Many people are surprised at how easy Barbados getting there actually is, whether you are traveling by air or by boat.
By far the most popular way of getting to Barbados is via the air. There are many direct flights to Barbados from both North America and the United Kingdom. The majority of the flights are on Saturday and Sunday each week to coincide with weeklong vacationers.
From North America, there are direct flights to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados from:
From the United Kingdom, you can fly directly into Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) from
In addition to the many direct flights above, there are many more flights that make connections at the Caribbean Island airports of San Juan, Puerto Rico or Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Your flight will arrive at the only airport in Barbados, the sir Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI). The Barbados airport is a spectacular, modern facility with nice long runways, which are rare in the Caribbean islands. As a result, may airlines use Grantley Adams International as a regional hub.
The airport, which handles about 2 million visitors each year, is located in Seawell, Christ Church on the south side of Barbados. This is convenient to hotels the south coast (15 minutes or so), the capital of Bridgetown (about 10 miles and 30 minutes away), and the west coast hotels (about 45 minutes).
The deep-water harbor just outside of the capital city of Bridgetown is a port of call for many cruise ships, and each year, over half a million people take advantage of this form of "getting there" when visiting Barbados.
A few of the cruise lines calling Barbados a "Port of Call" include:
The Bridgetown Port can accommodate five mega-cruise liners simultaneously. The cruise ship terminal itself is a bustling, air-conditioned marketplace containing over 20 full duty-free shops accompanied by 15 or so pushcarts selling everything from fine jewelry to local hand crafts.
Other amenities of the terminal include a post office for sending those "Wish You Were Here!" postcards to those not fortunate to be on this Caribbean island getaway, a telecommunications center to make calls around the world (when the postcard will not suffice!), and the Barbados Tourism Authority offices for useful advice for your stay and directions to those "must-see" attractions.
Note, there are no ATM's available in the terminal. The nearest ATM is in Bridgetown proper, approximately one mile from the cruise ship terminal.
Due to the rough waters and plentiful coral reefs, it is not recommended that you use your own boat to sail in to Barbados. That is not to say that you cannot sail your way in to Barbados, though. Boats are allowed into either of two ports on the island.
Due to the rough waters, however, those on the island are not allowed to charter their own boat. Having dove off the coast and seen the many shipwrecks myself, I can understand why.
Everyone who visits the island should have a valid passport and return ticket. People arrive from the island from outside the Caribbean islands, United States, Canada, and Britain should obtain a visa before traveling to Barbados.
As you can see, there are many, easy options for Barbados Getting There, meaning that your adventure starts when you arrive, not before!
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