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...
Advice and Information - please email
us if you have additional comments to add!
click here to see Debbie's
Caribbean Resort Reviews - including tips for those travelling
to the Caribbean with Children!
(the local term for Barbadians) love children so this is
the ideal island to spend your vacation as a family.
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)
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
see the Barbados Sightseeing Page
for more options!
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order to help future travellers with children.
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Friendly Bars and Restaurants
Services for travellers and those living in Barbados
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.
tell anyone you contact that you saw the ad on the Shoestring
recommendation by Emma Hartnell-Baker 2002
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.
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!"
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
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 email@example.com
tel (246) 432 5546 or Monica Trayner firstname.lastname@example.org
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
morning Mothers and Toddlers Group
- St James
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 email@example.com
Sessions are free and intended to relieve the isolation often
experienced by new Moms.
Babysitting Circle - St James
details to follow
Children's Health - Pharmacies,
tell anyone you contact that you saw the ad on the Shoestring
Persaud - Trents Medical Centre Holetown St James Barbados
Tel (246) 432 0830
Lousie Berry (London) Family
Care Clinic Maxwell Coast Road Barbados Tel (246) 428 9234/
420 7976 Fax (246) 420 7940
Pharmacy Inc. Wildey Shopping Plaza St Michael Barbados
Tel (246) 427 5468 Fax (246) 228 3268 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pharmacy Jamestown Clinic, Holetown St James Barbados
Delivery service and 24 Emergency Service Tel (246) 423 4721
Regular hours (246) 432 6697
relating to Travelling with Children in Barbados
Site written for parents / carers travelling with children
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Care in Barbados
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.
you have any concerns please email Lindsay, a nurse who has
also experienced pregnancy and giving birth in Barbados (thank
on the island keep this number handy - although most of the
doctors on the island will see you, and give advice
Family Care Clinic Maxwell Coast Road Barbados
Tel (246) 428 9234/ 420 7976 Fax (246) 420 7940
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