Barbados Safety Tips
Barbados is considered to be a very safe destination however you should take reasonable precautions to protect yourself.
- Don't leave valuables in plain sight, in an unlocked car or room, or on the beach.
- Use your hotel safe if one is available.
- Lock doors and close windows when leaving your room or car.
- At night avoid beaches and unlit areas.
- Maintain the same level of awareness that you would at home.
- Report any harassment to a police officer or to your hotel manager.
- Make a note of the Barbados emergency numbers: Police 211; Fire 311; Ambulance 511.
- If uncertain about a swimming area, check with your hotel first as there may be currents. Stick to beaches with lifeguards on duty if you are not a strong swimmer.
- Some beaches are bordered by manchineel trees. Avoid standing under the trees, or touching the fruit, as the white sap produced by the tree is a skin irritant that can cause blisters. Such trees are typically marked with red spray paint.
- Barbados' water supply is very safe and you can drink water directly from the tap. Bottled water is widely available if you prefer.
- Remember to drink plenty of water (or other fluids) to prevent dehydration.
Sun & Mosquito Protection
- Apply sunblock whenever you are exposed to the sun, especially when on the beach, at the pool or engaging in outdoor activities.
- As a tropical island Barbados does have some mosquitos, especially in the wetter summer months. Apply insect repellent to keep them away. Read about the chikungunya virus.
- The wearing of any form of camouflage is illegal in Barbados.Do not dress in, or carry, items made of camouflage material.
- Possesion and distribution of illegal drugs/narcotics is strictly prohibited. If convicted of such an offence the crime is punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both.