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.
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 within the Caribbean
In addition, there are several charter airlines which
service Barbados. See your travel agent or contact the
Every person entering Barbados, including all North
American citizens (Americans and Canadians), should
be in possession of a valid passport and a valid return
Visas required for Barbados
Visas are required for citizens from the following countries:
Republic of Laos
Tome & Principe
Democratic Republic of Yemen
Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)
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'
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
Careenage House, The Wharf
Tel: (246) 426-1011
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.
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.
Most of the hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments
will accept credit cards. Travelers checks are also
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.