Barbados has an incredible range of holiday activities for almost every interest and taste. In fact Barbados boasts of more attractions per square mile than any other Caribbean island. Much more than just the sun, sea and sand usually associated with Caribbean islands, here are some of the best things to do on the island when visiting this gorgeous island.
Mount Gay Visitor Centre
Barbados Mount Gay Rum Tours will introduce you to a taste of the island’s culture and all the mysteries of rum-making at its best. Learn the secrets involved in the fascinating traditional processes of producing the world’s finest rum – refining, ageing, blending & bottling, and the ancient craft of barrel assembly.
Showcasing the Mount Gay Rum, the oldest most storied rum in the world, guests to the Mount Gay Visitor Centre are greeted in their lush green garden, and will explore the history, heritage and craft of Mount Gay rums, while special tours treat you from to a Cocktail Mixing sessions, Signature Rum Tour, Super Premium Rum Tasting Tour, a traditional Bajan lunch to much more activities
Check out www.mountgayrum.com for Tour Information and Prices.
One of the Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia’s “Seven Wonders of Barbados” this spectacular cave is one of the island’s most famous attractions. Harrison’s Cave is an amazing gallery of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave, and stalagmites that emerge from the ground with streams of crystal-clear running water that drop from breathtaking waterfalls to form deep emerald pools.
Guests are driven in electrically operated trams down through the extensive system of caves and at the lowest level point in the cave, visitors are invited to leave the tram and walk alongside a spectacular waterfall which plunges into a deep pool below… A must see!
For more information schedules, prices and special events check out www.harrisonscave.com
If you are visiting Barbados in July/August be sure to check out Barbados famous “Crop Over Festival”. The Crop Over festival is Barbados’ most popular and colorful festival. Its origins can be traced back to the 1780’s, a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar.
The festival begins with the Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes and the crowning of the King and Queen of the Festival, it then has various activities ranging from Kiddies Kadooment, Folk concerts, Art & Photographic exhibitions, Soca Monarch, Road March Monarch to name a few. This all culminates into the Fore-Day Morning Jump-Up and the main finale the Grand Kadooment! This carnival parade features large bands with members dressed in elaborate costumes to depict various themes.
And if you’re lucky you’ll get to see Rihanna playing in Crop Over!
Oistins Fish Fry
The fishing town of Oistins located on Barbados south coast is a hub of activity on weekend nights. The main night is on Friday nights as the big thing to do is go to the local fish fry at Oistins Bay Gardens. The food is the main draw ranging from excellent fish, lobster, chicken etc. served in an extremely informal setting. You can get your fish grilled or fried depending on which vendor you choose from. It’s all cooked on the spot in front of you.
Seating is plentiful, if rustic and food is usually available from about 7:00pm but If you go after 8:00pm be prepared occasionally for long waits for food. Its a very casual thing so be sure to dress down.
There is music playing various hits from Soca to Reggae to Country & Western!, you can dance if you want or watch the others dance! Some nights there’s a live band. There are also art and craft items on sale, including jewelry, pottery, ceramics, leather craft, wood carvings, straw craft, clothing and accessories, and original paintings and prints.
Frequented by visitors and locals alike, it’s a great place to spend an informal evening. Lots of parents bring their children.
Prices for a plate of fish and a beer will cost you on average around BDS$30.00 (US$15.00)
Check out some reviews on Tripadvisor here!
The award winning Atlantis submarine tour is one of the most highly recommended attractions in Barbados for adults and children (Min height 3 feet.). Imagine yourself in a real submarine, with big view ports all around, fully submerged in the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, as curious exotic fish peek in at you and sea fans sway. The tour lasts ninety minutes from departure in the office to return and you will spend forty to forty-five minutes (40 – 45 mins.) underwater.
This fully narrated “must-do” undersea voyage, can take you to a shipwreck and to depths of 150 feet, in air conditioned comfort which in the past has been reserved only for scuba divers.
The submarine offers day dives, evening dives, night dives and a 5 star private champagne tour. Tours includes viewing numerous fish and busy reef life during the day and the very different night time experience is a more romantic focus on the corals, colour and night predators.
Create amazing unforgettable memories as you are piloted by a professional crew among colorful coral formations, and tropical marine life, aboard the unique Atlantis Submarine.
For all tours and further information, check out the Atlantis Submarine Tours here!
