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One of the most developed islands in the Caribbean region; Barbados is a place characterized by classic calypso rhythms and world-famous rums. A haven for sun and sea worshippers, the cobalt blue waters and fine white sandy beaches fortified by its tropical climate are good enough reasons why so many holidaymakers from across the globe choose Barbados as the perfect idyllic island getaway.
The Barbadian economy historically belonged to sugar cane cultivation and other agricultural-related activities but it has long since become a tourism hub with new tourists and repeat visitors favouring the friendliness of the locals and the great wealth of natural and man-made attractions.
For fun-filled beach holidays with adventure activities, cultural and historical attractions aplenty, it is no wonder that Barbados is popular with tourists looking for fun and excitement even after the sun goes down. Fine dining and romantic cruises along the Barbados coastline complement an exciting array of attractions on this cosmopolitan island.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • A Barbados Tourist Visa is not required for citizens of South Africa for a stay up to 180 days. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
  • The nearest South African High Commission serving Barbados is located at 15 Hillcrest Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica. Phone: +1-876-620-4840 Fax: +1-876-978-0339. Email:

See and do

The island of Barbados has an incredible array of unique tourist attractions on offer to visitors. Being surrounded by the sea, it comes as no surprise that many of the fun and exciting line-up of things to do and see are water-based such as the unique underwater adventure in a submarine – an exploration of the spectacular submerged coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea. 
There are plenty of land-based adventures to be had too. Island safari tours provide a unique perspective of the island. You get to go off the beaten track and see breathtaking coastal views and many hidden secrets of Barbados otherwise easily missed.
Barbados caters for shopping enthusiasts too, especially the duty free shopping which is highly popular with tourists.  Broad Street in Bridgetown is the heart of the shopping experience. Other noteworthy shopping destinations near Bridgetown are Pelican City and Bayshore Complex.

Grantley Adams International Airport – BGI

Grantley Adams International Airport is the only major airport and gateway to Barbados as well as serving as a key air transportation hub for the Caribbean region. The airport is located 13km from the capital city, Bridgetown.
Having undergone major improvements, the airport houses modern amenities with spacious air lounges, business and conference facilities; and easily accommodates around three million passengers annually.
The airport is also home to the Barbados Concorde Experience – a museum which affords you the opportunity to explore a genuine British Airways supersonic aircraft.
The airport recommends that travelers check in 3 hours prior to the departure of international flights and 2 hours prior to the departure of regional flights.
Food and beverage:  Chefette Restaurants, Banks Bar, Island Grill, Grab ‘N’ Go, Asia Express, Cream, Gate Zero Bar, Christophe’s Café.
Currency Exchange: A full service bank and three currency exchange bureaus (cambios) are available at Grantley Adams International Airport.
Lost Luggage: Airlines are responsible for checked in luggage. If any of your items is missing, or if you find items belonging to someone else, immediately report this to Grantley Adams Airport Duty Manager on 420-2900.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. The Shonlan Airport Hotel catering to both business travellers and holidaymakers is a two minute drive from the airport.
Car Hire: Courtesy Rent-A-Car, S&W Car Rental and Drive-A-Matic have desks at the airport, located outside the arrivals hall.
Airport Hub: Grantley Adams International Airport (code BGI) is a hub for LIAT (Leeward Islands Air Transport).

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