"How To Plan An Affordable Vacation in Barbados"
Is a cheap Barbados vacation possible?
Contrary to many travelers beliefs an
affordable vacation to Barbados can be done.
I know some of you are doubting this...
Tip 1: You Can Fly To Barbados For
So how do you find cheap
flights to Barbados since airfare is usually the most
expensive part of a trip to the Caribbean?
There are three important factors that impact the price of your airline
ticket to Barbados and play a major role in finding the cheapest
airfare for your cheap Barbados vacation.
three factors are:
1. Whether you buy your ticket online.
Like just mentioned above, in order to keep your flight to
cheap as possible you must find the cheapest flight offered online.
There are hundreds of online travel websites offerring discount
airfares to Barbados including the popular CheapTickets.com and
But don't waste your time searching through all of these travel websites one by one...instead you
them all at once and find the most affordable flight to
2. How far in advance you purchase
You should try to plan your trip to Barbados ahead of time,
about 6 months in advance.
This gives you plenty of time to search for a cheap flight and buying
your airline ticket this early generally results in paying a very low
3. Which season you travel.
visitors also travel to Barbados during the winter season to get away
from the harsh cold of the northern regions of the world.
companies and travel agencies are obviously smart enough to know this
and raise their rates during this time of year. If you don't
traveling to Barbados during the summer you can pay less than
half what you would pay in winter.
Now thats a great start to a cheap Barbados vacation!
Tip 2: Spend Under $100 USD Per Night
For Your Hotel During Your Cheap Barbados Vacation
Now its time to find a cheap Barbados hotel to stay in during your time
on the island.
If you want to experience a cheap Barbados vacation you can not stay at
the luxurious beachfront Sandy Lane or Colony Club Hotel on the
Platinum West Coast. These Barbados vacation resorts can be
from $300 USD to over $1,000 USD per night. This
is just too pricey if
you want to keep your Barbados trip cheap.
How does under $100 USD per night
There are plenty of great cheap Barbados hotels lining the more
affordable, yet just as beautiful, south coast of the island.
these hotels offer rates under $100 USD a night. There are
cheap hotels you can choose from along the west coast of the island if
your heart is set on staying on the platinum coast.
We have created an
extensive list of cheap hotels in Barbados offering rates
However if you are not interested in staying at any of these cheap
Barbados hotels you can also compare
the current rates offered all of the hotels in Barbados and choose what you consider to be the hotel rate that best fits your
Tip 3: Combine! Combine! Combine! For
Your Cheap Barbados Vacation
Another great way to experience a cheap Barbados vacation that I want
to mention is with cheap
all inclusive vacation packages to Barbados.
The name of the game here is COMBINE, COMBINE, COMBINE!.
The reason these Barbados vacation packages work out to be such a great
option is because they "combine" your flight and accommodation costs to
create cheap Barbados vacations deals for you. This way you
will know exactly how much your trip to the
island will cost before leaving home.
However remember that the flight and hotel aren't the
only things you
can combine. There are a number of extra costs that
forget come along with a Caribbean vacation. These
attractions and car rentals.
Many all inclusive Barbados vacation packages include these
vacation expenses and allow you to put together your own Caribbean
travel package. They therefore further reduce the
overhead cost of
your vacation once you have arrived on the island.
This option is also great for busy folks. Most of us
work 9 to 5 jobs
and have a family and kids to attend too. Planning a trip to
Caribbean can therefore become tedious and overwhelming.
That is why cheap Barbados vacation packages were created..to
make vacation planning hassle free. They allow you to choose
your vacation package to the all inclusive resort of your choice,
pay one set package price, receive your online booking confirmation and
begin counting the days down till paradise!
Tip 4: Rent The Barbados Minimoke Not
The Benz During Your Cheap Barbados Vacation
Now that you have gotten the flight, accomodation, meals
and even attractions out of the way it is time to
save even more money
and make your Barbados vacation even cheaper!
How?? By not renting a large vehicle or luxury car!
Lets talk cheap
Barbados car rentals...
Remember you are taking a vacation in Barbados, a very tiny Caribbean
island. You definitely do not need a large van. A cheap minimoke for a
traveling couple or a 4 door economy car for the visiting
For example choose the cheaper minimoke ...Not
the compact or luxury sedan!
If you need more space because you are a surfer with surfboards or a
large family, then you can rent a SUV.
