Barbados and its capital, Bridgetown, are booming. No matter your budget, vacation requirements or desires, there is someplace on the island of Barbados that will fulfill your every desire and should take priority on your Southern Caribbean cruise itinerary.
Glitz and glamor abound, but the island is still imbued with its deep classic calypso rhythms and famous rums flowing, so you can easily escape the high life in pursuit of peace and tranquility, easily found in a world class museum or on a white beach gently touching the azure water that illusions are made of.
A sports person's dream, the island offers legendary surfing, wind-surfing, diving and hiking.
History, natural beauty, botanic wonders and wildlife flow abundantly on the island of Barbados, so it is highly recommended that you plan your day trips carefully to encompass as many sights and as much beauty as you can fit in. This could include visits to rum distilleries, safari parks, botanic gardens, beaches, sea caves, fishing villages, museums and much, much more. So, arm yourself with a comprehensive brochure before entering port.
Weather and When to Visit Barbados
While the weather is sunny and warm most of the year round, the high season is from December to April, which is mainly dry with an average temperature of 23 ° C (74 ° F). During this season, the prices are significantly higher and the crowds thicker. Of course this adds to abundant social and night life on the island.
September and October are the most humid months on the island of Barbados with the highest hurricane risk, despite the last destructive hurricane to hit Barbados was in 1955.
Getting There on Your Cruise Ship
Many Southern Caribbean cruise ships dock at Bridgetown annually, carrying around 450,000 visitors to Barbados. Bridgetown Harbor is about one kilometer from the city center, and there is an abundance of cab and shuttle buses to whisk you away and into the hustle and bustle of this fascinating town.
Private moorings are available around the island. However, anchoring on a coral reef carries stiff penalies!
The local currency of Barbados is the Barbados Dollar, although the US Dollar is widely accepted across the island. The Barbados Dollar is fixed to the US Dollar and does not fluctuate, and the rate is $ 1.98 BD to $ 1.00 US.
Whilst planning your Southern Caribbean cruise 2010, plan your stop over in Barbados carefully to ensure you take in all that this luxurious island has to offer.