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Making the Most of Barbados

Making the Most of Barbados

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GETTING THERE

The Disney ships dock at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal, a large pier and retail facility. Inside the air conditioned terminal are 25 shops offering typical duty-free wares, “pushcart” vendors offering native goods, a post office, telephone center/Internet cafe, and tourist information office. Just outside is “Chattel House Village,” a collection of shops offering handmade garments, plus several bars and eateries. You’ll also find plenty of taxis and shuttles awaiting your fare. Nearby is Pelican Village, an attractive marketplace area featuring craft shops and craft demonstrations. “All ashore” time is about 7:30 am and “all aboard” time is at 4:45 pm (Magic) or 8:15 am/5:45 pm (Fantasy).

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GETTING AROUND BARBADOS

The heart of Bridgetown is about a mile from the pier. You can certainly walk, but a cab is convenient, especially if you’re returning to your ship with purchases. The architecture downtown on Broad Street is an interesting mix of British and Island style, but the shopping isn’t much different or better than what you’ll find in the cruise terminal. Taxi fares are set by the government, but there are no meters. Be sure to agree on the fare before you hop in. For longer jaunts, expect to pay about $30 per hour. There are several car rental agencies at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal. We recommend you reserve ahead of time to get the best deal. You must pay $10 for a local driving permit (supplied by the rental agency), and you’ll be driving British-style (on the left). While the map makes island navigation seem simple, with major routes all radiating from Bridgetown, an intricate web of secondary roads will make navigation more challenging—obtain a more detailed map if you plan to strike out on your own. Ask yourself: Are you sure you want to drive? As nearly all points of interest are likely to be visited by shore excursions, they remain, as always, your safest bet.

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STAYING SAFE IN BARBADOS

Traffic flows English-style (left-hand side), so look both ways before crossing streets. This may seem like a minor thing, but you’d be surprised how many Americans forget this little detail and step out right into oncoming traffic. The cruise terminal provides a secure shopping environment, and the native “Bajans” like to be known for their friendliness, but conventional safety and security warnings are still in effect. Leave valuables on the ship, and be mindful at all times.

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Top Photo Slice: Barbados Yachts (℗ 53365) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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