Bridgetown is a compact city and all the main sights in town are located within walking distance.
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Day cruises are a popular way to explore the island, especially the west coast, from a pirate’s vantage point. Many of the larger boats are floating parties, while the smaller operations tend to be more tranquil. For those who want the scuba experience without getting wet, there are submarine cruises. Most boats dock near Bridgetown, but take passengers from across the island; ask about transportation options when you book.Sleeping
Few visitors stay in Bridgetown and there aren't many accommodations available. Aquatic Gap, just south of town, is the first spot with any hotels to speak of, though it's worth heading the few minutes further to Hastings, Rockley, Worthing, St Lawrence Gap or beyond for a more relaxed beach atmosphere.Eating
Bridgetown is the best place to enjoy genuine local food and genuine local prices. You can find cheap eats at any of the markets around town, which are generally open from 7am to late afternoon Monday to Saturday.Drinking & Nightlife
Bridgetown’s many rum shops are patronized by local regulars, though visitors are not unwelcome. Along Baxters Rd, just north of the center, you’ll find a concentration of these bars, where alcohol flows and fish is fried until late at night. Although women will not be turned away, be warned that rum shops are a macho haunt.On the south side of town, along Bay St, there is another collection of rum shops and bars, but stick to the main drag because one block back you'll be among shady Nelson St's brothels. For a daylight drink, check out the beach bars right on the sand at the northern end of Carlisle Bay. Shopping
Broad St, in the city center, is the place for higher-end shopping, while Swan St, one block back, is more blue collar with plenty of shops hawking cheap products.Travel with Children
Barbados is generally a family-friendly destination. A number of resorts have organized children’s activities or in-house day care and babysitting.Most beaches are safe for children to play on and many of the southern and western beaches are calm enough for younger swimmers. The east-coast surf is too powerful for novice swimmers of any age. Older kids enjoy surfing lessons. LGBT Travellers
Barbados is a conservative and religious place that is generally opposed to homosexuality. That said, there are a few openly gay Bajan couples, although they still tend to be discreet.Gay visitors to Barbados will need to be judicious outside of international resorts, and especially in smaller, more traditional towns, but are unlikely to run into any major problems.
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