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Barbados Safety Tips

8 Things Not To Do In Barbados

8 Things Not To Do In Barbados

Security Precautions

Barbados is considered to be a very safe destination however you should take reasonable precautions to protect yourself.

  • Don't leave valuables in plain sight, in an unlocked car or room, or on the beach.
  • Use your hotel safe if one is available.
  • Lock doors and close windows when leaving your room or car.
  • At night avoid beaches and unlit areas.
  • Maintain the same level of awareness that you would at home.
  • Report any harassment to a police officer or to your hotel manager.
  • Make a note of the Barbados emergency numbers: Police 211; Fire 311; Ambulance 511.

Beach Safety

Manchineel tree and fruit
  • If uncertain about a swimming area, check with your hotel first as there may be currents. Stick to beaches with lifeguards on duty if you are not a strong swimmer.
  • Some beaches are bordered by manchineel trees. Avoid standing under the trees, or touching the fruit, as the white sap produced by the tree is a skin irritant that can cause blisters. Such trees are typically marked with red spray paint.
  • Learn how to enjoy Barbados beaches safely at night.
Barbados beach with lifeguard station
Barbados beach with lifeguard station


  • Barbados' water supply is very safe and you can drink water directly from the tap. Bottled water is widely available if you prefer.
  • Remember to drink plenty of water (or other fluids) to prevent dehydration.

Sun & Mosquito Protection

  • Apply sunblock whenever you are exposed to the sun, especially when on the beach, at the pool or engaging in outdoor activities.
  • As a tropical island Barbados does have some mosquitos, especially in the wetter summer months. Apply insect repellent to keep them away.

Illegal Activities

Severe penalities for illegal drugs in Barbados
  • The wearing of any form of camouflage is illegal in Barbados.Do not dress in, or carry, items made of camouflage material.
  • Possesion and distribution of illegal drugs/narcotics is strictly prohibited. If convicted of such an offence the crime is punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both.
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