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Barbados Vacation Planning

Barbados Destination Guide

Discover her sweet tropical air and British flair and you'll want to return to this Caribbean beauty again and again. Barbados beckons you with spectacular pink-white sand beaches and blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the shoreline providing exciting snorkeling and scuba diving. Complete the adventure exploring coastal caves that were once pirate hideouts. Visit Trafalgar Square and shop the Scottish District. Take in a challenging round of golf, then relax at one of the quaint pubs that dot the capital city of Bridgetown. Warm and friendly Barbadian smiles will welcome you on this serene Caribbean island.

Weather in Barbados

Temperatures range between 75-85°F, with gentle trade winds, a balmy climate and 3,000 hrs of sunshine each year. Rainy season is July-Nov, though showers tend to be brief. Hurricanes do not usually affect Barbados.

Tipping in Barbados

Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge. If they do not, a 10% gratuity is the expected rate.

Wedding Requirements for Barbados

It is very easy to get married in Barbados. There is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage license must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Airport Information for Barbados

Travel to and from Barbados uses the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Rental Cars in Barbados

Car rental is available from a number of rental agencies. A valid National or International License is required, and the driver must have held his/her license for at least 2 to 5 years, depending on the agency. In most cases, the driver must be at least 21 years old, though some agencies have an age requirement as high 25. The maximum age is normally between 65 and 75 years old. In addition, a Barbados driving permit is required. This can be obtained from car hire companies, the Ministry of Transport (0830-1430 Monday to Friday), the airport (0800-2200 every day) or police stations in Hastings, Worthing and Holetown. The cost of the permit is approximately $5.00 U.S.