You are looking for hostels in Barbados? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Barbados hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Barbados.
We list every single hostel in Barbados and the world. In total, we have 4 cities in Barbados for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Barbados. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Barbados is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles, in the eastern Caribbean/western Atlantic. It is technically in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1,600km southeast of Miami, Florida, and 400km northeast of Trinidad and Tobago.
It is a British sovereign nation, which means that while it is independent and has its own government, it is also a Commonwealth country and observes the Queen as head of state. In the 15th century, it was first visited by Spanish explorers and claimed for the Spanish crown. In 1625, the first English settlers came to the island and it was an English/British colony until independence in 1966. The native islanders are of African descent, like most other Caribbean nations; Barbados is considered Caribbean in name despite its west Atlantic location. It is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
The capital of Barbados is Bridgetown, in the St. Michael province on the western side of the island. Bridgeport is where many of the cruise ships port and where tourism is the main economy. Other cities include St. Lawrence Gap, Speightstown, and Holetown. Transport across Barbados is relatively easy. Bajans drive on the left, like Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Travellers without a car can rent one, or travel by ZR (Zed-R), group taxis that can be very full. The international airport is Grantley Adams, just east of Bridgetown. It has direct flights to and from the US, Canada, and the UK, as well as within the Caribbean islands. There are frequent buses and taxis between Bridgetown and the airport.
The currency in Barbados is the Barbadian dollar. Historically, sugarcane production has been the main industry, but in more recent years the two sectors of manufacturing and tourism have grown.
Because it is outside of the Atlantic hurricane zone, it is rarely hit by the strong storms that plague other popular resort islands. Barbados’ tropical climate means that cruise ships and independent travellers visit the island year-round. There are two seasons, dry and rainy. The rainy season is from June to November.
Budget accommodation in Barbados is found generally along the south coast, although there are inexpensive guesthouses and/or hostels scattered across the island. Traditional European-style hostels are very rare in Barbados. Instead of backpacker hostels, travellers should look for inexpensive guesthouses.
Once you have your hostel or other accommodation sorted, get out and explore! Barbados is an island nation with a very strong culture. Dancing, music, art, and literature are heavily influenced by the native culture and the drumming is an experience, to be sure. Crop Over is a carnival-like event that takes place from July to August. It includes musical competitions and native music like calypso and sosa. Bajans crown a king and queen of the event; it concludes with a carnival-like parade on the first Monday in August. Travellers keen to explore more outdoor pursuits should visit Harrison’s Cave and Welchman Hall Gully in the Scotland district (northeast.) These were created from the erosion of the natural limestone. Geologically, the island is a coral reef, so underwater activities like snorkelling and scuba diving are popular. Whatever you choose to do in this paradise, you will enjoy it. Barbados is a stunning country with a lot to offer the curious traveller.
Handwritten by local expert for Barbados hostels Jakob Lombardi
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There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Barbados here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.