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Barbados

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

Barbados Island Guide

View the timeline of how COVID-19 has affected Barbados and its population.

Commercial Air Traffic into the Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport resumed on July 12, 2020. In an address to the nation at Ilaro Court, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said it was expected to start with traffic out of Canada.

The arrival of Air Canada would be coming initially twice per week on Thursdays and Sundays. This would be followed by British Airways resuming its flight from Gatwick on July 18, which she said would initially be once a week and respond to demand.

On July 25, the prime minister added that JetBlue was expected to return, coming four times per week from JFK, while American Airlines would come by August 5, out of Miami.

The Barbados Ministry of Tourism released updated Travel Protocols (October 28th, 2020). In light of the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Travelers are encouraged to check BarbadosTravelProtocols.com for updates.

  1. Are you coming from a Medium or High-Rick country? Take your PCR test three (3) days before your arrival. Fill out your online immigration/customs form and upload the negative test result at www.travelform.gob.bb. Take a copy of your results with you to the airport. The PCR test gives you a fairly accurate indication of whether you are infected with the coronavirus.
  2. Travelers from High and Medium-Risk countries will be retested 2 -3 days after arrival (4-5 days after your 1st test). After you have arrived, airport officials will validate your test results and guide you through Immigration and Customs and Baggage Claim.
  3. Travelers from High-Rick countries – your transport service provider, has been trained in COVID-19 protocols and will safely transport you to your accommodation while telling you all about the island. Over the next two (2) days, take the time to explore your hotel, resort, apartment, or villa, as you will have restricted access that limits you to your property for a short time until you get your second test.
  4. You will have your second test between 4 – 5 days after your first test taken in your home country. In just 24 hours, your test result will be back, and once negative, it’s vacation time! You will no longer be restricted to your property, and your adventure awaits you. This pandemic will not keep you from our beautiful beaches, restaurants, and attractions. We are happy to have you in Barbados.
  5. Check-in with our health team – from the moment you arrive at the airport, we will ensure that you are equipped with all you need to monitor your health on the island. No worries – our health officials are just a call or text away. Simple measures have been put in place for self-monitoring. Monitoring includes daily self-temperature checks and sharing information with the public health teams who will check in via call or text. Monitoring is generally for 7 days after arrival or the length of stay, whichever is shorter. If you begin to feel unwell at any point in your vacation, let our health officials know.

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

Caricom

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

Government and Legal System

Barbados has one of the oldest Westminster-style parliaments in the western hemisphere. The Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, is the head of government. The House of Assembly has 30 members of Parliament (MPs), and the political party that has the most members, currently the Barbados Labour Party, constitutes the government.

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

Food

Barbados has long been known as ‘The Land Of The Flying Fish,’ with the national dish being cou-cou and flying fish.

Also known as “The Birthplace of Rum.” With over 300 years of experience, Mount Gay distillery is the oldest rum distillery in the world. Mount Gay Rum is infused with the quality, sophistication, and classic style that can only be 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 center of the island, just west of the Scotland District in St. Andrew (on the East coast of the island), one will find the highest point – being that of Mount Hillaby.

Official Language

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

Currency

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

Religion

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

Life Expectancy

According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) data published in 2018, Barbados’ life expectancy is 75.6 years.

Tourism

Barbados is one of the most sought after vacation and tourism 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.

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

The island has continued to attract many visitor arrivals from significant markets and cruise ship passengers, with sports and health tourism being 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, whether you are a local or a visitor on vacation, you can always learn more about the island.

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

Whether you’re a Barbadian or simply a Bajan at heart, you can learn exciting facts about the island while recognizing and appreciating the Bajan culture’s 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.

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

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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.

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

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

Are you traveling with children under ten (10), then it is advisable to book into 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 to organize where to go for snacks, lunch, or dinner.

If you are 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 restaurants options.

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.

Families will find Harrison’s Cave, one of the most popular and beautiful natural formations in the world. 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 in Barbados 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.

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 Barbados Hotel.

Athletic activities and lifestyle choices are on the rise, 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 of the major hotels have their own world-class resorts, boasting various 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 Barbadian 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. Barbadians are sure to see relatives and friends on Sundays for their weekly picnic by the beach.

The island’s capital city, Bridgetown, is situated on Carlisle Bay and is a popular spot on the island for scuba diving and snorkeling with the ability to see an underwater shipwreck. Many relics, like anchors and cannonballs, from ships, and many coral reefs can be found on the ocean floor in Carlisle Bay.

As with most of the south coast beaches, 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 in Barbados? Learn all about the island in our travel guide, suitable for both locals and visitors.

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 useful information about our Caribbean island.

Both travelers and locals (also known as Barbadians or Bajans) 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 the Bajan people’s charm and friendliness.

Helpful Top 10 Guides will ensure you have the best experience on this Caribbean island. 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 Bridgetown cruise terminal and take you on island tours to see and experience the beauty of our island.

