Renowned for its
clear blue waters and soft, pink-sand beaches,
Barbados is a mecca for scuba divers,
windsurfers and sun-worshippers
from all over the
world. The island's tropical climate is
delightful year-round. Temperatures rarely dip
below 75 or rise above 90 degrees
name "Barbados" comes from the Portuguese and
refers to the bearded fig trees that grow wild
all over the island.
first arrived in 1627 and quickly started
planting cotton and tobacco. These crops were
not productive, but the introduction
changed the face of the island and set its
course in history. Imposing plantation houses
were built and farms established to
grow and process
sugar and molasses for the production of rum.
Now, in the 21st century, rum is still produced,
and a few old plantation
but today Barbados is most famous for its
numerous exclusive resort
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Vegas to Ft. Lauderdale -
Friday, Oct. 2 SW2542 1:00 - 8:45
in Ft. Lauderdale
Flight from Miami to Barbados -
American 1089 10:05 - 1:40
Flight from Barbados to Miami -
American 1078 2:50 - 6:45
Lauderdale to Las Vegas -
Sunday, Oct. 11 SW2788 11:15 - 1:25
Barbados web site
We are booked at the
Barbados Hilton (pictured below), flying there
out of Miami non-stop
The Barbados Blue
Water Sports facility is conveniently located on
the Hilton Hotel grounds approximately 150
meters from the
lobby on the north
beach known as Pebble’s beach. This advantageous
location allows Barbados Blue staff to offer a
full range of
non-motorized recreational experiences: sea
kayaking, boogie boarding, snorkeling, scuba
diving and jet skiing, to name
a few. All
non-motorized water sports are free of charge to
Hilton Hotel guests. Credit card or cash deposit
is required to obtain equipment.
Unfortunately it is
not possible to place equipment deposits on the
hotel guest tab.
Royal Caribbean info on Bridgetown/Barbados
More things to do
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A Tour Of Bridgetown Barbados
The best way to explore this town is by foot
and should only take a few hours. The main street of the town is Broad
is the perfect place to start your tour. This is considered the main area to go shopping in Bridgetown
Barbados and it should take
you a few hours to explore the numerous duty free
shops and craft stores along this street.
At the west end of Broad Street you will find
St.Mary’s Anglican Church, the 2nd oldest church on the island, which was built
As you travel east along this street you will
come across a great store to visit on Broad Street called Cave Shepherd. This is
leading duty free shopping centre. You can pretty much find anything here from souvenirs and
beach wear to high end jewelry and cosmetics.
Once you have reached the east end
of Broad Street you will be in the heart of the capital and should take a moment to take a few pictures
of the Barbados Parliament Building. There is a beautiful clock tower attached
to it. Just to your right there are also some other
in Bridgetown you should consider taking a look at. These
include National Heroes Square, a tiny square built as a tribute to the island’s many
heroes, as well as The
War Memorial and Fountain Gardens. The Chamberlain Bridge will be just behind
you along Wharf Street. Here you will
find docked the many yachts and catamarans aboard which the
Barbados sea turtle tours begin. A stroll west along the beautiful boardwalk
this river inlet will lead you to the Carlisle Wharf and Barbados Heliport. The Barbados helicopter tours begin at this
heliport. During your stroll
you will notice the HMBS Wiloughby Fort, home
to the Barbados Coast Guard Division of the Barbados Defence Force.A trip further west from
here along Princess Alice Highway will lead you past
the Bridgetown Fishing Harbour and bring you to the infamous Pelican Village.
This is a
shopping village which offers visitors the widest selection of
Barbados handcrafts and art work. Here you can take a rest, grab some local food
the Cou-Cou village restaurant and wind down your foot tour of the city.
Getting Downtown and Driving in
If you have hired a car you can park in one
of the many public parking lots located throughout the city. You must be wary of the numerous one-way
throughout the city. These one-way streets can be seen on the
interactive map with red arrows depicting the direction of traffic flow. Bridgetown is also a very
busy town and
congested with traffic throughout the day. This leads to some drivers being
aggressive so extra care while driving should be taken.
But if you are staying at a hotel that offers
a free shopping shuttle bus to Bridgetown, such as Butterfly Beach Hotel, then
you won’t have to worry about parking.
Local public buses and route taxis also run
along the south and west coast of the island to the Bridgetown bus terminal
(Fairchild Street Bus Station) and van
stand (Route Taxi Stop) for a flat rate of $1.50 BDS (75 cents USD).
If you are staying along the south coast in one of the Bridgetown Barbados
Hotels , you
can catch a bus from one of the many bus stops along Highway 7 (also called “The South Coast
Road). And if you are coming from the west coast you can
catch a bus in to the
town along Highway 1 (also called “The West Coast Road”).
