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First Time Barbados

Hello

We are looking to book a holiday and are considering Barbados - we like somewhere with a nice beach and swimming but also somewhere that is safe to go out on an evening with a choice of bars and restaurants. Was thinking that maybe St Lawrence Gap may be better value than Bridgetown with the cruise ships etc?

Also, is it safe for woman - i did read that there was a lot of rapes last year, which is making me a bit nervous, i am going with my partner but dont want to go anywhere where i would feel scared in going to the toilet, or been left on the beach for half an hour....

all advice welcome

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1. Re: First Time Barbados

Barbados is very safe using common sense of course, you don't have to just look in the gap area look in the Hastings area also Rockley/Accrra Beach is nice, also there is the 1 mile long boardwalk by the ocean, lots of restaurants and bars to eat and drink at

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2. Re: First Time Barbados

claireser.

If you want nightlife , restaurants and a great beach , then The Gap area would be great for you . It's perfectly safe and you won't have a problem , just stick to tourist areas after dark . Southern Palms and Infinity on the beach , both in The Gap , would make ideal bases for you. Coral Mist and Accra hotels are also on great beaches , and also not far from nightlife / entertainment and great restaurants . Bridgetown is just a place to shop , and really there aren't any hotels as such in the city .

Edited: 19 January 2014, 14:46
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3. Re: First Time Barbados

You will be safer in Barbados than you will in Leeds !

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4. Re: First Time Barbados

Haha. Your probably right! X

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5. Re: First Time Barbados

Haha. Your probably right! X

Any ideas on what the prices are like to eat and drink out?

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6. Re: First Time Barbados

Same as in Leeds. You can eat cheaply or spend a fortune and everything in between.

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7. Re: First Time Barbados

If you reckon on around £100 per day for you both for food and drink , then you should be ok.

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8. Re: First Time Barbados

I live in Barbados. Never go on any beach at night time. And avoid any beach that is isolated and does not have people on it. Other than that it is perfectly safe as long as you use common sense

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9. Re: First Time Barbados

We stay at Coral Mist and find it a very convenient place to stay as there are many bars and restaurants within walking distance. It is near enough to walk to The Gap, just take care as the pavements are not good!

I have never felt unsafe in Barbados. You need to take the same precautions that you would at home and you will be fine.

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re-copied from post by BIWT

I would suggest room only where possible as we have over 140 great restaurants to eat at ranging from $$ to $$$$. You don't want to miss out on them.

In most bars you can purchase a beer for anywhere between $3-$8 depending on the location. Some bars have four beers ( Banks, Stag or Hairoun) 4 for $10.

Sodas / Juice = $3 to $5.50

Rum + Coke = $8

Rum Punch = $13

Tea/Coffee = $6 and up

Most cocktails $12-$20 depending on the location.

Glass of Wine = $12 to $24 depending on the location

Glass of Champagne = $30-$40

Bottle of wine = $68+

Bottle of Champagne = $135+

Food ---

Starters $18-$38 depending on restaurant

Mains $45 to $100 generally, depending upon restaurant and what you order. Lobster for example will be around $100. Items such as platters for two can run up to $140

Desserts $15 to $25 depending upon restaurant and what you order

Fast Food

$15 can get you two pieces of chicken, fries, biscuit and a drink from Chefette or KFC.

$12.99 can get you a value meal from KFC (sandwich and fries or chicken strips and fries or three wings and fries etc)

$33 can get you a whole regular pizza

Rotis range from $6.75 (Curried Potato) to $10.25 (All Chicken)

Casual Dining

Flying Fish Sandwich with Fries = $25

Burgers = $26-$35

Spare Ribs Platter = $39.95

1/4 Chicken Platter = $29.95

1/2 Chicken Platter = $34.95

14oz Ribeye Platter = $41.95

Groceries

Essential Waitrose Round Tea Bags = $4.79 (40)

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee = $11.59

Loaf of Bread = $4.35

Block of Cheddar (250g) = $6.89

Wedge of Brie = $6.50 to $13 depending on the size of wedge

Dozen Eggs = $8.29

1 Litre of Ultra Pasteurised 2% Milk = $5.99

1 Litre of Fresh Whole Milk = $6.99

1 Litre of Juice = $5.29 to $5.99

Sliced Ham = $5.79

Bacon = $9.05

Bananas = About $0.70 each

Oranges = Jamaican about $0.75 each, Florida/California about $1.20 each

English / Granny Smith Apples = About $1.20 each

Strawberries = $19.99 a crate

Sodas (Coke, Sprite etc) = $1.85 (500ml)

All Prices BBD, divide by 2 for the US, divide by 3 for the £

I would recommend you budget approximately $350 BBD / $175 USD a day for the two of you so that's £58 / $88 USD per person roughly per day. This would cover breakfast, lunch and dinner and drinks. Some days you'll spend a bit more, others a bit less.

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