Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
When planning a holiday in Barbados, an essential element is where you will stay.
Staying with a Barbadian family in a bed and breakfast accommodation is quite a unique experience.
It can be ideal for persons traveling alone as you have access to an on-hand guide to Barbados, and it is quite a unique experience to see the laid-back Barbadian lifestyle firsthand.
This system operates similarly to staying in a bed and breakfast, where you have your room and sometimes with an en-suite bathroom. You may also have facilities in your places, such as a refrigerator, kettle, hairdryer, and local literature on the island’s best attractions.
It can be a very inexpensive way to see Barbados as families usually charge about USD 30 per night for room only. If you like Caribbean food, then you may wish to negotiate to have breakfast and an evening meal included in the price, then you can expect to pay another $20US per day.
You may wish to find out if you like your host’s cooking. Some Caribbean food can be pretty spicy, and Barbadians eat a lot of fish, which may not suit your palate. Remember that most food on the island is imported, so if you wish to buy your ingredients, it can be pretty expensive.
The benefits of staying with a family are that you get to know the local people’s culture and learn exciting facts about the island firsthand from those who live in this paradise home every day. You also benefit from the security of being within a family home and away from the hustle and bustle of other tourists.
The drawback can be that you are a guest in someone else’s home, which doesn’t afford you the same independence or privacy of self-catering accommodation.
Barbadians are a very friendly nation and are very proud of their culture and history; therefore, staying with a family in a bed and breakfast can lead to lifelong friendships as they welcome you back year after year. They will also be keen to show you the sights and ensure a pleasant experience in Barbados.