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Barbados Advice
updated: Feb 08, 2013, 2:51 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

We're heading to Barbados. If you've visited there in the past year or two, do you have any recommendations?

We're wondering about mosquitos considering it rains daily for a brief period like most tropical islands. Is there a "best" repellent to buy prior to leaving?

What about "must see's & experience" & places to avoid?

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 COMMENT 372373 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 03:21 PM

Be sure to take a teaspoon of pepto bismol once a day for a week before you go.

 

 COMMENT 372376 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 03:27 PM

Mount Gay factory! Lot's of fun!

 

 COMMENT 372380 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 03:37 PM

[Part 1] If it's not too late, rent a villa on the beach. So worth it! The water is as warm as the air so you can swim anytime day or night. Stay on the leeward side of the island (we stayed in a villa on Gibbes Beach), unless you like wind and choppy seas, then stay on the Atlantic side of the island. There are two bus systems: The government run one, and the local one. You have got to ride the local one just for fun. You will share the bus with the locals and they bring their chickens and goats onto the bus, and the driver who will more than likely have dreadlocks, will be blasting Rasta music and rocking out. Bridgetown is the capital with a population of around 7,000 people. The shopping is great and the people are all very friendly. I would suggest renting a car because you can see more of the island vs. paying for a tour bus. The Barbados zoo is small, but it is so much fun to visit.

 

 COMMENT 372383 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 03:41 PM

I don't recall mosquitos being an issue in the islands... sand flies is another matter.

 

 COMMENT 372394 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 04:11 PM

This is my favourite island. Do rent a car and driver. No mosquitoes - as far as I can remember. A lot of history and and there is an old Scottish church still there worth a visit. Enjoy.

 

 COMMENT 372396 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 04:25 PM

I like checking in with Trip Advisor when making travel plans. They usually have a destination expert that either lives in the area or experts that have visited many times and are familiar with all aspects of the area. The biggest advantage to logging in to TA is getting accurate and timely info from people who actually live there. It's been a great help to me.

 

 COMMENT 372398P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 04:27 PM

OP here, Thanks for the great ideas so far.

We have a tour book, but those are never as accurate or contain the "real" tips like the ones from people who've been there.

380 - Thanks for the super-tips. Is there going to be a Part 2, I hope? :-)

We leave this Wednesday for three weeks. Going to be fun!

 

 COMMENT 372424 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 05:23 PM

Barbados is also my favorite island! I have been going every four
years since my first visit 30 years ago. Stay on the west coast
if you can. The water is bathtub warm and not choppy. I always take a local guided tour over to the east side (beautiful with caves). Outside of your resort or in Bridgetown, people are conservative they do not appreciate skimpy clothing. The zoo is a must! Small but charming..Harrison Caves is fun and take a local bus in town....people are so friendly. If you want to see how Simon Cowell does it up..Go to the Sandy Lane Hotel and have a drink or dinner. Mosquitos were never a problem there. In Turks and Caicos, the resturaunts were all outdoors and the waiters would spray our legs with bug spray it was gross! You won't have that problem there...Enjoy!

 

 COMMENT 372428 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 05:31 PM

[Part 2] If you love water sports, there are plenty of options. We befriended two kids who had access to jet skis and a small motorboat. Every morning we would either go jet skiing or fishing for far less than it would cost to do the same at a resort. Plus, they pulled up on the sand right in front of our villa which made it super easy. We had no issues with mosquitos and the daily rain was always refreshing. Just remember that it is a no-no to walk around with no shirt on no matter how hot it is. The only place that it is okay is when going for a swim. We had a house cleaner and a cook and that worked out really nice. I don't have one bad thing to say about Barbados. Have fun!

 

 COMMENT 372452 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 07:23 PM

Do NOT buy any weed from anyone while you are there because you will be approached time and time again. Not sure if they have MM, but tourists who get busted buying drugs there spend a LOT of time in jail or pay very (very) heavy fines to avoid jail time. Just stay away from the drugs!!!! Sometimes the locals make money selling you drugs and then make money with the cops/lawyers by snitching on you. Stay on the beach for fresh air and booze it up all you want, but be sure to stay away from the drugs is my STRONG recommendation.

 

 COMMENT 372453 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 07:24 PM

Does Lonely Planet have a guide out for Barbados? That may well point you off the beaten path into fun nooks and crannies to poke your nose in.

 

 COMMENT 372699P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 06:50 PM

Take me - I can fit in a small suitcase.

 

 COMMENT 373313 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 02:13 PM

I second the Mount Gay Factory. My father is a writer, and specializes in tour books that do contain the "real tips" for traveling on a budget and getting a "non-touristy" view of the islands. Check out "The West Indies on $50.00 A Day: Guesthouse Travel in the Caribbean" on Amazon, and have a great trip!

 

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