Barbados Vacation Travel Tips - Part 2

More arrival briefing essentials including electrical current, where to stay, more

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Where to Stay:
Much of the Caribbean coast on the south and west sides is ringed with hotels, some of the Caribbean's best and most expensive. The rougher Atlantic side, generally too rough for safe swimming and diving, has a few hotels for those who want to be far away from the crowds. The tourist board can also provide a list of guesthouses, apartments and villas.

Hotel rates can be as much as 50 percent less in summer. Check this selection of hotels all over the island in many different price ranges.

Camping: Not permitted.

Currency: Although everything is quoted in dollars and cents--it's in Bajan currency. One dollar US is worth $2 Bajan, so cut the posted prices by half to get the U.S. equivalent. Banks are open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 9-1 and 3-5 on Friday.

Tipping & Taxes: Barbados keeps getting more expensive. A 7.5% government tax and 10% service charge are added to hotel bills. In addition, a 7.5% VAT (value added tax) applies to all meals, plus the 10% service charge. The departure tax is US$30.

Electrical Current: 110 volts but 50 cycles instead of 60. Not good for U.S. appliances. Some hotels have transformers or 220 volt outlets. Check the ratings of your electronic equipment; most modern battery chargers can handle 220 volts easily as well as 110, 60 cycles.

Safety/Health Warnings: If you're out after dark, stay away from Nelson Street and the poorer areas of Bridgetown. In general, this is a safe island and the people helpful and friendly.

Snakes & Other Venomous Creatures: None.

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