Barbados Warnings and Dangers

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Barbados Warnings and Dangers

  • Too disappointing sea

    Sand is white and soft outside on the beach but when you enter he water, the ground immidiately becomes complete reef bed (real sharp ones). Some on beach hotels have cleaned the rocks out in front of them ( I know Sheraton), I am sure with really big and expensive costs . Also always wavy. Again, some hotels have formed artificial breakwaters to...

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  • taking food into the country

    Like most customs now, food cannot be taken into Barbados. If you simply cannot function without taking your English bacon and sausages etc., then my advice is to purchase a Meat Permit.do not take dairy products, meat fish, fruit, etc., and do not take any back to England from Barbados, except where the flying fish etc., is sealed and stamped for...

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  • KEEP Left

    If you forget, it is helpful to have a passenger who will shout "Left LEFT!!" as the oncoming bus is about to crush you.Because in Barbados (as in England, Japan, Bermuda and the Virgin Islands) cars drive on the LEFT.Most of the time there isn't a problem. On the rural roads, there's no one else around to hit. On the few divided highways, the only...

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  • Is your baggage really checked through?

    When I checked my baggage in in London, I got the information that it was checked through via Barbados to Antigua and, according to the baggage tag, this information was correct.. But as soon as I got to my check-in counter (my bag was checked through, but I needed to check.in my self for the onward flight), I was told that they needed the bag to...

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  • Lost in Barbados & Glorious Traffic jams

    Similar to previous comments in this page, if you decide to take up some car hire time (recommended), you must acknowledge that having a road map with you basically doesn't guarantee you not getting lost.Most of the areas of Barbados are poorly signposted (or not at all), so it is extremely easy to get lost; particularly in the rural areas....

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  • Don't try this !!!

    This guy comes to the hotel to climb the palm trees to take down coconuts that cause a hazard for hotel guests in the grounds.The owners let him cut them down, and take them so he can sell them to make some cash, so both parties benefit.click on the picture to see him scale the tree. This photograph was taken from our balcony .

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  • Watch where you are treading !!

    I must share with you the hazard warning on an open manhole on one of the pavements in the Hastings area.I like the inventiveness. As I have said in my con's about Barbados, potholes a' plenty , well pavement hazards are there as well.Enlarge picture to get the full impact. The pavement has now been repaired, but hazards are all too common. Photo...

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  • Trying to find Bathsheba!!!

    We decided to visit the Soup Bowl at Bathsheba on a Sunday morning in our hire car...and it was impossible to find. After probably 3 or 4 hours of driving round in circles along bumpy and secluded 'roads' we gave up and headed back to St Lawrence Gap. Even after two sets of instructions from a vicar and some petrol station workers, we were still...

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  • I got robbed

    I got robbed at gun point on the beach. I went on the pirate booze cruise, in the middle of the cruse we went to a beach. At the beach I met a local named Chucky. He said met me at (forget name, very popular bar for cruse shippers) ^&*#$* bar tonight. I met him at the bar, had more drinks and took a walk down the beach. We sat down and talked but...

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  • fish cleaning

    The last time I was in Barbados, Nov 06, there was a hugh discussion on the way locals handle fish. The local markets and fish markets do the cleaning if you ask. The problem is, unless you are watching how it is done, problems occur. The main discussion was the fisherman cleaning fish and sometimes the barbs from the fins puncture the hands of the...

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  • Danger of Falling Coconuts Sea Urchin...

    DANGER OF STTING UNDER COCONUT TREESI have noted a warning on this site about sitting beneath coconut trees. Yes, it is true that a falling coconut landing on you can hurt a lot. However, it's not enough to say just that. A coconut falling from sufficient height can KILL. Folks commonly sit under coconut palms that are bearing GREEN coconuts--not...

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  • No Shoulders, Restricted Sight Lines, No...

    Not only does Barbados drive on the LEFT (and in a RHD car you will have to shift with your left hand - you may find yourself trying to shift the window winder), but the roads in Barbados are narrow and have no shoulders. Many of them have no road markings.As you can see, the sugar cane grows right up to the edge of the road and that restricts what...

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  • The Sun!!

    Alright... everyone knows that the sun is harsher in the Caribbean, but it's always good to be reminded. Walking thru the crowds and seeing all the sunburnt bodies... I could feel their pain! Apply sunscreen and reapply generously and multiple times!

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  • Dont go out alone

    In the evenings its best to stay in and around the Hotel. Dont venture to far even in the day alone and always be aware of whats going on around you. I didnt feel threatened walking around the shops in Bridgetown but was sometimes uneasy as i knew i was being watched.Drugs were also been sold in the open.

