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Introduction

Barbados is one of the most popular of the Caribbean islands to visit. Boasting luxury resorts, stunning weather and white sandy beaches, there’s little wonder why.
There’s a laid back culture that’s perfect for those needing to unwind, relax and escape the pressures of everyday life. The west coast is home to luxurious hotels and villas and is considered to have some of the best beaches on the island.
The capital of Bridgetown is a fascinating city to visit where tourists get a read feel for the cultural vibe. There are regular cricket matches at the Kensington Oval. There’s also the Barbados Museum that offers an insight into the history of the island.

Driving in Barbados
  • Road Driving Side
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  • Urban Speed Limit
    20mph
  • Rural Speed Limit
    37mph
  • Motorway Speed Limit
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Driving culture in Barbados

What are the roads like in Barbados?
Most roads are paved but tend to be bumpy and not well maintained in rural and residential areas. Pot holes are common and roads tend to be narrow with a lot of sharp corners and steep inclines. The ABC highway is in much better condition than minor roads, though few roads have pavements and road signage can be confusing.
What are the drivers like in Barbados?
Driving standards in Barbados are generally good. Be aware of buses and large trucks which tend to travel at high speeds; and drive cautiously on narrow and rural roads. Take care when approaching roundabouts.
What are the best times to drive?
It’s advisable to avoid driving at night. Many roads do not have pavements so pedestrians tend to walk on the road and can be hard to see at night.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats of the vehicle.
It is illegal for children under the age of five not to wear a seatbelt. Children under five should be seated using an appropriate child restraint for their size.
You cannot use a mobile handset for calls, texts or internet while driving as this is against the law. It is recommended to use a hands-free kit if you want to speak on your mobile phone whilst driving.

Important things to note

Be aware that it is commonplace for drivers to beep their horns to greet passing friends.
Tourists can easily get lost in Barbados because road signs can be unclear and confusing. Take a GPS to help you navigate. If you do get lost, the locals are more than happy to give you directions.
Always park in well-lit areas and never leave anything valuable in the car.
Only park where there are P (parking) signs are clearly visible. Be careful not to park in No Parking Zones as doing so might result in getting a parking ticket or fine.

Attractions to drive to

Most popular destinations in Barbados

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