St. Lawrence Gap
St. Lawrence Gap AKA “The Gap” is a 1.5 kilometer stretch that runs alongside a calm white sand bay in the parish of Christ Church, its famous for it’s fine restaurants, diverse accommodation, lively nightlife and good shopping. The Gap is located roughly 5 km southeast of the capital city Bridgetown.
The restaurants in St. Lawrence Gap are varied and sell Mexican, Bajan, Irish, Jamaican, English, Italian, American and Chinese food. The variety doesn’t stop with food; you can also hear Rock, Reggae, Calypso, R&B, Salsa and live music most nights of the week in the various bars that vie for your attention as you walk along this lively stretch.
Dinner starts anytime at The Gap but the nightlife really gets going from about 11.00pm and doesn’t go to sleep until the early hours of the morning. People can be seen hanging out on the decks of the bars, watching the constant traffic of the Gap, or dancing the night away in one of the nightclubs.
The restaurants and street vendors can be visited day or night. Taxis eagerly line the street as water sports operators line the shore.
Getting to the gap is easy, either by bus, taxi or if you’re staying close by a nice cool walk.
1st and 2nd Street Holetown
A good alternative to the Gap is 1st and 2nd Street located on the west coast in Holetown in the parish of St. James. 1st and 2nd Streets cul-de-sac lined with restaurants, bars and nightclubs, featuring weekly activities and a variety of nightly entertainment and events.
Featuring a wide range of restaurants offering Indian food, Pizza, Italian, French, Seafood and Bajan cuisine, there is something for everyone here. And not to be left out there are a multitude of bars and nightly entertainment from The Elbow Room, Red Door Lounge to the the infamous Ragamuffins, which is known for its drag act on a Sunday night.
Please note: This cul-de-sac is one-way, so when driving you must enter via 2nd street and exit from 1st street.
Located on the South Coast of Barbados and rated one of the “ten best beaches in the world!” The Crane Beach, originally a harbour, is considered by many to be one of the island’s most beautiful beaches.
Crane beach is a stretch of powdery sand formed by pink coral that was pulverized and washed up over time. Although the area is on the east side of the island, which is normally full of thundering waves, Crane Beach has towering cliffs on each end of the beach and a coral reef in the ocean that provide protection from powerful Atlantic Ocean waves.
Walk along the soft beach, swim in protected shallows or bring a boogie board to enjoy the gentle waves. There is a lifeguard on duty. As at all beaches, watch for the red flag indicating conditions have become dangerous.
Limited public beach parking is available on a one-lane alley. If you’re not staying at the Crane, pay a fee (usable for resort purchases) to take the stairs or glass-fronted elevator to the top of the cliff to understand the resort’s appeal or public access to the beach requires a climb and hopping on rocks to get to the beach.
The name “Crane” was derived from the large crane situated at the top of the cliff which was used for loading and unloading ships.
More popularly known as Accra Beach, this extremely popular south coast beach offers a combination of exciting waves and calm swimming.
The southern end of the beach is perfect for smaller children, as there is a pool-like area protected by rocks that break the force of the waves. For older children the thrill of boogie boarding on the crested waves awaits.
There are chaise lounges for rent or you can take your own beach fare and relax on the soft white sand, under the shade of a casuarina or sea-grape tree or enjoy one of the many watersports activities that are available from the beach such as windsurfing, Hobie Cat rides and body surfing.
For lunch and cold beverages you can stroll down to the Tiki Bar located at southern end of the beach or pack your coolers as I guarantee you will spend the entire day at this beach. It is also a popular tourist spot but although it gets busy the beach is long so you can find your own quiet spot to relax and take in the scenery.
Also the south coast boardwalk ends (or begins depending on you :)) at Accra beach. So take a stroll and see the fantastic coastline, complete with gorgeous sunsets and enjoy the ocean breezes.
Catamaran Cruises and Sailing Charters
One of the best ways to take in the beauty of the island is to do a sailing trip around the island! Whether a Day cruise on a Catamaran, a deep sea fishing trip a Sailing boat or swimming with the turtles on an all inclusive fun filled party boat on the turquoise, calm waters of Barbados, you can find a cruise that suits everyone.
Check out http://www.barbados.org/sailtour.htm for a extensive list of sailing and cruises tours and operators.
So there it is folks my list of things I think are fantastic to do when vacationing in Barbados, if you guys visited any of the above or any interesting places not listed lets chat below!