Top Things to Do in Barbados

As a tourist des­ti­na­tion, Bar­ba­dos offers a vari­ety of activ­i­ties, in which per­sons can engage, on their vaca­tion. These include any­thing from par­ties to cruises; from laz­ing around and enjoy­ing the scenery, to going on island adven­tures. Here are some of the best things you can do in Bar­ba­dos, to help you plan your vaca­tion perfectly.

Visit the Soup Bowl
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So named because of its foamy surf, the Soup Bowl is the ideal beach for surf­ing. In fact, the waves at this pop­u­lar loca­tion have been dubbed the best in the world. Catch a wave or two on your visit here, but, do so only if you are a great swim­mer. The ideal times to visit the Soup Bowl, for surf­ing pur­poses, are between the months of August and March, but you can visit the area at any time of the year, because it is a beau­ti­ful place for a picnic.

Expe­ri­ence the Oistins Fish Fry
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There is prob­a­bly no bet­ter place to be on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day Nights than at the Oistins Fish fry. But don’t be mis­led by the name Fish Fry because there is much more to Oistins, on the week­end, than good food and drink.

From as early as 6:00 pm, droves of tourists can be seen mak­ing their way, mainly by pub­lic trans­port, to Oistins for din­ner. There are joined by hun­dreds of locals, and by 7:00 pm the place is jam-​packed. Those who stay for the after din­ner show are treated to the finest dis­play of danc­ing, indoors and under the stars, to “back-​in-​time,” calypso, soca and reg­gae music. Then there is the show on the expan­sive stage where, on any night, patrons are treated to local artists and vis­i­tors singing Karaōke, doing acro­bat­ics, “wukking-​up,” mod­el­ing, play­ing the steel pan, and all kinds of impromptu per­for­mances. And there is always a Michael Jack­son imi­ta­tor on hand.

Expe­ri­ence the Crop Over Fes­ti­val
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Bar­ba­di­ans, at home and over­seas, look for­ward, every year, to the Crop Over Fes­ti­val which begins in June and runs until the first Mon­day in August, Grand Kadoo­ment Day. The fes­ti­val which is held under the aus­pices of the National Cul­tural Foun­da­tion (NCF) seeks to show off the best that Bar­ba­dos has to offer, in a smörgås­bord of cul­tural disciplines.

Most of the atten­tion is focused on the Calypso and Soca com­pe­ti­tions which are cer­tain to fea­ture such big names as Red Plas­tic Bag, The Mighty Gabby, John King, Clas­sic, Big­gie Irie, L’il Rick and TC. So there is great inter­est in Calypso tents, Cos­tume bands, Soca on the Hill, Sweet Soca, Party Monarch, Tune of the Crop, Pan on the Sand, Fore­day Morn­ing Jam and the big jump up on Kadoo­ment Day.

Visit the Mount Gay Rum Visitor’s Centre
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The Mount Gay Rum Dis­tillery is one of the old­est in the world; and, accord­ing to afi­ciona­dos, it pro­duces the best rum in the world. A tour of the facil­i­ties pro­vides the oppor­tu­nity to learn about the his­tory of rum in Bar­ba­dos. It also allows vis­i­tors a rare oppor­tu­nity, not only to get a close look at the intri­ca­cies of the rum pro­duc­tion process, but to taste the vari­ety of rums as well.

Expe­ri­ence the Bar­ba­dos Wildlife Reserve
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The Bar­ba­dos Wildlife reserve is known as the ani­mal king­dom of Bar­ba­dos. Some of the birds, and ani­mals at the reserve are caged, while oth­ers roam freely in their nat­ural envi­ron­ment. While brows­ing in the Reserve you will be able to inter­act with the Bar­ba­dos Green Mon­key and a vari­ety of birds, snakes, igua­nas and armadillos.

Visit Harrison’s Cave
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A tour of the Bar­ba­dos is not com­plete unless one vis­its Harrison’s Cave, the most pop­u­lar nat­ural attrac­tion on the island. The cave which was cut out of the lime­stone thou­sands of years ago, by the nat­ural flow of cal­cium enriched water, was redis­cov­ered in 1975, but was not open to the pub­lic until 1981. Access to the Cave is by elec­tri­cally pow­ered trams only. The 45-​minute tour intro­duces vis­i­tors to spec­tac­u­lar for­ma­tions of sta­lac­tites, sta­lag­mites, lime­stone ceil­ings and con­fig­u­ra­tions dubbed “the Rotunda”, “the Altar” and “the Village.”

