An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Barbados.
Barbados is low lying island with its highest peak only 336 m (1102 ft.) high. It has an area of 431 km2 and 279,254 inhabitants. It is the easternmost Caribbean island. It is an independent state and member of the British Commonwealth.
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- 2485 Approaches to Barbados
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- B2 Barbados
The climate is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season November to May, rainy season June to October.
Sources of weather forecasting:
- Weather on Line Detail 7 day forecast charts for the Atlantic.
- Wind GURU A surfer's site with worldwide wind forecasts.
- Navtex Broadcasts List of all the Navtex broadcast times and frequencies (not kept up to date).
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First landfall in Barbados MUST be made at an official Port of Entry. Contact the port on VHF 16 or 12 for berthing instructions - do not anchor-off. At Port St Charles, you should contact Customs on VHF 16 or 77 - do not leave the yacht until the officials have come aboard. After clearing in at Bridgetown, you may move off to anchor in Carlisle Bay.
Be sure to obtain permission from the port authority if you wish to anchor/stop outside the official port of entry. The port authority can guide you as to where you may stop/anchor.
There is a departure tax of BBD 100 (approx. US$50) for yachts under 150ft.
Customs and Immigration
Chartering by foreign yachts is strictly forbidden.
Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival and will be held in custody until your departure.
PETS: An Import Permit must be obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer before the importation of all pets. This Permit can be obtained by contacting the Veterinary Services at Ph: (246)4275073 or Fax: (246)4208444. A Veterinary Officer MUST examine the animal before leaving the Customs area. If pets come from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Jamaica, St Kitts-Nevis, Antigua, St Lucia or St Vincent, they may be imported directly but pets arriving from all other countries must first undergo a six month quarantine stay in Britain after which an Import Permit can be obtained. DO NOT take your pets ashore until they have been cleared.
Yachts with pets aboard must remain at anchor with the animals kept on board until clearance has been given and under no circumstances bring your pet ashore before that time.
Passports must be valid for three months beyond the intended length of stay in Barbados.
Visas are not required for stays of up to six months for nationals of the EU, Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Peru, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela, the United States, and all Commonwealth countries (except for South Africa, who may only stay for up to 30 days, and India and Pakistan, who require visas). Citizens of most Eastern European countries, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Cuba, may stay visa-free for up to 28 days. Visas are required for all others.
On arrival, you should state the maximum time you intend to stay in Barbados. Visa extensions (sometimes difficult to obtain) must be applied for at the immigration office. Ask the Immigration officer, on arrival, to explain this process. Crew changes are also a lengthy process - the immigration officer will explain this process.
Health and Security
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In general it is prudent to lock your boat and dinghy.
- Bridgetown | – port of entry |
- Port St Charles | – port of entry |
|Toilets||At the Port St Charles marina|
|Showers||At the Port St Charles marina|
|Laundry||In Bridgetown and at the the Boatyard in Carlisle Bay|
|Garbage||There are bins around the harbors|
|Chandlers||None. Only fishing equipment at Bridgetown|
|Repairs||None. Only fishing equipment at Bridgetown|
|Internet||Internet cafe's in Bridgetown and at the Port St Charles marina|
|Mobile connectivity||Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS in the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?|
- Waterfront Café restaurant at the Careenage has good food.
There are flights to England and to the US.
The name Barbados comes from a Portuguese explorer named Pedro Campos in 1536, who originally called the island Los Barbados ("The Bearded Ones"), upon seeing the appearance of the island's fig trees, whose long hanging aerial roots he thought resembled beards. Between Campos' sighting in 1536 and 1550, Spanish conquistadors seized many Caribs on Barbados and used them as slave labor on plantations. Other Caribs fled the island, moving elsewhere. The British colonized the island in the 1600s where they established plantations of sugar cane. To work the plantations they imported many slaves from Africa. This went on until 1834 when slavery was abolished in the British Empire. The island gained its independence in 1966.
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References & Publications
- Jimmy Cornell, World Cruising Handbook: Covering All the Maritime Nations of the World, Adlard Coles Nautical; 3rd edition (July 31, 2001), ISBN 978-0713658279
- Ashley Scott and Nancy Scott, Cruising Guide to Caribbean Marinas and Services, Cruising Guide Pubns (February 15, 2003), ISBN I978-0944428603
- Chris Doyle, Cruising Guide to Trinidad and Tobago Plus Barbados and Guyana, Cruising Guide Pubns; 3 edition (January 5, 2007), ISBN 978-0944428771
- William T. Stone and Anne M. Hays, Cruising Guide to the Caribbean, Sheridan House; Rev Rep edition (August 21, 1998), ISBN 978-0924486579
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