Hello there first time visitor. Ticket purchased and hotel reservation made? Now here are some tips for you.

Don’t sweat about a taxi before you arrive, there will be plenty outside the airport.

Bring along your camera, you’ll regret it if you don’t.

Barbados is the #1 developing island in the Caribbean so don’t be shocked by how well advanced it’s services, infrastructure and superstructure is. Also, don’t be alarmed by the amount of construction currently being undertaken,  Barbadians are making the place a better one for you.

Barbados hasn’t yet become one of those islands with European and North-American brands everywhere you look so don’t look for them.

All visitors, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, must have a valid passport and a return or ongoing ticket. A birth certificate and photo ID are not sufficient proof of citizenship. Barbadians drive on the left, so it’ll be a lot different to those who come from countries where you drive on the right.

Barbados isn’t hilly like some of its Caribbean neighbours, it’s quite flat.

Don’t be alarmed by the obsession and much publicity over Rihanna. She was born and bred in Barbados and Bajans are very proud of her.

On the off chance, you may be offered to purchase illegal substances such as marijuana and cocaine. Rest assured, this is not the norm.

Electric current on Barbados is 110 volts-50 cycles, U.S. standard. Hotels generally have plug adapters and transformers available for appliances made in countries that operate on 220-volt current.

At the airport, each adult passenger leaving Barbados must pay a departure tax of U.S.$30.00 (Bds$60), payable in either Barbadian or U.S. currency; children 12 and under are exempt. Although it may be included in cruise packages as a component of port charges, the departure tax may also be included in airfare (check with your airline or travel agent). If not it must be paid in cash by each traveler prior to entering the secure area of the airport. A 7.5% government tax is added to all hotel bills. A 10% service charge is often added to hotel bills and restaurant checks in lieu of a tip. At your discretion, tip beyond the service charge to recognize extraordinary service. A 15% V.A.T. is imposed on restaurant meals, admissions to attractions, and merchandise sales (other than duty-free). Prices are often tax inclusive; if not, the V.A.T. will be added to your bill.