Barbados Tourist Traps

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Barbados Tourist Traps

  • St. Lawrence Gap

    While I hesitate to call it a tourist trap, St. Lawrence Gap seems somewhat overrated to me. It is mentioned in most "things-to-do" lists regarding Barbados as being the "center of Barbados' shopping, restaurants and night life." We took a walk from our hotel and we're underwhelmed. It began raining while we were out and the highlight was cuddling...

  • Pelican Village

    After seeing all the advertising in the brochures in my hotel about Pelican Village, I was very excited to check it out during my excursion to Bridgetown. I was hoping to get some clay masks that I has seen at some of the restaurants and some Earth Works pottery. Boy was I disappointed. After walking to the village from the main street in...

  • Hair Braiding

    Okay, if you're as white as I am, for pete's sake, DON"T DO IT. You look silly. Don't believe me? Didn't you ever see that episode of friends when Monica got HER hair braided in Jamaica? 'Nuf said. But besides looking cheesy--white folks can get some SERIOUS burn between those corn rows. It takes FOREVER. It takes longer to take them out. And your...

  • Taxis

    Taxis in Barbados are a big rort. There are supposedly fixed fares based on the destination, but in reality they charge according to the number of passengers. A 10km taxi ride with four people on board will set you back BB$50-60, whereas the same ride with two people will be BB$20-30. If you are travelling in a larger group, the taxis can be a...

  • Car rental

    Watch out for the ones who charge too muchbe aware of the price you are paying-sometimes we as tourists just don't care and this encourages them to pursue ridiculous prices and makes it harder for ''real people''travelling to get reasonable prices.... Be nice but firm-paying 300.00 for a car is not something you would normally do back home-so why...

  • Time Share

    If there is one thing that makes me mad is those time share people who stop you, talk you into going to a breakfast/lunch or something like that, and you sit through about 2 hrs of blurb, and pressurised into buying time share. Do not get me wrong, some people would like to own time shares, but do not agree if you do not want to.( To avoid this,...

  • Tip Please!

    When you are driving around Barbados, you may be stopped by somebody who says he wants to help you out, maybe by telling you that there is a broken bridge at the end of the road, etc. Of course there is no such danger, but he will then ask you for money. If you are stopped by somebody like this, let them tell you what they want to tell, say...

  • Animal Flower Cave

    We drove out to the northernmost part of Barbados (St. Lucy Parish) to see the Animal Flower Caves. daily 9-17 : 809-439-8797. I expected to see the anenomes.We were told we had to pay a guide a fee to go through the caves, and there was no one available at that moment, so we bought sandwiches at the bar there and took them outside to eat. When the...

  • caves are wack

    the trip is so long yet when you get there it is so short. They do not show you all of the cave either. I've seen better elsewhere notice the scenery on your way there. Go to the beach

  • Harrison's Caves

    I was a bit disappointed with these caves because I thought they had been too "manufactured" for the tourist market. However the journey there was definitely worthwhile. We got the local bus from the bus station just by St Mary's church and had a wonderful journey across the centre of the island.

  • The Animal Flower caves. There...

    The Animal Flower caves. There used to be (maybe decades ago), a large population of sea anemones in these caves. They have long gone. Instead, someone made animal carvings in the rocks of the caves, that they claim are natural, and there are probably only two sea anemones left. There's really nothing to see.Drive to North Point, enjoy the...

  • Animal flower cave. This is a...

    Animal flower cave. This is a cave with some very small fossils in it not worth paying for it. This is from inside the cave which is located at the most Northern point of the island.

  • Just the usual-the dreaded...

    Just the usual-the dreaded timeshare has hit the Caribbean! Lots of new resort hoteld are being built, and the usual'just an invitation to look' and 'only 10 minutes of your time'. Easy to spot-just say no. Unless you want to spend hours of your precious holiday cooped up in a hard-sell situation with a free t-shirt at the end of it!

  • Dont be sucked in to buying...

    Dont be sucked in to buying Aloa Vera. On your first 'white' day the locals will come along the beach with a bottle (usually an old rum bottle) of aloe vera and start to put it on you. It does work but there is no point in paying them for it when you can find the plant yourself for free.

  • Cabs are very expensive be...

    Cabs are very expensive be sure to ask what the rate is!!!! They are very aggressive following you down the street whilst you are trying to walk down the side walk.....way to pushy, we finally had to vanish into the fish market to get away from them. By the time all the cabs at the pier told us their rates and at least a dozen stopped us walking...

  • I went to see the Tropical...

    I went to see the Tropical Spectacular show. If you like these kind of shows, it's nice. I think it's mostly geared towards tourists and really overpriced. You can see much more Bajan culture by going where the Bajans go.

  • The Nature Reserve is good if...

    The Nature Reserve is good if you have small children. Otherwise it's not worth the effort to get there. There's only a few types of animals.

  • Please beware that at Crane...

    Please beware that at Crane Beach .. You could die .The current is very strong and 20ft waves I got sucked under but Its still evry fun!!!!Also the Steeling from ur bedroom Keep everything Secrure!The North of the island for swimming is very dangerousDont!

  • Not really a trap, but when...

    Not really a trap, but when calling home don't buy a telephone card just to be able to say a half sentence. Just dial 0 to the operator and they'll guide you to make a collect call.Took me a week to understand that local calls are free. So just pick any phone.

  • Jolly Roger - Great for what...

    Jolly Roger - Great for what it is. A trip out to sea with as much cheap beer and rum as you can drink, crowded to the rafters, loud music and a paper pirates hat.

  • Crane Beach - Said to be one...

    Crane Beach - Said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world but, I didn't think so. Very nice but, the public access was closed and you had to go through the resort to get to the beach which meant paying. You got the money back in the form of a free soft drink at the bar. Nice place but, Barbados has much better and there was nothing...

  • Harbour Master - Tour 'boat'...

    Harbour Master - Tour 'boat' with three floors (the bottom floor is underwater and provides the fish with something to look at). Such a big boat can only berth at specific places and these are well known to the locals. The sheer size of the boat and the number of people it could get on board puts me off.

  • I wouldn't stay in Sam Lord's...

    I wouldn't stay in Sam Lord's Castle. It is not near anything else and is on the rough, windy, wavy eastern side of the island. I suppose it is okay if you just want to stay in one place and not go anywhere for dining oir sightseeing, but that's not my idea of a good vacation.

  • There are MANY beach vendors...

    There are MANY beach vendors selling sarongs, necklaces, Bajan 'art' and other things ... including dope (Ganja) or other drugs. By all means, buy what you like and spend what you want but they are a bit of a rip off but can save you going to the shops! Remember that buying drugs (this is not a lecture ... use what you want) increases demand to use...


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