Know before you go!
Region & Time Zone: Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean Time Zone
Passport Required: Yes
Languages Spoken: English
Currency: Barbadian Dollar
Power: US 2-prong plug at 110 volts
A little background
Situated in the southern Caribbean Sea outside of the hurricane belt is the refined and relaxed island of Barbados. At only 166 square miles, Barbados is one of the smaller Caribbean islands - but rarely ever feels crowded. Locals (known as Barbadians or Bajans) are famous for their hospitality and friendly nature, and are extremely proud of their country - for good reason. Barbados has both a rich history and a vibrant culture that exudes a sophisticated, yet down-to-earth relaxed atmosphere. The average year-round temperature in Barbados is around 80 degrees - and with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, you're almost guaranteed a great tan! JetBlue is pleased to offer nonstop service to Barbados from New York (JFK).
Recommended as a "must see" by those who have visited, Hunte's Gardens are located just outside of Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados. The gardens contain a wide variety of beautiful tropical flowers and orchids, statues, trees, and foliage. Even if you aren't a huge plant enthusiast, the beauty of these gardens is still stunning and captivating.
One of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Barbados is located just outside the capital city of Bridgetown. Carlisle Bay is known for calm, blue Caribbean water and phenomenal snorkeling. Large sea turtles tend to frequent the reef near the beach, and make for some great views while swimming, snorkeling, or diving. The sand here is pristinely white and fine - and as long as you go when no cruise ships are in port, you should have the beach mostly to yourself.
South Coast Boardwalk
Also known as the Barbados Boardwalk, the boardwalk along the southern coast of Barbados was the first walk built along the water on the island. The boardwalk provides unique and picturesque access to many beaches and local restaurants, and is frequented by both a large number of tourists and locals. In the evening, people often stop to take in the breathtaking sunset and enjoy the last few rays of red Barbadian sun before nightfall.
In the heart of Barbados, out of sight of most travelers is Harrison's cave. Here, besides learning about the history of Barbados, visitors are taken on a tour of a series of underground caves that include crystal clear pools, stalactite and stalagmite formations, and "flow" rocks. This is not your typical tour, however - it is physically challenging, and you will be suited up in spelunking equipment to be able to crawl through narrow tunnels and wade through underground streams. Be sure to stop at this "must do" while in Barbados!