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    Currency in Barbados – Barbadian dollar BBD

    A practical foreign exchange and currency guide on sending money and travel to Barbados

    What's in this Barbados currency guide?

    1. Travelling to Barbados
    2. BBD Latest Rate
    3. BBD Charts

     

     

    Travelling to Barbados

    The US dollar is usually accepted in Barbados even though the official currency is the Barbados Dollar (BBD), and most places accept major credit cards. Getting around between the islands of Barbados usually requires flying or chartering a Catamaran as there is no ferry service, and accommodation usually requires booking ahead so check online beforehand for bookings and to compare prices. Also entry requirements can differ between the islands depending on where you are coming from so this also should be checked in advance.

    Many destinations have stunning scenery, great food, fine weather and atmosphere. Of course the Caribbean islands have all of this, but the relaxed and generous approach of the local people really takes Barbados to the next level. The island itself is pretty small. It’s only about 20 miles by about 14 miles. And so when you fly in, you can see the whole island from the air usually. It may be a small island, but there’s an enormous amount on offer: culture, history, beautiful scenery and friendly people. Travel on the yellow reggae buses, watch and swim with turtles and enjoy amazing sunsets.

    Barbados’ local currency is known as the Barbadian or Bajan Dollar (BBD). The BBD is pegged to US dollar at 1US = 1.98BBD. ATMs are widespread and credit cards are widely accepted. You’ll certainly want some Barbadian dollars on hand, but larger payments can be made in US dollars, frequently with a major credit card. Hotels and guesthouses quote rates in US dollars (as do many dive shops and some restaurants), although you can use either US or Bajan currency to settle the account. English is the official language of Barbados, however you may hear the local Bajan creole spoken as well, a combination of British English and West African languages that are usually only spoken in informal settings.

    How do I get around in Barbados?

    Barbados offers good riding as a means of transport for the adventurous. It’s hilly, but roads are not usually steep. However, most roads are quite narrow, so traffic is a constant bother in the west and south. Most shops require a credit card or B$100 deposit for rentals. Your hotel will usually offer to you up with a rental.

    It’s possible to get to virtually any place on the island by public bus. All types of bus charge the same fare: B$2 to any place on the island. You should have exact change when you board the government bus, but minibuses and route taxis will make change. Most buses transit through Bridgetown, although a few north–south buses bypass the city. Buses to the southeast part of the island generally transit through Oistins. Buses along the main routes, such as Bridgetown to Oistins or Speightstown, are frequent, running from 6am to around midnight.

    If you intend to rent a car visitors must obtain a temporary driving permit from their car-rental agency; you’ll need to show a valid driving license from your home country. There are scores of independent car-rental companies, some so small that they’re based out of private homes. All primary and main secondary roads are paved, although some are a bit narrow. There are plenty of gas stations around the island, except on the east coast. Some stations in the Bridgetown area are open 24 hours.

    Travel tips for Barbados.

    The weather is most stable from December to May, with the lowest humidity. From June to November there is more rain but usually in short showers. No special vaccinations are required to visit Barbados. If you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic, you’ll be required to present proof of vaccination. In 2018 there are sewage problems on the south coast. Rendezvous Road, Hastings, Worthing and the St. Lawrence Gap areas are affected with sewage in the roads and bad smells. They are working to correct this but it’s a problem, so you might want to avoid booking hotels in this area for a bit.

    Sending Money to Barbados

    The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make a Transfer or Spend Barbadian dollar.

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    Barbadian dollar – Markets & Rates

    1 BBD = 0.5000 USD
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    BBD to USD is steady at 90 day average 0.5.
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    Historic BBD-USD Rates

    BBD/USD wasPeriod
    0.5000
    18 Oct 2021
    2 Weeks
    0.5000
    03 Aug 2021
    90 Days
    0.5000
    01 Nov 2020
    1 Year
    0.5000
    02 Nov 2016
    5 Years
    0.5000
    04 Nov 2011
    10 Years
    0.5000
    06 Nov 2001
    20 Years
    BBD/USD historic rates

     

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