BARBADOS TOURISM PRODUCTS
Here are some exciting ideas to spice up your days in paradise. Jump aboard a boat and head out into our gorgeous turquoise waters. Grab your log book and sign up for a wreck and reef dive with your buddies. Take your fishing rod to the end of a pier or cast from the rocks – a local fisherman can suggest the best spots – or spend your day catching marlin and kingfish from a deep-sea fishing boat.
Life’s a beach. Keep calm and visit Barbados.
Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum, and Mount Gay distillery – founded in 1703 – is believed to produce the oldest rum found anywhere in the world. Today’s connoisseurs always appreciate a gift bottle of Mount Gay Rum Extra Old. Rum is the essence of this Caribbean nation’s culture. It ignites the gossip in our bars and sometimes even binds our business deals. It is celebrated by every sector of our society.
So just say yes to that first rum punch, and you’ll soon ease into the spirit of island life. As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having rum.
From the moment they arrive, cruise passengers can expect a warm welcome from the people of Barbados. The cheerful ambience is complemented by musical performers, organised by the BTMI and BTPA, who entertain arriving passengers from the quayside. They include a steel band, dancers, singers and other entertainers.
The Bridgetown Cruise Terminal provides one of the leading port facilities in the Caribbean and is the centre for all services provided for the use of cruise passengers and crewmembers visiting Barbados. It offers more than 60,000 square feet of space. Some 20,000 square feet is allocated to shops, the remainder comprises space for the offices of Customs, Immigration, Port Health, Plant and Animal Quarantine, Post Office and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority .
There are currently 21 interior, air-conditioned shops, the majority of which retail duty-free items. These offer a wide variety of items including jewelry, perfumes, fine linen, crystal, china, arts, and crafts, souvenirs, T-shirts, exclusive resort wear, liquor, cigars and cigarettes.
There are also 19 colourful pushcarts located along the centre of the aisles where these pushcart vendors, all small, local entrepreneurs retail a range of items, particularly handcrafted objects
Just outside the main entrance of the Terminal, a brightly painted marketplace has been created with 16 courtyard shops. This area, familiarly known as the Chattel Village offers one of the largest selec tions of T-shirts and hand-made garments for all ages that can be found anywhere in Barbados.
There are also two open-air restaurants located in this area featuring well-stocked bars and local delicacies.
A concessionaire’s area located nearby allows passengers the facility to go as they please by being able to rent cars. For those on pre-booked, organized tours, a special departure area with numbered departure gates has been set up to ensure speedy handling of tour groups.
- Our island was colonised by the English early in the 17th century
- Before then, Barbados was inhabited by Carib and Arawak Native Americans
- Transformed by the plantation system and slavery, we were the world’s number one sugar producer by 1650
- Barbados is the oldest continuing parliamentary democracy outside England
- We achieved universal voting rights in 1943 and opted for full independence from the UK in 1966
- Our cultural roots are in the plantation slavery economy, a unique blend of West African and European
- We speak English with a distinct accent, spiced with words in West African-English pidgin called Bajan
Enrich your Barbados experience by visiting some of our amazing historical places, including Gun Hill Signal Station, George Washington House and our Parliament Buildings in historic Bridgetown. Take time to look back in time.
Make sure you take time to explore. Lose yourself in the magic of nature. Find yourself in wild Barbados.
Barbados offers you a glorious diversity of shopping experiences, and some of the best shopping in the Caribbean. Our island is renowned for duty-free shopping – you can buy expensive jewellery and designer goods with discounts of 30-50% compared with Europe, the USA and other parts of the world. It’s easy to claim your savings – just present your passport and travel documents at the point of sale.
There are many different shops in Barbados. Choose bustling downtown locations such as Broad Street and Swan Street in the centre of Bridgetown, and cheerful suburban shopping centres such as Sheraton Mall and Sky Mall, or even indulge your luxury spending habits all the way up to world-class shopping experiences available in our new Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown.
Sports holiday enthusiasts flock to our island to play golf – Barbados is home to several courses designed by world-leading architects. Visitors also come on sports vacations to ride our waves – the Bathsheba Soup Bowl is an international surfing destination.
Choose Barbados for the most popular and action-packed sports in the Caribbean.