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Budget Barbados- money saving tips for your Barbados vacation this winter
Barbados has the reputation for being expensive, but there are lots of free or nearly free things to do there. I love Barbados, and here I'll pass my tips on to you. Now's the time to book your next winter vacation in Barbados. I've just returned from my 2017 vacation and I've already booked my 2018 Barbados vacation! The early bird gets the choice of the best value. Do you want to get the best value from your Barbados Vacation? Read on!
Barbados is my favorite for a winter sun vacation. Visitors from Europe , Canada and the USA really love a Barbados vacation in their winter, when the weather in Barbados is warm and sunny. In winter, Barbados skies are blue, and the Barbados west coast sea is warm, clear and great for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Right now is the time to book your winter vacation in Barbados.
I've visited Barbados many times, and I'm going to share my Barbados tips with you.
The people of Barbados are among the friendliest you could meet, and seem genuinely to welcome visitors to their Barbados vacation heaven. Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, and was settled by the British in the 17th century.Barbados still has many British links- driving on the left and a love of cricket to name just two.
You can take a very high end vacation on Barbados, along with the stars of the sporting and entertainment worlds, socialites and jet setters. However, you can also have a wonderful vacation on Barbados without spending a fortune. Here are my money saving tips for a Barbados budget vacation - my personal tips to make your rmoney go farther on your Barbados vacation. If you want to spend your Barbados vacation lying on a beach doing nothing, fine, but why not look at my Barbados vacation tips and do something great on a budget?
Enjoy your Barbados vacation using my top Barbados vacation tips!
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National Trust Hikes- a great tip for your budget Barbados vacation
The National Trust of Barbados - a great money saving Barbados tip
The Barbados National Trust orgainises free guided walks or guided hikes every Sunday .
Gun Hill Barbados, National Trust of Barbados
This is Gun Hill Signal station, where we started our guided Barbados hike. The walks are graded, and whatever your level of fitness there is a walk for you. Walks or hikes take place on a Sunday in the main winter tourist season, and are really well attended by enthusiastic visitors and locals alike. The guide stops at regular intervals, and tells you all sorts of fascinating information and history.
Wear sensible shoes, take water and sunscreen, and enjoy a really fascinating budget Barbados experience.A great Barbados vacation tip.
For details of Barbados hikes during your Barbados vacation,check the Naational Trust website.
On the Friday nearest the full moon, visit Gun Hill by Moonlight.
Food, music , drinks and fun as the sun sets- a great Bajan experience for a very small charge. Oragnised by the National Trust.
Barbados sunsets are free- but here are a few tips for sunset watching
Barbados sunsets- nature's own wonderful free show for Budget Barbados.
The sun sets off the West Coast of Barbados around 6 pm. Some days the sun just goes down without a fuss- no color, no drama. On other days , the climatic conditions lead to spectacular sunsets. After a few days in Barbados you begin to sense if the weather conditions are right for a great sunset.
If it looks like being a great Barbados sunset, get off your balcony or sun terrace, and find a new spot to watch the sunset.
The picture on the right here, with the lookout tower, is actually taken on the Barbados South Coast, on Miami Beach, also known as Enterprise beach. Here you can join the locals at the picnic benches, buy a drink, watch beach volleyball and enjoy the Barbados sunset. A wonderful Budget Barbados tip. Another money saving tip for your budget Barbados vacation Watch the sun go down on the west coast for a great free show
A good budget place to watch the sunset on the West Coast is Fitts Village, just down the road from the all inclusive Crystal Cove Resort - Every evening local residents take a sunset dip here, and love to welcome visitors. There's lots of chattering, lots of fun.
Also on Fitts Village beach, for a really great value sunset cocktail,in a top location , uncrowded and beautiful, my top tip is Il Tempio Restaurant and Bar, Fitts Village This great Italian restaurant right on the beach has half price drinks and cocktails from 4pm to 6 pm . No hassle, just chill .Barbados on a budget at its best. On Fridays and Saturdays, there are free snacks too. Meet up with the regulars and locals in a great atmosphere at bargain rates! It's our first stop in Barbados every year.
What to drink on Barbados? Top tip- stay local- drink RUM
Banks beer and Barbados rum- great value drinks on you Barbados vacation.
