locals and visitors on vacation.

As a  Bajan at heart, you can learn exciting facts about the island while recognizing and appreciating the culture and its unique flavor.

With so many great things to do, see, and experience, many have become excited and have chosen to LIVE, STAY, WORK, and have FUN in this island country paradise.

Water

The natural spring water found on the island is among the purest in the world.

The state-run Water Authority Limited (BWA) is the exclusive supplier of potable water on the island.

Water supplied by the BWA is pumped from wells within natural coral aquifers. The result is a  freshwater source of naturally high quality.

Despite this, to comply with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, The Water Authority treats its potable freshwater with chlorine.

According to one BWA survey, groundwater has always provided the most significant supply source, providing nearly 90%. Around half was drawn from just two wells, both of which were operating at near-total capacity.

Weather and Climate Change

According to the United Nations Development Programme, “Of the numerous impacts of climate change expected, increases in atmospheric temperature, sea-level rise and changes in weather patterns are expected to pose problems to the island in the future.

Discover events, activities, and things to do with daily schedules, maps, and directions.

  • Events Calendar – View the updated plans for all upcoming events and activities.
  • Daily Events – View all daily events.
  • List of Annual Events – Take a look at the list of annual events.
  • Festivals – Festival Fever is in the air all year round with a host of music, arts, theater, and food festivals.
  • Add an Event – To get more people to attend your event or activity.

We include all kinds of events from business, entertainment, nightlife, and even sporting events happening on the island.

The event calendar is updated each day of the week with all of the latest events, so be sure to bookmark these pages for future reference.

View upcoming Events, Activities, Festivals, and Annual Events that happen each year on the island.

Crop Over is our island’s most significant cultural festival and signifies the end of the once-dominant sugar cane crop harvest. The party carnival involves a wide variety of entertainment and celebrations that brings thousands of tourists to the island each year.

Crop Over season is held throughout July and ends in a big Grand Kadooment Day finale parade on August’s first Monday.

This massive street parade brings both local and international revelers to ‘jump up’ in extravagant costumes from Warrens in St. Michael to the Spring Garden Highway, where the party continues to the early hours of the morning. And, the best part is, anyone can join in the festivities, so it’s a definite must-do while you’re on the island.

In the lead-up to the parade, the Crop Over festival features numerous calypso and soca music competitions, among other cultural activities. For many Bajans living overseas, the months of July and August are the most popular to return home to coincide with all of the Crop Over fun.

Barbados is the ideal destination when traveling with your family, as it has something to offer everyone regardless of their age.

If you are going with elderly relatives such as grandparents or a tiny baby, don’t worry, the island is a suitable vacation spot.

If you travel with children under ten (10), it is advisable to book an all-inclusive resort. They offer buffet-style lunch, so children can eat as much or as little as they like, and they usually have a barbecue serving burgers and hot dogs. This way, you can relax and enjoy yourself and not worry about the children wanting to eat at different times or organize where to go for snacks, lunch, or dinner.

Are you traveling with teenagers? They will love St. Lawrence Gap, abundant with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. There is always something to do in the Gap, with live music playing and many bars and restaurant options.

Holetown was the first town discovered in 1625 by an Englishman called Henry Powell, who was blown off course and found the island by accident.

The town is located on the “Gold Coast” and has the coast road running through it with luxury hotels and restaurants. You can go Duty-free shopping at Sunset Crest Shopping Center. The Chattel House Village complex has many quaint boutiques selling designer clothes, tourist souvenirs, and luxury items.

You will also find the West Coast Mall; you will find some fast-food restaurants and supermarkets here. So head to the “Gold Coast” if you fancy shopping.

Each year on the second weekend in February, the Holetown Festival is held, a weeklong carnival of song and dance with English and African influence to celebrate its heritage. You can enjoy live music, stage performances, historical presentations, and street parades.

The island is usually a very safe place for tourists, and you can let your teenage children wander around the Gap, where they can play pool and hang out.

