Ins & Outs of Barbados 2020

What currencies are accepted here? The Barbados dollar (BDS) is the island’s national currency, however US dollars are accepted in some stores and restaurants at a rate of 2:1. Can I swim in the water here? It is generally not advised to swim on the east coast of the island, due to strong undercurrents and often unpredictable waves coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. However, the west and south coasts are considered much safer for swimming. It is important to know that not every beach has a lifeguard on duty. Always use your discretion when venturing out into the water. What side of the road do you drive on here? We drive on the left side of the road, and the majority of the vehicles are right hand driven. Be sure to wear your seatbelt! It is mandatory for both drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts while on the road. Also, children under 5 years of age must use a car seat. Is Barbados safe? Yes, Barbados is generally considered safe, however practice the same caution and common sense that you would at home, especially with your belongings, or going out at night. Avoid leaving valuables in plain sight in your car, and always park in well-lit areas. Can I drink tap water here? Yes, it is perfectly safe to drink water from the tap in Barbados. What is the voltage used in Barbados? The standard voltage is 115V, with a frequency of 50 Hz. If coming from North America, you will not need adapters or converters for your devices. However, if you come from a region with a standard voltage of 220-240V, consider bringing adapters and converters. Most hotels provide these – just ask a question at front desk. How much should I give as a tip? A 10% service charge is added to the bill at most restaurants, which is then often divided amongst the staff. Tipping is at your discretion, however 10-15% of the bill can be used as a rule of thumb. Welcome to our island! We hope you enjoy your stay here with us. Here are some basic facts to get you started... How to get around the island: By ZR/minibus: ZRs are small white vans with maroon stripes. and minibuses are yellow with blue stripes. Both are privately owned. Fare is universal at $3.50 and the conductor can provide change if necessary. These pass by much more frequently. By bus: The government-owned buses are larger, and blue with yellow stripes. Bus fare is also $3.50, however it is necessary to carry correct money as change is not given. You can use the local app Beep Bus to plan your bus trips. Bus schedules can be found on the Transport Board’s website www. The iconic red and white Bajan bus stops are easy to follow – they are either marked “To City” or “Out of City”. ZR vans, minibuses and buses all stop here. Not sure where to get off? Ask the driver - they will be more than willing to help you! By car: It’s very easy to rent a car in Barbados! Be sure to bring your drivers license with you, as you need it to acquire a local driving permit. BarbadosFAQs i n d e x 272  SECTION INS&