Bridgetown, Barbados

Location:

The Bridgetown Port is located just five minutes away by taxi, about 3 usd, from the capital city of Bridgetown, or at least a 10-15 minutes walk. 13 miles away from the Grantley Adams International Airport.

There is a shuttle service to passengers from the port into the city of Bridgetown. 1 USD.

The cruise terminal of Bridgetown has duty-free shopping options, complete with jewelry, clothing, souvenirs and crafts. There’s also a tourist information desk and a telecommunications center with phone, Internet and postal services.

Sightseeing:

Barbados is the most easterly of all the Caribbean islands.

In Bridgetown visit Nelson’s Statue, Parliament Building, The Old Synagogue, St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time. On the West Coast of Barbados, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Along the East Coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of the trade winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

Most of the Bridgetown sites are in easy walking distance of city center.

At Payne’s Beach snorkeling with the turtles. The beach is nice and it is an easy swim out to where the turtles are. (just look where the catamarans are)

Mount Gay Rum Distillery Tour. You can see how sugarcane is made into the final product at the Mount Gay Rum Distillery.

If you want to save some money, there is no need to join a crowded tour, just take a taxi and go on your own. walk down to the parliament building and square where many cabs are situated and create your own tour with a time frame that you like with a cabbie.

Shopping and Food:

Many duty-free shops cater to visitors, e.g., from cruise ships. Bridgetown’s main street hosts numerous duty-free jewelers. At least one department store in Bridgetown (Cave Shepherd) offers a wide range of mercantile. The small mall at the harbor also offers decent prices and selection, though goods produced in Barbados may be more expensive there than elsewhere on the island.

Swan Street, a pedestrian only mall, has stores selling cheap clothes.

Currency:

The local currency is the Bajan dollar, but US dollars are accepted just about everywhere in shops and restaurants. US$1 = BD$2.

Communication:

The official language of Barbados is English, but the Bajan dialect is widely spoken.

There are several small internet cafes located around the island as well as connections offered by the larger resort hotels. Also in the cruise terminal.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Most stores are open till noon on Saturday and then nothing opens till Monday morning. On holiday weekends (Good Friday, national holidays, etc.) that fall on or close to a weekend stores may be closed for three or four days at a stretch.

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