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Safety & Security


Barbados is considered to be

a safe place but always be as

cautious as you would be at home.

Exercise common sense when

venturing into isolated locations;

secure your valuables; never

leave your belongings unattended

on the beach or in full view in a

locked car; always leave your key

at front desk as lost keys mean


Barbados has never had a shark

attack. The most common sharks

are Nurse Sharks, which do not

attack. There are no poisonous

spiders or snakes but a centipede

bite, though not poisonous, can be

very painful.


Barbados is close to the equator

and the sun can cause severe

damage to the skin, so be sure

to use a good sun screen and sit

under an umbrella.

Before sitting under a coconut

tree, check that there are no brown

coconuts or drooping brown

branches that are apt to fall.

If you are stuck by the spines of

the black sea urchins found on

the reef, although painful, they

are harmless and will eventually

dissolve and be absorbed by the

body. Only pull them out if they

are clearly protruding.

Courtesy Barbados Blue Watersports

Andrew Hulsmeier

Andrew Hulsmeier

Beware of falling coconuts

Do not leave valuables unattended

Andrew Hulsmeier

Protect yourself from the sun

Black sea urchins