Travel Tips: 19 Things NOT To Do In Barbados
My business partner sent me this link, as we are preparing to embark on our very first of many personally organized FAMS for a group of female travel agents to the island of Barbados. So, I believe these are some very good tips, commonsense if you will. It's always a good idea to know a country and their rules and regulations prior to arriving and causing mayhem! Don't you think? What other tips would you add to the list, can there be a 20 things NOT to do in Barbados? :)
There are endless things to see and do in Barbados. With its stunning beaches, otherworldly caves, demanding golf courses, renowned restaurants and rich heritage, its no wonder the island is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. However, there are a few cautions, caveats and conditions to keep in mind when visiting this vacation paradise. Here are 19 things NOT to do in Barbados.
1. Don’t Wear Camouflage
That military pattern may be on-trend in the world of fashion, but you’d better leave any camouflage-wear at home if you’re Barbados bound. It’s actually illegal for anyone but the Barbados Defense Force to don this style here. Even toddlers in cute pink camo shorts are prohibited. Seriously. Visitors have had contraband camouflage clothing confiscated at the airport and have been denied entry at some attractions for this unwitting offense. You may not be arrested if you’re caught in an army fatigue bikini, but you may be asked to change.
2. Don’t Touch the Manchineel Fruit
Those big shady trees with the little green apples look inviting and harmless enough, but manchineels are toxic. You don’t want to touch any fruit on the ground, or even sit under the boughs during a rain shower. These trees contain a milky sap that can blister the skin on contact and cause blindness if rubbed in the eye. In fact, the Caribs used to use this on their poison arrows. Many manchineel trees on Barbados beaches have a warning sign on them or are painted with a red ring, but not all.
3. Don’t Sit Under a Ripe Coconut Tree
It may be an urban legend that falling coconuts kill 150 people each year (stats are hard to confirm), but its better to be safe than sorry. Considering a ripe coconut can weigh over 4 lbs and palm trees can rise 100 ft, the impact of coconut to cranium can indeed be fatal. Look up before you take a siesta underneath a swaying palm that’s ripe with these potential bowling ball missiles.
4. Don’t Swim on the East Coast
The rugged East Coast of Barbados is a spectacular unspoiled coastline you have to experience. The windswept beach from Cattlewash to Bathsheba offers some of the best views in the region. However, the pounding surf has some dangerous currents and rip tides that make swimming ill-advised here. Expert surfers may frolic in the Soup Bowl, but the average tourist should keep out of these waves. Paddle up to your ankles and poke around the tide pools if you’d like, but save your immersive ocean swims for the safer south and west coast beaches, some of which have lifeguards on duty.
5. Don’t Get Too Close to the Monkeys
Everybody loves the green monkeys of Barbados. Spotting them at the Wildlife Reserve or in a gulley at the side of the road is always a thrill. They’re even known to make themselves at home in some hotel grounds. However tame, curious and friendly they may seem, it’s best to keep a bit of distance between you. Mama monkeys will get protective of their babies, and others can be a bit aggressive when it comes to their food. Don’t fear the monkeys, but respect that they are wild animals and give them some space.
6. Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Rum Punch
This classic Caribbean cocktail is poetically made with “one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.” Whatever is in it, it sure lives up to its “punch” moniker. Maybe its the combination with the hot sun, or the fact it tastes so good going down you lose count of how many you’ve consumed. Take it easy, or you will definitely feel a backlash from a Bajan rum punch bender the next day.