Rugged natural beauty has joined forces with exquisite luxury to create a place of perfect happiness and relaxation. The Bajans call themselves “official ambassadors.” Once you’re lying on the beach with that first rum punch in your hand, you’ll understand exactly why.
Flights to Barbados
While many visitors arrive on the island by cruise ship, you can catch non-stop flights to Barbados from New York, Miami, London, and 14 other cities, and simple layover flights from just about anywhere. It’s a much faster way to get your Caribbean vacation started!
If you’re flying to Barbados, you’re going to touch town about 8 miles from the capital city, Bridgetown. The island’s only airport, Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), is small and pretty, with a distinctive tented structure lending its two joined terminals a distinctly tropical character.
You can nab a bus or minibus into the city, but a taxi will probably be your most convenient option. Because meters are not in use, you may wish to settle on a price before you agree to jump into a car.
Stuff to do in Barbados
The glamorous west coast of the island is home to some of the Caribbean's most luxurious hotels, restaurants, and all-inclusive resorts, with glassy shorelines and endless expanses of white sand where just melting into the relaxing surroundings will induce euphoria. On the east coast, wilder waters draw thousands of surfers to the world-famous Soup Bowl beach.
In between, central Barbados offers incredible limestone landscapes, the ruins of a painful colonial past, ancient caves and deep tropical forests to those with the energy for touring and trekking. Watery adventures of all kinds are popular in Barbados, with opportunities for snorkeling, coral reef diving, swimming with sea turtles and much more.
Advice to Tourists Visiting Barbados
You’ll need a valid passport to visit, but chances are you won’t need a visa. The local currency is the Bajan/Barbadian dollar, though US dollars are accepted almost everywhere. The exchange rate generally hovers around 2 Bajan dollars per 1 USD.
There really isn’t a bad time to visit Barbados, as temperatures stay between the mid-70s and 80s year round. This means that if you skip the high season of December through April, you can find incredible deals while still soaking up the same sunshine.
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