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Barbados

Barbados is 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

View the most updated timeline of how COVID-19 has affected our island and its population from March 2020 all the way up to the current date in 2021.

Kind compliments go out to The Barbados Government Information Service.

Helpful Resources

Get the latest updates from Airlines that fly to Barbados.

The Ministry of Tourism released updated Travel Protocols that take effect 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-day period 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 certain variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Barbados 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 own thermometer. Monitoring is generally for 7 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 for validity, 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 Barbados 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 Caribbean island of Barbados 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 Barbados 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 West Indies or the Lesser Antilles. The island is east of both Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 250 miles north-east of Trinidad and Tobago.

Caricom in the Caribbean

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

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 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 (BLP), 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

Known as “The Land Of The Flying Fish,” with the national dish being cou-cou and flying fish and 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, 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. Although our native language here on the island is British English, the dialect can very often seem like a whole other language in itself.

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 US dollar (USD) at 1.98 (BBD) to 1 – since 1975.

Barbados  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 up 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 in Barbados amounted to around 18,139.48 U.S. dollars.

Life Expectancy

  • The current life expectancy for Barbados 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 Caribbean.
  • The island ranks as the 34th topmost 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, there are various denominations of Christianity and non-Christian religions practiced throughout the island.

Tourism

Barbados is one of the most sought-after vacations 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.

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 continued to attract many West Indian and 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.

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  Barbados  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 largest supply source, providing nearly 90%. Around half was drawn from just two wells, both of which were operating at near full capacity.

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 the most significant cultural festival of our island 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 all the way 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 Barbadians 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 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 restaurant options.

Holetown was the first town discovered in 1625 by an Englishman called Henry Powell, who was blown off course and discovered Barbados 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; here, you will find some fast-food restaurants and supermarkets. 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. Oistins maybe our smallest city, but what it lacks in size makes up for in character.

Oistins town is popular with locals and tourists for its thriving fishing community and infamous Friday night Fish Fry.

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 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 coral reefs to explore and plenty of fascinating marine life to see, “going under the sea” is a popular pastime for both 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 catamaran 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.

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 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 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 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 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 island in the West Indies.

Both travelers and locals (also known as  Barbadians) 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 within 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.

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.

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 sugar cane fields and is in excellent condition for its age, and is full of antiques. Whilst 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 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 can find the most highly recommend locations and businesses within the World Travel Awards, where we’ve been voted the Worlds Leading Travel Destination Website.

Education and training are provided free to all Barbadians 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  Grantley Adams International 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 or purchase on our popular 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 both sales and rentals.

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

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 surely 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: On the island, people drive on the left-hand side of the road. 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,’ and 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

These government-owned buses frequently run on a schedule and can be caught from any bus stop, as well as from 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 any bus stops all over the island and the island bus terminals.

Fares on all of the 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 the letters ‘ZR’ on their license plates.

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? For more information about this infamous form of island transport, see our ZR Vans page.

Airport Transport

When you arrive on the island, there are several transportation options to 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 the terminal.

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

Click on the link above to check out some of these options, as well as some great tips on how to spend your time on the island.

Get Around with a Tour Operator

Some great tour companies operating on the island, each with a variety of 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 all of the things you need to plan and organize your Barbados 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.

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.

Wedding Receptions, Honeymoons, Entertainment, and Florists

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

Entertainment options can be organized for the wedding reception and created a bride guide to choosing the right flowers for her bouquet and flowers for 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.

Recommended Wedding Planners

– Barbados  Weddings…beyond your imagination!!

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 and take the easy option and let a local wedding coordinator take the stress out of your wedding.

The majority of 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, Bridgetown, 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 been married before, you will also need to show your previous marriage certificate along with 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. All of 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.

Residents who are 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 a lot of media attention when he got 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 useful business websites.

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

Overseas investors, mostly 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.

