Cheap flights to Barbados depart from London Gatwick Airport and Manchester Airport. International flights to Barbados arrive at Grantley Adams International Airport in Seawell, near Bridgetown. UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Barbados. Taxis are available outside the terminal building – look for the number plates with ‘Z’ on them to identify taxis. There will a list of destinations and prices displayed in the arrivals hall. Have a look through the list before getting into a taxi. Buses to Bridgetown depart frequently from the road outside the terminal building.
Private taxis are easily available for hire throughout the island. The Barbados Transport Board operates a network of public buses around Barbados. These can be recognised by their blue livery. Tickets can be purchased from the driver - passengers will need to have the exact change to pay for tickets. The distinctive privately-owned ZR minivans and yellow minibuses also provide regular services around the island. Tickets can be purchased from the driver, and cost the same as government buses.
Harrison’s Cave is a series of splendid caverns bedecked in layers of stalactites and stalagmites. Visitors are driven through most of the cave system by tram but are able to disembark at certain points to get a closer look at the formations. Hike through Welchman Hall Gully to enjoy the island’s lush beauty. Tyrol Cot Heritage Village is a traditional Bajan-style model village showcasing traditional art and crafts. Finished crafts can be purchased in the village shop, which also sells local food and rum. The grand Sunbury Plantation House features thick walls made of ballast stones salvaged from 17th century ships. Furnished in plantation-era antiques, the house provides an insight into life during colonial times.
Pick up locally made handicrafts at Pelican Village, a shopping district just outside Bridgetown. Swan Street in Bridgetown is a pedestrianised shopping street with shops stocking inexpensive clothes, jewellery and crafts. Cave Shepard is the largest department store on the island. It sells a large variety of duty-free goods. Oistins - in the island’s south - is a little fishing village popular with seafood fans. Locals and visitors congregate here every Friday night for its famous fish fry, when freshly caught and cooked seafood is sold from huts along the beach. Sunbury Plantation House has a restaurant serving up plenty of Bajan favourites in its buffet. Try the fried flying fish and Bajan beef stew with a side of peas and rice. St. Lawrence’s Gap is a popular nightlife district. The area is filled with plenty of bars and nightclubs.