Oistins is a historic fishing and market town in Christ Church parish on the south coast. It is our smallest city, but what it lacks in size makes up for in character. It is a popular entertainment venue for locals and tourists for its thriving fishing community and infamous Friday night Fish Fry.

Families will find Harrison’s Cave, one of the world’s most popular and beautiful natural formations. The active cave is just over two (2) kilometers long and was first mentioned in historical documents in 1795. Having been rediscovered in the early 1970s and renovated and re-opened in 2008.

Families can also enjoy the beautiful tropical gardens such as the Flower Forest, Hunte’s Gardens, Andromeda Gardens, or Orchid World.

Swimming with the turtles is a popular activity for both locals and visitors alike. The island is one of the few places in the world where you can interact with these sea turtles in their natural environment. It makes for an excellent experience and a must-do opportunity during your time on the island.

Snorkeling is a must-do sporting event. With several colorful reefs to explore and plenty of fascinating marine life to see, “going under the sea” is a popular pastime for locals and visitors alike.

Snorkel equipment such as life jackets, masks, snorkels, and fins can also be easily rented or purchased from several local shops or beach-side kiosks. Or, why not join a guided tour or book a trip on one of the many local cruises that operate daily island-wide.

Not only is it a fun and exciting activity, but it’s also relatively easy to do – unlike scuba diving, it involves little training or expertise, so it’s something the whole family can enjoy.

The parish of St. John is located on the east coast and has quite spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the cliffs. In this parish, you will find historical churches, tourist attractions, and picture-postcard sandy beaches.

The most famous stop in St. Joseph (Saint Joseph) is Bathsheba, which is well known to surfers as the Soup Bowl. The international Reef Surfing Competition is held here every year in November, with some of the world’s top-class surfers showing off their talent as they ride the huge waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Crane Resort is located in the parish of St. Philip (Saint Philip) which was the first hotel on the island. It has been refurbished to a high standard, and afternoon tea in the cliff-top restaurant is a pleasant way to pass the day. From here, you have a stunning view of the world-famous Crane Beach below, which has been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

With many places to eat and drink, you can enjoy some fantastic meals at the best fining dining restaurants in the world. Or perhaps the family would enjoy afternoon tea at the world-famous Sandy Lane Hotel.

Athletic activities and lifestyle choices are rising, and our ‘no stress’ policy is essential to a healthy balanced lifestyle. With multiple spasgyms, and health clubs, you can enjoy a healthy lifestyle by staying happy and relaxed while on vacation.

Fitness groups are standard on the island. A variety of sports such as swimming, squash, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, polo, rugby, and football (soccer) are great ways to get involved in the community and keep active and healthy in your life.

The island has multiple first-rate spas for your health and fitness to assist you in getting relaxed. Most major hotels have world-class resorts, boasting massage therapies, manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing.

Most beauticians, masseuses, and aesthetics on the island have been highly trained overseas, in England, the  United States, and Canada, and are real professionals.

Another healthy activity is to visit the infamous Oistins Fish Fry on a Friday evening. Get your daily dose of omega-three fatty acids from the freshly grilled fish served with various stalls in the quaint south coast fishing village.

Another part of a healthy lifestyle is finding time for your family and friends. Locals are sure to see relatives and friends on Sundays for their weekly picnic by the beach.

The island’s capital city is situated on Carlisle Bay and is a popular spot for scuba diving and swimming with marine life, with the ability to see underwater shipwrecks. Anchors, cannonballs, and relics from ships and coral reefs are found on the ocean floor in Carlisle Bay.

As with most of the beaches on the south end of the island, it’s an excellent place for swimming and has a long stretch of calm water for shallow dipping as well as deeper swimming.

Carlisle Bay is home to the historic Needham’s Point Lighthouse.

Are you looking for a great holiday destination? Learn all about the island in our travel guide, suitable for locals and visitors.

Visit Barbados

Come for the holidays and enjoy the sunshine and warm, friendly people.

