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Stay Safe & Healthy in Barbados

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Stay Safe in Barbados

Although it is generally a safe place to travel, crime has increased. Tourists should avoid certain high-risk activities, such as walking on secluded beaches, by day and by night, walking in unfamiliar residential areas or walking in remote areas away from main roads. Tourists, especially women, should always stay in groups.

The most common crimes against tourists are taxi fraud, theft and embezzlement, but rape and assault are also increasingly common. Most Bajans are friendly by nature, especially at the beginning of the tourist season (November and December).

Drugs are a particular problem for visitors to Barbados. The country’s strict anti-drug policy is made clear to visitors when they pass through customs. In practice, however, Europeans and Americans in Barbados are often offered marijuana and even cocaine. Vendors often roam the beaches selling aloe vera or other harmless products to start a conversation about “ganja”, “smoking” or “bad habits”. As a result, many hotels and resorts now ban the use of aloe vera on the grounds that it “stains the towels”.

Regardless of a person’s propensity to use drugs, it is not advisable to accept these offers. Marijuana is considered bad and is not accepted by the Bajan police. Although the Bajan police are not often encountered, they readily prosecute drug offences.

Caution is also advised when you go into the sea. Many people underestimate the strong currents and rip tides in many areas, especially on the east side of the island. They have claimed many lives over the years. Look out for warning flags and swim where you see others – a good safety indicator. Do not venture into deep water (beyond the possibility of touching the seabed) unless you are a good swimmer. The west coast has calmer waters than even the south coast of Christ Church, and the beaches get progressively rougher as you go east from Oistins.

Homosexual acts between consenting adults are punishable by life imprisonment in Barbados.

Camouflage clothing is not permitted for non-military personnel in Barbados.

Stay Healthy in Barbados

Beware of the sun, Barbados is only 13 degrees from the equator and you can very easily get sunburnt. Drink plenty of water and bring an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun.

After dark, it is advisable to use mosquito spray, as mosquitoes are a nuisance for anyone who spends a long time outdoors. This also happens when eating in outdoor restaurants.

How To Travel To Barbados

By airSir Grantley Adams International Airport (IATA: BGI) is a major international airport for the size of Barbados, offering dozens of flights in high season from the UK and Canada, as well as the US. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have numerous flights to Barbados, while American Airlines is...

How To Travel Around Barbados

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Visa & Passport Requirements for Barbados

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Barbados: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia,...

Destinations in Barbados

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Weather & Climate in Barbados

The country generally experiences two seasons, one of which contains significantly more rainfall. This period is known as the "rainy season" and lasts from June to November. In contrast, the "dry season" lasts from December to May. Annual rainfall ranges from 1,000 to 2,300 mm (40 to 90 inches)....

Accommodation & Hotels in Barbados

Barbados offers everything from cheap bed and breakfast guesthouses starting at less than $40 per day for a single person in summer to luxury accommodation in some of the world's best hotels for $1,600 in high season.Flats and flat hotels in Barbados offer the comfort of a hotel room...

Things To See in Barbados

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Things To Do in Barbados

World-class water sports, including surfing at the Soup Bowl on the east coast and various breaks along the west coast when the swell is strong. The south coast offers great waves and a spot on the World Windsurfing Championship at Silver Sands.Drive inland and visit various plantation houses where...

Food & Drinks in Barbados

Food in BarbadosThe flying fish, the symbol of the islands, can be seen on coins, banknotes and menus. The flying fish is usually served lightly breaded and fried, with a yellow sauce. Be aware that this yellow sauce is made from very hot scotch bonnet peppers and onions in...

Money & Shopping in Barbados

The national currency is the Bajan dollar, but US dollars are accepted in almost all shops and restaurants. The exchange rate is fixed at 2 Bajan dollars for one US dollar. Remember that hotel money changers may insist on charging an additional percentage for the exchange (usually 5%).There are...

Festivals & Holidays in Barbados

DateEnglish nameComments1 JanuaryNew Year's Day21 JanuaryErrol Barrow DayA day of tribute to Errol Barrow, the Father of the Nation.2 AprilGood FridayFriday, the date varies5 AprilEaster MondayMonday, the date varies28 AprilNational Heroes' Day1 MayLabour Day1st Monday in May, date variesWhit MondayMonday, the date varies1 AugustEmancipation DayDate on which slavery was...

Language & Phrasebook in Barbados

The official language of Barbados is English. Bajan (sometimes called Barbadian Creole or Barbadian dialect) is a creole language based on Irish and English spoken by the locals. Bajan uses a mixture of West African idioms and expressions, such as Igbo, as well as British English and Irish to...

Traditions & Customs in Barbados

Despite or perhaps because of the tropical climate, Bajans tend to dress conservatively when they are not at the beach. A bikini is not welcome in town and certainly not in church.Bajans are particularly sensitive to good manners and saying "hello" to people, even strangers, earns their respect.If you...

Culture Of Barbados

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History Of Barbados

Barbados has experienced several waves of human settlement. The first wave was the group of Saladoid Barrancoids, farmers, fishermen and ceramists who arrived by canoe from the Orinoco Valley in Venezuela around 350 AD. The Arawaks, who arrived from South America around 800, formed the second wave. Arawak settlements...



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