Budget planning tool
Punch in your holiday deets below to use crowd-sourced Numbeo data* to help you plan your spending money.
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Planning your trip to Barbados
Holiday Budget Calculator
We get it, doing your holiday budget is a snore fest. It's important though, so we've made it super easy for you to do now. Just punch in your holiday deets and we'll combine destination spend data with our exchange rates so you know how much to take. Easy peasy budget donesy!
About the currency
Coins and notes
Since it’s divided similarly to the New Zealand dollar, Barbados currency is easy to understand.
Barbados coins are available in 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c and $1 pieces. Featuring 7 sides and a unique curved shape, the $1 coin is worth taking a closer look at.
Barbados notes currently in circulation include $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
Facts about the currency
- The BBD is fixed to the USD at a rate of 1USD = 1.98 BBD. This means it doesn’t fluctuate against the USD, and only changes based on a foreign currency’s fluctuation relative to the US dollar.
- In 2002, a $5 note bearing the words “To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Central Bank of Barbados” was introduced. Reportedly, only 1,000 notes were issued, and you had to be a bank employee to receive one.
- In May 2013, the Central Bank of Barbados introduced redesigned banknotes for the first time in 40 years.
- Tactile marks were added to the new notes to help people with low vision.