Within our island guides, you can be sure of staying up-to-date with helpful information about our island.

Both travelers and locals will find insider tips and advice about local events, relevant facts, and information, and an insight into the rich culture and heritage of the island.

With our white-sand beaches, hotels, fine dining restaurants, and exciting nightlife, visitors will always experience people’s charm and friendliness.

Helpful Top 10 Guides will ensure you have the best experience on this island located in the Lesser Antilles and the Leeward Islands.

Learn about the most popular amenities at the top beach resorts, hotels, and other accommodation options. Take advantage of exclusive special offers, discounts, and coupons to save on your holidays.

Plan your time with our local events calendar to ensure you get updated schedules, dates, and times of important events and activities.

Are you on a cruise and looking for a one-day shore excursion?

Sightseeing tours will pick you up from the cruise terminal and take you on island tours to see and experience our island’s beauty.

The central town in St. Peter is Speightstown and is the second-largest city. Founded in 1653 and named after William Speight, a wealthy merchant who owned the land in that area; is relatively quiet and relaxing, with Queen Street being the main road that runs through the town. You will find a few shops, corporate offices, supermarkets, the fishing complex, and some good restaurants catering to the passing tourist trade.

Speightstown is one of the only places where you can see some of the original architecture and some of the town’s once very grand townhouses that belonged to the wealthy merchants.

St. Nicholas Abbey is located in the parish of St. Peter. The house was built in 1650 by Benjamin Berringer and is one of only three remaining Jacobean properties in the western hemisphere – the second Jacobean property is also home in Drax Hall in St. George. The house sits amongst 225 acres of cane fields, is in excellent condition for its age, and is full of antiques. While it is a privately-owned residence, it is open to the public on occasions.

Choose to go on a catamaran cruise and swim with the sea turtles. You can join a group for a casual lunch at two or three selected attractions. All visits are scheduled to ensure you get back in time for the ship’s departure.

Should you wish to stay longer than your projected holiday, you will find helpful information on our website. View the immigration requirements, working regulations, and information about renting a property and other real estate options to help you get started.

You can find the most highly recommended locations and businesses within the World Travel Awards, where we’ve been voted the World’s Leading Travel Destination Website.

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Education and training are accessible to all Barbadians from age five to university.

The government allocates the most significant chunk – nearly a quarter – of its annual billion-dollar budget to funding close to 100 primary and secondary schools, plus four tertiary level institutions.

State financing covers actual tuition, free bus fares to and from school, and free books and meals for all primary students who need them.

Several institutions are available to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

For the more academically inclined, post-secondary education is available.

For the more technically minded, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) provides both day and night hands-on courses, therefore, and it’s not surprising that this 166 square mile island of approximately 274,000 people boasts a literacy rate of nearly 98%.

Education and training are accessible to all Barbadians from age five to university.

The government allocates the most significant chunk – nearly a quarter – of its annual billion-dollar budget to funding close to 100 primary and secondary schools, plus four tertiary level institutions.

State financing covers actual tuition, free bus fares to and from school, and free books and meals for all primary students who need them.

Several institutions are available to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

For the more academically inclined, post-secondary education is available.

For the more technically minded, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) provides both day and night hands-on courses, therefore, and it’s not surprising that this 166 square mile island of approximately 274,000 people boasts a literacy rate of nearly 98%.

View our Google Maps and explore places of interest, shopping areas, beaches, churches, and major roads.

Interactive Maps are available for various needs, including directions and locations of recommended attractions, hotels and accommodation, beaches, restaurants, and eating places.

A land of contrasts, part of the unique charm, comes from the old world happily coexisting with the new. Glass and marble offices stand next to brightly painted rum shops. Luxury vehicles are parked outside traditional wooden chattel houses, and high-tech SUV drives alongside donkey carts.

Bordered by the eastern Caribbean Sea’s calm waters on the coast and by the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean on the east coast, just driving from one side to the other is an experience with breath-taking scenery.

