There’s no warmer welcome than a Bajan welcome; where everybody’s made to feel right at home from the moment you step foot on the island. If you’re planning a dream holiday to Barbados, you’re in for a treat.
Each coast offers something completely different; from the west coast’s luxury resorts and fine dining options to the south’s lively vibe and hotels to suit all budgets. We recommend taking the time to fully explore Barbados, taking in all the sights and sounds. Hire a car and head to Bathsheba if you’re looking for secluded beaches and authentic island life, or pay a visit to one (or two) of the many rum shops you’ll find lining the streets, selling the best Bajan rum you’ll ever taste. If you’re a cricket fan, this is the place to be with many making the pilgrimage to visit the Kensington Oval and watch a match.
Whether you’re after relaxing paradise or a party to remember, Barbados has it all.
There are many different carriers that fly to the states from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Direct carriers from the UK are British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, both operating flights from London and Virgin Atlantic offering a twice weekly service from Manchester
Indirect Carriers: American Airlines operate indirect flights to Barbados via the USA
In hotels and restaurants, 10 to 15 percent is standard. Most places add a service charge of at least 10 percent, but you may want to leave a larger tip if you are happy with the service. You should tip your taxi driver 10 percent of the total fare.
Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended.
None for British citizens
The official currency is the Barbados Dollar, also known as the Bajan Dollar. You can buy any amount of Bajan Dollars before you go. Just be aware that you may need to declare them on arrival. If you want to exchange money on the island, commercial banks like the Barbados National Bank offer the best rates. You will also find currency exchanges at the airport and in larger hotels.
Many prices are quoted in US Dollars rather than the Bajan version, so be careful not to get confused. UK debit and credit cards can be used at most establishments and cash machines. And traveller's cheques are accepted by all banks and most hotels. Always keep cash handy though, especially for tipping, street vendors and smaller outlets.