About Bridgetown

Bridgetown 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, vibrant, liveliest and the island's largest city, Bridgetown is referred to as the land of flying fish. Bridgetown, the capital city and an independent British Commonwealth nation located in the Caribbean. It is also a central place for the island's public transport system. Bridgetown is home to many historical sites and attractions that are well worth a visit. From the glorious temperatures to the white sandy beaches and welcoming locals, a real piece of paradise on earth. The city is the hub for major business activities and tourist attractions. A short walk from the downtown area, Carlisle bay hosts probably the best beaches. Take a dip in the warm waters of Carlisle Bay and swim with turtles and indulge in snorkeling over several very shallow wrecks. Do not miss the enjoyable experiences at local bars and restaurants and the historic walking tours in one of the Caribbean's oldest cities.

Public Transport System

There are three budget friendly Barbados buses. The Transport Board buses which are the government buses run daily . There are three Transport Board bus terminals: — Fairchild Street, Bridgetown (opposite Jordan’s Supermarket)— Princess Alice Terminal, Bridgetown (near the main Post Office)— Speightstown, St. PeterBarbados also has mini buses and privately-owned ZR vans. Apart from buses, taxis, share taxis and car rentals are also there for a ride.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency:High, Cleanliness:High

Mode & Cost of Transports

The standard bus fare in Barbados is BDS $2.

 No foreign coins are accepted on the Transport Board buses, use local currency.

Bus 27  will take you from the Airport to the Garrison.

Taxi fare for 1 km Bridgetown is BDS $ 2.50

Taxi  Start fare is BDS $ 18.00.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle BBD 3.00
Cup of Coffee BBD 7.00
Milk Carton Pack BBD 6.00
Rice/Kg BBD 6.00
White Bread BBD 4.00
Eggs (12) BBD 7.00
Combo Meal BBD 15.00
Fine Dining BBD 125.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi BBD 3.00
Domestic Beer BBD 4.00
Imported Beer BBD 7.00
Bottle of Wine BBD 30.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) BBD 12.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) BBD 3.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). BBD 2.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) BBD 1320.00

Do’s-

  • Renting a car or bike will be a better option to see most of the scenic views of the beautiful island.
  • Exploring the beaches.
  • Go on a catamaran cruise and swim with sea turtles. 
  • Visit the Foursquare rum distillery, which is one of the most modern distilleries in the entire western hemisphere.
  • Go on a rum tour.
  • Being the land of flying fish try their national dish Cou-Cou and flying fish. Cou-cou made from cornmeal and okra while flying fish are silvery blue.fish. Other popular fishes are kingfish, tuna, shark.
  • Take the travel and medical insurance before the journey.
  • Animal lovers can visit the Graeme hall sanctuary to see colorful birds and to feed fishes.
  • Keep Friday night for a sizzling barbeque at Oistins fish fry.
  • Visit the Atlantis Submarine to experience a real submarine tour.
  • Experience the unique tram tour under Harrison’s cave.

Don’ts: 

  • Flaunting camouflage wear are banned on the island.
  • Beaches don’t appreciate nudity so one should wear proper beach attire.
  • Don’t sit beneath a coconut tree as per statistics it killed many people each year.
  • Not all the beaches are appreciable for swimming due to strong currents, so do not take unnecessary risks.
  • Crimes may happen late night so one should not visit less inhabited places.
  • Travel outside the tourist areas at your own risk especially at night.
  • Don’t take any valuables to the beach.
  • Hurricanes and Earthquakes occasionally hit Barbados, be alert.
  • Tap water may not be safe to drink.
  • Don’t go for a car rental as one will need additional local car driving license.

