Barbados: where is it, when to go and what to see

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A tropical island of limestone origin, Barbados is located on the border between the Carribean Sea e the Atlantic Ocean. In the past, the economy of Barbados was mainly based on the cultivation of sugar cane and related activities, today it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Barbados: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a vacation in Barbados cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 284.215 (in 2015)
  • Capital: Bridgetown
  • Languages: English - Basan (Creole English dialect)
  • Local currency: Barbadian dollar (€ 0,44 = 1 Barbadian dollar)
  • Weather: tropical climate hot all year round, with temperatures that fluctuate slightly.
  • vaccinations: no vaccinations are necessary, with the exclusion of that against yellow fever for travelers from countries at risk of transmitting the disease (with the exception of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago) as well as for travelers who have just passed through for more than 12 hours in the airport of a country at risk of transmitting the disease.
  • Entry requirements: for a stay of no more than 90 days, a visa is not required: however, you must have a return ticket. The residence permit stamp is placed on the forms distributed by the airlines. All incoming travelers will be fingerprinted. Pets must be subjected to a practice, with certificates issued both from the country of origin and from Barbados, and arrival must be announced at least three days in advance. It is advisable to ask your veterinarian for information on what to do, even before organizing the departure.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Barbados is an independent island nation, part of the Lesser Antilles, located on the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state (with the title "Queen of Barbados") and is represented on the island by a governor general.

    How to reach us

    • From Rome: the best known airlines, which cover the Rome-Barbados route are Alitalia, British Airways, Air Canada and Iberia. There are no direct flights, all solutions include 1 or 2 day or night stopovers, depending on which the total duration of the flight varies from 15 to 27 hours. Flights with a single ladder stop at one of London's airports, from which it takes about 9 hours to reach Barbados. Flights from Rome to Bridgetown starting from € 521,00
    • From Milan: There are also no direct flights from Milan. Easyjet, Thomas Cook Airlines and Caribben Airlines join the aforementioned airlines on the route departing from the Lombard capital. Also in this case, flights with a single stopover, mostly at night, stop in London. Flights from Milan to Bridgetown starting from € 521,00
    • From the main European capitals: From London the route is covered by Thomas Cook Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic: they are all direct flights, lasting about 9 hours. Air Canada, American, British Airways, Air France, Virgin and Lufthansa depart from Paris, with one-stop flights. EasyJet, Lufthansa, British Airways and Iberia depart from Berlin, always with one or two stopovers.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical and warm all year round, slightly cooler during the months from December to April, when the minimums are around 21/22 degrees, and the maximums around 28/30 ° C. From May to October, on the other hand, the minimums vary around 23/24 ° C and the maximums around 30/31 ° C. The rains are quite irregular, which means that even in the wettest months, the weather can remain good for weeks. For swimming, the sea is warm enough all year round
    • Best time: from February to April, which is the least rainy of the year. December and January are also good months, although the chances of running into some showers are higher.
    • Period to avoid: the hurricane season runs from June to November, with greater risks between August and October.
    • Advice: Lightweight cotton or linen clothes, a sun hat, sunscreen, a light sweatshirt for the evening and a raincoat for thunderstorms are great all year round. Snorkeling equipment, aquatic shoes or with rubber soles for the coral reef.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Crane Beach it is defined by many as the most beautiful beach in Barbados, due to its golden sand and clear waters. This jewel of nature is hidden among the cliffs, and can only be reached via a steep path.
    2. Bathsheba is a location located on the east coast, and is the perfect place for those in search of romance, perhaps strolling along the seafront. Characterized by a wild and lively nature, which presents itself in all its splendor and "particularity": famous is the Mushroom Rock, a particular mushroom-shaped rock.
    3. Mount Standfastè it is a beach located north of Holetown, particularly loved by young and old, given the opportunity to observe the turtles eating a few meters from the beach. Furthermore, the area is the perfect place for diving and snorkeling.
    4. Speighstown is a town with a rural past, which houses a beautiful th century building, the Arlingtown House, used as an interactive museum of the history of the island.
    5. Bridgetown it is the only city on the island that comes closest to the western meaning of the term. The streets are full of shops and chattel houses, the typical wooden houses of the island. Walking through the streets of the city it is also possible to come across numerous buildings and monuments, testimony of the island's colonial past.
    6. Harrison's Cave it is a beautiful cave, nicknamed "Crystal Room". Located in the St. Thomas district, the underground limestone cave accessible by train, features streams, pools, stalagmites, stalactites and even waterfalls.
    7. Holetown is the oldest settlement on the island, a must to learn more about the history of Barbados. Among its major points of interest are the Holetown monument, erected to commemorate the first English landing and St James Church, a 17th century church.
    8. St. Andrew it is a neighborhood full of places to visit, including the Chalky Mount Potteries pottery center, where you can admire the craftsmen at work, and the Morgal Lewis mill, which has always been a tourist destination for "souvenir photos".
    9. Accra Beach it is the most famous beach in all of Barbados. Crystal clear waters, white sand and a vast marine fauna make it a snorkeling paradise, but also a place suitable for relaxation.
    10. Andromeda Botanical Gardens are among the main attractions of Barbados. Located in the eastern part of the island, near St Joseph, they contain the various examples of tropical plants present on the island

    What to do in Barbados: excursions and tours

    How much does a vacation in Barbados cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Average prices in Barbados are close to the Italian conception of "right": for a three-course meal for 2 people, in a mid-range restaurant, you pay from 44 to € 57,00. As for transport, renting a car costs from € 10,00 to € 26,00 per day: to this must be added the cost of petrol per liter, which is € 1,50. The price of the ticket for public transport is € 0,87 per trip, with the possibility of taking out a monthly pass for € 26,00: it is therefore advisable to think carefully about the "type" of holiday you want to do, first to rent the car. The cost of accommodation is slightly higher than the Italian average, with € 74,00 per night, for a room in a 2-star hotel, while for a 3-star hotel it goes up to € 120,00.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 42,00 per room -
    • starting from € 520,00 -

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