The climate in Barbados is generally pleasant, with a cool, dry period between December and March. It becomes warmer towards May, with the hurricane season following from June to November. It is during the latter part of this period that the hottest weather is experienced, but due to the steady trade winds, extreme heat is exceptional. Daytime temperatures vary depending on the month, but are generally between 80º and 85ºF (21 to 31ºC), with a 10 to 15º drop during the night.
Bring clothes for the tropics: light cotton dresses and light jackets for formal wear or casual slacks and light sportswear when you're not taking your laps in our inviting pool or exploring the turquoise water of our beach. Include sunglasses, sunblock and beach footwear among your beachwear.
While Barbados is a fun holiday island, there are dress codes even for tourists, and because of 300 years of conservative British heritage, formal attire is still customary. Businessmen wear shirts and ties with jackets at times; businesswomen wear smart dresses. It's a good idea to wear pants and a shirt when visiting a bank. Bathing suits are best suited for the beach, beach bars and pool.
Credit cards are accepted as payment in most establishments. Traveler's checks are also widely accepted.
The currency unit is Barbados dollar. US$1.00 is equal to approximately B$2.00.
Carefully evaluate rates offered by banks for currencies other than the US dollar, the pound sterling and the deutschmark. Many tourist establishments quote prices in U.S. dollars but please do verify.
You can use this website's currency converter under Travel Tools to check exchange rates.
Bank machines are available on the island.
If you plan to drive a car in Barbados, a driving permit is required. Permits can be obtained from car rental companies; the Ministry of Transport (open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday); the Airport (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., daily), or police stations located in Hastings, Worthing and Holetown. There is a registration fee of B$10. A valid national license or an international driving permit is also required.
110 Volts, 60 Cycles AC (same as in United States and Canada)
Entry into Barbados
Visitors from North America, Western Europe, Commonwealth African countries, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil need a passport but visas are not required. Visitors from most other countries are usually granted a short stay on arrival without the necessity of tourist visas.
Officially, you must have a ticket back to your country of origin as well as an onward ticket to be allowed in. You will also need an accommodation address upon arrival. These are being checked by Immigration Officers.
Upon arrival, state the maximum period you intend to stay - overstaying is not recommended if you wish to re-enter Barbados in the future. If you wish to extend your stay, arrangements may be made with the Immigration Office, Careenage House, on the Wharf in Bridgetown (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tel: 426-9912 for US$12.50. Processing may take some time. When visiting the Immigration Office you will need to take your passport and return ticket. Tickets are inspected quite carefully. Work permits are extremely difficult to obtain and the regulations are strictly enforced.
Barbados is the most easterly island of the Caribbean and lies 13 degrees north of the equator. Although it is in the Atlantic, Barbados is regarded as a Caribbean territory.
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Barbados has pure drinking water and was the first Caribbean island to have piped water.