The island is divided into 11 parishes, each with its distinct character. The ABC highway is the main artery, starting at the  Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Christ Church and running through the island’s center, connecting the island from south to north.

Affectionately known as ‘Little England,’ a certain  British-ness permeates daily life, from places named Clapham, Dover, Hastings, and Lancaster to driving on the road’s left-hand side, roundabouts, and afternoon tea.

Are you trying to find an ideal place to stay or purchase on our famous island?

Buying real estate, buying a villa, or vacation rentals can all be supplied to you within our Real Estate and Property Guide.

You can search for all types of property and real estate for the ideal sale or rental. You can find information on investment opportunities with realtors and agents of many real estate agencies, especially in the parish of St. James (Saint James), otherwise known as the “Gold Coast.”

With its temperate climate, endless beaches, colorful culture, and friendly people, there is little wonder why our island has an ever-expanding and lucrative real estate industry.

Visit our sister site to learn about Real Estate – Property Specialists and view listings by agents and brokers offering sales and rentals.

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Are you trying to find an ideal place to stay or purchase on our famous island?

Buying real estate, buying a villa, or vacation rentals can all be supplied to you within our Real Estate and Property Guide.

You can search for all types of property and real estate for the ideal sale or rental. You can find information on investment opportunities with realtors and agents of many real estate agencies, especially in the parish of St. James (Saint James), otherwise known as the “Gold Coast.”

With its temperate climate, endless beaches, colorful culture, and friendly people, there is little wonder why our island has an ever-expanding and lucrative real estate industry.

Visit our sister site to learn about Real Estate – Property Specialists and view listings by agents and brokers offering sales and rentals.

If you are passionate about sports, be sure to come prepared with your athletic gear when you visit this famous island.

Sports and activities available on the island range from cricket to horse racing to all kinds of athletic and non-athletic games.

Whether you like to participate actively or want to be a spectator, you can choose from many sporting activities on the island.

World-famous for its excellent surfing conditions in ‘Soup Bowl,’ Bathsheba provides a hub of activity all year long, as surfers from around the world congregate here for some of the best surfing action.

Are you looking to get around the island? For transportation to suit your vacation needs, you can use many different methods to get around the island.

It’s a small island – just 21 miles (34 kilometers) long by 14 miles (23 kilometers) wide, and the terrain is relatively flat, so nowhere takes too long to get to, and there’s a wide choice of transport options to suit both your lifestyle and budget.

Car Rentals

From luxury vehicles with air conditioning to four-wheel drive jeeps to the smaller, open-top mini mokes, you’ll indeed find one that will help you get around during your vacation experience.

Just remember to bring your driver’s license from home, as the car rental company requires this to get you insured and issue you with a local driving permit.

Hint: People drive on the left-hand side of the road on the island. Make sure you are comfortable with this before booking a car rental.

If having the freedom to drive yourself around the island sounds appealing, why not check out the local car rental companies for more information.

Taxi Rentals

There are many taxis on the island to choose from when you wish to get around. Taxi drivers are more than happy to drop you from point A to B or even take you on a full island tour once you’ve settled yourself and are in full vacation mode.

Tip: Taxis are not metered, so make sure you agree on a fixed fee with the driver in advance before setting off to your destination.

Licensed taxis have number plates starting with ‘Z .’ The larger minibus taxis have ‘ZM’ number plates.

Note: If you get into a ZM taxi, you will be charged a taxi fare, not the BBD  3.50 you would pay on a ZR.

Limousines

It’s not too complicated to find a reputable limousine company to get around the island. If you want a luxurious start to your holiday, a limo might be the way to go!

Bus

Government-owned buses frequently run on schedule and can be caught from any bus stop, as well as the bus terminals. They have painted the national colors of blue with a horizontal yellow stripe.

The island’s bus stops are marked ‘To City’ (towards Bridgetown) and ‘Out of City‘ so that you can gauge which direction you are heading in.