Hilton, where we are staying, is at the bottom of this map
Wharf St. is where much of
the shopping is located
cruise ship harbor at in the upper left. The
Hilton is at the lower right.
Bridgetown - The
capital of Barbados
Barbados cherry has the highest vitamin
C content of any fruit in the world – just
one cherry has a full day's requirement.
tropical climate on Barbados is delightful
year round. Temperatures rarely dip below 75
or rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
island of Barbados is 21 miles long and 14
miles wide. The east coast is rugged with
tall cliffs facing the wild surf of the
Atlantic Ocean. The west coast is gentler,
with soft sand beaches fronting the calm
Harry Bayley Observatory, built in 1963, is
the only observatory in the Eastern
Welchman Hall Gully and you'll see
breadfruit trees that were purportedly grown
from seedlings delivered by The Bounty's
infamous Captain Bligh.
Nicholas Abbey in St. Peter's Parish is one
of only three remaining Jacobean homes in
the Western Hemisphere.
Barbados is nicknamed "Land of the Flying
Fish." These unique creatures use their
pectoral and dorsal fins to leap from the
water for as long as 13 seconds. Their
strong tails propel them at speeds of up to
55 miles per hour.
Sailors manning slave vessels introduced the
Barbados green monkey to the island. The men
captured the monkeys in
Africa and kept them as pets. Once on
Barbados, the monkeys escaped or were set
free. The climate apparently agreed with
them because today it's estimated that 8,000
to 10,000 monkeys inhabit the island.
a historical and cultural component of Bajan
life. The residents of Barbados consume an
estimated 250,000 cases per year of the
locally produced liquor. There are 1600 rum
shops on the island – that averages out to
10 shops per square mile.
service on Barbados began in the 1600s. The
Barbados Post Office officially opened in
1852, and mounted police officers served as
the first postmen. Mail delivery on Barbados
preceded delivery service in Britain by 45
Barbados Attractions: Harry Bayley
Spend an evening star gazing in Barbados! Visit the local observatory for a
chance to explore the heavens through a Celestron 14 inch telescope.
The islands location gives you the
opportunity to see the moon, planets and deep sky objects that are not visible
from Europe or North America.
This is a great attraction for the
kids as they learn while having a great time!
The Observatory was built in 1963
and is the only observatory in the Eastern Caribbean.
The Harry Bayley Observatory is open
every Friday night from 8:30 pm.
Entrance fee is just US$5 for adults and US$2.50 for children.
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Crane Beach -
One of Travel Channels Ten Best
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Come visit one of the finest small breweries
in the world.
Take a stroll through our Brew-Seum and enjoy
a journey through our 47-year history. See the huge trademark copper kettles
where Banks Beer was brewed for
32 years and photos of the Brewery's
'1000-gallon opening.' Then pause to take a look around our fully automated
Computerized Facility before enjoying a bird's
eye view of the Bottling Hall where a great
symphony of glass upon glass meets the ears, as we produce the distinctively
flavoured golden brew.
Then its time to sit and relax in The Beer
Garden which was constructed as a replica of a traditional Bajan watering hole.
Here you can enjoy the full range of beverages
Q. How often are tours of
the Brewery conducted?
A. Guided tours take place Mondays through Fridays at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm.
Q. How can I arrange to go
on a tour?
A. Tel: (246) 227-6722 to make a reservation. Walk-ins are also welcomed.
Q. How much does it cost to
tour the Brewery?
A. BDS $12 or US $6.
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“Paradise. Plain & Simple”
Sep 9, 2009 - KCooker21 - Hollywood, CA
My husband and I stayed at the Hilton in Barbados for 7 days and both agree that
it was one of the best vacations we have ever had. The location of the Hilton is
absolutely breathtaking, the beach in... Read more
My husband and I stayed at the Hilton in
Barbados for 7 days and both agree that it was one of the best vacations we have
ever had. The location of the Hilton is absolutely breathtaking, the beach in
front of the hotel was immaculate, the staff was wonderful, polite &
accommodating, the food was excellent (though I recommend venturing out to try
some local cuisine as well), the pool is fabulous, the activities are fun, and
it is an all around wonderful place to stay! Close
Sep 8, 2009 - Nancy030 - Burnley, Lancashire
This Hotel offers everything you would expect from the Hilton chain. The rooms
are modern, spacious and clean. The reception area is always attended to and is
open air with a large staricase... Read more
This Hotel offers everything you would
expect from the Hilton chain. The rooms are modern, spacious and clean. The
reception area is always attended to and is open air with a large staricase
leading down to the various pools and beach huts where you can get drinks,
snacks and towels. The beach infront of the hotel is amazing. The beach is white
and the water is clear blue and warm. Sun loungers are provided free of charge
and you can easily relax without being too close to any other travellers. We
stayed at the Hilton on a B&B basis because we wanted to try as much local food
as possible. The only fault with this hotel is the location. You have to get a
taxi every night to and from 'The Gap' and over the two weeks this adds up to a
considerable amount. From memory I think it was $25 each way. There are lots of
great places to eat at the gap. Prices vary but there is something for everyone.
