Tips for Visiting Barbados

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Photo Credit: Ben124. via photopin cc

You can get in the island of Barbados by either plane or cruise ship. Whichever way you decide to get into the island, you’ll probably end up in Bridgetown, the capital, most populated and only city on the island.

Before you get in to Barbados, you’ll need to remember the following:

1) Visas – ensure that you can get in visa-free; otherwise you’d have to get a visa from a British Embassy. This island is a British colony

2) The driving can be confusing – if you’re from America or most parts of the world, you’ll say that they drive on the wrong side of the road. If you’re from the UK or its colonies, they drive on the “right” side of the road.

3) The island accepts US dollars, even though the official currency is the Bajan dollar.

4) The islanders speak English although they also speak Bajan.

5) It’s warm year round but be prepared for the hurricane season! Hurricane season can actually work out to your advantage if you’re lucky, with off peak rates for hotels and other activities. It can be bad if you get stuck in a hurricane though, which would mean many delays or choppy seas if you are in a ship.

In Barbados:

1) If you want to explore oather places in the island aside from Bridgetown, you’re better off renting a car. If you do, don’t expect to see the names you see back home – most of these are private companies or family owned businesses. You can also rent mopeds or motorbikes if you want them.

2) If you’re on a budget, you can explore by riding the bus to the various towns.  This is the main form of public transport within the island.

3) If you’re staying for a few days in the island – know that there’s more to this place than just beaches or water related activities. You can discover a nature or marine reserve, go ziplining, play golf, tour a cave, see how a world famous rum is made (oh, and taste it too), or walk around a World Heritage site! The possibilities are endless and it has something for everyone.

If you need help in planning your trip or pondering where to stay, you can contact Elegant Resorts Sandy lane Barbados – they have travel consultants on hand to help you and answer any questions you may have. Still want to research more by yourself? You can book some island excursions or get more tips and ideas from Lonely Planet.