Barbados on a Budget

Barbados on a Budget

Barbados is considered a luxury island often visited by the rich and famous. But there are ways to experience all the beauty and charm Barbados has to offer on a budget.  Here are some tips and tricks to experience Barbados without the  huge price tag.

Before you go

Flights can sometimes be the most expensive part of your vacation, but they don’t have to be. If you love to travel, then you should consider signing up for an Air Miles Credit Card. The more you swipe the faster you can earn your free trip to Barbados.

Book your flights during the ‘slower season’ (May to November), not only will flights be cheaper but so will accommodation. 

Choosing Accommodation

Book your stay during the summer months for significantly reduced rates on accommodation. At Realtors Limited we offer even further savings – up to 20% OFF – when you book direct and stay before September 30th, 2022. Email our team at for more details. 

When looking for accommodation choose a location that is super central, this will help you save on transportation costs. Many of our villas are walking distance to the beach and some of the island’s best restaurants and shopping. Another budget friendly tip is to stay on a bus route which can help you save on transportation costs.


Getting Around

Big city life versus island life – they have their differences; one is that there is no Uber or Lyft in Barbados. The island does have convenient public transportation system called ZR’s as the license plates all begin with ‘ZR’. These are minivans that run on different numbered routes every 2 minutes or so. Like a train, you pay per ride, not per distance. Each ride is about $2 USD, walk with small change, they do not accept cards. Visitors to the island call the vans ‘Reggae Vans’ as they are known to play reggae or soca during your ride.

Prefer private transport, our concierge team can help you save on car rentals or can arrange airport transfers and taxis for you. Email – we are happy to help.


Where to Eat

Enjoy cheap eats at the newly opened Worthing Square Food Garden where you can find local and international street food. We like the Trini doubles - they are only $2.50 USD each.  In Holetown you can head to Just Grillin’ for grilled favourites and salads or Zaccios for Pizza - both budget friendly!

Taste the local flavours at Cuzz Fish Stand where you can try the world-famous fish sandwich for $4.50 USD. Oistins Fish Market is an absolute MUST! Enjoy a FULL plate of local food like macaroni pie, rice and peas, plantain and more paired with fresh fish all for around $15 USD. Wash it all down with the local Banks Beer specials in Oistins you can get 4 beers for $6 USD.

Many popular restaurants offer fixed price summer menus for reduced rates starting around $50 USD for a 3-course meal. Another way to save is to make simple meals at your villa. Our team can stock your fridge before you arrive. Reach out by emailing to learn more about this service. 


Things to do on a Budget

There are many FREE things to do in Barbados once you can get around. Here are some of our favourites: 

  • Explore Bridgetown and the historic Garrison area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Do the FREE self-guided tour of the award-winning Foursquare Rum Factory
  • Attend a Saturday Farmers Market and browse the local arts, crafts and foods.
  • Go beach-hopping and relax on a different beach each day
  • Go on a self-guided driving tour of the island (if you rent a car)
  • Watch sea turtles nesting or hatching with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project.
  • Go on a self-guided hike on the East Coast

Our team can help make further recommendations on how you can save on your trip to Barbados. Email to get started with booking and planning your summer escape today. 

What Guest Are Saying

This is my 2nd stay at Grendon House and I’ve had an absolute blast spending time with family. Swimming at Sandy Lane and enjoying Pina Coladas at the beach became a daily ritual.

Grendon House, Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados

Andi & Roy

Another amazing holiday in this wonderful house. The staff have been so friendly and helpful to us all. The beach facilities at Sandy Lane are second to none and cocktails were fab!

Grendon House, Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados

Marilyn & Dave

I’ve had a brilliant time at Grendon House! The staff have been absolutely delightful, they are extremely friendly and welcoming.

Grendon House, Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados

India Maurice

Thank you for an absolutely wonderful holiday again! I will always cherish my memories of Barbados. The lovely people, the amazing beaches, and the fabulous snorkeling!!

Grendon House, Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados

Dionne & Toby

Thank you everyone at Grendon house for the most amazing 2 weeks. The service you all provided; I cannot fault anyone one bit.

Grendon House, Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados


Our vacation was absolutely amazing! We came to Grendon House four years ago before lockdown and we had to come again!

Grendon House, Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados

Hayley Roberts

We had the best week here. The water was calm, the house was clean and Kay and Megan were amazing. They made our vacation even better! Thank you so much ladies! I hope our paths cross again.

Little Good Harbour House, Shermans, St. Lucy, Barbados

Tee Silverstein, Robin Bowen and Family

The heritage steam train at St. Nicholas Abbey was a particular highlight. Il Tiempo Restaurant is a 5 minutes’ walk and is really lovely at sunset.

Seawards, Fitts Village, St. James, Barbados - Beachfront

Paul, Chris & Family

We had the most wonderful stay here at Mullins Bay all thanks to Meena & Nikita.

Coco, Mullins Bay, St. Peter, Barbados

The Mover Family

I would like to start by thanking Lisa, Dawn and Sheldine for looking after us and making our stay so wonderful. Lisa was an exceptional chef and exceeded our expectations by miles.

Seawards, Fitts Village, St. James, Barbados - Beachfront

The Catlin-Fountain Family

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