Barbados Favorites

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Barbados Favorites

  • Barbados is home from home.

    HelloI 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....

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  • Old photographs of Barbados

    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...

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  • Currency

    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...

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  • Church/Hurricane centre

    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.

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  • Ice cream any which way you please

    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...

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  • Free beaches!!!

    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. Experience the full range of beaches by visiting each of the separate coasts.

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  • You must go through immigrations

    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...

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  • Buying Lobster in Barbados

    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...

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  • Take 5

    The one thing i love to do, is to take 5 minutes out of shopping and relax in independence square with a nice cool drink and people watch.

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  • The sea and the sky meet at blue!

    The first time I stepped foot in Barbados, I imagined I had just been introduced to the "Garden of Eden!" Every visit to Barbados is so fond...never one more then another! Just being in Barbados is a romance novel all it's own!

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  • Free Visitor Guide

    You can pick up these Free Visitor Guides at the airport, or in your hotel, sometimes in other outlets. They give comprehensive information on :-What's onNightlifeNotes about the IslandCommunicationDress codeShoppingEatingMoneyDrinkingTippingAvoiding sunburnTransportationand lots of stories and photo's appertaining to visitors to the island. They...

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  • electricity

    Electricity on Barbados is110 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.

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  • Take a ride by the shore!

    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! ;-)

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  • Blue Waters

    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...

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  • Get out there

    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. 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...

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  • try natural aloe vera for bites and...

    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! all the friendly faces and the calmness of the place.The pic shows a yellow bird in the...

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  • Hurricane shelter - hopefully not needed

    In the unlikely event of you being on the island during hurricane season, it is wise to seek out where the nearest shelters are.Of course if you are in a hotel then reception will guide you through procedures.If however, you are staying in private dwellings/rented apts. etc. then look out for them.The one pictured here is right in the heart of...

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  • Internet Cafe's

    If you need to be in touch with home, there are several Internet Cafe's around.If you are in the Hastings area (Christchurch) there is a small shop just with 5 monitors, facilities for telephoning abroad, and faxing, copying etc. I paid BDS$10. for a 75minute card, which is good value for money. I cannot remember the name of it, but it is opposite...

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  • Harrison's Cave

    Harrison's Cave is located in the parish of St. Thomas. A great way to spend a few hours away from the beach, Harrison's Cave was made tourist friendly by the government in the late 1970's. A guided tram ride through the limestone cave lasts about one hour. The tour is informative as well as interesting. If you have never seen a cave before you...

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  • scuba diving

    The fringes and reefs found off Barbados blossom with healthy sponges, coral and plant life. There are several types of reefs - barrier reefs, fringing reefs and artificial reefs.There are also a few wrecks to see!http://barbados.org/diving.htm My fondest scuba memory is the first wreck dive I did. A ship called the Pamir, off Heywoods in St....

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  • Enjoy the beach and the sea....

    Enjoy the beach and the sea. Lots to do there. scubadiving, waterskiing, surfing, snorkelling, windsurfing etc.And if you get the chance, go swimming with the turtles off Speightstown! The sea, the people, the nightlife!

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  • A beautiful place

    You can take a local bus to anywhere on the island for a little over $US1. There are two bus companies one does the west side of the island. These are fun and have VERY loud reggae music. The other (red buses ) have a more official looking terminal and go to the far eastern side of the island where some beautiful beaches are. Watch out for spines...

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  • If you need an embassy .....

    In the event of the need to locate an Embassy I list below some of them for you;-UNITED KINGDOM - British High Commission Building, Lower Collymore k, St. Michael, tel. 439 7800 - fax 430 7860UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Bridgetown. tel. 436 4950CANADA - Canadian High Commission/High Commissariat du Canada, Bishops Court Hill, Pine Road, St. Michael....

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  • Tune in..........

    Tune in to Voice of Barbados radio - 92.90KHz.You will hear advertisements in Bajan dialect, short stories, the latest in music, announcements of up-coming events, festivals, concerts, dances, all of which will welcome the visitor to these shores.

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  • Crane Beach

    There are many beaches to choose from in Barbados, Crane Beach is on the South East Coast.Crane Beach Hotel is perched on top of a cliff and affords panoramic views. There is an entrance`fee for non residents redeemable at the bar or restaurant). There is a staircase leading down to the beach (enlarge the photograph to see it). The sand is pink,...

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  • Rockley Beach

    I keep referring to Rockley Beach area at Hastings, well this is the beach that we mostly stay on.They have revamped the car park and added vendors to this beach area, and have a new entrance sign as shown in the photograph.This is a lovely beach on the south coast area, not as calm as the west coast, but with a little surf, but not too much to be...

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  • Thirsty on the Beach !

    If you are on Rockley Beach, Hastings , and need a refreshing drink as well as food, then look out for the "The Rock Beach Bar"There are a few chairs and picnic type tables around the drinks and eateries, so chill out with a cool "Banks" !

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  • Hungry on the beach !

    I did not know whether to put this under Restaurant tip or not, as it is strictly not a restaurant, but just a place to get a snack on the beach. So here goes :-If you are in the parish of Christchurch and on Rockley Beach, and you want a quick snack, local beer, or soft drink, then check out Chicken George. In the car park area there are little...

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  • My favourite place on the island

    My very favourite place is Bathsheba, the view from the steep road gives a fantastic view of the area, where you can picnic, watch the surfers, (not a safe bathing place and no lifeguards), the volcanic rocks are fantastic. Visit Andromeda gardens whilst you are there, it is on the approach road, down the hill a little, and there is a small...

