Sun, sea and smiles – what is not to love about cheap family holidays in Barbados? As you plan for your ultimate break, make sure that everything for your vacation is carefully designed and secured.
Barbados is a great destination for families and need not cost the earth. Barbadian people have recently been voted the nicest people on the planet at the recent 2013 World Countries Awards and it is a family-orientated holiday destination that can be done on a budget.
Getting There – Virgin, BA and Thomson all fly direct to Grantley Adams Airport, Bridgetown. Booking well in advance can usually guarantee you a bargain flight price.
Car Hire – There are plenty of good, reasonably priced car hire deals available. The island is easy to drive around for Brits. As well as sharing our Queen, they also drive on the same side of the road. Check out local car rental companies such as Stoutes which is a family-owned company well established and respected in Barbados. They will also provide quality cars at good prices.
Public Transport – If you are still nervous about driving, there are three excellent bus services available. The large government-operated public buses, are blue with a yellow stripe. Smaller buses (also blue with a yellow stripe) are privately run buses. There are also the ZR’s – these are white, individually owned minivans which have ‘ZR’ on their license plates – hence the local nickname. All three operate on a B$1.50 flat rate to anywhere on the island. It is recommended to have the right change as not all the buses will give change.
Accommodation – There are plenty of quality hotels in Barbados, but if you want a more authentic Barbadian experience at a more competitive price, rent self-catering accommodation. Many have pools or are a short distance to a beach. Look at the Hastings, Accra Beach and the Carlisle Bay areas for self-catering. Self-catering is not a difficult prospect in Barbados as supermarkets are well stocked. Check out Cheapside, the fabulous indoor market in Bridgetown, where fruit and vegetables sell at knock-down prices. Find out when the cruise liners are in town – this is the time to avoid gift shopping as the prices go up!
Eating Out – There are plenty of places to eat out in Barbados. Sticking to local restaurants is always a good bet if you are watching the pennies, but remember that the restaurant with the view is likely to be the expensive one. For budget-watchers, one of the tastiest and most economical lunches is a fish cutter. Costing B$10 with a beer, fish cutters are simply fried freshly caught fish in a bun with some salad and hot sauce. If you are not a pepper sauce fan, add mayonnaise. It is truly a delicious treat after a morning in the sun.
Entertainment – For a great, family friendly night out, try the Friday Fish Fry at Oistins. It is easily reached by bus, but leave early as it gets busy. You can choose from one of the many kiosks who will either grill or fry your fish in front of you. A large plate of fish with a beer will cost B$30 and there are two dance-floors so you can dance your troubles away to the reggae, ragga and calypso tunes!