10 must-do activities for an unforgettable trip to Barbados

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Barbados is a tropical paradise that offers visitors an abundance of things to see and do. From pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters to vibrant cultural experiences, this island nation has something for everyone. Whether you’re a beach bum or an adventurer at heart, Barbados has many activities that are sure to make your stay unforgettable. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the best of what Barbados has to offer with our top 10 things to do in Barbados.

The Crane hotel and beach in Barbados
Crane beach. Photo credit: Pixabay.

Where is Barbados?

Barbados is a small island off the Eastern Caribbean in the Lesser Antilles, about 100 miles east of St Vincent. It is a unique Caribbean Island with a location in the Atlantic Ocean. There are non-stop flights from the USA and UK to Barbados, and if you pack light, here is what is not allowed on a plane in carry-on.

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Explore the Beaches

Barbados has a varied coastline with stunning white sandy beaches. With the softest sand and calm waters, the west coast beaches are best for snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. Some of the popular beaches include Mullins beach, Miami beach and Accra beach. Also known as Enterprise Beach, Miami Beach has a vibrant beach culture. Enjoy water sports activities, or savor delicious local snacks from nearby food vendors. Mullins Beach is known for its calm waters and golden sand and has a coral reef just offshore, making it a great spot for snorkeling.

The east coast of the island has choppier waters and is ideal for surfing. Bathsheba Beach is popular among surfers due to its powerful waves. The beach is known for its unique rock formations, including the famous Bathsheba “Soup Bowl.” and is a scenic spot for photography. Crane Beach and Bottom Beach are some of the most picture-perfect east coast beaches. Crane Beach is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. It boasts a crescent-shaped shoreline, dramatic cliffs, and turquoise waters. The beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and bodyboarding.

Rock at Bathsheba beach in Barbados
Rock at Barbados beach. Photo credit: Pixabay.

Visit Harrison Cave

View the natural wonder of Harrison Cave with its underground cavern of stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is also home to a unique ecosystem of bats, frogs, and insects. A tram tour takes you through the cave with stop off points to take photographs.

For those seeking a more adventurous experience, Harrison’s Cave offers an Eco-Adventure Tour . This tour involves walking and crawling through narrow passages, wading through shallow pools, and experiencing the cave in a more hands-on way. It’s a thrilling option for those who want a closer look at the cave’s hidden gems.

Meet the monkeys at Barbados Wildlife Reserve

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is not too far from Harrison Cave and covers four acres of mahogany forest. long the reserve’s well-maintained pathways, which wind through lush vegetation, allowing for up-close encounters with the animals. The animals roam freely within the reserve, providing a unique opportunity to observe them in their natural habitats. Visit at feeding time for a close encounter with green monkeys, deer, and tortoises. The green monkeys may be cheeky and forward, so hold tight to your camera.

Enjoy a Rum Tour

Barbados is the birthplace of rum and is home to four rum distilleries: Foursquare, Mount Gay, West Indies Rum Distillery and St Nicholas Abbey. Visit the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, the oldest rum distillery in the world, or the Foursquare Rum Distillery, which produces some of the finest rum in the Caribbean. Learn about the distillation process, sample different rum varieties, and raise a glass to the spirit that embodies the island’s joyful essence.

Experience Friday fish fry

On a Friday night, head to Oistins, a fishing village on the south coast, for the biggest fish fry on the island. You can expect to find a variety of fish such as marlin, mahi-mahi, flying fish, and snapper, among others. These are typically grilled, fried, or prepared in flavorful Bajan-style recipes.

The Fish Fry is not only about the food but also about the community experience. It’s an opportunity to interact with friendly locals, engage in conversations, and immerse yourself in the island’s culture and warm hospitality.

Visit the Animal Flower Cave

The Animal Flower Cave is located on the northern tip of the island and is named after the sea anemones that live in its pools. It has a natural cave with pools to swim in and is a great photography spot with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Rest at the bar and restaurant at the site which serves many fish dishes. From December to April humpback whales may be spotted.

Walk through Bridgetown

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stroll through historic Bridgetown and visit landmarks like Parliament Buildings, St. Michael’s Cathedral, and the historic Garrison area. The Garrison Savannah, rich in military history, now has an active horse racing track.

George Washington House is in the Garrison area and is the only house outside of the United States where George Washington is known to have resided. The house is now a museum and educational lectures and tours are held there.

Jockey on racing horse.
Jockey at Garrison Race Track. Photo credit: Pixabay.

Go on a Catamaran Cruise

A catamaran cruise is a great way to see the island from a different perspective. Many tours include snorkeling stops and a chance to swim with sea turtles. And of course, there’s plenty of rum punch and Caribbean music to keep the party going.

Turtle swimming in the sea.
Turtle in sea. Photo credit: Pexels.

Kart Racing at Bushy Park

Feel the need for speed and go kart racing at the Bushy Park circuit. Bushy Park is one of the newest motorsport racing tracks in the Caribbean. Adults and children can enjoy kart racing with beautiful scenery.

Learn to make chocolate

Take a chocolate tour at the artisan chocolatier, Agapey Chocolate Factory and learn how chocolate is made with a factory tour ending with samples of chocolate and ice cream.

Final Thoughts

Barbados is a beautiful island with plenty of things to see and do. From its picture-perfect beaches and rich cultural heritage to thrilling water sports, tantalizing cuisine, and vibrant festivals, Barbados has something for everyone.

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