Barbados Vacation Travel Tips - Part 2
More arrival briefing essentials including electrical current, where to stay, more
Where To Go
When To Go
Where To Stay
What It Costs
What To Do
What To Pack
Flora & Fauna
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
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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