Barbados is an independent nation of the British Commonwealth and an eastern Caribbean island. This island is known for its stunning beaches, laid-back lifestyle, unique culture, and interesting history. While many people are happy to spend their time in Barbados taking advantage of the weather to relax on the beach or in the pool, there are many other activities and attractions to enjoy on this island. There are many different areas to explore and there are attractions to suit all tastes. To help you plan your Barbados vacation, here are the top 20 things to do in Barbados for beginners.
20. Eat Barbadian cuisine
When visiting any new destination, you must try local and traditional cuisine. Barbadian cuisine is unique in that it is based on the availability of ingredients on the island, and has been influenced by those who have traveled or lived in Barbados throughout history. Although there are some exceptional restaurants, the best way to taste the true flavors of Barbados is at the food stalls or in the small side street cafes. If you decide you prefer a fine dining experience, one of the best restaurants on the island is ‘The Cliff’.
19. Go diving or snorkeling
Barbados is surrounded by breathtaking waters, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west. Diving and snorkeling are popular activities on both sides of the island. It gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the magical waters of the island. You will see various marine mammals, tropical fish, turtles, and other marine life. There are more than two dozen dive sites around Barbados, and many of them have shipwrecks or coral reefs to explore. One of the best and most popular dive sites off the coast of Barbados is Carlisle Bay. At this dive site, there are six shipwrecks to explore. There are also many interesting items to see such as abandoned anchors, cannonballs, and various other items abandoned by soldiers and sailors in the 18th century.
18. Walk around the island
Although most of Barbados is flat, there are some high points. The most notable of these is Mt. Hillaby. This mountain rises 1,100 feet above sea level, making it the highest point on the island. Therefore, there are easy hiking spots and hiking trails that offer greater challenges. The Barbados National Trust sponsors Hike Barbados, which is a company that offers walking tours on Sundays. All walks involve a three-hour circuit, although they vary in distance and difficulty. These guided walks are a great way to see the sights of the island and enjoy the great outdoors and wonderful weather.
17. Dance to the rhythm of island music
Music is an important element of the Bajan culture, and you will hear music almost everywhere you go on the island. However, there are some parts of Barbados that are especially known for music and dance. Two of the best places to enjoy island music are Holetown on the west coast or St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast. Both places have many bars and clubs. If you choose to visit St. Lawrence Gap, there is a semi-circular road called ‘The Gap’ which is where you will find most of the hotels, shops and restaurants. Two of the best places for music are The Old Jamaica Inn and Bubba’s Sports Bar. If you go to Holetown, you’ll find most of the action on 1st and 2nd streets. Two of the best bars for music are Duke’s Night Lounge and Red Door Lounge.
16. Party on a sunset cruise
There are many boat tour operators offering boat trips along the coast during the day, and this will allow you to enjoy the fresh air and see the Barbados coast from a different perspective. However, many would argue that sunset cruises offer an even better experience. They set out in daylight so you can admire the shoreline and views of the water. You can also see some wildlife along the way. The highlight of the trip is watching the sunset and filling the sky with beautiful colors. Once the sun goes down, the boats turn into party craft with food, drink, and music. An alternative is to board the Jolly Roger, which is a pirate-themed ship that has fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.
15. Swim with the turtles
According to Fodors, one of the main activities to enjoy in Barbados is swimming with the turtles. The west coast of the island is the feeding and nesting ground for hawksbill and leatherback turtles. They are both friendly creatures and many tour operators offer trips that take you swimming with these wonderful animals.