Caribbean Tourism

Barbados

Government & Economy

Government: Barbados has been an independent member of the Commonwealth since November 1966. The British Monarch is the Head of State, represented by a Governor General. There is a strong parliamentary and democratic tradition. The House of Assembly is the third oldest parliament in the Western Hemisphere and celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1989,...

Golf & Other Sports

Ask the tourist office for the Sports and Cultural Calendar, which has lots of information about what is on and who to contact in all possible areas of sport. Contact the National Sports Council, Blenheim, St Michael, T4366127, for information on any sport not mentioned below. Golf: There are five courses, the best and most prestigious of which has...

Festivals

Crop Over Crop Over is the main festival, with parades and calypso competitions over the weekend leading up to Kadooment Day (the first Monday in August), and calypso ‘tents’ (mostly indoors though) for several weeks beforehand. The celebrations begin with the ceremonial delivery of the last canes on a brightly-coloured dray cart pulled by mules, which are...

Diving & Marine Life

Scuba diving to the reefs or the wrecks around the coast can be arranged with Underwater Barbados, Coconut Court Hotel, Hastings, or Carlisle Bay Centre, Bay St, St Michael, T/F4260655; West Side Scuba Centre at Sunset Crest Beach Club, Holetown, T/F4322558, put...@sunbeach.net Hightide Watersports, T/F4320931, high...@sunbeach.net, at the Boatyard and...

Beaches & Watersports

There are beaches along most of the south and west coasts. Although some hotels make it hard to cross their property to reach the sand, there are no private beaches in Barbados. The west coast beaches are very calm, and quite narrow, beach erosion is a serious worry and the Government’s Coastal Conservation Unit is trying to sort it out. A swell can wash up...

Accommodations

Most accommodation offered is very pleasant, if not particularly cheap. 15% VAT is levied on hotel services. Super Luxury: Most of these are on the west coast and cost over US$300 a night. Almond Beach Village T4224900, F4220617 www.almondresorts.com The 330-room Almond Beach Village, on the old Heywoods Resort site, with its 161-room sister resort, Almond...

Tourist Information

Embassies & Consulates: Australian High Commission Bishop’s Court Hill T4352834 Belgian Consulate Rockley Resort T4357704 Brazilian Embassy 3rd Floor, Sunjet House, Fairchild St T4271735. British High Commission Lower Collymore Rock St Michael, PO Box 676 T4307800 , F4307826. Canadian High Commission Bishop’s Court Hill, St Michael T4293550. Colombian...

Communication

Telephone Services: Calls from a pay phone cost 25 cents for three minutes. Otherwise local calls are free. Many business places will allow you to use their telephone for local calls. International calls can be made from most hotels or (more cheaply) from Barbados External Telecommunications (Wildey). Faxes can also be sent from and received at BET’s office...

Getting Around

Air Helicopters: For those who want to make a lot of noise buzzing around the island, Bajan Helicopters do tours from US$75 per 20 minutes, US$125 per 30 minutes right round the coastline. The heliport is near the deep water harbour at Bridgetown, T4310069. Land Car: The island is fairly small but it can take a surprisingly long time to travel as the rural...

Getting There

Air 1. From North America: BWIA and American Airlines fly from New York, Washington DC and Miami daily; Air Jamaica flies from New York and Baltimore; Air Canada flies from Montréal and Toronto. BWIA also flies from Toronto. 2. From Europe: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and BWIA have several flights a week from London. Concorde has a scheduled service in...

Before Travelling

Documents: Visitors from North America, Western Europe, Commonwealth African countries, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil need a passport but no visas. Visitors from most other countries are usually granted a short stay on arrival, and tourist visas are not necessary. Officially, you must have a ticket back to your country of origin as well as an...

Barbados

Image Barbados is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, lying east of the main chain of the Leeward and Windward islands. It is flatter, drier, and more prosperous and tourists who come here looking for the ‘untouched’ Caribbean are in for a disappointment. There are no volcanoes or rain forests, and hardly any rivers, but there are plenty of white sand beaches and...

USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES: Office Address Contact Information Barbados Main Office Barbados Tourism AuthorityHarbour RdBridgetown, Barbados 246-427-2623246-426-4080 (Fax)http://barbados.org/ United States - Florida 150 Alhambra Cir, Suite 1000Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA 305-442-7471800-221-9831305-567-2844 (Fax)http://barbados.org/usaEmail: btamiami@...

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING: Restaurants available - Local Fast food. Gourmet. International 10% service charge unless added to bill. Dress code is casual although some restaurants may require suits & ties. NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes - Discos. Theaters. Dinner Theaters. Nightclubs. Cinemas. Live music. Pubs. Boat Cruises. SHOPPING: Locally produced items -...

COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY: Barbados, the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, lies within 13 degrees North & 59 degrees West with the Atlantic surf on the East Coast & Caribbean waters on the West Coast. The landscape is terraced with gently rolling hills in the eastern areas which rise to a peak, Mount Hillaby at 1,115 ft. TIME: One hour ahead of EST. CLIMATE:...