When planning a trip, it’s always important to research your destination so you’ll be prepared. If you’re headed to Barbados, here are some of the top traveler questions asked about the island.
1. Where is Barbados?
Barbados is located in the Caribbean island chain and is the most easterly island of them all. The Caribbean Sea is on the west of the island while on the east is the Atlantic Ocean.
2. What is the native language spoken in Barbados?
The official language of Barbados is British English. However, locals speak “Bajan dialect” which is a combination of their English and African influences, used mostly in casual settings island-wide.
3. What documents do I need to travel to Barbados?
To enter the island, you will need a valid passport, a valid return ticket out of the island, entry visa (if required), your intended address in Barbados and an arrival card which you will be given on the plane before landing. You can verify your specific requirements on the Barbados Immigration Department and Immigration Requirements web pages.
4. Is Barbados safe?
Yes, it is. However, you are still advised to take necessary safety precautions and to be vigilant during your activities.
5. Do I need any special vaccinations to visit Barbados?
No, you do not need any vaccinations to visit the island.
6. Are there any items which I should not bring to Barbados?
As a general rule, you should not travel with guns and ammunition or illegal drugs. Please note that camouflage is illegal in the island and should not be worn in any form by anyone other than persons in the army.
7. How do I get around in Barbados?
To get around Barbados you can rent a car from one of the many car rental agencies. You can also travel via taxi or bus. In Barbados, the bus fare is $2 BBD which is roughly $1 USD. Buses have routes all over the island and can take you to or close to almost every popular spot.
8. Can I go to any beach in Barbados?
Barbados has no private beaches and as such you can visit any beach you wish. No two beaches are the same and there’s something for everyone. On the west side of the island the beaches are great for lounging and water sports, while on the east side of the island, beaches are ideal for surfing.
9. How is the nightlife in Barbados?
There is always something going on in Barbados. From dinners, to dance shows, bars, live bands and a local favourite – karaoke! Be sure to check out the Oistins Fish Fry where you can get some of the best local dishes, local craft displays and plenty music and dancing.
10. What’s the weather like in Barbados?
Being a tropical island, Barbados maintains a temperature of around 27 – 30 degrees Celsius all year. The island doesn’t experience the typical four seasons, but it does have wet and dry seasons. During the wet season, some rainfall is experienced, but the showers are usually brief and are followed by the usual sunny days.