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A Beginner’s Travel Guide to Barbados from Canada in 2022

Sep 28 , 2022 · 7 min read

For travel to Barbados from Canada, you can catch a short, direct flight or a slightly longer connecting one and be on your sandy stretch of paradise in a day. Imagine relaxing in a deck chair by the swimming pool of your all-inclusive resort, amazing at stunning sunrises and sunsets, indulging in spa treatments, and exploring sugarcane fields and colonial towns.

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Is Barbados safe to travel to?

Barbados safe to travel

Considered one of the safest Caribbean countries to travel around, Barbados has a low crime rate. You might hear of some cases of petty theft and street crime, but no place is 100% free of these incidents. Still, you should always be careful and use your common sense when traveling in a foreign country, especially at night and when you are by yourself. Store your valuables in the hotel safe, and digital copies are best if you need to carry documents. 

Don’t wander into isolated areas at night or do anything that might be unsafe that you wouldn’t do at home. It is easy to lose focus on safety when you arrive in the tropics and have a feeling of freedom, but also you need to keep your awareness of your surroundings and the actions of yourself and those around you. 

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Barbados travel restrictions

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With strict travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic, there are now fewer rules to follow. As in many countries, you are required to be fully vaccinated and carry proof for the same. Expect random rapid antigen testing at the airport with no need to quarantine. If you are not vaccinated, you must show an RT-PCR COVID-19 negative test result taken no more than three days in advance of your flight landing or a Rapid PCR COVID-19 negative test result taken one day before arriving in Barbados, or a Rapid Antigen negative test result taken one day before arriving in Barbados. 

Always check with your travel agent, airline or the Canadian authorities if you are unsure, as the situation can change quickly, as we all learned during the years of Covid.

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Toronto to Barbados flight time

Barbados flight time

If you are flying non-stop from Toronto, Canada, to Barbados, it will take about 5 hours and 20 minutes. 

Do you need a passport to go to Barbados?

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Canadian passport holders must have a passport for travel to Barbados with up to six months of validity from when they fly home. No visa is required if staying up to 6 months. You may need to show proof of departure. 

What language do they speak in Barbados?

Local man laughs after chatting with friends

In Barbados, English is the official language. Bajan, an English-based creole, is strongly included in West Africa. 

Best time to visit Barbados

Best time to visit Barbados

The low season is the cheapest time to fly to Barbados. The low season is from July to October, and the shoulder season is in May, June, and November. Grab those great bargains for accommodation, transportation, tours, and tourist attractions. During this time, the island is quiet without too many tourists. Despite being the rainy season, it doesn’t rain every day, or usually not that long. If the odd tropical rain shower doesn’t bother you, the low season is an excellent time to travel.

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Shoulder season in May, June and November is a nice balance between high and low seasons in terms of costs, crowds and weather. December to April is the high season in Barbados. This peak time is busy because of the great weather. Prices are also reaching their peak, with tourists from Europe, America and Canada flocking to the sandy shores to escape their cold winters.

The little island of Barbados has a packed events and festivals calendar and you might want to time your trip to see some of these colorful and vibrant celebrations. 

Barbados PRC test

Barbados PRC test

If you travel to Barbados from Canada and need a PRC test, the medical facilities are good. You can go to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which is private or the Bayview Hospital, which is public or find a private clinic that might be nearer. As always, we advise you to get travel insurance. 

Trip Advisor Barbados

Trip Advisor Barbados

If you travel to Barbados from Canada, we have some advice to share. Book your flights and accommodation early for great rates, and with those major costs paid off, you will know how much you can budget for food, transportation, shopping, entertainment and other expenses. Research well and make a list of the places you want to see. Booking tours on arrival is often more affordable than booking online, but not always. If you see a good deal online, then grab it. Finally, get travel insurance because peace of mind is invaluable even if you don’t need it. 

 If you are booking tours on the ground, go for ones recommended by your hotel or with good online reviews. Don’t be tempted by really cheap deals that you can’t check out. For example, if you are being pushed to buy now because the deal won’t be available later, you might have reason to be suspicious. Even so, always be polite but firm if you are not interested in booking services being offered. 

Book a local tour guide for a least one or two days to see parts of the island you might not find by yourself. As well as supporting the local community, you will learn about Barbados’s history, culture and lifestyle from someone who has probably lived on the island their entire life. Spend time chatting with the residents of Barbados. Since tourism is so big, they enjoy and welcome tourists, including all your questions about daily life, beliefs, traditions and maybe even a language lesson if you want to learn some Bajan phrases. 

If you are on an adventure off the beaten track, be careful, especially in the evenings. Make sure you have credit on your fully-charged phone and try to travel with someone else. If you are a solo traveler, it can be a good idea to connect with other solo travelers for some excursions or when checking out the nightlife. 

When using ATM machines, check if nobody is looking at your info and if in doubt, walk away. Use your instincts because they are often correct. Avoid wearing flashing clothing, jewelry or carrying expensive accessories. Don’t carry too much cash and use digital payment methods whenever possible.

Is Barbados expensive?

Is Barbados expensive?

Compared to other Caribbean islands and countries, Barbados is one of the more expensive ones. Due to the nature of island life, most things are imported, and the living standard is higher in Barbados than in most other parts of the Caribbean. But there are always ways to keep costs down, including staying at all-inclusive hotels, eating at local restaurants that are out of the main tourist areas and walking if possible instead of catching taxis. It can all add up to savings that might mean you can afford a few more days of vacation in paradise. 

 Take toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, sunblock and also medicine with you. Many of those things can cost more in Barbados compared at home. It is fun to buy local products, which many travelers like at the end of their trip and take some of the Caribbean fragrances home with them. Spa products like candles, lotions and soaps are nice to give as souvenirs and for yourself as the scents often evoke fond memories of your best and cheap vacations ever. 

There has never been a better time to travel to Barbados from Canada. Sandy beaches, delicious Caribbean flavors in the food and drink, nature, shopping, tourist attractions and blissful weather await.

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