Recognizing Barbadian currency
The Barbados Currency is the Barbadian Dollar - BDS and
if you'd like to know how much your money is worth as
Barbadian money, you can use this neat Currency Converter.
Like most currencies around the world Barbados have a
decimal currency, this simply means that there are 100
cents to one dollar. Our Barbados currency consists of
one, 5, 10, 25-cent coins, and a one dollar coin.
The one-dollar, 25-cent and 10-cent coins are made of
cupronickel, the 5-cents is made of brass and the 1-cent
is made of bronze. In addition to the coins there are two,
five, ten, twenty, fifty and a One hundred dollar bills.
Depicted on Barbados coins you’ll find several popular
Barbadian symbols: the flying fish (one dollar), the
Morgan Lewis windmill (25 cents), the tern or the swallow
of the sea (10 cents) the South Point lighthouse (5 cents)
and the broken trident (1 cent).
The reverse side of each coin depicts the Barbados Coat
of Arms, which is the official emblem of the island. The
Barbados bank notes on the other hand depict the image of
outstanding Barbadians: John Redman Bovell, (Two
dollar bill), Sir Frank Worrel (Five dollar), Charles
Duncan O’neal (Ten dollar), Samuel Jackman Prescott
(Twenty dollar), Errol Walton Barrow (Fifty dollar) and
Sir Grantley Adams (One hundred dollar).
The bank notes are printed on paper made of cotton fiber,
which is more durable than standard paper made of wood
pulp. They have a number of security features that make
them difficult to counterfeit, there are very durable, and
don't disintegrate when wet.
The denominations of the Barbados currency bank notes are
two (blue with red elements), five (green with brown
elements), 10 (reddish brown with green elements), 20
(mauve/purple with orange elements), 50 (orange with
blue-green elements) and 100 (grey, blue and red) dollars.
ATMs usually dispense multiples of five so you will
receive 20, 50 or 100-dollar notes.
Converting Travel Funds to Barbados Currency
Barbados is one of the leading developing nation
in the world so accessing your funds while on
vacation in Barbados or converting to Barbados
currency is pretty easy. International banks like
Scotia Bank Barbados and the Royal Bank of Canada
are on hand to serve you… This said many of the
technological advancements available in the first
world countries in North America and
Europe can be found on the island. This include ATMs
strategically located in some of the most convenient
areas around the island… You can also use your
credit cards in most stores and restaurants on the
island. So, your credit cards will be accepted. The
banks open daily from 8 AM until 3 PM Monday to
Thursday and 8 AM until 5 PM on Fridays.
Some banks also open on Saturdays from 8 AM until
Noon and will accept your traveler cheque or your
money, wherever you come from.
Since Barbados is an up market destination
you’ll find that prices are a bit expensive… To
give you a better idea what your hotel
accommodation, car rental or island tour will
cost you I have added a currency converter
below. The currency converter uses live, up to
All you have to do is add the amount you want to
convert select your currency and find and select
the Barbados currency in the second box. Then
click the button "Click
here to Perform Barbados Currency Conversion".