Ah the Caribbean… home to an eclectic mix of islands surrounded by sparkling waters and filled with tons of culture. Add stunning beaches, tasty dishes and a variety of landscapes into the mix and you start to think ‘what more could I wish for on a holiday?’ Out of many islands, there are a few which stand out and have fast become favourites among travellers. There is no doubt in our minds that Barbados is one of them. The island’s fantastic resorts situated on sandy beaches are only the start of your Bajan adventure. With plenty of places to see and activities to do, there is so much more to Barbados than its golden shores. Unsure of what to add to your agenda? Get your Barbados holiday up and running with these top things to do!
Take a dip at Batts Rock Beach
A well-known fact about Barbados is that it is home to an abundance of beautiful beaches. From private coves and bays to popular tourist hotspots and A-lister favourites. There are many beaches to pick from during your Barbados holiday. However, one of our top choices has to be Batts Rock Beach. Discover this gem located on the west side of the island, close to Bridgetown. Boasting gentle waves and sandy shores, it’s generally quite quiet on Batts Rock Beach. But, it remains a hit with those looking for a calming swim and snorkellers.
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Roam around historic Bridgetown
Barbados’ stunning capital of Bridgetown makes for an excellent trip during your holiday. Wander around its principal shopping strip of Broad Street and take in the historic sites like the Chamberlain Bridge. Many of Bridgetown’s buildings will remind you of England’s Victorian style as you sightsee around the capital. Experience the peaceful side of Bridgetown by taking the time out in one of its quiet squares where many colonial figures are present in the form of statues. Then, make your way to the lively Bridgetown harbour where you can enjoy a couple of drinks.
Have a feast at Oistins Bay Gardens
You don’t just head to Oistins if you’re hungry. In fact, if you’re looking for a bit of a party, it doesn’t disappoint either! When heading to Barbados, it is only right that you visit Oistins Fish Fry. A big hit on the island, the Oistins Bay Gardens area is buzzing and in full mode on a Friday and Saturday night. Renowned for its seafood dishes, taste the Caribbean flavours with fresh fish like swordfish, marlin and even lobster. Not only that, but you’ll no doubt hear a collection of the Caribbean’s top music hits and the accent and laughter of many locals. That is when the true party begins at Oistins…
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Explore the wonders of Harrison’s Cave
Yet another popular tourist attraction, Harrison’s Cave is simply fascinating. Investigate this underground cavern filled with various pools and streams. An electric tram ventures through the deep cavern allowing visitors to investigate corridors of stalactites hanging from the top. The intricate details that can be found underground in Harrison’s Cave are sensational and breath-taking. On the other hand, you can enter the dark and embark on a walking tour guide of the cave for truly unforgettable experience. A visit here really does add a sense of adventure to your Barbados holiday.
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Go rum tasting at the Mount Gay Distillery
The Caribbean islands are known for their rum and Barbados is no different. It’s only right that you top off your Barbados holiday with a sample (or more) of the island’s most famous liquid export: Mount Gay. Tours of the distillery are cheap enough and take you through the elaborate process of defining Mount Gay’s taste. At the end of the tour, drop in to the souvenir shop to pick up any last minute gifts and merchandise.