Night Life

This Caribbean Island is a premier destination for parties and nightlife. From world-renowned high-energy nightclubs to local thriving bars and pubs which can be a good option to spend your night. The boat parties, clubs, and music festivals are there to create a thriving party and to keep the spirits high day in and day out.
Following are some of the recommended Night Spots in Barbados that offer a great evening show and atmosphere:

  • Harbor Lights is located on the pristine Carlisle Bay Beach 
  • Oistin's fish fry is one of the most popular weekly events, located on the south coast of Barbados. The most happening night is Fridays, the start of the weekend.
  • Taboo located at the Boatyard Complex, Bay Street, St. Michael on the outskirts of Barbados' capital city, Bridgetown, Taboo is the place to be every Saturday night

Options for night activities are endless on the small island mainly because of their fancier nightclubs. Less-Formal nightlife locations can be found in St Lawrence Gap for drinking, dining and live music. Other key venues are Mullins Beach Bar, First Avenue Holetown. There is something for everyone; young and old, exciting or relaxing, trendy or cultural.

Must See

  • George Washington's house, a well-renowned place where the first U.S. President George Washington visited and stayed as a young lad.
  • A great experience of a beautiful coral reef and shipwreck on an incredible adventure of the Atlantis submarine.
  • Ride in a real submarine and watch the fish, turtles as well as other inhabitants of the ocean depths.
  • St. James’ Parish Church - the oldest of the preserved churches on the island, notable for its unique architecture and interior decor.
  • Oistins Fish Festival which takes place every Easter and is a great way to experience the Bajan culture.
  • Holetown festival happens in the mid-week of February and is the biggest island party where one can enjoy the famous rum which is considered to be the national drink for Barbados.
     

Experiences

  • Food lovers must try the Original Bajan Walking Food Tour around downtown.
  • Broad Street, the popular shopping street in the city where duty-free stores, local restaurants, and mini-malls are lined up.
  • Try the flying fish from the local store.
  • Swim with green turtles in the Carlisle Bay where you can touch them.
  • Visit National Heroes Sq. the Clock Tower, Nidhe Israel Museum and other historical sites for experiencing the beautiful architecture in the city.
  • Snorkeling over the wrecks is also an interesting thing to do and watch lots of fish by being in their midst.
  • Must try the rum tasting samples or buy some of the popular rum during Mount Gay Rum Tour and also experience the Bajan style cuisine.
  • Harrison's cave is one of the popular attractions where one can experience riding a tram inside the cave.

Activities

Shopping

Sheraton Mall
Shopping Malls
Christ Church Highway, 6 Sargeant's Village Tenantry Rd, Barbados
Distance From City Center
6.2 km
Pelican Craft Center
Shopping Malls
Pelican Point Shopping Ctr, Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
1 km
Broad Street
Shopping Malls
Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
68m
Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry
Shopping Malls
Oistins, Barbados
Distance From City Center
9.9 km
Earthworks Pottery
Shopping Malls
Edgehill Terrace, 2, Barbados
Distance From City Center
8.6 km
Colombian Emeralds International
Shopping Malls
24 Broad Street, Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
110 m
Cave Shepherd Department Store
Shopping Malls
10-14 Broad Street, Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
5.6 km
Best of Barbados Gift Shop
Handicrafts and Souviners
Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
4.5 km
Little Switzerland
Shopping Malls
Broad St. Colonnade Building, Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
220 m
Limegrove Lifestyle Centre
Handicrafts and Souviners
Holetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
11.5 km
Indigo Stationery Gifts
Antique Markets
Black Rock Main Road, St. Michael, Shop #3 Carlton Plaza, Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
4 km
Beautiful Creations By Terissa
Antique Markets
Croton Avenue, 1st Ave Pine Plantation Rd, St.Michael, Barbados
Distance From City Center
3 km
City Centre Mall Barbados
Shopping Malls
Chapel St, Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
500 m
The Artsplash Centre
Handicrafts and Souviners
Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
4 km
The Royal Shop Barbados
Handicrafts and Souviners
#32 Royal Towers Broad Street Bridgetown St. Michael BB BB19000, Broad St, Bridgetown, Barbado
Distance From City Center
170 m
Hazell's Water World
Handicrafts and Souviners
Bay St, Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
1 km
The Dive Shop Ltd
Antique Markets
Ameys Alley, Upper Bay Street, St Michael, Barbados WI, Barbado
Distance From City Center
1.7 km
John Chandler Antiques & Café
Antique Markets
Limegrove Lifestyle Centre Holetown BB BB24016, Holetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
13.1 km
Cheapside Street Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
650 m
Fairchild Street Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Bridgetown, Barbados
Distance From City Center
500 m

