Barbados Budget Travel Tips

Eastern Caribbean on a Budget

You can benefit greatly from some money-saving tips for visiting Barbados.Food and transportation can be expensive, and that discourages many budget travelers. Below you will find suggestions for some activities that could make your trip memorable without spending a lot of money. Not everything listed here is free, but the value of what you'll experience is our goal. Enjoy your visit to the Eastern Caribbean on a budget with a great stay in Barbados.

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    Take a Walk

    Bridgetown, Barbados
    ••• Mark Kahler, licensed to About.com

    Barbados has a reputation for being expensive, but pricey tours and five-star food are not necessary to enjoy this beautiful island. It costs little or nothing to simply take a walk. The historical and cultural benefits are incredible. Sidewalks show you through enchanting churchyards and across marketplaces filled with Caribbean foods and crafts. The Barbados National Trust organizes free hikes on Sundays in locations throughout the island. These walks focus on cane fields, gullies, tropical forests and coastal communities to explore the unique geological and social structure of Barbados. Although free, donations for this worthwhile endeavor are greatly appreciated.

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    Resort Tips

    From Bridgetown Harbor, Barbados
    ••• Mark Kahler, licensed to About.com

    Many Barbados visitors arrive via cruise ship, but others find very good deals that might include airfare and meal plans with accommodations.

    CheapCaribbean.Com offers frequent discounts on flight+hotel packages in Barbados. Some are only available at certain times of year, so check the requirements carefully. Since getting here can be expensive, this is a place where air/hotel package deals can pay dividends. Shop the airline Web sites for such deals.

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    Churches, Mausoleums and Museums

    Bridgetown, Barbados
    ••• Mark Kahler, licensed to About.com

    It was Wednesday late morning, and I was walking through a church yard in Bridgetown when I noticed there was a midday service. As I approached the building, I noticed the doors were open to the sanctuary, and ringing through the tropical air was the congregation's rousing rendition of the classic Christian hymn "Amazing Grace." It's an example of great travel moments that come with no warning -- and no admission fee.

    Church yards in Bridgetown host mausoleums with colorful epitaphs that illuminate the area's colorful history. Museums on the island are well worth your attention, especially Barbados Museum & Historical Society. Admission prices are reasonable; check for the current prices. Learn about the history and art of the island. There is also a section for children.

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    Pelican Bay Crafts

    Bridgetown, Barbados
    ••• Mark Kahler, licensed to About.com

    Barbados has developed a shopping area that enables craftspeople to exhibit their works. Pelican Bay gives visitors to the island a pedestrian-friendly experience for viewing and buying. We're not just talking about paintings and sculptures. Hand-rolled cigars are sold and created in a store. Even if you're not a smoker, it's fascinating to see the number of steps and the skill necessary to produce cigars in rapid-fire order. Pelican Bay is located within walking distance of the cruise port in Bridgetown. It has the feel of a new development that burst into existence to serve cruise customers, but some of the products might interest you as a shopper.

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    Shopping

    Port of Bridgetown, Barbados
    ••• Mark Kahler, licensed to About.com

    Cruise passengers move from their ships to the taxi stands through a mall in the terminal offering a variety of duty-free products. Tobacco, alcohol and more expensive products such as jewelry are offered here. But as always, it pays to check what's available elsewhere before assuming that these are the best bargains in Barbados. Many visitors find bargains on Swan Street. The best bets here are arts, crafts, crystal and china.