CARIBBEAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION
CONFERENCE: "SHIFTING THE GEOGRAPHY OF REASON"
University of the West Indies, Cave
Hill, May 19-22, 2004
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT BARBADOS
Currency: Local currency is
BDS$ but US$ are also accepted. The exchange rate is fixed at
BDS$1.99=US$1.00. There are many international banks in Barbados and it is
easy to obtain money using ATM cards.
Telephones: Local telephone usage is free
and it is not difficult to make international calls. Phone cards are
readily available –they are on sale at many outlets. Many cellular
phones do not work in Barbados. It is crucial that you check with your
cellular phone company before traveling to Barbados. PLEASE NOTE that 800
numbers are not toll free from Barbados. They are considered international
Time Zone: Barbados falls in the Atlantic
time zone. Barbados is one hour ahead of US Standard Time. Barbados
Standard Time is Greenwich Mean Time minus five hours.
Airlines Flying to Barbados: The
international airport in Barbados is called Grantley Adams International
Airport. The official code is BGI. (The capital city of Barbados is
USA: Air Jamaica, American Airlines, BWIA, Continental, US Airways.
Canada: Air Canada, BWIA
UK and Europe: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, BWIA
The Caribbean: Air Jamaica, Air Martinique, BWIA, Caribbean Star, LIAT
Immigration Regulations: Every
person entering Barbados should be in possession of a valid passport and a valid
return ticket. These requirements also apply to citizens of the United
States and Canada. There are no exceptions. Travelers from North
America, Europe and the Caribbean do not require visas to enter Barbados.
Travelers who need to know if they must secure a visa before traveling to
Barbados can contact The Chief Immigration Officer at: 246-426-1011.
Another source of information regarding who needs a visa to travel to Barbados
can be found at www.barbados.org. This
website is the official website of the Barbados Tourism Authority. It is a
great source for information on Barbados. For the location of Barbados
Tourism Authority offices in various countries, go to the following website: http://barbados.org/btaoff.htm.
Before leaving for Barbados, you can access information on Barbados at www.funbarbarbados.com.
While in Barbados a source if good information is The Visitor Channel.
The front desk at your hotel will provide the channel number.
Transport in Barbados:
and Bus services. Barbados has a good network of roads which covers the
entire island. Traffic drives on the left. There is a speed limit of 60kmph
(37mph per hour). The road journey from Bridgetown to Speightstown takes about
30 minutes and to Holetown or Oistins about 20 minutes.
Buses: frequent, comprehensive coverage of the island is
rate of approx. Bds$1.50 for all journeys. Although cheap, buses are crowded
during the rush hours.
ZR Vans: There are many licensed "Mini Vans" that run around the
island picking up tourist and locals. You will recognize them by their "ZR"
license plate. They have few fixed schedules but there are many of them and
service is frequent. The rate is Bds$1.50 and is not recommended for the nervous
passenger as ZR stop frequently, often abruptly, and move quickly to pick up the
maximum paying passengers in the shortest time.
Taxi: Taxis do not have meters but fares are regulated by the Government.
Listings are available from the Tourist Office. Please ask the price before
travelling. As a very approx guide it will cost you about: $30.00 Barbados from
the Airport to the South Central area. $45-50.00 to the West Coast. $60.00-40.00
The leading fast food restaurant in
Barbados is Chefette. Other establishments include: Barbecue Barn,
KFC, and the Chicken Barn.
There are also many pricier restaurants offering a variety of foods.