Climate: Barbados has pleasant weather year round; with air temperatures typically at 23 – 29°C / 75-85°F. Prevailing northeastern trade winds caress the island with near-constant breeze year-round. June till October is Hurricane Season in the Caribbean.
Water Temperature: 27 – 29°C / 80 – 84°F
Time: UTC -5:00 (ET)
Language: English and Bajan
Currency: Barbadian Dollar. 1 Bajan Dollar equals 0.50 U.S. Dollar. U.S. Dollars are accepted everywhere but if change given could be Barbadian Dollar.
Electricity: 110 Volts, Standard Plug Types (2 Flat Blades)
Marriage Requirements: Please contact the local tourism board for instructions and requirements.
Airport(s): Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA)
Hyperbaric Chambers: The Barbados Defence Force Headquarters
The coastline of Barbados is diverse, offering a change of scene appealing to water-sport and beachcombers alike. The windward or eastern side of the island offers wide beaches, and wind-blown waters perfect for surfing. To the South and West you will find calmer climes, with unbroken white sand beaches. The water temperature is typically 80 degrees F, with visibility ranging from 40 to 70 feet. From fringe to barrier reefs, Barbados has diverse aquatic plant and animal life to explore; you’ll have a chance to see frog fish, sea horses, giant sand eels, and hawksbill sea turtles. Wreck divers will be happy to note that Barbados has plenty of wrecks. Carlisle Bay has over 200 alone!Read More
Vacation was awesome! I don't know if you have ever traveled to Barbados but it is a beautiful island and the people are SO friendly! Everyone wants to go back in a couple years. The hotel was nice, clean and they have a fabulous beach. The location was fairly close to everything...shopping, shows, tours. And the snorkeling with the seaturtles was the best. All in all I have to say it was a reasonably priced vacation. Even though it was not an all inclusive, it certainly did not break the bank to eat or drink there. I really don't think I would go with an all inclusive plan unless I just planned on laying on the beach and not leaving the resort. There are so many things to do! Why stand in one place?
Barbados beaches are fantastic, the best in the Caribbean in my opinion. Good restaurants, too many to mention and includes every type of food and price range. Great local beers and rums. Shopping is convenient with tons of artisan crafts. The "Oistens Fish Fry" on Friday's is a must. The island's biggest asset is it's people, who (on the most part) are genuinely friendly and happy. Lots of smiles in Barbados. The diving? Very few (4) shallow dives where you can off-gas on the reef. Most dives start deep, in the 100 foot range, and are terminated by the dive leaders after 35 minutes with safety stops done in the blue. Nice Caribbean reefs, pristine in many areas. No big critters. Did 20 dives, saw a couple turtles. Typical Caribbean schools of fish. Current was present on some dives, especially the Stavronokita. Hunted and speared Lionfish during dives, which was highlight. Recommend as great island, mediocre diving.
Resort nice - beach good , restaurant good. Barbados slightly depressed economically, bus system not for tourists - use cabs. Diving good but slow. Pick up 8:30 drive to shop, then to beach , gear up and float to boat off shore. First dive 10:00 back to resort at 2:00. Long dive day. All nice people!
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