Bus to Bathsheba
I visited Bathsheba during my visit to Barbados in February 2009.
Bathsheba is one of the stops on the many day tours around the island but they stop at a well-prepared tourist area with manicured lawns and souvenir sellers.
Why not take one of the blue Government buses (with yellow stripe) instead?
The Government buses run to Bathsheba from either Bridgetown (Fairchild Street Bus Terminal) or Speightstown.
Return buses leave Bathsheba for Bridgetown on the hour, every hour; returning to Speightstown the buses depart on the hour every two hours on the even hour.
The Government buses run on a flat fare basis of BS$1.50 per single journey regardless of how far you have to travel. Taking the bus from the south coast of Barbados (e.g. St Lawrence Gap, Dover, Oistin) to Bathsheba will require two single journeys and, therefore, cost BS$3.00. The Government buses take exact change only, so be sure to keep your change for the bus!
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Driving Here Is Not For Normal Drivers
Bajans, like many other Caribbean people, drive on the left, as is the British custom. ALWAYS remember that.
The "national speed limit" is 30 mph--supposedly. That's actually the speed at which Bajan drivers start hitting chickens crossing the road. 60 mph is more like it.
The hairpin turns are not for the fainthearted. I felt my hair turning gray every time we drove somewhere.
The roads are actually better than most places in the Caribbean, but they're mostly unmarked--and you WILL get lost at least once.
If you don't have religion before driving in Barbados....get some before you go. It's always comforting to be able to say something like "Jesus, Joseph and Mary!" when you're scared to death there.
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