Even the past Secretary-General of the U.N., 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 largely 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

View the most updated timeline of how COVID-19 has affected our island and its population from March 2020 all the way up to the current date in 2021.

Kind compliments go out to The Barbados Government Information Service.

Helpful Resources

Get the latest updates from Airlines that fly to Barbados.

The Ministry of Tourism released updated Travel Protocols that take effect 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-day period 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 certain variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Barbados 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 own thermometer. Monitoring is generally for 7 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 for validity, 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 Barbados 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 Caribbean island of Barbados 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 Barbados 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 West Indies or the Lesser Antilles. The island is east of both Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 250 miles north-east of Trinidad and Tobago.

Caricom in the Caribbean

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

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 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 (BLP), 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

Known as “The Land Of The Flying Fish,” with the national dish being cou-cou and flying fish and 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, 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. Although our native language here on the island is British English, the dialect can very often seem like a whole other language in itself.

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 US dollar (USD) at 1.98 (BBD) to 1 – since 1975.

Barbados  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 up 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 in Barbados amounted to around 18,139.48 U.S. dollars.

Life Expectancy

  • The current life expectancy for Barbados 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 Caribbean.
  • The island ranks as the 34th topmost 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, there are various denominations of Christianity and non-Christian religions practiced throughout the island.

Tourism

Barbados is one of the most sought-after vacations 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.

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 continued to attract many West Indian and 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.

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  Barbados  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 largest supply source, providing nearly 90%. Around half was drawn from just two wells, both of which were operating at near full capacity.

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 the most significant cultural festival of our island 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 all the way 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 Barbadians 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 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 restaurant options.

Holetown was the first town discovered in 1625 by an Englishman called Henry Powell, who was blown off course and discovered Barbados 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; here, you will find some fast-food restaurants and supermarkets. 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. Oistins maybe our smallest city, but what it lacks in size makes up for in character.

Oistins town is popular with locals and tourists for its thriving fishing community and infamous Friday night Fish Fry.

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 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 coral reefs to explore and plenty of fascinating marine life to see, “going under the sea” is a popular pastime for both 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 catamaran 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.

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 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 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 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 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 island in the West Indies.

Both travelers and locals (also known as  Barbadians) 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 within 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.

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.

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 sugar cane fields and is in excellent condition for its age, and is full of antiques. Whilst 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 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 can find the most highly recommend locations and businesses on the World Travel Awards, where we’ve been voted the Worlds Leading Travel Destination Website.

Education and training are provided free to all Barbadians 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  Grantley Adams International 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.

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Are you trying to find an ideal place to stay or purchase on our popular 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 both sales and rentals.

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

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 surely 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: On the island, people drive on the left-hand side of the road. 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,’ and 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

These government-owned buses frequently run on a schedule and can be caught from any bus stop, as well as from 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 any bus stops all over the island and the island bus terminals.

Fares on all of the 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 the letters ‘ZR’ on their license plates.

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? For more information about this infamous form of island transport, see our ZR Vans page.

Airport Transport

When you arrive on the island, there are several transportation options to 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 the terminal.

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

Click on the link above to check out some of these options, as well as some great tips on how to spend your time on the island.

Get Around with a Tour Operator

Some great tour companies operating on the island, each with a variety of 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 all of the things you need to plan and organize your Barbados 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.

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.

Wedding Receptions, Honeymoons, Entertainment, and Florists

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

Entertainment options can be organized for the wedding reception and created a bride guide to choosing the right flowers for her bouquet and flowers for 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.

Recommended Wedding Planners

– Barbados  Weddings…beyond your imagination!!

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 and take the easy option and let a local wedding coordinator take the stress out of your wedding.

The majority of 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, Bridgetown, 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 been married before, you will also need to show your previous marriage certificate along with 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. All of 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.

Residents who are 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 a lot of media attention when he got 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 useful business websites.

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

Overseas investors, mostly 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.

Even the past Secretary-General of the U.N., 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 largely 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.