Rum cocktails- nothing could be more Caribbean, and Barbados is the center of Caribbean rum production.Most famous is Mount Gay Rum .A tour of Mount Gay Rum is a great visit. Rum is great value in the supermarkets, and rum cocktails slip down so well in Barbados.
Drink Rum- it's cheap !
The other top Barbados drink is Banks Beer the beer of Barbados. It's a light beer, perfectly suited to drinking in the hot climate. Available absolutely everywhere, great value. Don't even think about drinking expensive imported beers, Banks Barbados beer is the best.
Top Barbados tip. Drink the local beer and the local rum - great Barbados drinks for your Barbados vacation.This is my top Budget Barbados tip!
For a great Bajan experience visit a Rum Shack. These local bars are dotted all over the island. Friendly, cheap, relaxing, good conversations and sometimes food too. They don't look the smartest thing, but they are local bars at local prices, and great fun.
Top money saving tip for eating out in Barbados- fish fries
Visit a Barbados fish fry for a great value, fun night out.
Oistins Fish Fry on a Friday night is many people's #1 tip for a great, good value evening out in Barbados. Walk, drive, or take the bus. (Buses in Barbados are great value too).
Choose your stall, order your fish and sides, grab a Banks beer and take in the atmosphere.
You will have a wide choice of the freshest possible fish, cooked perfectly. Great Bajan food.
Music, stalls, people watching, fun, great atmosphere- and very inexpensive.
There are Barbados Fish Fries at other locations all along the west coast, if you are too far from Oistins, butFriday Night at Oistins is the loudest, biggest, most famous fish fry. This is a must for your Budget Barbados vacation. A great money saving tip to enjoy Barbados on a budget. Go to a fish fry
Friday night at Oistins Fish Fry
See and hear some of the fun at Oistins on these videos.
Just a couple of videos to give you a flavor of Friday night at Oistins- one of the best value nights out anywhere in the world IMO.
The Classic, Original Holiday song for Barbados - Oh, we're going to Barbados!
Often copied, often messed with this is the original holiday song. Listen and enjoy!
Rihanna is Barbados' #1 star- listen before you go - Barbados is rightly proud of Rihanna- a great Barbados star
Listen to the music of Rihanna before you go- get in the mood for Barbados
Catch a Carnival- free entertainment for your Barbados vacation
If there is a carnival, procession, fete, local celebration, get along there
If you are visiting Barbados in February, Holetown Festival offers a week of free concerts and events, culminating in two days of street parades.
In July there's the Crop Over festival. Look out for other festival too. Bajans love a party, a parades, a big day out. It's free fun all the way.
Bajans love a festival
Take time to look around you- the beauty of Barbados is free.
Look up, look down, keep your eyes open and enjoy the natural beauties of Barbados
Humming birds, sandcrabs, turtles, exotic flowers- Barbados has them all. amd much more.
Don't take nature for granted- look around and see the free treats of nature. I took this picture of a beautiful hummingbird that visited the garden of our villa, and the picture of the sand crab was taken on the local beach.
The sand crab was running around the beach, in between the footstpes in the sand.
For exotic flowers there are many beautiful gardens that you can visit. Many of these are privately owned, open to the public for a small contribution on special days.
Andromeda Gardens Barbados
This poster is of Andromeda Gardens open to visitors at a small charge.
It's run by the Barbados National Trust, so if you a a member of the National Trust in your home country, take your card along for a discount
Top money saving tip for Barbados- look around, enjoy all that nature has to offer- it's free ( or nearly free!)
Everywhere you go in Barbados there's music - Loud music- take the memoires home
Bajans love music. It's everywhere. Even the buses blast out music all day long. ( There are two sets of buses on the island- you can pick the more quiet ones that don't play music if you prefer)
If you love loud music. climb on a yellow bus and feel the beat!
Folkstone Marine Reserve- swim and snorkel- it's free!
Snorkel the reef in a protected environment- no charge
The Folkstone Marine Reserve is located on the edge of Holetown on the west coast of Barbados. The coral reef and a large swimming area is cordoned off so that there is no danger from passing boats or jet skis. If you haven't brought snorkeling gear, you can hire it for a small charge.
Top money saving Barbados tip! There is no entrance charge, no parking charge, no charge to use the picnic benches or rest rooms.There are free showers.
This incredible free resource is somewhat run down at present- renovations are in progress, but the location is amazing, the snorkeling is brilliant, and it is so quiet you just can't believe that you on the middle of the Platinum West Coast of Barbados, slap bang up against high end resorts and exclusive villas.
