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Guide To Barbados



Barbados is located in the Atlantic about 300 mi (483 km) north of Venezuela, The island is only 21 mi long (34 km) and 14 mi across (23 km) at its widest point. It is circled by fine beaches and narrow coastal plains. The highest point is Mount Hillaby (1,105 ft; 337 m) in the north-central area.

Barbados is a beautiful tropical island with many activities available. There is night life, music, history, art, and some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. In addition to scuba diving, water activities include surfing, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking and more. But what makes Barbados such a wonderful place, and the reason why so many visitors keep returning to the island year after year, is the people. Barbadians, called Bajans, are warm and friendly, always ready to greet you with a sincere smile.

Getting There

Air Travel

International Airport

Barbados (BGI) (Grantley Adams), 13km (8 miles) east of Bridgetown, near Christ Church.

Flight times to Barbados

Brussels - 9hr
Caracas - 2hr 30min
Frankfurt - 9hr
London - 8hr
Miami - 3hr 40min
Montreal - 5hr
New York - 4hr 20min
San Juan - 1hr 30min
Toronto - 5hr

Scheduled flights to Barbados

From USA

American Airlines
Caribbean Airlines

From Canada

Air Canada
Caribbean Airlines

From Europe

British Airways
Caribbean Airlines
Virgin Atlantic

From within the Caribbean


In addition, there are several charter airlines which service Barbados. See your travel agent or contact the Barbados Tourism Authority

Entry Requirements

Every person entering Barbados, including all North American citizens (Americans and Canadians), should be in possession of a valid passport and a valid return ticket.

Visas required for Barbados

Visas are required for citizens from the following countries:
Afghanistan Kuwait
Algeria People's Republic of Laos
Andorra Lebanon
Angola Liberia
Bahrain Libya
Benin Madagascar
Bhutan Monaco
Bolivia Macau
Bosnia - Herzegovina Morocco
Burkina Faso Mongolia
Burundi Mozambique
Cambodia Myanmar (formerly Burma)
Cameroon Namibia
Cape Verde Nepal
Central African Republic Niger
Chad Oman
China Pakistan
Comoros Paraguay
Congo Philippines
Djibouti Qatar
Dominican Republic Rwanda
Ecuador San Marino
Egypt Sao Tome & Principe
El Salvador Saudi Arabia
Equatorial Guinea Senegal
Ethiopia Somalia
Gabon The Sudan
Guatemala Syria
Guinea Taiwan
Guinea-Bissau Thailand
Haiti Togo
Honduras United Arab Emirates
India Vatican City
Indonesia Vietnam
Iran People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
Iraq Yemen Arab Republic
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) Yugoslavia
Jordan Zaire

Applicants for visas must complete form in duplicate. The form is to be accompanied by two (2) passport size photographs. Visas may be obtained from any of Barbados' Missions overseas.

Cruise Ship Passengers

Visas are not required for passengers on cruise ships with the exception of citizens of the C.I.S., Eastern European countries, People's Republic of China, Taiwan, South Africa and Korea.

Cruise ship passengers who are "in-transit" and stay less than 24 hours are not required to carry a valid passport.

However, if you are beginning and ending your trip in Barbados or are "in-transit" to take a flight at the Grantley Adams International Airport, you are required to possess a valid passport.

You may contact the Barbados Immigration Department at: 1-800-268-9122 for more information.

Duration of Visit to Barbados

Visitors coming to Barbados should provide proof of adequate means of support for the duration of their stay to the satisfaction of the Immigration officer at the port of entry. They should be in possession of valid return tickets.

Extension of stay

Visitors wishing to extend their stay should apply to:

The Chief Immigration Officer
Immigration Department
Careenage House, The Wharf
Tel: (246) 426-1011

Getting Around

Rental Cars
There are a number of international and local rental agencies available. You can obtain a Barbados drivers license upon producing a valid National or International License. All authorised car rental companies can issue you a drivers license if you have a valid license.

