Barbados Holiday – Selected Resort Hotels

 

Our Guide To Barbados

It goes without saying that the beaches in Barbados are outstanding with masses to see and do Barbados is an unbeatable destination.

Barbados offers sun, two seas, and an extreme richness of colour. The island blossoms with glamorous locations and exciting history, while the extensive array of culture, sports and activities make Barbados the jewel of the Caribbean.

Essential Information

Whether you have already chosen the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados for your holiday, or are still in the process of making your decision, the information below is invaluable.

Barbados A Brief Overview

General Information
Capital Bridgetown
Language English
Time Difference -4 hours
Currency US Dollar and Barbadian Dollra
Voltage 110 Volts
Health
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Barbados is a popular tropical Caribbean paradise with real character. The west coast is home to sandy beaches with calm azure waters, such as busy little Paynes Bay, Carlisle Bay and expansive Sandy Lane with its famous hotel attracting the international jetset. These areas are perfect for snorkelling, swimming and watersports, whilst the rugged Atlantic-facing east coast is suited to surfers and hikers.

Generally considered one of the safest Caribbean islands, the bustling capital Bridgetown and only city is worth exploring, either along the Bridgetown Boardwalk where the boats come in, or the Constitution River or pedestrianised Swan St. Sampling the local seafood and rum is a must.

With average year-round temperatures of 25°C, and high-end resorts, luxury villas and more affordable hotels so all budgets are catered for.

Planning your Barbados vacation? Below you will find details on the travel documents (passports, visas, etc.) you will need when making the trip.

Passports and Visas

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.

Landing Card

On board the flight you will be given an Immigration/Customs Form to complete. The forms must be completed prior to entering the Arrivals Hall. Visitors are required to list the address where they will stay while in Barbados. On the reverse side of the Landing Card is a blue Customs Form to be completed and handed to the Customs Officer once you have collected your luggage.

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 also contact the Barbados Immigration Department at 1-800-268-9122 for more information.

Barbados Marriage Requirements

It is very easy to get married in Barbados as there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage license must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Applications for marriage licenses must be made between the hours of 8.30 a.m and 3.30 p.m Monday to Friday. You will require:

Valid passports and birth certificates.
Return tickets.
If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment. The Decree Nisi is not accepted.
If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.
For a Roman Catholic ceremony, the relevant documents must be sent by your bishop to the bishop of Bridgetown.
Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
Arrangements should be made with a Magistrate or Marriage Officer to perform the wedding ceremony, prior to applying for the marriage license. A letter from either the Magistrate or Marriage Officer must be presented at the time of making the application.
Fees for the license are as follows:
If neither party is a citizen or a resident of Barbados: US$100 (BDS$200) cash and a US$12.50 (BDS$25) stamp
If either party is a citizen or a resident of Barbados: US$22.50 (BDS$45) cash and a US$5.00 (BDS$10) stamp
Fees for civil marriage ceremonies:
US$125 (BDS$250) – Magistrate fee for ceremonies held in the court
US$175 (BDS$350) – Magistrate fee for ceremonies held out of the court
You may contact the Ministry of Home Affairs at tel: 1-246-621-0227, fax: 1-246-437-3794, e-mail ps@mha.gov.bb

Hotels and Restaurants

A service charge of between 10 and 15 percent is typically added to your bill at hotels and restaurants.

Once this appears on your bill, any additional tipping is at your discretion and should reflect the quality of service you received. The standard rate of tipping in Barbados is approx. 10%. In restaurants you can usually either add this to your credit card total or leave cash customary to place the tip in the servers hand.

All Inclusive Resorts

If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort ask the manager or front-desk staff about their policy on tipping.

Taxis

Tipping rates for Barbados taxis are also discretionary. ALWAYS agree on your fare with the driver before starting off.

Maids, Porters, Bell Hops and Tour Guides

Once again, tipping is at your discretion. Typical tips for these services are: maids – US$2 per room per day; porters/bellhops – US$1 per bag; tour guides – 10% of the tour cost.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Barbados.

