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Language: English with a Caribbean twist!
Currency: Barbados Dollar or the US Dollar. Real Holiday Guides recommends British travellers use Barbados dollars. All outlets and traders also accept the US Dollar but often give change in Barbados currency.
are common especially between June and November although Barbados tends
to avoid the worst of them - most of the time they are nothing more than
Water: The tap water is perfectly safe to drink.
Driving: They drive mainly on the left! Take a good map as the signposts can be deceptive or absent.
Flight Time From UK: Approx 8� hours
Time Difference: 4/5 hours behind GMT.
General: Aside from the capital, Bridgetown which is a working city and sea port the other main towns are little more than villages with a scattering of shops and bars.
The best time to visit for the weather is between November and May.
Barbados boasts a lower crime rate than some of its neighbours in the Caribbean although the usual precautions should be taken.
Laws have been passed which should ensure you're not bothered too much by traders on the beaches and police patrols on the tourist beaches are regular.
A recent survey of visitors to Barbados revealed a few things they would like changed, including a lack of pavements (sidewalks). Even even the towns the pavements tend to end abruptly. Holidaymakers also lamented about the dangers of bus drivers ignoring the speed limits on the roads. Our reporter recently clocked a driver on an official 'blue' bus racing along a narrow town road at 60mph!
Famous for its white, soft sandy beaches which are
wider than those on the west. A cooling breeze creates good conditions
for windsurfers and body surfers. Annual competitions attract international
Often referred to as "The Platinum Coast" the west is the gentle, Caribbean side of Barbados and accommodation here tends to be more upmarket and expensive.
Three superb 18-hole courses and several 9-hole courses. Some are members only so check before you travel.
Bucket and Spade Brigade:
Strictly for undemanding beach babes so make sure your hotel has entertainment laid on. The hot climate may not suit the very young.