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  • Watch out for this con artist

    Whilst in St. Lawrence Gap, this 'Cheeky Chap' approached me and my wife in a very friendly manner and asked if he could have his photo taken with me, which I did. After this he asked for money "to buy a beer" When I refused, he started following us still asking for money. and after a few minutes of pestering he eventually cleared off. I must say...

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  • Don't judge the book by its cover

    I see in the "Warning Or Danger " section of the site some visitors saying some bad things about the beach bums and about st lawrence gap. But I have to speak out for some of the innocent people that are being stereotype. I go to the beach regularly and enjoy starting a good chat with tourist, sometimes I get this "I don't want to buy anything"...

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  • Locals scamming money from tourists!

    If your driving in a car, and you see a few guys blocking the road... they will probably claim to be a toll-sort thing. Just drive by. Be skeptical of anything ridiculous you encounter... even if in the US it seems like a normal toll, look for scammers! The people are generally nice and hospitable, but there are those few people who will take...

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  • In the sea...

    While going barefoot in the sea be careful not to step on a Sea Urchin. They will give you a nasty sting and you will probably have to remove the spines it leaves in your foot.

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  • The Beach at Night

    We were told by many people that Barbados was generally safe, except for the beach at night. That said, we were staying in a beachfront hotel and we went swimming late at night and in the early hours of the morning with no problems. A few people in our group went turtle spotting at 2am and had nothing to report. I would say that the risk is low (at...

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  • Fancy a dip...?

    This is a pic of our friend taking a quick dip after dinner. Of course she was helped in by us (grin) but it was all in good fun. So much so that her friend had her camera at the ready :-)

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  • Watch out for the left side

    Driving on the other side of the road is scary enough-nevermind that the roads are battered up,with the bigger pot holes than my house and smaller than a bycicle trail....Ok this is a road from Barbados(a little exagerated-you will not necessarily be driving on this one-asphalt exists!)

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  • Drugs!

    Be aware that you may be stopped and asked for a cigarette, if you do stop, chances are you will be offered drugs in any form.Penalties for illegal drugs are severe, you have been warned.Do as I do, if anyone asks if you have a light (for a cigarette) just say you do not smoke. In my case this is true. Of course if you are stopped with a cigarette...

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  • Manchineel Tree

    This tree grows on the beach and has a little green fruit that looks like a small apple.Contact with the manchineel tree (or its fruit or leaves) can cause severe medical problems. The milky sap causes blistering, burns, and inflammation when in contact with the skin, mucous membranes, and eyes.These trees normally have signs on them with the...

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  • Sea urchins

    especially after a storm or particularly rough seas, sea urchins can be washed near the shore.These can be quite painful if stepped on! But if they are removed carefully . . . don't just pull them . . . they should heal up with no problems.

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  • Rot-Gut Rum Punch

    Ooohhh-weeee please be on the lookout for anyone serving you Cockspur rum punch. This stuff comes pre-mixed out of the factory. This was so foul ! And I am a rum drinker. I couldn't choke down half a cup of it. I was served this at a beverage vendor at Oistins. Make sure your punch gets mixed as you order it or it comes out of a batch mixed up in a...

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  • East Coast danger

    Although very scenic and naturally beautiful, the East Coast is not recommended for swimming due to the big waves, strong undercurrents and undertows. However surfers do congregate around Bathsheba and the "soup bowl", but there are NO LIFEGUARDS here so be warned.

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  • Beware!!

    MACHINEEL APPLES are very common on the West Coast beaches and look surprisingly like small green apples, but they are poisonous if eaten and can also blister if they come into contact with the skin.Be sure NOT to shelter under a Machineel Tree if you are caught in the rain, as even water dripping off can blister the skin. Usually the trees are...

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  • Don't mess with these guys!!

    SEA URCHINS - OR SEA EGGS, If stepped on, these can be painful, especially the black variety known locally as "Cobblers". They are recognisable by their long black spikes. Snorkellers in particular should use caution, as they are sometimes found on the reefs and rocks.

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  • Warning to single females

    My first (and probably last) trip to Barbados was this past June, where I stayed in the St.Lawrence Gap area.I'm sorry to say it was NOT a pleasent experience being on my own down there,,I encountered plenty of "street guys" of a rather harrasing nature wandering around the area.. This one guy I ran into twice actually got nasty and kept calling me...

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  • Don't try this - 2

    So here is the guy right at the top of the palm tree.Click on picture to see him more clearly.

