I have been to Barbados many times and some of the other Caribbean islands. To my mind Barbados is by far the best but by no means the chaepest. As for nightlife try to stay on the South Coast. That way you will not be far from St Lawrence Gap (the Gap)where you can probably party the night away every night of the week at a different place. Also the Harbour Lights is a great nightspot not too far away. Yes rent a car. But as someone has already said maybe one day will let you see the whole island, but two days would be a bit more leisurely. As for hiking there are many guided hikes if that is what you want. Have a look at http://hikebarbados.com/.
Don't forget to look out for the green flash at sunset.
Fondest memory: Sitting at the bar at Surfside in Holetown during happy hour drinking one of the best rum punches on the island, watching the sun go down and hoping to see the green flash.
If you are in Bridgetown pop into Big John's a fast food emporium, situated on Broad Street and both upstairs and downstairs there are blown up old photagraphs of Bridgetown long ago.
I have included some I took a photo of.
The first picture shows a train on the East Coast ca 1910. The train is passing through the Northern Bathsheba Bay, known today to locals and the international surfing community as the "Soup Bowl". The building on the left is the Powell Spring Hotel, replaced in recent times by Bay houses. In the distance is "Round Rock" the famous Cattlewash landmark. The train is a coal-fired steam locomotive that transported both passengers and goods. The railway ceased operating in 1937.
The official currency of Barbados is the Barbadian dollar. The Barbadian dollar is tied to the US dollar at a rate of exchange that is fixed at US$1 = BS$2. This means, its worth doing a little maths before leaving for your trip; dependent upon the your currency's rate to the dollar and its rate to the Barbadian dollar, it may be worth taking Barbadian dollars or US dollars on your holiday.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted at hotels but should be taken in US dollars or Pounds sterling to avoid additional exchange charges.
Currency is made of notes of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 2 Barbadian dollar, with each dollar being divided into 100 cents with coins of 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents as well as BS$1 coins.
Fondest memory: I loved the variety of the island - so many different types of beaches and scenery. Well worth exploring the island during your visit.
If you are in the St. Lawrence Gap area in Christ Church, the local church also acts as the Hurricane Shelter.
I visited it again this year (2009) and found inside the church a host of banana's just by one of the doors. I do not know if these were left to distribute to the church members, or what, wish I knew. Worth a photo I thought.
If you hanker after ice cream then go to Chilly Moo's Ice cream factory at the Quayside Centre. Rockley, Christ Church. Telephone 435-1877 you will not be disappointed.
I quote from the flyer I picked up:-
Dozens of mix-ins, nuts, candy, fruit, chocolate and homemade syrups, mixed with your favourite ice cream on a frozen granite slab.
Homemade chocolate-dipped waffle cones.
Ice cream and coke floats, sundaes, deluxe smoothies and super shakes.
I personally had the Rum and Raisen cone. Tthis was dessert after going to Shakers bar and grill (see restaurant tip) for supper, 8 of us decided to walk down to the Quayside for dessert. Good fun, good company, and most of all delicious ice cream.
They have tables outside in the little Mall where you can chill out (and chill inside with the ice cream too!!)
If you are in the Rockley Beach area, then go to the Quayside to check it out.
All of Barbados' beaches are public - although, some hotels do like to make it difficult to get to those beaches.
Public access points to beaches are clearly identified by signs which also indicate the facilities you will find on that beach.
Fondest memory: Experience the full range of beaches by visiting each of the separate coasts.
Even if you are just travelling onwards on a flight which will take you out of Barbados again, you must go through immigrations. That means, that you should have all your travel documents ready to enter Barbados. Keep that in mind as the immigration queue is not much shorter than in other airports of the region. And especially, keep in mind to plan some extra time for that.
Oh, and some extra warning. Fill out all of the three parts of the immigration form. That means ALSO the lower part of the front page and the back page. Do that in advance – if not it will cost you some time again.
Hi there, I represent Lobster Alive Ltd in Barbados.
To answer your question, indeed a local fisherman would be the cheapest bet and they are usually good keeping the critter alive. You can't always expect to find them in the markets tho and you always have to question how fresh the lobster is. Anything not moving or with a swollen, exposed separation between head and tail could be a sign of a toxic fella. Sluggish with a tight head/tail build should still be O.k.. Be careful.
Failing that, Lobster Alive is located in Bridgetown. Prices vary with supply through the fishing season, so best to call and find out. Most expensive live lobster sells for $32US/person (based on 1 1/2lbs, at approx $21US/lb).
I hope you have a great holiday. Feel free to stop through and have a look, got a great beach by us too.
The first time I stepped foot in Barbados, I imagined I had just been introduced to the "Garden of Eden!"
Fondest memory: Every visit to Barbados is so fond...never one more then another! Just being in Barbados is a romance novel all it's own!
You can pick up these Free Visitor Guides at the airport, or in your hotel, sometimes in other outlets. They give comprehensive information on :-
Notes about the Island
and lots of stories and photo's appertaining to visitors to the island.
They are produced fortnightly.
So go pick up a VISITOR when next in BARBADOS (2006 - this has now been renamed FRIENDS MAGAZINE)
Electricity on Barbados is
110 volts AC, 50 cycle.
you will need adaptors as they are 2flat pin, and not the type used in UK.
If you are taking out any electrical items, you may need to purchase a voltage reducer, I bought one from a local electrical outlet for approximately ?15.
Take a ride by the shore! Say that you don't dare and get five minutes for free...
Choose to go with someone of your own taste. I'd take this man, Mr Good Price, looked really good, Dover beach! ;-)
The ocean is BLUE unlike anything you've seen. I've been to some diverse places but nothing matches this. Like a swimming pool...no bluer still! It's the depth of the water, the sunlight and the composition of the sand (among other reasons) that all make this possible - whatever it is though, it's amazing.
This photo was taken on somebody's private property between Rockley and Worthing(I am sure they are sick of people photographing their house ;-)
Take advantage of the island. Get out of the hotel and do some exploration. There is a bit of gambling, though nothing extreme in Bridgetown as well as some of that duty free shopping.
Fondest memory: Besides dining at Daphnes, lunching at Sandy Lane, touring the Coral Reef Club and The Crane???
Ahh yes, dessert at Daphnes.
Seriously, Barbados is one of those island that has not been taken over by the massive tourism wave and remains a bit on the upscale side without being stuckup and snooty.
you will no doubt be offered various things for sale when your sunbathing on the beach I reccomend natural aloe vera for your sunburn and bites but don't let the guys rub it on you on the beach cos you will burn more , wait til you have showered in the evening!
Fondest memory: all the friendly faces and the calmness of the place.The pic shows a yellow bird in the gardens of our hotel.
Enterprise Coast Rd, , Barbados, Caribbean
Good for: Business
Rockley Beach 1, Christ Church, Caribbean
Good for: Solo
Tent Bay, St. Joseph, Bathsheba, Barbados, Caribbean
Good for: Business