Go on an Island Tour
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There is so much to see and expe­ri­ence on this lovely island, and so many dif­fer­ent ways to do so. You can take in the island’s nat­ural beauty on board an island safari bus; go on a tour of that part of Bridgetown which was recently des­ig­nated a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, or even hop aboard the Old Bajan Bus for an excit­ing cul­tural expe­ri­ence. How­ever, if you so desire, you can hire a taxi and explore the island.

Take a Tour of a Plan­ta­tion House
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If you are inter­ested in learn­ing about the his­tory and archi­tec­ture of the old plan­ta­tion houses in the Caribbean, Bar­ba­dos should be your first stop. Besides the Great House known as Nicholas Abbey, in St. Peter and the one at Drax Hall, St. George, both of which date back to the 17th cen­tury, there are many more which are in a remark­ably good state of repair and are reg­u­larly open for view­ing by the pub­lic. The Plan­ta­tion Great Houses are a trea­sury of exam­ples of Jacobean, Geor­gian and Vic­to­rian architecture.

Expe­ri­ence Under­wa­ter Life via the Atlantis Submarine
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Do you want to get up close to the under­wa­ter life of Bar­ba­dos with­out get­ting wet? Then hop aboard a sub­ma­rine. The Atlantis Sub­ma­rine is one of the best ways to expe­ri­ence under­wa­ter life in Bar­ba­dos. Whether you choose the day­time dive or the roman­tic night dive, it will be an expe­ri­ence like no other.

Expe­ri­ence the Beach Extrav­a­ganza Din­ner Show
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Every week, at Har­bour Lights, on Bay Street, patrons are treated to a once-​in-​a– life­time cul­tural extrav­a­ganza. Enjoy a sump­tu­ous bar­beque, with lots of Bajan del­i­ca­cies, while wit­ness­ing cos­tumed dancers, fire eaters and stilt walk­ers per­form for your enter­tain­ment. Other cul­tural acts include the shaggy bear, the limbo queen, and of course, music by the tuk band. The fee, for this great event, cov­ers din­ner, drinks and trans­porta­tion to and from your hotel.

Take a Cata­ma­ran Tour
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Cata­ma­ran tours in Bar­ba­dos are very pop­u­lar, espe­cially those all-​inclusive pack­ages that allow you to expe­ri­ence a range of activ­i­ties. Not only can you lounge around and relax, but you can also snorkel and scuba dive with the turtles.

Expe­ri­ence Horse Rac­ing at the Gar­ri­son Savannah
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Horse rac­ing in Bar­ba­dos had its ori­gins, in 1845, at the Gar­ri­son Savan­nah, when the British sol­diers were sta­tioned there. The sport has advanced, by leaps and bounds, to a point where the Gar­ri­son is now among the most pop­u­lar rac­ing venues in the Caribbean. The Sandy Lane Gold cup, which takes place on the first Sat­ur­day in March, is the most pres­ti­gious event on the rac­ing cal­en­dar; it is fol­lowed by Bar­ba­dos’ ver­sion of the Triple Crown: The Banks Bar­ba­dos Guineas, The Pin­na­cle Feeds Mid­sum­mer Cre­ole Clas­sic and the Bar­ba­dos Derby.

Visit a Botanic Garden
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Want to get close to nature and the flo­ral delights Bar­ba­dos have to offer? Then the Botanic Gar­dens are the places to visit. Among the most pop­u­lar are Androm­eda Gar­dens, The Flower For­est and Hunte’s Nurs­eries in St. Joseph and Orchid World in St. George.

Expe­ri­ence a Sun­rise or Sun­set on the Coast
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There is no greater place to expe­ri­ence a sun­set or a sun­rise than in the Caribbean, espe­cially in Bar­ba­dos. Sun­sets are best seen on the south and west coasts while sun­rises are, ide­ally, viewed from the east coast.

Go to the Beach!
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Bar­ba­dos has always been known for the white and sandy beauty of its beaches. No mat­ter where you are on the island you are never very far from a beach. Among the most pop­u­lar places, to go for a swim, are Brandon’s and Browne’s Beach in St. Michael, Accra, Dover and Enter­prise in Christ Church, Bath in St. John and Mullins in St. Peter. For snor­kel­ing, scuba div­ing, jet ski­ing and other water sports, the South Coast is the best bet. The East coast is ideal for surfing.

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