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Got a question about Barbados? Want to know all the insider tips about the island, at a glance?

Well, look no further. Read our Totally Barbados Frequently Asked Questions to find all the answers you’re looking for. You’ll find links to all kinds of other interesting information to make the most of your stay on the island and soak up all that Barbados has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is Barbados?
2. Do I need a visa for Barbados?
3. What language is spoken in Barbados?
4. Where can I stay on the island?
5. What’s the weather like?
6. What about the nightlife?
7. Where can I go shopping in Barbados?
8. Which are the best beaches on the island?
9. What else can I experience in Barbados?
10. What is Totally Barbados?

1. Where is Barbados?

Affectionately known as the ‘jewel of the Caribbean’, Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain. It sits just above South America, northeast of Venezuela. The Caribbean Sea lies west of the island, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Don’t forget, it’s a small island (and often tricky to spot on even the most comprehensive atlas!), with a total land area measuring just 166.4 square miles (431km2).

2. Do I need a visa for Barbados?

When you arrive in Barbados, Immigration officials will generally grant you a 28 day ‘visitor’s visa’, however you may also be required to present an ‘entry visa’, depending on your nationality.

To confirm your visa requirements, check out the website of the Barbados Immigration Department and our Immigration Requirements page for more in-depth Barbados Immigration information.

3. What language is spoken in Barbados?

British English is the official language of the island however in more casual settings a more unique ‘Bajan dialect’ is spoken.

This face-paced lingo can often be difficult to understand, especially if you’re a visitor to Barbados, however it’s commonly used and accepted as ‘native tongue’, island-wide.

Read more about the Language of Barbados and the Dialect of Barbados on these pages.

4. Where can I stay on the island?

There’s an abundance of accommodation options available in Barbados to choose from.

You can stay in high-end luxury, have a no frills budget experience, and everything in between. There are hotels and resorts, condos and villas, apartments, guesthouses, and even beach cottages. There’s an accommodation style to suit all budgets and tastes in Barbados!

5. What’s the weather like?

Because Barbados is considered ‘the tropics’, temperatures are fairly consistent. Temperatures range from 80 -86 degrees Fahrenheit (27 – 30 degrees Celsius) and 70 – 76% humidity all year round.

Having said that, there are two distinct ‘seasons’ – wet and dry. During wet season is also when hurricane season comes into effect but rest assured that Barbados generally escapes the wrath of any severe hurricanes.

For more information, see our Barbados Weather page.

6. What about the nightlife?

If there’s one thing Barbados has, it’s nightlife. If you’re looking for a party vacation, you won’t be disappointed.

You can experience everything from extravagant dinner and dance shows, exclusive nightclubs and bars, live reggae, and karaoke (a local favourite).

Learn more about Barbados Nightlife here.

7. Where can I go shopping in Barbados?

There’s a wide variety of shopping options in Barbados – anything from local market fare to luxury designer brands. There are also many duty free outlets, for those keen for a holiday discount.

You’ll find all the designer brands at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, located on the more glamorous west coast of Barbados.

The nation’s capital of Bridgetown is also lined with duty free shopping, so make sure you bring your passport for any impulse purchases.

8. Which are the best beaches on the island?

Barbados is renowned for its beautiful beaches. And, all the beaches in Barbados are public, so you have access to some of the most pristine beaches in the world.

You’ll find that each beach has its own charm, some safer for swimming, some suited to water sports, and some best admired from afar due to strong currents. Take your pick!

9. What else can I experience in Barbados?

No matter what your budget, you’ll always find things to do in Barbados.

Why not check out our Top 10 Free Things to Do in Barbados and Luxury pages for ideas to suit your vacation needs. There’s also loads of sightseeing opportunities and festivals to keep you entertained on the island.

The biggest festival in Barbados is Crop Over Festival. It starts in July, running for two months, and celebrates the once dominant sugar cane harvest with a summer carnival vibe like no other.

You can also take in some local art and craft, especially at Pelican Village Craft Centre, located on the outskirts of Bridgetown.

You can guarantee you’ll never be bored in Barbados.

10. What is Totally Barbados?

Totally Barbados (totallybbdos.wpengine.com) is your local award-winning resource for all you need to know about Barbados. We have all the insider tips about local events, historical facts, and culture of the island, and so much more.

It’s your one-stop-shop to Barbados – it is Totally Barbados, after all!

Author: Brett Callaghan

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