Watch these Video Tips about Driving on Your Barbados Vacation
A Barbados vacation is one of the best family investments you can make. With its white sand beaches, friendly people, and local nightlife, Barbados is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit.
Not only does it have beaches that you want to remain on forever, but Barbados also has awesome historical landmarks, great hotels, and more.
Barbados A Caribbean Leader
The island is 166 square miles. That's 21 miles long, and 14 miles wide. Barbados is the leading tourist destination in the Caribbean and one of the most developed Caribbean islands. In fact, in 2011, the United Nations ranked Barbados as very high in human development - well above the regional average for Latin America and the Caribbean. it is for these and many more reason that you can't go wrong in deciding to plan a Barbados vacation.
Driving on Your Barbados Vacation
In Barbados, they actually drive on the left side of the road. On the other hand, if you’re from the United States, you’re used to driving on the right side. Consequently, driving in Barbados can definitely be an adventure for you because the steering wheel is on the right side of the car.
The key and the signals are opposite. Because the turn signals are on the wrong side, you can easily turn on the windshield wipers when you are really trying to indicate a turn.
So, if you see a car on your Barbados vacation with the wipers going back and forth and there is no rain falling, it is most likely a tourist who meant to use the turn signal.
Roundabouts can be a little tricky if you’re not familiar with them. Most local drivers in Barbados are really friendly and nice, but they also know that you're a tourist on your Barbados vacation from your license plate.
Official license plates for car rentals in Barbados begin with an H for hire. So, they know from your rental car that this is a tourist who doesn't know what he's doing.
If you leave the main highway, Barbados doesn't have a lot of roads that have official traffic lines and lane dividers.
Barbados Vacation Drivers License & Permit
It is very easy to drive a car while on your Barbados vacation. You can obtain a Barbados drivers permit on producing a valid National or International License.
Barbados Vacation Driving Permits Inexpensive
The cost for a visitors permit is US$5 for a 2-month permit and US$50 for a 1-year permit. Philrod Car Rentals, Inc., and all authorized car rental companies can issue you a driver's license if you have a valid license.
In addition, you can obtain a permit for driving on your Barbados vacation by visiting one of the local licensing authorities.
Barbados Vehicle Licensing Authorities
For your convenience, additional Barbados Vacation Local licensing authorities are located at: