Things To Know
Barbados does not recognize Daylight Saving Time and hence is 4 hours behind GMT in the winter and 5 hours in the summer; 1 hour ahead of US and Canada Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the winter and the same during US Daylight Saving Time.
Barbados is located in the Atlantic Time Zone at 13o 6' N and 59o 37' W.
No Smoking Law
On October 1, 2010 a no smoking law for Barbados was made effective, where locals and visitors alike stand to be prosecuted if found smoking in public areas. The new legislation was designed to protect vulnerable individuals and groups from the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke.
The definition of a public place includes a building, place, structure, or facility that is owned or occupied by the Crown or a statutory board; a place, site, buliding, factory, plant, workplace or other structure that is fully or substantially enclosed; and a hotel lobby, hotel room, restaurant, library, museum, auditorium, historic or other site of archaeological or national significance.
Violation of this law is subject to a fine, imprisonment or both.
All beaches in Barbados are open to the public, locals and tourist alike. West Coast beaches are the calmest and are good and safe for swimming, snorkeling and diving. South Coast beaches offer gentle winds and waves for bodysurfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. East and North Coast beaches bring huge waves and strong currents suitable for the experienced surfer but not for swimming except for areas with protected bays.
Lifeguards are not stationed at all beaches across Barbados, therefore discretion should always be used when venturing into the ocean. Jet Skis and Wave Runners are fun and popular amongst visitors to the island, please consult with your local water sports operator.
Taxis in Barbados are not metered but fares are fixed between certain points. It is always advisable to agree on a price with the driver before journeying.
There are two daily local newspapers: The Advocate and The Nation. A vast range of daily foreign newspapers can be delivered to you; please consult with your local hotelier.
Mobile Phone Services
Visitors who bring their mobile phones with them must remember to ensure the roaming feature is provided by the service provider and activated prior to traveling. Alternatively, you can rent a mobile phone locally from one of our service providers LIME (Cable & Wireless) or Digicel.