The city of Bridgetown in Barbados is both the nation's largest city and its capital. It serves as the nation's commercial and financial hub, with cheap flights from Bridgetown leaving daily from the Sir Grantley Adams International Airport, located just eight miles from the city. Several international airlines operate out of the airport, including Air Canada, British Airways, US Airways and American Eagle Airlines.
Sir Grantley Adams International Airport provides ample visitor parking in a lot outside the airport. Parking spaces are available on both a short- and long-term basis at the rate of $.50 for every 30 minutes for short-term parking and $6 per day for long-term parking.
Taxi and hourly buses from the city provide transportation to the airport. Taxi fares are around $23, with bus fares running only $.75, making this option perfect for the budget traveler. The trip by taxi takes approximately 15 minutes, while the bus trip can take as long as 30 minutes.
Food is available at several airport restaurants. The Island Grill offers you a final taste of the Caribbean before you catch one of the cheap flights from Bridgetown you can reserve through Orbitz.com. A more westernized meal is available at the Chefette Restaurant, with dishes that includes western favorites, such as pizzas or burgers.
Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands and a nation whose economy is highly based on providing services to visitors. This makes the city a vital place to do business, and competition among airlines has led to many available cheap flights to Tortola. Air traffic to the city is handled by the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, located eight miles east of Tortola, on Beef Island. Airlines such as American Eagle Airlines, BVI Airways and Cape Air serve this airport, and Beef Island connects to Tortola by the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.
Transportation from the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport
Taxis and rental cars provide transportation into the city from the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport. Taxis into the town center, located at Road Town, will cost about $27 for a single passenger using Tortola Taxi. National, Hertz and Avis provide rental car services, and renters must be over 25. If you intend to remain in the territory for longer than 30 days, you must purchase a temporary driver's license. Rental vehicle pick-ups and drop-offs should be arranged with the car rental service before arrival.
Tortola's weather features little seasonal change, with highs in the mid-90s during the day and evening lows in the low 70s. Hurricane season lasts from June to November, and the area sees a growth in rainfall during that time. Dress for an island visit should be lightweight to handle the heat with a light jacket for cooler evenings.
There is plenty to do year-round in Tortola, and the northern beaches are especially popular with tourists. In July and August, the Emancipation Festival provides high incentives to find deals on cheap flights to Tortola using Orbitz.com, with music, good food and a sinking dingy race to round off the fun.
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