Hi, I’m

Lois Swanson. Welcome to my Insider Tips on Barbados.  I love the island and want to share my tips to help you enjoy your holiday to the utmost.

Recently returned from trip #34, so lots of updates including new restaurants and other great finds.

After 34 trips to Barbados, all at least 7 - 14 days in length,  based on the information I present, those involved in tourism consider me a Barbados expert and an authority on most things happening on the island.  I constantly update this website with new information I have gathered, so check back often.  I will include current information on hotels, restaurants, menus, and updates on various things on the island.  Be sure to check on new updates in Beaches, Fun Things To Do, and Restaurants.  I will keep you informed on what’s hot and what’s not in Barbados.

People are curious as to why I do this.  Have you been frustrated with information that is out-of-date when you purchase a new travel guide.  I was, so in 1999 after continually answering the same questions from lots of people (as they knew of my expertise with Barbados), I decided to write an Insider Tips Sheet which I sent out for free to people all over the world.  That has evolved into this website.  I try to give honest opinions in my reviews of various attractions, restaurants, hotels, etc.  By doing so I feel I can help visitors get the best value for their money.

I am passionate about Barbados.  It is a fantastic island with friendly people, varied scenery, gorgeous beaches, lots of activities, fabulous restaurants, historical sites, Jacobian mansions, great houses, and the best rum in the world.  I want to share that passion with others so they may experience the best things when they visit Barbados.  

I am from Fairfax, Virginia, but return often to the island we love.  If there is anything that is not included on my website that you have questions about, please write me for answers at:  lois@barbadostips.com  

For most restaurants, hotels, villas or car rentals, if you mention that Lois Swanson recommended, I know they’ll give you their best pricing and service, although some businesses will offer my readers a special discount.  Also, for all of your reservations, book early so that you can get what you want whether it is transportation, or restaurant reservations.  
Updated:  January 2016 

Copyright © 2016 by Lois’ Barbados Tips 
These tips are based on my personal experiences during my 33 trips to Barbados.  I will not accept any liability for any inaccuracies.  All views expressed are mine and are therefore subjective.  The tips are for personal use only.  If you want to use for any other purposes, please contact me for permission.  If you find any inaccuracies, please let me know.  My e-mail is:  lois@barbadostips.com

Welcome to the website for Barbados Tips, where you will find all sorts of information about what is happening in Barbados.  I am Lois Swanson.  People involved in tourism tell me that they consider me an expert and authority on most things in Barbados.  Tour books seem to be sorely outdated and if you want up-to-the-moment information like I do, you will find it here at Barbados Tips.  Included here is information about airport arrival, transportation, car rental, island tours, Barbados Tips top picks for restaurants and top picks for hotels. other restaurants, other hotels.   Barbados Tips has information about Barbados restaurants, Barbados hotels, Barbados villas, Barbados spas, Barbados wedding planning, Barbados grocery stores, Barbados beaches, Barbados nightlife, Barbados island attractions, Barbados catamarans, the Concorde experience, Barbados island updates, Barbados restaurant news, rum, Barbados Jacobian mansions, great houses, Orchid World, Huntes Gardens, Andromeda, Welchman Hall Gully, Barbados Zagat award winners.

I am a member of the Barbados Elite Club;

A frequent contributor to Forums on Fodors.com;

and I am also a

Destination Expert on TripAdvisor.com