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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to Barbados

Essential Information US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving. BARBADOS …

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How to Get to Barbados

Airports and airlines: 3 1⁄2 hours from Miami to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI). Served by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, WestJet, American Airlines, Jet Blue, Caribbean Airlines and LIAT. Cruise ports: Cruise lines dock at Bridgetown. On the Southern Caribbean circuit for Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival, Disney, Regent Seven Seas, Celebrity, Holland and America, Oceania. Yachting: Facilities …

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How to Get Around Barbados

Traffic drives on the left. Most car rental agencies in Barbados are locally run and don’t tend to have booths at the airport, but will deliver to hotels. Rental cars are marked with an H on the license plate. The best option, though, is the island’s outstanding bus system, which is regular, clean, safe and offers a fixed fare of …

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Where to Stay in Barbados

6,600 rooms, 67% occupancy Overview Most of the luxury hotels are on the so-called Platinum West Coast, but there are villas and inns around the south coast where prices are more reasonable, and close to St. Lawrence Gap for bars and restaurants. Deals Shop around at the guest houses on the South Coast off season, but expect to book well …

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What to Eat & Drink in Barbados

At the top end, Caribbean dining stands toe to toe with anything on offer in major North American or European cities, not least because a trail of renowned chefs have made their way to the Caribbean to take charge of restaurants in the luxury resorts. The real joy, however, is discovering those unannounced roadside stalls and beach bars where the …

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Where to Go in Barbados

St. Lawrence Gap and the south coast beaches host many of the smaller guest houses, while the Platinum West Coast is prime real estate for the luxury hotels that draw in A-listers over the Christmas season. Harrison’s Cave is the island’s top tourist attraction, a well-run underground tour of limestone caverns, while a tour of the Mount Gay refinery is …

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