Barbados Guide

Know Before You Go...®

So what is Barbados really like? What is there to see and do when you step outside your villa rental? Find out using the tabs on this page, where you can learn more about Barbados. Whether you want to lounge at the beach or tour plantation homes, you can learn more about these activities and others, as well find out other helpful information before your trip to this fun-loving island.

Why Barbados?

  • Golf at Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland
  • World-class cuisine
  • Friendly, fun loving culture
  • Tour the plantation manors

Barbados Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures

January
84 ° F
74 ° F
February
84 ° F
73 ° F
March
84 ° F
74 ° F
April
86 ° F
76 ° F
May
87 ° F
77 ° F
June
87 ° F
77 ° F
July
87 ° F
77 ° F
August
87 ° F
77 ° F
September
87 ° F
77 ° F
October
86 ° F
76 ° F
November
86 ° F
76 ° F
December
84 ° F
75 ° F

Average Rainfall

January
1.11
February
0.76
March
0.66
April
0.97
May
1.78
June
1.88
July
2.57
August
2.56
September
2.84
October
3.24
November
3.48
December
1.79

History

First occupied by the British in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until internal autonomy was granted in 1961. The island gained full independence in 1966, and maintains ties to the British monarch represented in Barbados by the governor general. The British influence remains intact, however, as evidenced by the afternoon tea served at many hotels on the west coast, in St. James parish, and English is spoken throughout the island.

Zed's Surfing Adventures

Barbados is a surfing paradise. Get Zed to teach you how to surf!

Barbados is the surfing paradise in the Caribbean. The Island is located farthest East than all of the Caribbean Surfing Islands and receives waves to surf from all directions. Book Surfing lessons before you arrive. Intermediate and advanced surfing are handled through the surf tours which are designed to the surfers needs. "Whatever type of surf you are looking for we can find it for you." Surfing in Barbados is made easy this way. Zed Layson was born and raised on the island of Barbados-- he is 5th generation Barbadian. Zed began surfing at the age of 7 and has traveled the world as a competitive surfer for more than 24 years. In 1990, Zed competed in the World Surfing Championships in Japan, and also competed in the 1994 World Surfing Championships in Brazil. Zed placed 17th out of 120, ranking him in the top 20 Amateurs in the world. Zed has gained a lot of great experiences surfing and competing all over South America, the United States and of course, the Caribbean.

Sandy Lane Beach

The best beach on the island. Walk by the hotel and see if you can spot a VIP.

This magnificent beach is situated on the west coast of Barbados, just south of the Holetown area. The Caribbean waters here are very calm, making this a great spot for swimming. Jet skis and catamarans pass by, along with the occasional local fishing boat. Widely known as the "Sandy Lane" beach, this stretch takes its name from the luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel which is nestled in the mahogany trees, directly off this beach. First opened in 1961, this magnificent hotel has gained a reputation as one of the finest resorts in the Caribbean, and has welcomed royalty, celebrities, and the business elite. Most recently the resort made headlines as the venue for the wedding of golf sensation Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren.

Helicopter Tours

What a fantastic way to see Barbados - from the sky!

There is now a new and fascinating way to sightsee Barbados. Bajan Helicopters, Bridgetown heliport, St. Michaels, offers a tour that involves soaring in an air-conditioned jet 50km (30 miles) over either saw-toothed cliffs and animal-shaped rocks or ultramarine boats floating on serene beaches, depending on which coast you are touring. The helicopter seats up to five people and tours last 20 to 30 minutes.

Transportation on Barbados

Getting to Barbados and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

Beginning March 1, 2004, travelers from the U.S. and Canada visiting Barbados will be required to carry a valid passport, under new security rules issued by the island's government.

Airlines Flying Here

Barbados is served by British West Indian Airlines (BWIA), British Airways (BA), American Airlines (AA) Air Canada (AC), Canadian Airlines and Air Jamaica (AJ).

Airport

Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados (BGI), is 13km (8 miles) east of Bridgetown, in the parish of Christ Church. Facilities in the airport include a bank, bar, duty free shops and restaurant.

Departure Tax

$12.50 U.S

Driving

On the left - need a valid driver's license plus a driver's permit. (cost is US$5).

Local Transportation

Barbados has a good network of roads which covers the entire island. Traffic drives on the left. There is a speed limit of 60kmph (37mph per hour), except where otherwise indicated. The road journey from Bridgetown to Speightstown takes about 30 minutes. Also there is a fantastic public and private bus system that all use the sames stops.

Barbados Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don't just stay in Barbados villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! It is very easy to get married in Barbados as there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage licence must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the capital city Bridgetown. You will require:

* Valid passports or birth certificates.

* Return tickets.

* If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment.

* If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.

* For a Roman Catholic ceremony, the relevant documents must be sent by your bishop to the bishop of Bridgetown.

* Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

A marriage license must be obtained in person from the Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs, General Post Office Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown. Telephone: 246-228-8950; Open Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Know Before You Go...® - Barbados Travel Tips

Before making their way to Barbados villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Barbados even more relaxing.

Capital: Bridgetown
Population: 279,912
Size: 431 sq km
Electric Current: 110
Time: 01:59 am zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)
Official Language: English
Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD) - U.S. dollars widely accepted.
Topography: relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region
Telephone: international: country code - 1-246