Barbados Island Information
Barbados has some of the best Caribbean Beaches, Finest Hotels/ Resorts, World Class Restaurants, and the constant cooling trade winds blowing from off the coast of Africa.
Barbados has something for everyone, and a few surprises, like Flying Fish, Green Monkeys and Whistling Frogs.
Getting Around Barbados
Barbados has a good bus system, and there are three different types of buses.
Blue government buses are best for going from one side of the island to the other. Yellow striped buses are privately owned, and make more stops. If you are ready for an adventure, take the ZR vans, they stop wherever you want. The ZR's are know for driving at top speed, and are not for the faint hearted.
Barbados has some of the Best Restaurants in the world, yes the world! From world class five star dining, to wonderful moderate restaurants, and small local kitchens. Barbados has a wide variety of restaurants for just about every taste.
You may see Flying Fish while sailing the coastal waters, is the favorite local fish. About the size of sparrows, they can be seen soaring hundreds of yards over ocean waves. We like ours fried with yellow Bajan hot sauce.
The capital city of Bridgetown is the heart of shopping in Barbados. Harrison's and Cave Shepard are the two largest department stores, and offer an extensive duty free selection.
The Best of Barbados shops located throughout the island sell well known Barbadian products. Barbados is famous for its rum which offers a variety of ages and processes rarely seen anywhere else in the world.
$1 US Dollar = $1.98 BDS - U.S. Dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Every evening when the sun goes down, you will hear the flute like song of the whistling frogs. The whole island is alive with the song of the frogs - and the best part is they all are in unison!
Crop Over is Barbados Summer Carnival running from July through of each year. Year-round diving with fringes, barrier reefs and hundreds of wreck sites.
Barbados is a prime golf destination with world class courses, and golf packages offered by the major hotels.
Other activities include: biking, hiking, horseback riding, sailing and kayaking, and water sports. Horse racing and Cricket are two of the most popular sports on the island.
Oistins Weekly Fish Fry
On Fridays it seems most of the Bajans and tourists are at Oistins Fish Market for the weekly fish fry. The fish is always fresh, and quite reasonable in price. Aside from a great dinner, it's always a party, and you can dance the night away. Oistins is also host to the annual Easter Weekend Fish Festival - Get more info
The South Coast
Known as the "party coast" Long, expansive beaches, extensive restaurants, nightlife, and selection of hotels. Great for people watching, sun bathing, swimming, windsurfing. Located on the Caribbean Sea side. Medium Waves
Each Coast Offers Something Different
South Coast beaches are located on the Caribbean Sea and have bigger waves than the West coast. Many beaches are protected by reefs providing calm water for beach goers, and enough waves for windsurfing.
South East Coast
Big waves, with many great beaches nestled in cliffs, with dunes, pink sand, and turquoise water. The most popular beaches on the Southeast coast are Crane Beach,and Bottom Bay.
The West coast is known for the rich and famous with luxury hotels, villas, expensive restaurants and fine beaches with smooth, warm waters.
Located on the Caribbean Sea, the water on the West coast is excellent for sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. This coast offers lots of dive wrecks, and West coast tours offers the opportunity to swim with the giant sea turtles.
Known as the rugged part of the island. Situated on Atlantic Ocean side, you'll find Huge waves crashing against the shore. The landscape is
rather rugged also, and you'll find great cliff views.
Bathsheba is a perfect picnic lunch spot to take in the views and watch surfers.
Not much activity on East Coast, however you'll get some great pictures and view a side of Barbados that is very different from the rest of island landscape.
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