Last Minute Vacations To Bridgetown
The city of Bridgetown is not only the capital and largest city of the Barbados, but it is also one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. Originally named ‘Indian Bridge’ and then later ‘town of St. Michael’, this town was established in 1628 by English settlers. Today, it is a major West Indies tourist destination and cruise ship port in the Caribbean region with 30 duty-free shops, retail stores and many street vendors.
Getting There, Getting Around & Other Transportation
After your flight into Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Bridgetown, a quick and easy way to get around is by bus. Their bus system is extensive and cheap. There are also more than enough taxis to you around. Keep in mind that meters are not used so negotiating prices before getting in is your best bet for keeping costs down. Car rentals are on the expensive side. Not only that, but the island has many sharp turns, steep inclines and the roads are quite bumpy. Remember, cars drive on the left!
Scooters are available for rent, although not recommended due to poor road conditions on secondary and residential routes.
For a little more fun and adventure, rent a Moke (a mix between a dune buggy and a go cart) from a number of car rental agencies.
Hotels &Places to Stay
For a more upscale, fashionable resort, stay on at one of the following resorts north of Bridgetown:
Cobblers Cove Hotel
Coral Reef Club
Lone Star Hotel
For a more informal and less expensive stay, try the following hotels to the lower south coast (and around the bustling St. Lawrence Gap):
Accra Beach Hotel & Resort
Amaryllis Beach Resort
Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
Allamanda Beach Hotel
Dining & Nightlife
The island’s most exciting outdoor fish fry is found at Oistins Fish Market (southeast of Bridgetown). Here, not only can you buy fresh fish from Bajan fisherman (and cook it at home if you’re lucky enough to have a kitchenette in your hotel room), you can also purchase freshly fried fish from small cottages near the market. On Friday nights, a variety of food stalls and live music welcomes locals and tourists for fresh fried fish and a good time.
Other great places to eat local food are:
The Fish Pot
If you are in the mood for a larger variety, chose from these international restaurants:
Angry Annie’s Restaurant and Bar
Champer’s Wine Bar and Restaurant
Mango’s by the Sea
As far as nightlife goes, check out the following hotspots in Bridgetown:
Boatyard Bar & South Deck Grill
On the south coast, try these party locations:
Plantation Theatre Restaurant
The Ship Inn
Bubba’s Sports Bar
Attractions & Things to Do
A brand new $6-million cruise ship terminal has been constructed in the harbor. This has enhanced cruise passengers experience in Bridgetown by giving them the opportunity to shop at local vendor stands as well as in 30 duty free shops. After moving on from the harbor, there are many things to see and do.
History buffs might enjoy:
St. Michael’s Cathedral
St. Ann’s Fort
Outdoor lovers might like to walk around Farley Hill National Park.
If you are an adventure seeker, try:
Atlantis Submarines (undersea expedition)
Jammin’ Catamaran Cruises (swim, sail, snorkel)
Adventureland 4X4 Safari Tours (safari island tours)
Currency, Culture and Language
The official language is English.
The local currency is the Bajan dollar (BBD), but US dollars are accepted just about everywhere in shops and restaurants.