Temp °C Rain mm
  Temp° Rain mm
January 28 69
February 28 49
March 29 40
April 30 48
May 31 62
June 30 110
July 30 135
August 30 159
September 30 174
October 30 179
November 29 188
December 29 98
 
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Barbados enjoys, on average, over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, with a balmy, tropical climate cooled by constant sea breezes from the northeast trade winds – meaning it does not usually get unbearably hot. Temperatures do not normally exceed ninety degrees at any time of year.

Some Of Our Favourite Restaurants

Dining in Barbados and enjoying a great meal on the island is never a problem, whether you want fine, upscale dining in order to celebrate a special occasion, or something local and very casual. You will find virtually every type of cuisine on Barbados here we have listed a few of our favourite restaurants that we can say from first hand experience that we are certain you will enjoy.

The Tides

The Tides Restaurant is hands down one of the best, if not the best, restaurants on the island.

Once you pass through the open air courtyard and are seated at your table, steps away from the sea, you know you have entered a special place. The world class service – the restaurant closes for a week each year just for staff training – is only one small facet as to why this restaurant is so successful. Co-owner Tammie Beasley has created an atmosphere of understated elegance with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. The entire friendly staff is both knowledgeable and professional. But let’s not forget the food. With Michelin star training and an artist’s flair, co-owner and executive chef, Guy Beasley, creates sensational dishes that will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet.

The Tides Restaurant
Balmore House,
Holetown, St. James,
Barbados
Tel: (246) 432-8356
Fax: (246) 432-8358
Website :: www.tidesbarbados.com

Cin Cin By The Sea

An elegant restaurant on the West Coast, Cin Cin offers a refreshingly contemporary experience. The open terrace is perfect for ‘al fresco’ ocean side dining at night and the air-conditioned inner restaurant, with an expansive glass wall allowing uninterrupted views of the sea, is a delightfully cool location for enjoying lunch. The trendy bar lounge area, which is also air-conditioned is perfect for sipping cocktails or enjoying a light bite. With his trade mark flair for creating an eclectic range of Mediterranean styled dishes with a Caribbean twist, Larry always strives to give his…

Cin Cin by the Sea
Prospect
St. James
Tel: (246) 425-4557
Fax: (246) 421-8943
Website ::www.cincinbarbados.com

Daphne’s

Daphne’s Restaurant, part of Barbados’ acclaimed Elegant Hotels Group, has drawn a loyal crowd of celebrities, VIPs and locals alike. Rated as one of the top 10 “Most Popular” restaurants in the Best of Barbados Zagat Guide, Daphne’s is the island’s only luxury waterfront Italian dining experience. Over the years Daphne’s has hosted celebrity guests including Simon Cowell, Rihanna, Claudia Schiffer, Gerald Butler and many more.

Daphne’s
Payne’s Bay
St. James
Barbados
Tel: (246) 432-2731
Website :: www.daphnesbarbados.com/

The Mews

For a perfect evening with friends there’s no better choice than The Mews. Start with the most distinctive International and European dishes in our cozy dining area, then have some drinks and get funky at our happening bar. You will love the personal attention that you get.

The Mews Restaurant & Bar
2nd Street, Holetown
St. James
Telephone: (246) 432-1122
http://www.themewsbarbados.com/

Nishi

With new ownership in place Chef Paul Edwards of Formula One fame has transformed Nishi into what Trip Advisor calls the #10 Restaurant Caribbean wide.

Nishi offers a diverse menu with a mixture of Asian and Caribbean dishes. Their head Sushi chef has been preparing Sushi for the past 15 years and has worked in some of the top sushi restaurants in Miami and New York; as well as at the Shangri-La Hotel in Indonesia.

Their menu reflects a passion for good food, good wine and the good life. Inspiration for the menu is rooted in the flavours of tropical fruits and vegetables and the bounty of the Caribbean Sea. A selection of fresh fish, meat and organic produce is hand selected daily from local markets and suppliers.

Nishi also offers bistro entrees and you can choose from a delicious menu of Thai prawn green curry, coconut and ginger chicken, chargrilled salmon and more.