Speightstown is the second biggest town on the island, founded in 1653 and named after William Speight, a wealthy merchant who owned the land in that area. Speightstown is relatively quiet and relaxing, with Queen Street being the main road that runs through the town. You will find a few shops, some corporate offices, a supermarket, 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.

Choose to go on a catamaran cruise and swim with the sea turtles. You can join up with 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 departure of the ship.

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 will find all of this and more on the World Travel Awards – Worlds Leading Travel Destination Website.

Education and training are provided free to all Barbadians (Bajans) from age five to university level.

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.

There are several institutions 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 places to eat.

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 west 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 own distinct character. The ABC highway is the main artery, starting at the Barbados airport 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 on the Caribbean island of Barbados?

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.

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 both sales and rentals.

If you are passionate about sports, be sure to come prepared with your athletic gear when you visit this Caribbean 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, there are many sporting activities to choose from on the island.

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.

Barbados is a popular wedding destination for celebrity couples.

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.

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

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

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.

Even the past Secretary-General of the U.N., Kofi Annan, remarked after visiting in 2005 that the island punches above its weight.

Sugar production, for decades past, was the backbone of the Barbados economy and is now largely in decline. They grew sugarcane, 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 to 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 Barbados and acquaint yourself with the island’s places and the people who make it unique.

Barbados Island Guide

According to The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017 Report by “The World Economic Forum,” Barbados was named the highest-ranking destination in the Caribbean and the world’s 58th most innovative nation.

The best part about this island destination is you do not need to be a tourist to experience all it has to offer; it is a country of deep historical foundations. Whether you are a local or a visitor on vacation, you can always learn more about Barbados.

Learn interesting facts about the island as well as everything you need to know about getting around the island, things to do, and what’s going on.

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.

Barbados is the ideal destination when Traveling with your family as it has something to offer everyone regardless of your age. If you are going with elder relatives such as grandparents or if you have a small baby, don’t worry Barbados can cater for all.

If you and your partner are traveling with children under 10, then it is advisable to book into an all-inclusive resort. They offer buffet-style lunches, so children can take 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 have to worry about the children wanting to eat at different times or to have to organize where to go for lunch and dinner.

If you are traveling with teenagers, then they will love the St. Lawrence Gap area, which is abundant with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, there is always something to do in the Gap, with live music playing most nights. Barbados is a very safe place for tourists, and you can let your teenage children wander around the Gap, where they can play pool or just hang out!

If you are traveling with older members of the family, then there are some great days out to be had visiting some of the most beautiful tropical gardens such as Andromeda or Orchid World. You can also have some meals to remember as Barbados boasts some of the best fining dining restaurants in the world. Or perhaps the family would enjoy afternoon tea at the world famous Sandy Lane Hotel.

With multiple first-rate spasgyms and health clubs, you can enjoy a healthy lifestyle staying happy and relaxed while on vacation.

Healthy activities and lifestyle choices in Barbados are on the rise, and our ‘no stress’ policy is essential to any healthy balanced lifestyle.

Fitness groups are common 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.

Another healthy Barbadian 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 a variety of stalls in the quaint south coast fishing village.

Another part of a healthy lifestyle is finding time for your family and friends, and you’re sure to see loads of local relatives and friends out and about on Sundays for their weekly picnic by the beach.

Before arriving on holiday, be sure to stay current with useful information in our Barbados Island Guide about this Caribbean destination.

Travelers and locals (also known as Barbadians or Bajans) will find insider tips and advice about local events, relevant facts, and information—as well as an insight into the rich culture and heritage of the island.

Helpful Top 10 Island Guides will ensure you have the best experience on this Caribbean island. Find out everything about the amenities at the top beach resorts, hotels, and other accommodation options. Take advantage of special offers, discounts, and coupons.

Plan your time with a local events calendar to ensure you are up-to-date with upcoming events and activities.

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

Sightseeing tours pick you up from the Bridgetown cruise terminal, take you around the island on your private sailing trip, or you can join up with a group for a casual lunch and two or three selected attractions. All tours are scheduled to ensure you get back in time for the departure of the ship.

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

You will find all of this and more with the multiple winner of the Worlds Leading Travel Destination Website.

Education and training are provided free to all Barbadians (Bajans) from age five to university level.

The government allocates the largest 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.

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

For the more academically inclined, post-secondary education is available as well as for the more technically minded, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), provides day and night hands-on courses.

It’s therefore not surprising that this 166 square mile island of approximately 274,000 people boasts a literacy rate of nearly 98%.

View our Google Maps, to zoom in and see the places of interest, shopping areas, beaches, churches and major roads.

Interactive Maps are available for a variety of needs, including directions and locations of recommended attractions, hotels & accommodation, beaches, restaurants and places to eat.

Are you renting a home, apartment or trying to find the perfect place to rent in Barbados? Researching property and real estate have never been so easy.

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

Totally Barbados Real Estate – Property Specialists

Visit our sister site, to learn all about Barbados real estate and view property listings by real estate agents and brokers offering both sales and rentals.

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

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

Whether you like to actively take part or just want to be a spectator, there is a multitude of games for you to choose from in Barbados.

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