Bus Service
Frequent, comprehensive coverage of the island, flat rate rates for all trips. Although cheap, buses are crowded during the rush hours.

Taxis do not have meters and fares are regulated by the Government. Listings are available from the Tourist Office. Please ask the price before travelling.

ZR Mini Vans
There are many licensed "Mini Vans" that run around the island picking up tourist and locals. You will recognise them by their "ZR" license plate. They have few fixed schedules but there are many of them and service is frequent. Not recommended for the nervous passenger as ZR stop frequently, often abruptly, and move quickly to pick up the maximum paying passengers in the shortest time.

Helpful Visitor Information

Most of the hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments will accept credit cards. Travelers checks are also widely accepted.

Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants.

110 volts/50 cycles. Most hotels can provide adapters and transformers for hair dryers and other appliances.

Nude Bathing
There are no nude beaches and all beaches are open to the public. Nudism is actually illegal. Barbados has a history of conservative British tradition and Barbadians are not comfortable undressing or seeing other undress on public beaches.

Barbados is a tropical island blessed with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Please remember to use sunscreen protection.

Getting Married in Babados
It is very easy to get married in Barbados .. 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.

Documents Required :
- Valid Passports or the original or certified copies of birth certificates.
- If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgement.
- If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.
- Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Visitor Activities and Attractions

The almost perfect year round weather make Barbados a true "golfer's Paradise". Six golf courses are located around the island making it easy to meet your tee time. Both 9 and 18 hole courses are available.

Scuba Diving
Whether new to diving or a seasoned pro, you will be amazed by underwater Barbados. The fringes and reefs found off this island blossom with healthy sponges, coral, plant life. There are a number of reefs, each one unique in its own special way.

The warm waters off the coast of Barbados offer ideal fishing for Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin (Dorado), and the Marlin species. There is a fleet of sportfishing charter boats available. Most charters include drinks, all tackle and bait.

Barbados is blessed with excellent weather, calm seas and steady breezes, making it a favorite of sailors. There are a number of cruise services located around Bridgetown offering charter services. Bridgetown also has repair facilities for yachts up to 40 tons. Port St. Charles Marina on the nothwest coast can accommodate yachts up to 130 feet.

The island's location far out in the Atlantic Ocean allows waves to travel thousands of miles on the bottom of the sea to finally unload all the power it developed during it's long journey over Barbados' coral reefs.

As Barbados is a Coral island, a coral reef stretches all around Barbados' coastline, providing for unlimited surfing conditions all over. No matter whether a swell approaches the island from a northerly or westerly direction or whether it's moving in from the East or the South, Barbados is guaranteed to have surf somewhere along it's shores at almost any given day of the year.

Additional Watersports
Other watersports popular in Barbados are Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Parasailing, Waverunners (Jetskis), Windsurfing.

Cricket is the national sport of Barbados and the West Indies. Thousands of Barbadians, other West Indians and visitors flock to world-class matches at Kensington Oval, Barbados to watch batsmen of the calibre of Brian Lara, Carl Hooper and Shivnarine Chanderpaul as well as hostile fast bowlers such as Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.

Both liesure biking and mountain biking are available in Barbados. No matter whether one is cycling high above the east coast with the Atlantic Ocean always in sight, or climbing up the steep hill to St. John's Church , or riding down the roads framed by lush, tropical vegetation into a "surfer's paradise", Bathsheba, or cruising along the East Coast Road, or climbing the "almost mountains" up to Cherry Tree Hill or Apes Hill, there is always something to catch the eye.

Hike Barbados takes you through cane fields, gullies, tropical forests and coastal communities to explore the unique geological and social structure of Barbados. Along the way you will meet new friends, enjoy healthy exercise and observe the delicate balance of the unique heritage and environment of Barbados.

Horseback Riding
Explore Barbados on horseback! Local riding centres offer a variety of trail rides and exciting scenic rides along the beach for those with any level of experience.

Many other activities are available in Barbados, such as parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing, polo and jet skiing. Your hotel desk will be able to arrange any of these for you.






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