Useful Information – General Travel Tips

Posted on September 1, 2013
In category Useful Information

You will be pleased to hear that violent crime is extremely rare in Barbados.  Opportunism is always a possibility so please take necessary care of your personal belongings whilst out and about and use the safe inside your rental property.

On the beach beware the Manchineel trees; the crab apple-like fruit from these trees is poisonous and can blister your skin if you touch it, as can any rain dripping off the tree onto you.  Don’t stand under them to shelter from the rain!  Most of the trees are marked with a red ring around the trunk and some have a warning notice on them.

The bus system in Barbados is excellent (although sometimes a bit fast !!).  Fares are a flat rate of BDD$2.50.  Try to have the correct change ready when you board.

You will see phone booths all over the island, these can be used for local and international calls, most of the booths take phone cards. (They are available in hotels, post offices plus some shops and supermarkets).

For those who wish to communicate via e-mail while on holiday Wi-Fi service is widely available.

The ‘Best of Barbados’ gift shops dotted around the island sell good quality souvenirs, from books and prints to T-shirts and tableware.

When buying from the duty free shops remember to take your travel documents with you.  Please bear in mind that duty free goods are not always the cheapest.

There are restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.  Most restaurants automatically add a service charge, so check your bill to ensure you do not pay this twice.  During busy periods, it’s advisable to book a table in the restaurant of your choice beforehand.

Supermarkets are open until approximately 8pm everyday except Sunday, when they close at 2pm.  Some shops are closed on Saturday afternoons.  Petrol stations (e.g. Rubis) all have an extensive range of products for sale; you can obtain most general provisions and they are open 24 hours, 7 days per week.

You may like to plan ahead and book some activities. We are happy to help with any arrangements.

We have an active Facebook page, where you will find lots of information, pictures and videos along with suggestions of things to do.  Take a look and join in !

If there are any points that I have not covered here please don’t hesitate to contact me.  We are very flexible and will do our best to help you in any way possible.

Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a most enjoyable holiday.

Karen Whittaker (Company Director, Reservations and Finance)


For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Paradise Rentals Barbados
Telephone: (246) 2624505
Freephone: 0208 819 7363