2nd Street, Holetown, St. James.
Barbados, West Indies.
Phone:(246) 432-8287
Website :: www.nishi-restaurant.com/

The Cliff

Set atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the sea below, The Cliff is the number one restaurant destination for that very special dinner or celebration. Voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the World, the talented Chef Paul Owens has won the praise of foodies from New York to London.

The Cliff is a place to don your finest attire and to rub elbows with the rich and famous. The seemingly ubiquitous staff are professionally trained and rarely miss a detail. Chef Owens uses only the finest ingredients, regardless of cost or difficulty to obtain on an island where many items must be imported.

Open for dinner Monday through Saturday and on Sundays during the high season.

Minimum cost per person is Bds$245 for a two course meal (starter/main or main/dessert). Add $40 for dessert. No children’s menu.

The Cliff, Derricks, St. James,
Barbados BB24110
tel: 1 (246) 432 1922
Website: www.thecliffbarbados.com

Barbados Attractions and Places of Interest

Barbados is a charming island of rich culture, tropical beauty, inspiring landscapes and fun ways to discover it all! Feel your spirits soar as you connect with nature, immerse in true local culture, and enjoy new experiences.

We have listed just a few of our favourites.

At the heart of Barbados lies one of its greatest wonders, Harrison’s Cave. Located in the central uplands of the island, this breathtakingly beautiful, crystallized limestone cavern is a testament to nature’s mastery. Flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering columns characterize this living cave. Gaze in wonder at the white flow stones and in awe at the beauty of the speleothems which adorn the cave. Be sure to make Harrison’s Cave your first stop while in Barbados and Unearth the Adventure!
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Harbour Lights Barbados is the island’s most popular, tropical and trendy Night Spot.
This is the place you would rather be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Harbour Lights an exclusive open air beach front night club offers some of Barbados’ best nightlife with a distinct Caribbean atmosphere. It appeals to both locals and visitors alike. So whether you want to dance to some of the best club music around …or just …lime by the bar on the free drink nights …Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You are guaranteed a GREAT time at Harbour Lights!

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The award winning Atlantis submarine tour is one of the most highly recommended attractions in Barbados for adults and children (Min height 3 feet.). Imagine yourself in a real submarine, with big view ports all around, fully submerged in the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, as curious exotic fish peek in at you and sea fans sway. This fully narrated “must-do” undersea voyage, can take you to a shipwreck and to depths of 150 feet, in air conditioned comfort, which in the past has been reserved only for scuba divers. The submarine day dive features numerous fish and busy reef life and the very different night time experience is a more romantic focus on the corals, colour and night predators. Create amazing unforgettable memories as you are piloted by a professional crew among colorful coral formations, and tropical marine life, aboard the unique Atlantis Submarine. Prices range from $223 BDS Adults $119 BDS Child

 

Cricket In Barbados

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 Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul as well as fast bowlers such as Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul.

Barbados is one of the international capitals of cricket and always contributes a large contingent to the West Indies team. Names like Sir Garfield Sobers, the three W’s, Wes Hall, the late Keith Boyce, Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge come to mind immediately as Barbadians who have contributed greatly to West Indies cricket.

You can catch a good game of cricket almost any time in Barbados. It could be an international Test Match or One-Day at Kensington Oval, an exciting local First Division match, or a friendly game on the beach, an open pasture or village field. Whichever it is, prepare to cheer as the batsman drives through the covers for four, or as the middle stump gets rocked back by a fast delivery! And at the end of the match join in the joyous celebrations that follow!