This faciiilty is an unappreciated gem- shhhh - let's keep it that way!
Top money saving tip for snorkeling in Barbados- visit the Folkstone Marine Reserve, Holetown.
National Trust Open House Programme - Barbados uses the UK English spelling, rather than the U S English , for its Open House Program
Buy your clothes at home- it will cost you less. - Buy your sun hat before you go.
Clothes are more expensive in Barbados than at home. Buy before you go.
Bring a great sun hat.
There are amazing grand Plantation Houses, like Warrens Great House shown here, all over Barbados. Some of these, like St Nicholas Abbey are open to the public, and are well worth visiting, even though there is a substantial entrance charge .
The wonderful National Trust of Barbados has a programme of Open days on Wednesdays, featuring a different great house each week. Some of these are private houses, which never usually open for public viewing.
Admittance to these Open House Days, is at a very small charge ( even less if you bring your home National Trust card with you).
You have the chance to see inside some remarkable buildings- it is absolutely fascinating- a real treat.
The Open House Programmetells you what you can see when you visit Barbados Open House Programme - another top tip for a great visit at very low cost! ( Barbados uses British spelling )
Barbados has wonderful old churches- free to enter. - The ancient churches of Barbados are free to enter- but please leave a donation
This Is St Joseph's Church, Barbados.
Barbados is divided into parishes, each of which has its own church dating back hundreds of years. Call into one of Barbados' ancient churches, and wonder at the architecture in these historic buildings.
It's free to call in and worship - but please leave a donation to help with the upkeep.
Don't forget to visit these wonderful old churches on your Barbados vacation.
Barbados is a great place to watch superb sport
Cricket, Soccer, Polo, Horse Racing, Bajans love sport
Barbados is famous for sport. Some of the sports, such as golf at the Royal Westmorland, can be very expensive.
However, even if you are on a tighter budget there is still so much great sport to see.
Have you ever been to a Polo Match? Me neither until I went to Canada v Barbados at Holders House Barbados.(shown on my photo) Even for this top match there was only a modest entry charge. Polo is a Barbados passion. In the past mostly supported by the wealthy British expats, polo is now more widely followed- what a great experience this was!
For lovers of Horse Racing, the Garrison Savannah stages great race meetings- a really fantastic experience- very low cost ( unless you get stung with a bad bet!)
For lovers of cricket, Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, home of the West Indies cricket team in Barbados, is a place of pilgrimage. The top cricket nations, including England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Pakistan all love to play at the Kensington Oval against the Windies. Entry prices are reasonable. One day matches and T20 matches are thrilling days out.
All over Barbados local cricket matches take place, and can be watched free or for a small contribution.
Do you love football/soccer? The Bajans do! If there is a major match on, such as Manchester United from the English Premier Leage (my team), head down to a sports bar and for the price of a Banks Beer experience the joy and mayhem , arguments, discussions and just all round fun of watching soccer with the Barbados fans.
My top place , and my top money saving tip, is to go to watch a top soccer match at Surfside Restaurant and Beach Bar , Holetown. Another top tip for real fun and excitement watch a soccer match in a Bajan sports bar
Barbados beaches are free!
All beaches in Barbados are open to the public and have completely free access.
The law in Barbados says that all the beaches must be open to the public. Even exclusive developments such as the famous Sandy Lane Hotel and resort, have to allow public access to the beaches.My photo shows Bottom Bay on the east coast, accessible on foot from the clifftop car park.
Walk the beaches, hike the beaches, swim from the beaches, marvel at the surf on the east coast beaches, picnic on the beaches, photograph the beaches, count how many different beaches you can visit!
Find out more about Barbados - The Official Barbados Tourist website is brilliant
Barbados.org is one of the best information sites I have ever seen.
All the help you need for planning your Barbados vacation- hotels, resort, restaurants, beaches, events- you name it, this website has it all
- Barbados.org- everything you need for planning your Barbados vacation
Barbados hotels, Barbados resort, Barbados apartments Barbados events Barbados beaches Barbados maps. I think the picture is clear- this is a very, very helpful information site for your Barbados vacations
I guess you can tell that I love Barbados. However, I do like to get out and about, so this lens reflects some of the great things to do that don't cost a fortune.
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