One of the Caribbean’s most revisited islands!
Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s leading tourist destinations and most revisited islands. The island has about 285,000 residents. The largest city is Bridgetown with about 80,000 people and the country’s capital. Most local citizens are some of the most welcoming and helpful people you will ever meet. The island boasts of 3,000 hours of sunshine and 70 square miles of all public beach. They are considered the birthplace of rum. There are more than 1,700 rum shops around the island. The Concord Jet used to fly to the island. The Concord Jet Experience at the airport features one of only six remaining jets. The weather is usually fantastic and Barbados has four “party seasons” Carnival, Crop Over, Cricket and Christmas.
Barbados Travel tips and Bucket list ideas
Reserve a villa at The Crane, where Queen Elizabeth visited; dinner and watch the sunset at The Crane cliff side; purchase some duty-free gem stones, Cartier or Breitling watch; play golf at Green Monkey golf course; deep sea fishing and Marlin catch; watch champion surfers at the Soup Bowl in November; Dinner at Sandy Lane restaurant; Oistins Friday fish fry party; enjoy a flying fish sandwich and a cold Banks beer on the beach; enjoy a snifter of Mount Gay 1703 rum and a Cuban cigar with an ocean view.
Conversation and notes
Local elections and the voting process means a lot and the citizens like to discuss the importance of every election. It’s not necessarily about the politics. It’s about the fact that one vote really matters and makes a difference. Also, learn a little about the sports of Cricket and horse racing.
Cell phone service varies and some hotels will charge $25 per day for Internet connection. Consider buying a prepaid local cell phone for about $95 when you arrive.
For some reason, the asking or listed price is usually not the final price, they always ask for more. Review your purchases. There is also a substantial VAT tax of about 18%, so try to negotiate large purchases up front. There are some items available for Tax free shopping.
If you have a special food, wine, cheese or gourmet food item that you desire, try RiteWay Provisioning Services, they advertise to deliver throughout the Caribbean http://www.rtwbvi.com/
“On October 1, 2010 a no smoking law for Barbados was made effective, where locals and visitors alike stand to be prosecuted if found smoking in public areas. The new legislation was designed to protect vulnerable individuals and groups from the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke.”
“The definition of a public place includes a building, place, structure, or facility that is owned or occupied by the Crown or a statutory board; a place, site, building, factory, plant, workplace or other structure that is fully or substantially enclosed; and a hotel lobby, hotel room, restaurant, library, museum, auditorium, historic or other site of archaeological or national significance.”