But choose the affordable Suzuki Jimny....Not the
fully loaded Toyota RAV4!
Little sacrifices like these add up to big travel savings!
be a little less space in your vehicle but your wallet will be a little
Now on to the next cheap Barbados vacation tip!
Tip 5: Eat In Not Out During Your
Cheap Barbados Vacation
Whether you are on a vacation in the Caribbean or in your home town
eating out is always more expensive than making your own meals.
only difference between the two is eating out during a vacation in the
Caribbean can be twice as expensive as eating out
in your home town!
Most visitors take a trip to Barbados to relax and enjoy the sun and
therefore don't want to lift a muscle...They want to lie on the amazing
beaches and stare into the beautiful turquoise waters.
Who can blame them! We all love doing the same thing..But once you have
absorbed your day's dose of sun rays and are getting
hungry eating in
can be one of the most over-looked ways of saving money during your
This really works well for families with small children travelling to
the island since it can be very tiring taking the kids out to a
restaurant every night.
So how do you eat in during your Barbados trip?
It is not as hard as you think...
You just have to stay at a Barbados hotel in walking
distance to a local grocery store or supermarket.
And since there are supermarkets in most of the major cities and
districts on the island you just need to stay in one or as
close to one
Here are a few such hotels in Barbados:
• Accra Beach Hotel, Blue Horizon Hotel and South Beach Resort
Vacation Club are in walking distance to a 99 convenience store in Rockley,
• Little Arches Hotel is in walking distance of a Supercentre
supermarket at Southern Plaza Shopping Centre in Oistins,
• Sunswept Beach Hotel, Mango Bay Hotel, Discovery Bay, The Sandpiper
Hotel and Settlers Beach Hotel are in walking distance to a Supercentre
supermarket in Holetown, St James.
• Worthing Court Apartment Hotel, Blue Orchids Beach Hotel and Coral
Mist Beach Hotel are in walking distance to a Supercentre supermarket
in Worthing, Christ Church.
And these are just to name a few.
If your hotel happens to be a bit too far to walk to a
back then consider walking there and taking a taxi back once you've
bought your groceries. This will save you having to spend
money on a
taxi both ways.
Then all you need to do is make a meal plan to follow for each week of
your trip. You can even leave the weekends free
for dining out and
cooking your own meals Monday to Friday.
If you really hate cooking while on vacation and your hotel does not
have a kitchenette then consider buying some cold
cuts, cheese, bread
and vegetables from the grocery store. This way you
can make yourself
a sandwich a couple nights of the week. Many Barbados hotel
equipped with a mini refrigerator or one can be rented for a small
We promise you will be shocked at the amount of money you will save this
Tip 6: Eat Local and Cheap During
Your Cheap Barbados Vacation
So where do you eat in Barbados during those days of the week when you
aren't eating in??
You eat local and cheap rather than
upscale and expensive.
Many of the restaurants in Barbados cater toward tourists who are
either on a romantic vacation or honeymoon who are willing to pay big
bucks for a captivating Caribbean dining experience.
But if you do your research you can find some cheap gems throughout the
island. If you are staying on the west coast in the Holetown
area Angry Annie's in 1st Street is a great choice.
If you are staying along the south coast Sweet
Potatoes in St.Lawrence Gap is worth a try.
These cheap restaurants in Barbados may not provide you with a lavish
setting but are easy on your wallet while still providing you with a
friendly taste of Bajan cusinie.
We also recommend eating dinner at The Oistins Fish Fry on
Friday nights. This night in the fishing village of Oistins on the
south coast will offer you meals as low as $15 to $20 USD for large
dinner portions of locally caught and fried Bajan fish. You
get to dine in the open air while enjoying local music, arts and craft.
A Summary Of The Seven Tips To
Planning Your Cheap Barbados Vacation
• Tip 1: Find your cheap
• Tip 2: Find a cheap
Barbados hotel for under $100 USD per night.
• Tip 3: Consider a cheap
vacation package to Barbados.
• Tip 4: Rent a cheap rental
car (not a luxury car).
• Tip 5: Eat in some nights
of your Barbados vacation.
• Tip 6: Eat out local and
So we hope these tips have helped you and that you
are starting to see the picture we are painting here??
The cheap picture that is!
Now go take the first step to planning your cheap Barbados
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