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Key information about Barbados

Population

110,000

Country
Barbados
Money
Currency
BBD - Barbadian dollar ($)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 2.00 BBD
ATM fees

0 - 10 BBD

Credit cards

Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses

Tipping

10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars

Airport
Main airport

Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI)

Airport to city center

Bus (3.5 BBD, takes 45 minutes to Bridgetown), Taxi (42 BBD, takes 30 minutes to Bridgetown)

Other options

Bridgetown has an international deep water harbor regularly receiving international cruises.

Transportation
Taxi apps

None available

Public transportation

Bus: 3.5 BBD per trip

Getting around

Pay cash directly to driver upon boarding

SIM card
Best options

Digicel

Expected cost

90 BBD for 5GB of data valid for 1 month

How to buy

Authorized store branches, supermarkets and the airport

Language
Official language(s)

English, Bajan Creole

Level of English

Very high

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side dishes.

Local food specialities

Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs

Eat like a local

Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops

Vegetarian / vegan options

14 options on HappyCow

Food delivery apps

Hopscotch

Supermarkets

Massy: This is Barbados' foremost supermarket, with American and British-style aisles with a wide range of local and imported goods. There are 4 stores in Bridgetown and you are bound to find anything you need at these stores with reasonably higher prices.
Jordans Supermarkets: This chain is found across the island and holds a smaller stock of local and imported goods at lower prices. This chain is a favorite among locals.
A1 Carlton: This large supermarket holds a great range of local and imported goods and is known as the place to buy "proper pork" in Barbados. Located in the Carlton Complex in Black Rock, the Supermarket has a pharmacy, deli, bakery and other nearby stores.
Trimart: This store is well-liked for its range of fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as a good variety of local and imported goods. Prices here are very reasonable and relatively accessible.
Rum Shops: Local convenience stores found across Barbados and Bridgetown. Be prepared to pay in cash only. USD and BBD accepted.
Local markets: Barbados is known for its established fresh fish markets, which provide an opportunity to shop locally and authentically. Favorites are the Oistins Fish Market and the Bridgetown Fish Market.