Barbados

 

General – Barbados is in the Lesser Antilles, and the eastern most island in the Caribbean. It is an independent British Commonwealth nation, bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Caribbean Sea.Where You’re Docked – Cruise ships dock at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal and free shuttles take passengers from the ships to the terminal building. There are lots of shops inside the terminal and WI FI is available but not free. A walkway into Bridgetown runs along the waterfront. The distance is approximately one mile. Most stores are open during the week but close at noon on Saturday and are not open on Sunday. Transportation – There are lots of taxies available from the cruise terminal area. The fares are regulated by the government so it is important to agree on a price before the trip. The Georgetown Bus Terminal is located two blocks outside the port area, behind Pelican Village. Exact fares must be paid for bus rides and tokens can be purchased at the bus terminal. Rental cars are available but the rates are fairly steep, driving is on the left side of the road and, once you leave the city areas, many roads do not have name si Attractions – There are many beautiful beaches in Barbados but the easiest one to get to is Boatyard Beach on Carlisle Bay. It is about a 20 minute walk from the terminal or an inexpensive taxi ride. A fee of $20.00 is charged to use the facilities which include a beach chair, shared umbrella, one cocktail, WIFI and free transport back to the ship. Mount Gay Rum Distillery in Brandons, St. Michaels offers tours Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday. The current fee is $20.00 which includes a presentation on the rum’s history and a tasting. Tickets can be booked online. Harrison’s Cave in St. Thomas is a network of caves, waterfalls, lakes and streams approximately 170 feet below ground. Tours are offered daily for a fee. The area above ground is a good place to spot green monkeys. George Washington House in Bush Hill welcomes visitors Monday through Saturday. It is the only place outside the United States that George Washington ever visited. Bathsheba on the rugged Atlantic coast (eastern shore) is a great place to see surfers and enjoy a lunch at one of the local restaurants.

 

 

 

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