10 Epic things to do in Barbados

Story by: Mushma     Date: 28 June 2020    Image by: Canva | Fyletto

6 minutes reading time Barbados

Looking for the next fun-filled travel destination but not sure where to go? Well, we’ve got it sorted out for you. Barbados is located in the Caribbean region of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is inherited with quite a lot of aesthetically pleasing sight-seeing that will get you hooked. Such as beautiful emerald blue waves along the golden beaches, lush and shadowy gardens, tremendous caves, historic sites, a wildlife preserve, and its captivating capital city, Bridgetown. There are numerous popular and fun activities to do there, mainly involve the sea. For ideas on how to spend your precious time in Barbados, jump on the bandwagon with us and see our list.

Barbados Beach

1. Hit the beach

Barbados has many of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Not only our favorite but also many other tourists and locals, is the Miami Beach. The majestic deep blue ocean is situated in the center of the south coast beaches. It’s a family-friendly beach. You can rent parasols and loungers or bring your stuff to chillax. You can also enjoy vendor cooked flying fish sandwiches under the shade with a cool breeze. If you want to try their most popular scrumptious dish, flying fish, visit Oistin’s Friday Night Fish Fry nearby.

Barbados Wildlife

2. Explore Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Barbados wildlife reserve is an incredible family attraction located in the parish of Saint Peter. You will be delighted to see a vast variety of animals in their natural habitats such as playful green monkeys, reptiles, birds, deer, peacocks, tortoises, and what not! The exquisite arboreal allows you to interact and observe the animals. If you want to get up-close, the best time to visit is in the early afternoon when the animals are being fed.

3. Watersports

If you’re a sparkling turquoise sea lover, then this surely will be a treat for you! For an underwater escapade, you can go scuba diving or snorkeling in search of sea turtles, coral reefs, and fish. Above the watersports such as kayaking, waterskiing, and surfing are all guaranteed to keep you hyped and in the vacation mood. Many places in Barbados provide marvelous services such as Jetblade Barbados, Barbados Blue Water Sports, and Barbados Holiday Planner Bliss Boat #1.

Aerial view of Barbados

4. Crop over festival

Although the best time to visit Barbados is between December and early April, if you get a chance to witness the most happening and colorful carnival at the end of July or early August, DON’T MISS OUT ON IT. It celebrates a 200-year-old tradition to honor the end of the sugar-cane season. The six-week festival has a summer party vibe like colorful costumes, music, dancing, arts and crafts market, local food, and fireworks!

Pier near Bridgetown, Barbados

5. Take a stroll in the capital

Bridgetown is the bustling capital of Barbados. It has breathtaking scenery, shops, street markets, historical sites, and architecture. In the nation’s capital, you can explore the parliament buildings, St. Michael’s Cathedral, the national heroes square, and 1,000-year-old baobab tree in Queen’s Park. Spare a few minutes to walk around the Garrison Historic Area to see George Washington House, the Garrison Tunnels, and the Guard House.
End the day with a refreshing punch by Bridgetown harbor at a tranquil and gorgeous sunset, watching the fishermen’s boats and yachts sail by. It won’t cost you a penny! As it’s said, the best things in life are free.

6. Go for Harrison’s Cave tour

Located dead center on the island and surrounded by radiant flowers and tropical jungle, the crystallized ancient limestone cave features deep pools, bizarre rock formations, clear streams and to witness the cascading waterfalls you can take a tram to the lowest point of the caves. It’s a tourist-friendly site with lightings and trails around.
For all the daredevils out there, you can also explore the stalagmites up-close with water up to the waist. Let some adventure kick in!

Colourful houses on the tropical island of Barbados

7. Visit Hunte’s Gardens

The lush Hunte’s gardens located in the countryside of Barbados in the parish of St. Joseph, is a masterpiece made possible by horticulturist Anthony Hunte. The ten acres gardens are filled with numerous florals like crotons, orchids, palms, papyrus, and towering trees. You will feel as if you’ve entered the fairyland with classical music playing throughout the garden and feathered birds chirping. You can also relax on benches to absorb the serenity and relish the picnic! In the end, be sure to climb the stairs to warm-welcoming and friendly Mr. Hunte’s house who will refresh you with his legendary rum punch or freshly squeezed fruit juices.

8. Take a trip to Agapey Chocolate Factory

Doesn’t chocolate make everything better? If you’re a chocolate lover (who can’t be?) then this should be a definite visit for you. Located in the heart of downtown, the friendly and knowledgeable Agapey chocolate factory’s owner and master chocolatier conduct the tour and allow the visitors to learn how the world-class luxury chocolate is made and traditional methodologies. The factory is filled with the distinctive scent of cocoa and you will also learn how artisanal chocolate is made, packaged, and exported. There are two tasting sessions – one for tasting two key ingredients in chocolate (sugar and cocoa) and the other for tasting many buttery and gooey chocolates produced at the factory.

9. Explore the Barbados Museum and Historical Society

Located in the historic Garrison area, the 19th-century building is a former military prison and part of the Garrison UNESCO World Heritage Site. For an enlightening, educational, and engaging experience this place is worth a visit. The museum galleries reveal the island’s rich history, culture, and heritage. It has a collection of African artifacts and beautiful antique prints and paintings. You can also purchase souvenirs and gifts such as books, prints, and 18th-century maps. Also, the staff is very welcoming which will set a cheerful mood for your fascinating tour.

The sunny tropical Caribbean island of Barbados

10. Go fishing

Last but not the least, whether you’re a skilled fisherman, an apprentice, or just a family with kids for a fun trip, Barbados has a fishing expedition to befit you. Go fishing with Legacy fishing charters in Barbados whose Captain, Jono Jones has 20 years of experience in deep-sea and game fishing. The fishing boat docks at a careenage in the capital so you’re good to go!

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