We didnt do any trips in Barbados but we did go to Oystons. Make sure you make
the effort to go whilst you are in barbados. Its a great atmosphere and the
locally prepared dishes are excellent and really cheap. Another gem if you
decide to try somewhere other than the gap is the Waterfront Cafe in Brigetown.
They have a traditional buffet on a Tuesday night and its is fantastic! Close
Sep 5, 2009 - norcalkitesurfer - Hayward, Ca.
Very nice place to stay. Friendly staff and very quiet. Walking distance to
public transportion and Brown Sugar Rest (popular barbadian local rest).
Amenities are also good. Very clean room and... Read more
Very nice place to stay. Friendly staff
and very quiet. Walking distance to public transportion and Brown Sugar Rest
(popular barbadian local rest). Amenities are also good. Very clean room and
secured. If you decide to tour the island or shopping, we hired a taxi. The taxi
was a late model BMW 5 series. Our driver was so frindly that we invited him to
eat lunch with us before leaving. The rate was $30 US per hour with minimum of 3
hours. I promissed the driver that I would publish his info to gain some
business. Please contact him if you need to get arround safely and comfortably.
Here is his info: Name: Norman Alleyne Cell: [--] Hm: [--] Close
“Relaxing vacation ... nice hotel”
Aug 27, 2009 - NJ2anywhere - NJ, USA
My wife and I stayed at the Hilton for 7 days in January 2009 using Hilton
Hhonors points. Being a gold member, we were upgraded to the executive floor to
a king ocean view room. Despite what some... Read more
My wife and I stayed at the Hilton for 7
days in January 2009 using Hilton Hhonors points. Being a gold member, we were
upgraded to the executive floor to a king ocean view room. Despite what some of
the other reviews said, we were very happy with our choice and experience while
in Barbados. We were looking for a relaxing vacation and we got exactly that!
HOTEL: The hotel staff was very friendly. We utilized the concierge almost daily
to assist with dinner reservations and a few other things such as arranging for
a rental car. We rented a car (motu) for 1 day to explore the island and it was
nice. The maps of the island are not very detailed (nor are the road signs) so
you should have a good sense of direction if you plan on driving. Also, the
hotel is centrally located to Bridgetown and St. Lawrence Gap, but is at the
point of the bay so it's rather quiet/secluded a bit....and unless you like to
walk a lot (which we do), then you'll have to take a taxi most places. MEALS: We
ate breakfast in the executive lounge every day; we purchased lunch items (most
days) at the nearby convenience store/gas station; and we enjoyed drinks and
appetizers in the executive lounge before heading to dinner. We only ate at the
hotel restaurant on our first night and it was decent. Of all the places we have
traveled (Asia, Australia, Tahiti, Europe, etc.), Barbados is one of the most
expensive places to eat. Restaurants to recommend include Brown Sugar (great
local restaurant - and within walking distance of the hotel), Just Grillin
(casual, outdoor grill with excellent grilled chicken sandwiches), Pisces and a
few others in St. James, Bridgetown and St. Lawrence Gap. The locals are very
nice and welcoming. In fact, we were stopped twice while driving around the
island to see if we were lost and/or needed help with directions. (It is easy
for locals to identify tourists by the license plate!) Close
“Pretty Good Hotel”
Aug 24, 2009 - DennisTyler_Texas - Tyler, Texas
We stayed 7 days at this hotel. Our room was on the second floor overlooking the
ocean. We paid for a King Deluxe Bay view but was given a given a King Ocean
view at no extra cost. The staffs were... Read more
We stayed 7 days at this hotel. Our room
was on the second floor overlooking the ocean. We paid for a King Deluxe Bay
view but was given a given a King Ocean view at no extra cost. The staffs were
very friendly and helpful. I think this stems for the general nature of the
Barbadian people. Even on the streets the people were very friendly. The
capital, Bridgetown is a 5 minutes drive away and is worthwhile of a visit. The
hotel is located on the beach. The hotel beach is private but it is not the best
beach Barbados has to offer. However it was kept clean by the hotel. In the
water we were bombarded by 2-3 feet waves and were restricted to a small area
for our safety. The beach opposite the hotel that is open to the public has
calmer water and is better for kids and people who do not want to deal with
endless waves. This public beach which is about 100 yards from the hotel is
frequent by the locals and has adequate public facilities. The hotel has
restaurants that are pretty expensive. There are local restaurants within
walking distance from the hotel. Kingston 10, located in Bayside Plaza is an
excellent inexpensive restaurant that serves a good selection of local dishes at
lunch time. We love the steam fish; it was always fresh and palatable. The
“Brown Sugar” is an upscale local restaurant that has a lunch buffet and an A la
Carte dinner dining. There are also good restaurants that would require short
travel by transportation from the hotel. “Just Grillin” in Quayside Center
serves very good grilled fish. The “Pisces” located in the St. Lawrence Gap is a
very upscale restaurant that sits basically on the water, it is very expensive
but the food is excellent and reservation is recommended. The Fish Fry in
Oistins is a must; there is good local food, music and dancing on Friday and
Saturday night. There are much more visitors on Fridays. The activities at the
Hilton are somewhat limited for family. Beside the beach, there is a beach
volley ball area, 4 lighted tennis courts and night club. The tennis courts are
not in the best of shape; they are in dire need of resurfacing and new nets. The
night club does not charge an admission fee and there were a large dancing crowd
on some of the nights. In addition, the hotel has pretty good pools that are
well maintained. We were in time Barbados for the Crop Over festival. The parade
is held on the first Monday in August. There are many carnival activities prior
to the final big parade. The pageantries parade from the Nation Stadium to
Kensington Oval accompanied by music bands playing sweet calypso music. Many
tourists were seen participating in this activity.
