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Travel with Children - Travel to Barbados with your family!...

Take the kids to Barbados and stay in child friendly accommodation, visit places that are suitable for even young children, find child friendly restaurants and babysitters so that you can go out and enjoy yourselves- without the children! We hope the Shoestring Barbados site will help famlies traveling to the Caribbean...
Taking the kids to Barbados!

General Advice and Information - please email us if you have additional comments to add!

Also click here to see Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews - including tips for those travelling
to the Caribbean with Children!

Bajans (the local term for Barbadians) love children so this is the ideal island to spend your vacation as a family.

The West Coast is an especially great place for families as the water is calmer, it's generally much quieter than the South Coast (but still plenty to do!) and you have more chance of pool access, if staying in self-catering accommodation. We would especially recommend the Sunset Crest area of the West Coast (Holetown) as everything is within easy walking distance - post office, shops, beach, pools, supermarket, taxi ranks, evening entertainment, doctors, pharmacies etc.

There are many places to visit and things to do with children, whatever their ages and we especially recommend that families visit Oistins on a Friday evening from around 5pm where you can enjoy a 'Fish Fry' with the locals, and enjoy a truly authentic Bajan experience. This is very much a family affair with great food, live music and a relaxed atmosphere. Dancing can go on until 5am! Or why not try the Barbados Wildlife Reserve (see photos on this page)

If your kids are at least three feet tall they can visit the Atlantis Submarine which is a great educational experience as well as lots of fun. The Malibu Splash water slide on the MV Harbour Master is 70 foot slide that may be enjoyed when moored in the calm waters of the West Coast. Enjoy this during their lunch cruise. The Sheraton Centre has an air-conditioned movie theatre, or take in an children's movie at the Globe, Barbados' popular drive-in. At the Barbados Golf Academy and Public driving range there is an 18 hole miniature golf course, or enjoy the playground of the Chefette Restaurants.

Also see the Barbados Sightseeing Page for more options!


Elliott and Nubia enjoy playing at Chefette
There really is lots to do and see, so click below on any of the keywords for more details and ideas!

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Childcare Services for travellers and those living on the island

Children's Health - Pharmacies, Doctors, Dentists

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Childcare Services for travellers and those living in Barbados

P. Even as a tourist if you are staying on the island for more than a month you may be able to enrol your pre-school child in a day nursery. Average rates for a day nursery (7.30 - 5.30pm Monday to Friday) are Bds$50 - 100 (US$25-50) Childcare in Barbados is surprisingly inexpensive. Please check that the establishment is registered and how many staff are employed and are qualified.

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Babysitter recommendation by Emma Hartnell-Baker 2002

One of my personal and favourite babysitter is Michelle (surname withheld for security purposes) a local Bajan lady who has two children of her own. She is warm, friendly, reliable and has a natural way with children. She is calm, sensible and able to keep control and deal with any situation that arises. Call her when you arrive and she will meet with you - and then you can see for yourself how she relates to your children. I especially recommend Michelle with your babies, toddlers and young children. Michelle has been looking after Elliott for me between the ages of 13 months and 3 years and I trust her implicitly. Having recruited and trained nursery staff in Nottingham, UK, for eight years, I believe I am fairly well qualified to give advice. Call her when you get there on 232 3662 and please give her your number and she'll call you back. She pays for incoming calls. Rates are negotiable but approximately Bds$10-12 per hour. If babysitting after midnight you will need to let her stay overnight of pay for a ride home.

Parent quote "Emma recommended Michelle to me and she has been looking after my 15 month old daughter Talia for several hours during our Barbados vacation this year (2002) I'd recommend her to anyone with young kids - and I too work within the childcare industry in the UK!" Samantha

I would recommend Paula who also works for the Sandy Lane Hotel as a part-time babysitter. Her telephone number is (246) 429 4294 Her sister Tasha is also available. They are ideal if you are staying on the South Coast. Emma

Young @ Art

This great group is currently twice a week but due to its success they intend to increase sessions and move from Sara's house, where the group currently meets. The current location is Sunset Crest, St James and you can contact either Sara Gill richardgill@sunbeach.net tel (246) 432 5546 or Monica Trayner monpaul@sunbeach.net tel (246) 422 4201 for more details. Please book in advance - and sessions cost Bds$25 per child. Great art and craft activities for children ages 2 - 7. Parents may stay or leave the children - sessions last 90 minutes, Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Snacks provided.

Friday morning Mothers and Toddlers Group - St James

This friendly group is a great place for your young children to interact and for parents to meet and chat over coffee and biscuits. The sessions take place at a different house each week (they rotate) For more details contact Sara Gill Tel (246) 432 5546 or email richardgill@sunbeach.net Sessions are free and intended to relieve the isolation often experienced by new Moms.

Babysitting Circle - St James

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Children's Health - Pharmacies, Doctors, Dentists

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West Coast Doctors

Dr Persaud - Trents Medical Centre Holetown St James Barbados Tel (246) 432 0830

South Coast Doctors

Dr Lousie Berry (London) Family Care Clinic Maxwell Coast Road Barbados Tel (246) 428 9234/ 420 7976 Fax (246) 420 7940



Worrels Pharmacy Inc. Wildey Shopping Plaza St Michael Barbados Tel (246) 427 5468 Fax (246) 228 3268 Email pharmacist@worphar.com Web site

Jems Pharmacy Jamestown Clinic, Holetown St James Barbados Delivery service and 24 Emergency Service Tel (246) 423 4721 Regular hours (246) 432 6697

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Sites relating to Travelling with Children in Barbados

BabyGoes2 www.babygoes2.com/g_carib_barbados.asp Site written for parents / carers travelling with children around the world.

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Anti-Natal Care in Barbados


This section has been requested by several visitors who are either moving to Barbados and are pregnant, or who are visiting the island and are expecting.

If you have any concerns please email Lindsay, a nurse who has also experienced pregnancy and giving birth in Barbados (thank you Lindsay!)

Email Lindsay

When on the island keep this number handy - although most of the doctors on the island will see you, and give advice

Dr Lousie Berry (London) Family Care Clinic Maxwell Coast Road Barbados
Tel (246) 428 9234/ 420 7976 Fax (246) 420 7940

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