Barbados on a Budget

Barbados has some beautiful beaches with all inclusive resorts along the coasts and 5 star hotels. Don’t let that get you down, there are many ways to visit Barbados on a budget. First of all, if you have read my budget travel 101 post then you know that low season is the best time to travel. If you check google flights right now though, you can find flights to Barbados from around $100US on JetBlue from Fort Lauderdale or a bit more expensive from JFK. This is crazy cheap, but keep in mind November to April is our high season and prices are a bit higher.

Barbados on a Budget

Accommodation

Barbados on a budget during high season it may be a little more difficult to find  places to stay. Your best option would be to browse AirBnb where you may be able to find a few hidden gems. The only downside is they may be a little further away from the beaches. Some sweet spots are apartments in Holetown such as Golden View, Pura Vida and some of the other sunset crest villas. These are all within walking distance to the beach and have pool access at The Beach House. You would definitely need to book in advance, especially for longer stays. Another option would be couchsurfing. There are a few people on the island doing this but again you may not be too close to the beach. During low season the prices of hotels drop and you can find some nice spots for under $100 US. It is also not as busy and you can make your booking closer to your travel dates.

Transportation

Renting a car can be expensive here, so renting a scooter is probably a better option if you want some freedom to explore Barbados on a budget. It would be a better option to rent the scooter for the weekend which is when you can island tour and explore and then use public transport for the majority of your trip. Buses here costs about $1US and you can get around the island pretty well.

Food

Everyone knows eating out is expensive. There are a few spots where you can get reasonably priced food such as Just Grillin’ and Lemongrass. If you don’t want to eat out the whole time then head to the grocery and cook in your AirBnB. Cooking for yourself will always be cheaper and healthier. Alcohol can take a toll on the budget but you can’t come to the Caribbean and drink water on the beach. Lucky for you the beer is cheap and so is the rum. You can buy Banks Beer and Deputy for about $1US in the gas station and rum shops always have 4 for $10bds ($5US) specials.

Barbados on a Budget

A Bajan Rum Shop in St. Lucy

Activities

As I mentioned before you can rent a scooter and explore the island. This is a free and fun way to spend a day. One of the most obvious ones is to just go to the beach. Go to a different beach everyday, that’s why you are here. Pack a cooler if you want some drinks. It will always be cheaper to buy from the gas station or rum shops. There’s no better Barbados on a budget activity than sitting on the beach with a cooler full of beers. Another way to experience the island is to visit Oistin’s Fish Market, this is a great cheap night out. This place is rocking Friday and Saturday nights. You can get some good local food from one of the many shops around the area and of course some 4 for $10 beers!

 

16 Comments

  • Fiona Mai January 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Barbados sounds so cool! I’m a bit concerned about going around the island. How much does it cost to rent a scooter per day? Also are the buses frequent enough? Thanks for your info!

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    • Stace January 4, 2017 at 8:14 am

      The buses are pretty frequent! It depends on the scooters but I found for about $50us per day with specials over the weekends etc

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  • luxurybackpacking | Emma January 4, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Barbados is one of my favourite countries! I’ve been twice and loved it so much! It’s great that you can travel here on a budget, as so many people think the Caribbean is for the rich and famous! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Sasha January 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Barbados, it sounds like paradise. So glad that it can be done on a budget, though I would be tempted to splurge a bit. What would you say is the average you’d spend a day including everything?

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    • Stace January 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

      All your other expenses etc per day could run you a max of 50US daily excluding accommodation. It also depends on activities etc because you can easily overspend

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  • kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com) January 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I always thought Barbados was a luxury place to visit. I am so chuffed that you can do it on a budget too. I need to put this on my list 🙂

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    • Stace January 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Everyone thinks this but there are budget options for sure!

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  • Kate @ Love From Scotland January 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I’m glad to read this as I think anywhere can be done on a budget, especially if it is somewhere you just want to get outside and explore the beaches. It’s nice not to have to sit by the pool of a luxury hotel (although I’d still love to do it!)

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  • Katie January 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I didn’t realise Barbados could be done on a budget! So happy to hear that it can be done without spending a fortune!

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  • Abigail January 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I love the idea of renting a scooter to explore the island. The cost of transportation is one aspect of traveling that is often overlooked but can add a lot to your total budget. Great tips and I would love to try them out soon in Barbados, although I think these tips apply to any destination.

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  • Kreete January 4, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Thaks for putting together a useful guide for Barbados! Id love to see where Rihanna is from some day and for $100 flights is a bargain! Renting a scooter is always a good idea too!

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  • Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures January 5, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Thanks for the tips! Barbados must be gorgeous, although I’ve never thought of it as a cheap place to visit. Flights from Europe always seem pretty pricey, but sounds like you can save quite a bit on activities and accommodation!

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    • Stace January 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Yes coming from UK is pricey but you can find flight deals from manchester

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  • Sonia January 6, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Are there any scuba opportunities here? How much would they cost?
    Also, will I be able to get vegetarian food easily?

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    • Stace January 6, 2017 at 6:04 am

      There lots of scuba places actually. I’m not sure about prices though. Most places are pretty good with vegetarian now too so yes

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  • Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe February 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Cool post. Barbados sounds so exotic. Helpful tips indeed!

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