You will be greeted by the Mount Gay Rum tour guides,these friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiasticfans of this legendary spirit just love tellingits colourful story. Your experience begins with their vivid and compelling presentation in the brand area. Here you will discover the rich history of this renowned rum as you view antiquities and replicas from the past, learn of current triumphs and adventures, and be introduced to the Mount Gay portfolio of brands.Next you will be escorted to our theatre to view an informative and entertaining audio-visual
show on the craftsmanship of Mount Gay Rum.Learn more about the raw ingredients native to Barbados that are essential to this spirit as well as the time-honored processes of refining, ageing
and blending that lets us produce the most refined rums in the world. Following this, you will be taken through a fun-filled tasting session conducted by the Mount Gay Rum Tour Guides who will guide you and your taste buds through the signature flavours, aromas and subtle nuances of the various rums within our portfolio. Finally, climax your tour at The Mount GayRum Bar & Lounge with our resident “rum experts” and mixologists extraordinaire. So belly up to the bar where we end in fine style with atoast to you and Mount Gay with a refreshing cocktail sample.
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Golfers can choose from among some of the best championship courses in the Caribbean. Indeed, the sunny weather all year round makes Barbados an ideal location for golf and the perfect vacation spot for golfers and “would-be” golfers! The glorious weather conditions are complemented by world-class golf courses and facilities. Most local golf clubs offer professional instruction.Barbados is increasingly being regarded as one of the top islands for a Caribbean golf vacation.Several golf tournaments are hosted throughout the year, attracting participants from a number of countries including Europe and North America. In December 2006 Barbados hosted the World Golf Championships World Cup. The four-day tournament was held at the Sandy Lane Country Club course on the west coast of the island.

In October 2004, perhaps the world’s most famous golfer – Tiger Woods – chose Barbados as the venue for his wedding. The ceremony took place at the Sandy Lane Golf Course.

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Top Venues

  • Sandy Lane
  • Royal West Moreland
  • Barbados Golf Club

The heart and soul of shopping in Barbados is Broad Street in the capital city, Bridgetown. There you will find several large department stores and duty free shops. In addition to the specialty stores (such as jewellery stores), there are several shopping malls offering a wide variety of products and services. Just outside of Bridgetown is the Bayshore Complex, worth a stop for its shopping, and historic value.

Pelican Village, on the outskirts of Bridgetown, is the place to get local handicrafts including straw bags, wall hangings, batik, paintings, rum cakes, and much more!

Shopping in Barbados is by no means confined to Bridgetown. There are several smaller towns like Holetown in St.James and Speightstown in St.Peter that feature craft shops and gift shops. Several shopping malls and plazas are also located outside of Bridgetown. Chattel Village shopping areas are becoming increasingly popular in Barbados. These feature shops made in traditional chattel house style and selling souvenirs, gift items, clothing and local arts and crafts. You can find these chattel villages at Holetown, St.James and St.Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.

Supermarkets

f you are staying in an apartment, villas or hotel with kitchen facilities, you may choose to do some cooking yourself, and can make purchases at local supermarkets, mini marts, and markets. Your hotel front desk can advise of the nearest shopping facilities but some of the more popular ones are:

On the south coast: Big B Supermarket (Worthing), TriMart (Worthing), Massy Stores Supermarket (Oistins).

On the west coast: Jordan’s Supermarket (Payne’s Bay), Massy Stores Supermarket (Holetown), Esso AutoMart (Payne’s Bay).

Duty Free Allowances

Britain – Duty Free Allowances for Returning British Citizens
Each returning resident over 17 years of age may take back:

1 litre of alcohol
60cc of perfumes
Up to £145 worth of other goods.

Getting Around Barbados

The yellow buses are very frequent and will stop almost anywhere to pick up passengers. The driver blasts the familiar sounding horn – you get to know it very quickly – as he sees people he thinks want a ride. The fare collector hangs out the door and shouts do you want a bus ride? They are also distinctive with their loud music playing from the ghetto blaster. They cost about $2 Barbadian Dollars for a return journey and you pay the collector as he comes round the bus.

The blue buses are State run and only stop at official stops at set times. The payment method is money deposited in a plastic container by the driver as you get on and no change is given.

A taxi is another way to get about on Barbados but it is recommended to agree the fare before you start your journey as there are no fare meters in the cars.

Hire a car and explore Barbados for yourself! There are numerous car hire companies in Barbados offering from the popular mokes, to rugged jeeps, and stylish airconditioned cars.

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