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 Barbados - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Yachting Essentials

Electricity

Voltage: 115V
Frequency: 50 Hz

Fuel

Port St Charles has a dedicated fuel berth. In Bridgetown all fuel must be obtained by jerry can.

LPG / Bottled Gas

Gas refills are easy in Bridgetown.

Yacht Repairs

Bridgetown is the only place to effect yacht repair, with a couple of lifting facilities. The Barbados yacht club in Bridgetown are very helpful and can point you in the right direction for parts and service. See the Bridgetown port page and directory of services down the left hand side bar.

Money

The official currency is the Barbados dollar which is pegged to the US dollar at $1US to $2 Barbados.

Travellers Cheques and credit cards are widely accepted.

Effective 1 July 2015, the I cent and 2 cent EC coins will be withdrawn from circulation. The coins will no longer be valid either as consumers will not be able to conduct transactions using these coins. Persons can present the coins at any of the commercial banks which operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) to receive face value.

A price rounding system will be implemented within the ECCU countries for the settlement of cash transactions only, whereby the total payment, inclusive of duties, fees and taxes, will be rounded symmetrically to the nearest five cents. Non-cash payments using cheques, debit and credit cards will not be impacted and therefore will not be rounded.

Communications

International Dialing Code for Barbados is +1 246.

A prepaid Barbados SIM card with an international cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution. Digicel and FLOW are the two main mobile carriers. All incoming calls are FREE, regardless of where they originate. Pay the local rate for local calls.

Transport

Driving is on the left. A local temporary driving licence is required. Don’t stop if you’re flagged down by pedestrians. Keep car doors locked when driving.

Taxis are not metered. Standard taxi fares exist for most destinations. Agree the fare in local currency with the driver before you set off. You can often pay in US dollars as well as Barbados dollars.

Public transport is available and cheaper.

Diplomatic Missions

Canadian Consulate in Bridgetown, Barbados
Bishops Court Hill
Bridgetown, Barbados
Phone: (1 246) 429 3550
Fax: (1 246) 437 7436
Web Site: Canadian Consulate
Email: bdgtn@international.gc.ca
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:30-16:00 - Friday: 07:30-13:00

Venezuelan Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados
Hastings, Main Road
Christ Church
Bridgetown, Barbados
Phone: (+1 246) 435-7903
Fax: (+1 246) 435-7830
Email: embaven@sunbeach.net

American Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados
Broad Street
P.O. Box 302
Bridgetown, Barbados
Phone: 246 436-6300
Fax: (246) 429-5246
Email: lynchjh@state.gov or consularbridge2@state.gov
American Citizen Services are available 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. Visa Appointment Hotline (Only):Tel:(246) 228-6340 (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.). Visa has to be posted. It cannot be collected in person. Consular Section (Questions):Tel:(246) 431-0225

British High Commission
Lower Collymore Rock,
PO Box 676,
Bridgetown, Barbados
Tel:001(246) 430 7800
Fax:001(246) 430 7860
Email: britishhcb@sunbeach.net
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 08:00-16:00, Fri 08:00-13:00 Local Time

For full list of Foreign Embassies see link
Foreign Embassies in Barbados

Events

Crop Over Festival: July, at the end of sugar harvest.

Mount Gay Regatta: Boxing Day, three days of yacht racing in the last half of May.

Emergencies

Barbados emergency services are on call 24 hours

Police - 211
Ambulance - 511
Fire - 311

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Grenada to The Virgin Islands
By Jacques Patuelli
Published by Imray (3rd Edition 2014)
ISBN: 9781846235818
See www.imray.com/publications
Fully illustrated with plans and photos, many of which are new for this third edition, the guide is packed with interesting and useful background information on the Caribbean; its history, tourism, geography and details on sailing in the islands.

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (July 2012)
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores (September 2012)
The three .pdf files are free to download at: www.freecruisingguide.com
See Noonsite further details here

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
ISBN 13 -9781304133847
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

The Atlantic Crossing Guide
By RCC Pilotage Foundation (Author), Philip Allen (Editor), Anne Hammick (Editor), Gavin McLaren (Editor)
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; 4th Revised edition edition (30 Sep 1998)
ISBN-13: 978-0713648393

Update History

November 2016: All formalities checked/updated.
May 2016: Clearance info. and fees updated from Gov. website.
October 2015: Security Section updated.
May 2015: Publications checked.
April 2015: Updated information added to General/Money.
January 2013: Formalities and other information checked/updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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greshei
greshei says:
Mar 25, 2017 04:45 PM

Repair in Barbados is not easy. There are too few places you can buy spare parts, but MPS (Marin Power Solutions) close to the Barbados yacht club, are very helpful and try their best to get you parts. Propane is easy to fill at Rubis gas station. There is also one more place to fill gas. You can buy diesel at the fishing harbour, but the dock is not that good so jerry cans can be better. There are many jet skies that come very close sometimes, these are tourists so most off them can't handle a jet ski.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 24, 2017 03:23 PM

Posted on behalf of Gijs Klumper:

Barbados is a very laid-back Island.

Security: This does not seem to be an issue in Barbados. No pirogues or boat-boys. Very little poverty. Honest fishermen and friendly people. Enjoy the local culture! I never locked the boat and at anchor never took the dinghy on board at night. Nor did anyone else. Mooring in the center of Bridgetown, a "suspect" vagabond only wanted to assist with the landlines and didn't ask for anything. Safe haven.

Clearance: I read the noonsite info. and the comments. I checked in (easy!) at Port St. Charles and checked out at Bridgetown (difficult).
We simply anchored off, took the dinghy ashore and cleared in at our leisure, no problem. On checking out one must carry cash (US$50) for harbour fees because there is no ATM and credit cards are not accepted.

And lastly, philosophically from me and concerning all the Windward/Leeward Islands. Please, please, please be colour blind! White yacht-owners sticking together and off-hand distrusting the local people will NOT make this world a better place. Acting like a (valued) guest is the way to go. You will be invited to reggae/beach parties and have lots of fun. Or else you will be up all night guarding your dinghy which won't be stolen if you had made local friends in the first place.

Rhunash
Rhunash says:
Nov 11, 2016 05:38 PM

Shallow Draft Marina fully operational in Bridgetown. However, fully booked by rallies for all of December.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 29, 2016 11:44 AM

This comment was posted by "Delphinius" elsewhere on noonsite on January 28 2016:
We arrived in Barbados at 2am after an Atlantic crossing. We went straight to Carlisle Bay and dropped anchor (and slept), then later that morning proceeded to the cruise terminal to sign in. It can be tricky to moor for yachts as it is designed for large ships. We found a decent gap by the small building on the far starboard side of the harbour, otherwise we have heard of people mooring against tugs. The officials did not seem at all concerned that we took 12 hours to check in, and were extremely courteous and friendly. They didnt ask to see our boat so I guess, with a decent outboard, you could take your tender around to sign in (I have heard other reports of this but not witnessed anyone doing it). We have found Barbados to be a wonderful place with wonderful friendly locals. We are still here 20 days later!

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