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  • Be vigilant -

    Don't walk around Bridgetown after dark, especially Baxters Road Area. Take a taxi to where you want to go.Leave the gold and jewels at home, easy pickings for someone.Be vigilant as you would be anywhere.Be polite and just say No Thank you when vendors, or street people ply unwanted trade.

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  • Surf and Undertow

    In the old days, wealthy visitors came To Barbados to take advantage of the wealthy climate. Cattlewash was one of the best known health resort areas because of the climate and fresh breezes. George Washington sent his half brother to Barbados to fight against a severe lung infection.The area is now very popular with Bajans for a get away in the...

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  • Wear Your Seatbelt

    There are two reasons why you should always wear your seat belt in Barbados. 1. Because there are some seriously bad drivers about. 2. Because its the only driving offence the police seem to care about. Some of the driving in Barbados is simply laughable, so you should take precautions against some idiot smashing into you. Also, the police don't...

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  • Beware of the monkeys

    Barbados is home to a lot of Green Monkeys that run wild after having been brought to the island from Africa many years ago. And although they are cute and entertaining, do beware that they are best viewed from a distance, as they have been known to bite.

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  • Beach boys

    Beachboys hang out on all the main tourist beaches and it is impossible to tell them from the genuinely friendly locals.Beachboys tend to offer 'services' such as selling aloe (at expensive prices) or ganja.Many of them are trying to branch out into selling sex to western women, similar to in Jamaica where it is big business. They will start by...

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  • Sexual assault

    Single females avoid being on an empty beach out of sight of any beachbars or hotels etc. even in the middle of the day.Beachboys (bums) at first can appear very friendly but can quickly become very touchy-feely and end up groping you or worse. This can get particularly bad if there is a group of them who will surround you and you won't know where...

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  • Drugs

    Do not be tempted by the beach boy and 'rastas' (not very religious most of them) who offer you drugs such as ganja, particularly on the popular tourist beaches. They are persistent and can start by offering you a smoke with them or similar.There are undercover police officers who work on these beaches, who often hide in bushes or sit under trees...

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  • Toxic trees

    Beware of the little green apple-looking things that fall from the manchineel trees on the beach - they are poisonous to eat and toxic to the touch. Even taking shelter under the tree when it rains can give you blisters. Seriously!Most manchineels are identified with signs or a red-painted band around the trunk. If you do come in contact with one,...

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  • Sea urchins

    When swimming, avoid stepping on black sea urchins in the rocks underwater. Locals call them "cobblers", which have needle-sharp spines. If you do, tell a local quick, in a bar or whathaveyou, they will treat it for you.You will be in pain, but you won't die.Ouch!

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  • Pickpockets!

    Whilst walking through one of the busy Bridgetown streets a guy walked in my way and seemed intent on managing to do it again. Although I thought I was street aware it took me a few seconds to realise that it was probably a scam to enable a guy behind me to try and go through my rucksack. On inspection two of the zips were open. Thankfully they...

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  • Where not to walk...

    When heading to the Boatyard from the south at night, the local "routes taxis" don't go all the way there so you have to get out and walk for 5 minutes to get there. This goes through a non-tourist area and although making this journey a few times I do not recommend it as the area is rundown and the locals down appear quite as friendly around there...

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  • Sandy Beach=this is a...

    Sandy Beach=this is a shallow,calm watered beach with a beautiful lagoon and it perfect for families.There are beach chairs,umbrellas,towels for hire and the Carib Bar for drinks and lunch.Warning,,once you go here you will not want to leave ;-)

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  • Aloe Vera Alert

    Watch out for people selling aloe vera on the beach.I had a man rush up to me,rub aloe vera all over me before i had time to say no,then he said'£12 pound please.This was a rip off and they will try it on so be aware of people on the beach doing this. Also,dont sun bathe if you have aloe vera on your skin as it causes your skin to blister.

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  • Use a marker when snorkeling

    Always use a marker when you snorkel.Tie a bright coloured float ,such as a empty bottle,coke bottle,bleach bottle to your anlke or waist so people jet ski-ing can see you and boats too. Avoid walking alone after dark in quiet areas and always keep valubles in the hotel safe.

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  • Watch out for coco-nuts''''

    Be careful when you sit under coco-nut trees.It will be painful if a coco-nut hits you and also watch out for manchineel apples.These are poisenous trees that grow by the sea and touching a fruit or leaves on it will give you blisters .Be careful of sea urchins in the sea.If you do step on one-dont try and pull the spikes out,let them dissolve...

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