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  • Money

    Getting money out in Barbados is extremely easy. You can take money out of your credit card at a number of large banks on the island, and use it in some hotels and restaurants. However, many places charge a little for this service, but it isn't much.

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  • The Water Is Good!

    The water in Barbados is clean and healthy, and therefore makes buying over priced bottled water a waste of time. The only tip i would give is to fill up a jug with the tap water and put it in your fridge, if you have one in your room. This is because the water can be a bit warm when it comes straight from the tap.

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  • Leave Your Beer Bottles

    On the island of Barbados all glass bottles are sent back to the factories, re-filled and sent out again. Bars and rum shacks pay a small deposit for each bottle, which they get back when they return the bottles. So they do not lose this deposit, bar and rum shack owners add 25c to the price of a drink if they think that the bottle may be removed...

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  • Read The Local Papers

    When in Barbados, it is an excellent idea to read the local papers. From these papers you can get a feel for what life is like there, and you can find out which events are forthcoming. I found out about loads of great events from the papers when i was there, such as pig racing, an event where people actually ride pigs in races! There are two main...

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  • Blue Skies and Nice Beaches

    Beaches, Beaches, Beaches because of the spiecial colors of the sand and the water.Restaurants are pretty nice. The Rostrevor Apartment with it's beautiful small beach in the front.

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  • The Smoothest Clear Warm Water

    Extremely warm, friendly locals, quite proud of their island. Still typically poor as is usual most Carib. islands, but generally clean and a general feeling of personal safety. Shopping for tourists and one-day cruise stops in the capital Bridgetown has much improved over the years. The western side of the island has many (most) of the nice...

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  • The incomparable all-rounder

    As soccer and basketball become more popular throughout the West Indies, the islands' love of cricket is steadily waning, especially among the young. But the old timers still go misty eyed as they remember the great of Barbados cricket. And none was so great as Sir Garfield Sobers, who scored more than 8000 runs and took more than 200 wickets for...

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  • Pirate Booze!

    This is a must do at these Islands! They really get into it. The CREW & VISITORS!They play the theme all the way through. Clear Water and this CRUISE!

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  • Some Clouds, No Big Deal!

    Airplane shot before I landed. A little surprised at first. Thought the SUN wouldbe out hard and strong!! It turned out OK though.

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  • Chattel houses

    The houses!These were originally designed by poor locals who worked on the plantations.When they had to move to another plantation to find work, they could take the house apart and transport it with them.Now many are gone but those left are often lovingly restored and some have historical status.

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  • Do take a tour of the island...

    Do take a tour of the island and see the beautiful landscape,beaches and villages.I done a day trip with Ted from Coco-nut Court hotel at Hastings.He was born on Babados and he took us around the coast and we saw great scenery and how the coastline dramatically changes as you travel round.We also stopped at a village on market day and was shown the...

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  • There are four major festivals...

    There are four major festivals in Barbados.The largest is Crop over.A revival of the traditional celebration of the sugar cane harvest.This starts the season of the decorated cart parade and loads of street parties. Then Kadooment Day starts with costumed people and parades from dawn til dusk. For more info ,call the National Cultural Foundation...

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  • Here is the catamaran that we...

    Here is the catamaran that we had a day out on.It was a 5 hour cruise all inclusive.We went with Stiletto Cruises and the boat had a huge deck,shade and a close-mesh trampoline.We set sail and stopped to swim with turtles and then we had a beautiful buffet lunch with some great rum cocktails.We then set sail again along the beautiful coastline and...

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  • Vegetables for sale in Speightstown

    Along the streets of Speightstown you can see many people selling vegetables and fresh fruits. There are other vendors in Bridgetown and Oistens as well as other parts of the island.

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  • Soccer on the Race Track

    In Bridgetown there are horse races at the race track during Christmas week. It is free for any one that wants to go, but you have to pay if you sit in the stands.When they aren't having races there, the boys play foot ball or soccer in the grassy area in the center of the race track. We have seen people jogging around the race track too.It is...

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  • Go to church in Barbados

    We went to Mass at this beautiful cathedral that was built for the Irish who were brought over as endentured servants to cut sugar can for the British. It is a beautiful cathedral with a lovely manger scene near the front of the church. During the Mass, the priest called the children to all come up to the manger and got them to tell him who...

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Barbados Hotels

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  • Little Arches Hotel

    Enterprise Coast Rd, , Barbados, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Blue Horizon

    Rockley Beach 1, Christ Church, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Atlantis Hotel

    Tent Bay, St. Joseph, Bathsheba, Barbados, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Top Barbados Hotels

Bridgetown Hotels
53 Reviews - 167 Photos
Hastings Hotels
4 Reviews - 14 Photos
Dover Hotels
4 Reviews - 17 Photos
Saint Lawrence Hotels
8 Reviews - 37 Photos
Holetown Hotels
3 Reviews - 9 Photos
Maxwell Coast Hotels
2 Hotels
Porters Hotels
3 Hotels
Oistins Hotels
1 Review - 14 Photos
Worthing Hotels
15 Reviews - 27 Photos
Westmoreland Hotels
2 Hotels
Sunset Crest Hotels
5 Hotels
Speightstown Hotels
1 Review - 5 Photos
Silver Sands Hotels
2 Hotels
Sandy Lane Hotels
2 Hotels
Rockley Hotels
3 Hotels

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