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Barbados - Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. What language is spoken locally?
  7. Where are the best beaches?
  8. What electric voltage is used in Barbados?

When is the best time to go?

Barbados generally has good year-round weather, although the best time to travel is usually considered to be the dry season running between December and May. From June to November, there is the risk of hurricanes. Barbados experiences an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, with the average daily temperature peaking at 26 degrees Celsius.


Do you need a visa?

British passport holders and most European Union citizens do not require a visa to enter Barbados and are eligible to stay for up six months. You do need a valid passport and return tickets, though. Citizens from other countries such as the U.S.A, Canada, Australia are also exempt from needing a visitor visa. To check which countries are part of the short-stay visa waiver programme please check with the Barbados consulate or tourist board.


How can I get there?

There are year-long direct flights to Barbados from London and Manchester with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, while Thomson Airways offers seasonal flights to Barbados from London, Manchester and Birmingham. The average flight time is around eight hours and 40 minutes.


What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The Barbados dollar is the local currency, although U.S. dollars are also widely accepted. The Barbados dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar, with an exchange rate of US$1 to BD$1.98. Major credit and debit cards can be used in most restaurants, shops and hotels across the island too.


What is there to see and do?

The main attractions in Barbados are its beaches, with miles of gorgeous white sand running around the island's coast. If soaking up the sun by the sea isn't relaxing enough for you, head to one of Barbados's decadent spas where you can indulge in all manner of beauty and wellness treatments. For active travellers there is a lot to do, with surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling and swimming being among the most popular water sports on offer. Head to the island's green interior, meanwhile, and you can go hiking, visit a wildlife reserve or even enjoy a zipline tour through the forest. There are also numerous historical and cultural attractions in Barbados, with its capital city of Bridgetown being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's home to many beautiful colonial buildings, as well as a military garrison that was used by the British to expand their trade interests in the region. Other historical sites worth visiting in Barbados include the Sunbury Plantation House and Museum, St Nicholas Ab


What language is spoken locally?

The official language in Barbados is English although Bajan is a recognised regional language used by some locals.


Where are the best beaches?

Barbados has more than 70 miles of pristine beaches, so you won't be short of options for finding somewhere to relax by the sea. The best place for you will depend on what you'd like to do. For instance, Barbados's east coast is renowned for surfing, while the sea on the west coast is typically much calmer and better for swimming. It laps pure white sands - picture perfect. The south of Barbados also boasts gorgeous stretches of sand that are protected by reefs, making this a fantastic choice for snorkellers, while in the south-east you can try windsurfing. There are wonderful beaches here that are backed by towering cliffs.


What electric voltage is used in Barbados?

The voltage in Barbados is 115 volts. The standard plug type is two flat blades but most hotels offer converters for European plugs.


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