Welcome to the Bridgetown – Barbados cruise port guide. Barbados is known for its natural beauty and attractions. It is the only island in the Lesser Antilles that is non-volcanic. Barbados measures about 21 by 14 mile. Small hills are dotted with Georgian-style houses that remind us of a time when Barbados would bring in immense wealth for the British Empire. Your cruise ship will dock on the west side. This is were we find the beautiful white beaches in contrast with the rocky east side. Bridgetown is the capital with approximately 110.000 inhabitants. The busy streets are packed with great shops. For some lovely bounty time we would however advise you to get out of town and visit one of the many beaches, coves, hills or golf courses! Learn how to get further afield in the Barbados cruise port guide underneath.
Cruise Port Guide Bridgetown – Barbados: docked
Your cruise ship will dock at the Barbados deepwater harbour just a mile north of the city centre of Bridgetown. You will find the cruise dock offers a large cruise terminal with all kinds of nice facilities. At the Barbados cruise terminal you will find a tourist information center, car rental service, taxi services and sightseeing tours. You can also visit the souvenir shops and use the terminals wi-fi.
Keep in mind there is nothing within walking distance of the cruise terminal. You will need some form of transportation to get further afield. You could go around by rental car, taxi or organised shore excursion.
Barbados bus service
Some cruise ships provide a shuttle service into Bridgetown and some do not. The Princess Alice bus terminal is 3 blocks (or 1 km) from the Bridgetown Cruise Port. Find it just behind Pelican Village. See the location also marked in the map. Busses run regularly to Holetown, Bathsheba and St. Laurence Gap. You will need to pay the exact fare. Buy your required tokens at the bus terminal.
Barbados cruise taxis
Barbados taxis are not metered and prices are regulated by the government. Still agree on a price before you step into the taxi though. Keep the following prices as a guideline:
Barbados cruise terminal to west coast swim with turtles 7,50 US dollar per person one-way
Barbados cruise terminal to Paradis beach is 10 US dollar per person one-way
Barbados cruise terminal to Harrison’s cave is 23 US dollar per person one-way
Cruise terminal car rental
There is a car rental facility at the Barbados cruise terminal. Please know vehicles are limited and therefore reservations come recommended. Also keep in mind Barbados drives on the left. Roads are generally in good condition although they do wind up and down the hills side. Renting a car for the day cost you around 75 US dollar. Keep in mind that often a car with driver will only cost you about 10 to 20 US dollar more.
The best beaches of Barbados are found on the west coast of the island a short drive from where your cruise ship is docked. One of the best beaches are a short taxi ride away. Sandy Lane beach is known for its turquoise water and most popular amongst vacationing A-listers.
Find Carlisle Bay right in town. This beach is known as one of the most impressive beaches on Barbados, its luxurious hotels and best snorkelling location.
Both beaches are 10 – 15 minute drive from the Barbados cruise terminal.
What to see and do on Barbados
Pelican Craft Centre – 1 km the east of the Barbados cruise port
Barbados museum – 4,5 km east of the Barbados cruise port
Mount Gay Distillery – 2 km north of the Barbados cruise port
Sandy Golf Club – 9 km north of the Barbados cruise port
Harrison’s Cave – 16 km north of the Barbados cruise port
Welchman Hall Gully – 16 km north of the Barbados cruise port
Barbados wildlife reserve – 26 km north of the Barbados cruise port
Farley Hill National Park – 26 km north of the Barbados cruise port
This is the Barbados cruise dock in Bridgetown. The cruise dock is close to the cruise terminal where you can find all kind of facilities. Read the full Barbados cruise port guide for all the information on services, facilities and what to see in do while in Barbados.