Below are the awesome souvenir ideas that the travelers can take home from Bajan island:

  • Mount Gay Rum - There are two different types of rum produces in Barbados Cockspur and Mount Gay. Mount Gay rum is considered to be the world's oldest refined rum and a must buy for every rum lover.

  • Bajan seasoning - The secret ingredient behind the mouth-watering Bajan dishes and therefore one must grab the opportunity when visiting Bridgetown to buy the Bajan seasoning. This seasoning is actually made up of herbs and spices.

  • Tamarind balls - Traditional Bajan tamarind balls, an old-time Bajan candy have plenty of health benefits.

  • Barbados Cane sugar - The place is the home for the world's finest sugar cane. For all with a sweet tooth, Bajan sugar is an excellent choice to take back home.

  • Bajan Rum Cake - Traditional fruit cake that consists of dried fruits, nuts, citrus peel, mixed spice, sugar, eggs, and Bajan dark rum. Its alcoholic content makes sure that the cake will not spoil before reaching home.

  • Local crafts and jewelry - Gifting a beautiful watch or a timeless piece of jewelry will keep the memory alive and they are a lot cheaper in this city. Oistins Fish Fry is one of the famous stalls to get the best selection for their arts and crafts.

  • Souvenir T-shirt - For gifting purposes, this must be the best option for friends and family. Barbados T-shirts are relatively inexpensive with a variety of colors and designs.

  • Bajan Sweet bread - This traditional Barbadians bread is rich in coconut texture, mostly served with hot tea and is the best option as a take-home snack.

  • Bajan pepper sauce - This spicy hot sauce is mostly served with everything in Barbados especially as a dip for appetizers.

  • Banks beer - The island's favorite beer naturally filtered through limestone rock, which gives Banks Beer its unique Bajan character and distinct quality.

  • Art - There are some fantastic paintings of sea life, beaches and many more things that represent Barbados. The Bajan culture will definitely add a little spice of Barbados back at their homes.

  • Jam - Capture the flavors of fruit on the island, this delicious local jam can give the special Caribbean flavor to your toasts.

  • Beach bags - Personalized beach towels and bags are an amazing selection of beach and summer gifts.

Official Language

English

Other Language

Bajan

Spoken Language

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Currency

Barbados Dollar (BBD)

Population

0.007 (Millions)

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Weather

Light Rain 26.27°C

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TimeZone

11:08 AM (GMT -04:00)

 

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Ambulance

911

 

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Police

211

 

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Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
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Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Grantley Adams International Airport - BGI

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, July and AugustThe most ideal time to travel to Bridgetown is during the dry and lesser humid season as one can guarantee it to be the great weather. As Bridgetown falls under the tropical Caribbean climate so the islands follow a typically Caribbean weather pattern. Driest months are February, March, and April while September, October, and November are considered to be the wettest months. May and July are great months to visit Bridgetown with more hours of sunshine. The evening has cool winds. One should carry an umbrella during the month June to August as it is the rainiest time of the year in Bridgetown.

Moderate time to visit

DecemberWeather is perfect on December month mostly warm with average rain or snow but a fair amount. A a lot of festivals happen during December so it is considered to be the busiest time with tourists and hence the room rates are usually high.

Worst time to visit

June, September, October, and November Official hurricane season in Bridgetown runs from June to November. June is the first month of the traditional rainy season. The highest risk is usually in September and October, with rains starting in June, so visitors usually avoid this time of the year.

Taxi

Start Tariff: BBD 18.00

1 Km. Tariff: BBD 3.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: BBD 50.00

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