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Barbados Safety Tips

8 Things Not To Do In Barbados

8 Things Not To Do In Barbados

Security Precautions

Barbados is considered to be a very safe destination however you should take reasonable precautions to protect yourself.

  • Don't leave valuables in plain sight, in an unlocked car or room, or on the beach.
  • Use your hotel safe if one is available.
  • Lock doors and close windows when leaving your room or car.
  • At night avoid beaches and unlit areas.
  • Maintain the same level of awareness that you would at home.
  • Report any harassment to a police officer or to your hotel manager.
  • Make a note of the Barbados emergency numbers: Police 211; Fire 311; Ambulance 511.

Beach Safety

Manchineel tree and fruit
  • If uncertain about a swimming area, check with your hotel first as there may be currents. Stick to beaches with lifeguards on duty if you are not a strong swimmer.
  • Some beaches are bordered by manchineel trees. Avoid standing under the trees, or touching the fruit, as the white sap produced by the tree is a skin irritant that can cause blisters. Such trees are typically marked with red spray paint.
Barbados beach with lifeguard station
Barbados beach with lifeguard station


  • Barbados' water supply is very safe and you can drink water directly from the tap. Bottled water is widely available if you prefer.
  • Remember to drink plenty of water (or other fluids) to prevent dehydration.

Sun & Mosquito Protection

  • Apply sunblock whenever you are exposed to the sun, especially when on the beach, at the pool or engaging in outdoor activities.
  • As a tropical island Barbados does have some mosquitos, especially in the wetter summer months. Apply insect repellent to keep them away. Read about the chikungunya virus.

Illegal Activities

Severe penalities for illegal drugs in Barbados
  • The wearing of any form of camouflage is illegal in Barbados.Do not dress in, or carry, items made of camouflage material.
  • Possesion and distribution of illegal drugs/narcotics is strictly prohibited. If convicted of such an offence the crime is punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both.
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