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The minimum legal drinking age in Barbados is 18.

Electricity in Barbados is 110 volts, just as in the United States. No converters or transformers are needed for U.S. appliances.

A 7.5% government tax is added to all hotel bills, and a 7.5% V.A.T. is imposed on restaurant meals, admissions to attractions, and merchandise sales (other than duty-free items). Prices are often tax-inclusive; if not, the V.A.T. will be added to your bill.

A 10% service charge is often added to restaurant checks; otherwise, tip 10%–15%. Some hotels add a 10% service charge, as well.

The Barbados dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of Bds$1.98 to US$1. U.S. currency is accepted almost everywhere on the island, so many travelers never change their money into local currency—although change will most often be given in local currency. ATMs are widely available but dispense local currency only.

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