Bellairs Institute is a basic place, not a hotel.
There are fans instead of air conditioning, and cinderblock buildings. Most participants in the workshop will share a room with another attendee.
On the other hand, when it gets too hot you walk 150 ft to the beach and go for a snorkel on the best coral reef on the island.
You make your own breakfast and lunch.
Dinner is family style and home-cooked delicious.
The cost per day (food and lodging) is approximately $100.
Bellairs is a research station with some ongoing bird experiments, but mostly it hosts small McGill-related workshops, one or two each week, on just about any topic you can think of.
It is an enjoyable, relaxed time.
Getting to Barbados and Bellairs
Fly into Grantley Adams International Airport, preferably one of February 8, 9, 10 because the formal program begins on Monday February 11th.
We will arrange airport transfer from the airport to Bellairs Institute in Holetown. This is why it is critical to send us your travel logistics!
Several of the organizers will be there Feb 8-15th. We'll send out cell phone numbers for contact closer to the event in case you have any issues when you arrive.
Visas and Travel Documents
Residents of many countries will only require a passport and a return ticket to be admitted to Barbados. However, there are exceptions.
Currency and Paying for Stuff
The Barbadian dollar is pegged to the US dollar ($1 USD == $2 BBD). Most places will take local currency or USD.
Larger restaurants will take credit cards. Smaller stands may only take cash.
I'm not sure if there is a bank machine right near Bellairs.
We have to select a meal plan for the whole group for the entire duration, no exceptions. So, everyone is opted into breakfast and dinner are at the institute from the Monday the 11th until the 15th (unless you are leaving early). Attendees will be responsible for meal costs at the end of the week.
Breakfast is $14 USD, and dinner is $26USD.
We are currently attempting to organize breakfast and dinner from the 10th onwards; however, there is no guarantee yet.
Our first meal as a group is at the institute on Sunday the 10th for dinner.
For lunch we fend for ourselves while roaming the island.
For those who are able to join, a group of us will be going to Oistens Fish Fry on Friday the 9th.