Since April 16th, 2019, the standard bus fare is $ 3.50,  and it applies to any single/one-way trip on these buses, as well as on the privately-owned ZR vans and minibusses detailed below.

Tip: The bus drivers do not carry money, so you must pay your fare with the correct change.

Need to know more? See our Government-owned Transport Board page for all the details.

There are two other types of buses to choose from:

Mini-Vans

These privately-owned mini-vans are smaller than the big blue Transport Board buses, and other coaches are privately-owned. Mini-vans are painted bright yellow with a blue stripe. These are identified by a “B” at the beginning of their license plates.

You can also catch these buses from bus stops all over the island and the island bus terminals.

Fares on all buses are fixed at $ 3.50 per trip, regardless of how far you go.

ZR Vans (pronounced Zed-R’s)

These are white privately-owned minibusses or vans that work specific routes and do not operate according to a schedule.

You’ll recognize them from their license plates’ letters’ ZR.’

You may find these are more frequent and get you into the local way of life – there’s generally music playing, and you may even see yourself squeezed in tight between two total strangers.

This mode of transport is said to be a genuinely Bajan experience!

Sound like your kind of thing? See our ZR Vans page for more information about this infamous form of island transport.

Airport Transport

When you arrive on the island, several transportation options get you to your next destination.

Again, depending on your budget and taste, you can choose from transport such as a hire car, local bus, taxi, tour coach, and even a Rolls Royce Bentley!

Are you looking to get around the island?

Tourists visiting have various transportation methods to choose from, including car rentalslimostaxi rentals, and our renowned public transportation system of transport buses and VR vans.

You can also rent bicycles and electric bicycles on two wheels by renting a scooter, bike, motorcycle, or Segway machine.

Note: Some accommodations offer complimentary airport transfers, so you may wish to check this out before committing yourself to any of the options above.

Cruise Terminal Transport

Passengers arriving at the cruise terminal have many options for exiting.

You can cruise from Saint Kitts (St. Kitts – Port Zante) on several cruise ships in normal cruise conditions.

Click the above title for further options, with some great tips on spending your time on the island.

Get Around with a Tour Operator

Some great tour companies operate on the island, each with various tours to offer.

May you like to try one of the more adventurous tours in an off-road 4×4 vehicle? Or, maybe you would prefer a quieter and gentler experience on an air-conditioned coach?

Either way, the possibilities for touring the island are endless!

Find tour operator and sightseeing contact details here.

Happy traveling!

Whether you plan to use the public transport buses, taxis, or rent a car while visiting the island, you will find the various transportation options for getting around very convenient.

Are you planning to get married?

Our informative wedding guide covers everything you need to plan and organize your wedding.

We appreciate that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and therefore we have put together a comprehensive section dedicated to your wedding day.

The beauty of having your wedding on an island is that you are guaranteed a warm climate. Therefore your wedding and celebrations can take place outdoors.

There are many places to choose from when deciding where you will get married. You can have a conventional white wedding in a church, and you can have a civil ceremony on a beach or even get married out at sea.

We have put together a comprehensive section dedicated to your special day in our Wedding Guide. We have all the information covering romantic hideaways for you and your loved one.

Wedding Receptions, Honeymoons, Entertainment, and Florists

We’ve outlined the various venues available for receptions and made suggestions for your honeymoon.

Entertainment options can be organized for the wedding reception and create a guide for choosing the right flowers for her bouquet and the bridesmaids.

Photographers, Videographers, and Wedding Cakes

We have also covered how to get a good photographer and videographer so that you will always have those memories of your tropical wedding recorded. We have also looked at the best types of cakes, and no celebration is complete without exquisite food, so there is a section on catering.

Shopping and Spas

There are many health spas on the island for the bride and groom, allowing you to enjoy relaxing massages before your wedding day. The ladies can enjoy waxing, facials, pedicures, manicures, hair, and bridal make-up at any of our beauty salons.

