With plenty of historic homes, sporting events, and golf courses, Barbados is one of the most visited spots for active travelers. This is relatively a small island, stretching just over 20 miles in length, but size isn’t everything and with some great destinations pitted against white sand backdrops,
You’ll be amazed and discover plenty of ways to spend your time as the sun continues to shine. You can spend your entire vacation in one of the villas on the beach in Barbados and experience the best relaxation that you’ve been looking for while appreciating the stunning surrounding that will truly surprise you at every turn.
Whatever you’re looking for: relaxation, sports, or nature, Barbados has got everything and if you’re looking for more information, here are some of the top things to do in Barbados.
From Barbados’ sugary sand coast, walk inland and you’ll find that this island is abundant in amazing tropical gardens. The horticultural scene in Barbados is booming with diversity and color. You can visit one of the most popular gardens in Barbados, the Andromeda Botanical Gardens, adorned with medicinal plants, orchids, and palms whilst Fisher Pond House is a home to paved promenade decorated with petunias, hibiscus, and roses, and beautiful water features.
Welchman Hall Gully
Located in a collapsed cave in Central Barbados, St. Thomas Parish, this three-quarter mile long gully is great for all hikers. This tropical, luscious forest is a manifestation of the island’s deep love and understanding of plant life, natural history, and cultural heritage. This was created by a gully and now home to a number of native plants and towering trees. The natural beauty of this place will surely give you the feeling of enchantment.
Wake up early morning, as it is the best time to visit this spectacular scene when the chattering troop of Green Monkeys is fed. You can visit this place on your own, but another option to join a guided tour, so you can hear directly from the knowledgeable guide some of the most fascinating facts and stories about the place and its history.
Harrison Cave is located in the central uplands of Barbados, in the parish of St. Thomas. This popular attraction in Barbados is one of the most magnificent natural wonders. Inside this cave, you’ll have the chance to explore this dark, exciting caves full of stunning stalagmites and stalactites. This cave is best characterized by the amazing streams that flow through the caverns, and the crystal-clear pools that reflect on the stunning formation of limestones.
South Coast Boardwalk
South Coast Boardwalk stretches across Hasting Beach. This scenic boardwalk runs along the south coast, starting from fancy Bridgetown to Rockley Beach. Built parallel to the powdery sands of Hasting Beach, you can just take a walk on to experience this amazing view of South Coast Boardwalk. Here you’ll see the phenomenal views of the ocean, lined with numbers of bars and restaurants. The best way to appreciate the views of this boardwalk is to stroll during sunset and it will surely take your breath away. Once you’ve reached the end of this boardwalk, ride a taxi going to Oistin’s Fish Fry and enjoy in succulent tuna, flying fish, mahimahi, and swordfish. While waiting for your food, take time to explore the arts and crafts stalls and listen to calypso tunes.
With the abundance of stunning, azure waters, it’s easy to find a perfect diving spots on this gorgeous island’s coast. Plunge into the immaculate reefs of Barbados’s underwater and you’ll experience the amazing marine life. You can also easily find some leatherback turtles gliding through the waters, and dolphins happily playing together. Reef sharks and schools of flying fish are just stunning to watch.
Once you’ve reached the depths of the SS Stavronikita, you probably won’t want to leave the place. Located in some 120 feet of water off the west coast, this Greek freighter is over 360 feet long. This is definitely and undeniably the most popular diving spots in the island and it’s also perfect for underwater adventure and art exhibitors.
Surfing the Soup Bowl
Located on the rugged east coast of Barbados, in the town of Bathsheba, Soup Bowl has become the mecca for surfers and body-boarders because of its stunning Soup Bowl swells. If you’re professional surfers, you’ll surely enjoy this place and is perfect to master your surfing skills.
The east coast of the island is perfect for relaxation, as it is less touristy and less commercialization. This part of the island is all about natural, rugged coast and fun while enjoying the wild side of Barbados.
St. Nicholas Abbey
This stunning attraction is located in Saint Peter. St Nicholas Abbey is perfect for people who are fancy delving into the rich heritage and culture of Barbados. Here you can find a plantation house, rum distillery, and museums. It’s a perfect place also for relaxation, where you can easily spend your whole day strolling through the colorful gardens, visiting the rum distillery, trying out the best dining in the decadent restaurants, and just wander around the Great House.
Rum plays a big role in Barbados culture and St. Nicholas Abbey’s distillery is the best place to learn more about the island’s important rum legacy. There are four distilleries in Barbados, and visiting at least one of these can see the process from barrel to bottle.