Frequently asked questions about holidays in Barbados
Here’s a small selection of some of the questions we’re sure you’ll have about holidaying in Barbados. Of course we won’t have the answer to every question you might have, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01373 814272 and ask away. For anything that’s not immediately at our fingertips, we’ll do a bit of research and give you a call back once we’ve found the answer.
How do we get to Barbados?
Most flights to Barbados from the UK operate from London Gatwick. Please also see our detailed flight information.
Virgin Atlantic also operate a service from Manchester to Barbados on two days each week.
What is the cost of living like?
A simple lunch – say a salad and a couple of beers – would cost around £7-10 per head. Dinner (one course) including drinks would cost between £18-£30 per person, depending on the venue. We can give more details if you wish. Supermarket shopping is similar to UK prices although some items are vastly more expensive, especially imported goods.
I am a vegetarian – will I have any problems?
Most restaurants will offer vegetarian options, if a little limited, but you will find the supermarkets and the local markets have an abundance of delicious fruit and vegetables, if you eat fish you will find this plentiful.
What is the food like?
You will find a wide variety of restaurants on all the islands. Specialities using local produce and spices are of course served almost everywhere and well worth trying, however you will find a good selection of the usual international dishes and we’ve also discovered good Thai, Mexican, Italian and Chinese restaurants. We have compiled a list of places to eat, that we hope you will find useful, and will send you this with your final documentation.
What are the shops like?
There are plenty of craft shops as well as all essential stores. If you are catering for yourself you will find some larger supermarkets with a wide choice of products as well as smaller convenience stores.
What do your representatives do for clients on the island?
They will meet you at the airport on arrival and will take you to your accommodation. They will contact you early in your stay to make sure that all is well and will give you any help you may require regarding car hire, excursions and other places of interest etc. They will be your point of contact if you need any assistance during your holiday and they will pick you up and take you to the airport on your departure day.
Is it easy to get around?
Many clients choose to hire a car or a jeep for all or part of their holiday but many of our hotels are located in areas which mean car hire is not essential. Taxis are readily available and the local buses are a real experience and a very cheap way of getting around – particularly up and down the west coast.
How child-friendly is Barbados?
Children and families are very much welcomed to Barbados and most of our hotels and accommodations are happy to accept children, although please note there are some restrictions at certain times of the year. Many of the hotels have free kayaks and boats for children to use and some have organised activities.
What about the weather and hurricanes?
Weather patterns around the world are becoming more and more difficult to predict and the Caribbean is no exception. Historically the Caribbean has two seasons, wet & dry, with the wet season running from July to December and the dry season from January to June. However, in recent years we have seen above-average rainfall in the dry season but less than expected in the wet season! Tropical showers can happen at any time of the year, of course, but rarely last for more than a few minutes. Temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year but reaching their peak during the summer months along with the humidity. The Hurricane season is, in theory, from June to November. The best thing to do is to discuss the situation in detail with our expert staff if travelling in this period.