If you are a visitor to the island, you can enjoy lots of duty-free shopping. This means that you can make significant savings on buying jewelry for your special day and buying the essential rings that you will be looking at every day for the rest of your life. So you can splash out here and get something extraordinary at a suitable price.

You may be nervous about the organization involved in planning your wedding, and if you are a visitor to the island, this has the potential to hamper your plans. However, you can relax, take the easy option, and let a local wedding coordinator take the stress out of your wedding.

Most hotels make suitable wedding venues and usually have a wedding coordinator on staff who can plan your wedding before you arrive on the island.

They will organize the paperwork for you; however, both the bride and groom will need to attend the Ministry of Home Affairs (5th Floor, General Post Office Building, Cheapside, B’town, St. Michael ) to obtain a marriage license.

This allows either a minister or a justice of the peace to marry you. This same minister or a justice of the peace will need to give you a letter to take with you, which states their intention of marrying you.

You will need to take along your passports, your original birth certificates. If either of you has married before, you will need to show your previous marriage certificate and evidence of how that marriage ended.

Have you been widowed? A copy of your spouse’s death certificate will need to be presented. If you are divorced, then you will need to show the decree absolute. These documents need to be in English, or you need to obtain a certified translation.

If neither the bride nor groom is a citizen nor resident of the island, the license fee is BDS $200 cash and a $25 stamp, which is available from the post office counter downstairs – please purchase this before you go to the primary office. You must also present your return airline tickets. If you are a resident or citizen, the fee is $45, and the stamp is $10.

Legal Age

You must be 16 years of age to be legally married, and for persons under 18, you must be accompanied by your parents when making the application.

Regular worshipers at particular churches may opt to have banns of marriage published in church on three successive Sundays instead of acquiring a marriage license.

Paperwork

Once the paperwork is complete, this usually takes about an hour. Then you can get back to relaxing while your coordinator works with you to select the right venue for the ceremony, whether it is religious or civil service.

They will also liaise with the reception venue, supply sample menus from caterers, book photographers, work on your color scheme for reception decoration and flowers, arrange wedding transportation and arrange to have your wedding cake made.

Our beautiful tropical island is paradise on earth; therefore, it is logically an ideal setting for the perfect day of your life when you and your loved one make that lifelong commitment to one another.

The island is a popular wedding destination for celebrity couples. Many have chosen the perfect destination to get married here. In 2004, golfer Tiger Woods attracted much media attention when he married at Sandy Lane Hotel.

The beauty of a wedding on our island is that you are pretty much guaranteed a warm climate, and therefore, your wedding nuptials and celebrations can take place outdoors.

Use our Business Guide to find essential information, including statistics, business articles, as well as links to the most relevant and helpful business websites.

Learn why many foreign investors and business people who visit our island fall in love and find a way to become part of this small but affluent country.

Overseas investors, mainly from Europe and North America, jump at the island’s array of real estate opportunities. Constantly rising property prices have been producing a significant return on investment. You can invest in an extra home, a tourism enterprise, or a property to rent – short or long-term – to locals or visitors.

You also have the option to set up – as many have – an International Business Company (IBC), a captive insurance company, or an offshore bank to take advantage of the tax benefits or to trade on the  Barbados Stock Exchange.

Our Business Guide is your comprehensive information resource for doing business on our island.

The island provides a suitable environment for business and investment and is one of the most successful international real estate markets globally.

With many international tax and investment protection treaties and a long history of democracy, social and economic stability, the quality of life on the island (as ranked by the United Nations) strengthens its position globally.

The past Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, remarked after visiting in 2005 that the island punches above its weight.

For decades past, Sugar production was the island’s economy’s backbone and is now mainly in decline. They grew the cane stalks, ground it on-site, extracted the juice, processed it, and shipped the raw sugar to Britain to be refined into various products.

The island’s stated goal is to become the world’s smallest developed nation and be the Number One (1) Place to Live, Work, Play and Invest.

We invite you to take some time to discover the island – one of the most significant and successful small countries in the world.

Visit our island and acquaint yourself with the places and the people who make it unique.

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