The perfect diving, snorkeling and windsurfing destination, the island of
Barbados was formed by years of coral reef growth, and
offers its visitors 21 miles of pink sand
beaches, many sightseeing attractions, great nightlife, dining and shopping.
Pink Sand Beaches
Coral Reefs Great For Diving
British Flavor and Culture
Great Duty Free Shopping
Various Types of Dining
Golf and Tennis
Racket Swinging and Cricket
The average temperature in the Barbados is 82 degrees in the summer and 79
degrees in the winter. The balmy, tropical climate is cooled by constant sea
breezes, but it is sunnier and drier than the other Caribbean islands. The dry
season is from December to June; during the so-called wet season (July to
November) some brief rain showers are likely, followed by the tipical hot and
dry Barbados sun.
Barbados is an island in the Atlantic about 300 miles (483 km) north of
Venezuela and the easternmost island of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles.
It is an island formed in pre-historic times
from years of coral reef growth which has left modern-day visitors a
21-mile-long playground for beachgoers, scuba
divers, snorkelers, golfers, fishing
enthusiasts and just about anyone seeking fun. On Barbados' south and west
coasts, where the warm Caribbean Sea
caresses the shore, there are many beachfront
resorts. The waters of the West Coast are famous for their clarity and the
location of the most exclusive resorts
and beautifully landscaped tropical gardens.
Snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving are regular activities. In
fact, Barbados ranks among the top-six
places in the world with ideal conditions for
windsurfing. Other often played sports include racket swinging, golf, tennis and
cricket which are its major sports.
Barbados is a great island getaway, offering
not only beautiful pink, sandy beaches, but also a rich cultural heritage and a
wide array of sightseeing attractions.
This sophisticated island has a
distinguishably British flavor - afternoon tea and the sport of cricket are
quite popular. Its upscale shopping and gourmet dining
will please vacationers with distinctive
taste. Throughout the Caribbean, Barbados boasts some of the lowest prices on
certain goods. There are goods bargains
on English goods such as Porcelain, China,
Crystal and Perfume. Rum is also a buy. The capital of Bridgetown is often
considered the most vibrant and
exciting in the English-speaking Eastern
Caribbean. Its colonial charm blends well with the contemporary commercial
buildings. It is also a port city and the
deep blue harbor accommodates container ships
of great economic importance and massive cruise liners of similar importance.
The local currency is the Barbados dollar but US dollars are accepted throughout
the island. The official language of the Barbados is English. Electricity
is normally 110 volts but some hotels have
220 volts and offer transformers. American appliances are fully compatible. As
far as driving, British rules apply,
so please drive on the left and remember to
look right before crossing streets. You will need a valid driver's licence plus
a driver's permit issued at the
airport (cost is US$5) to rent a car. Eastern
Standard Time is used within the islands of Barbados. (GMT-4)
To get to the Barbados you would fly into Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI).
The airport is located approximately 10 miles (16km) southeast of
Bridgetown city centre which is the capital
of Barbados. Major carriers sevicing the island include Air Canada, Air
Caribbean, Air Jamaica, Air Martinique,
American Airlines, American Eagle, British
Airways, BWIA, Carib Express, LIAT, LTU International and Virgin Atlantic. Each
traveller is required
to pay departure tax of US $30.00 at the
airport upon leaving the island.
Effective December 31, 2006, the U.S. Department of State and Homeland Security
requires all travelers to and from the Americas, the Caribbean, and
Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted
document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality. This
information should be used only as a
guideline and non-U.S. citizens should
contact the airline they are traveling on, or their local consulate regarding
the specific entry requirements that apply to their nationality.