15 Unmissable Things to Do in Barbados

Barbados, the easternmost Caribbean island, is a tropical paradise that beckons travellers with its pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and a wide array of activities to enjoy. Whether you're a sun-seeker, an adventure enthusiast, a history lover, or a foodie, Barbados has something to offer everyone. 

Soak Up the Sun on the Beaches
Barbados is renowned for its pristine, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Whether you prefer the calm waters of the west coast or the surf-friendly waves on the east coast, there's a beach for every taste. Don't miss the world-famous Crane Beach, Accra Beach, and Sandy Lane Beach for a sun-soaked experience.
Explore Harrison's Cave
For a unique underground adventure, head to Harrison's Cave. This natural wonder showcases mesmerising stalactites, stalagmites, and underground streams. Take a guided tram tour through the cave's chambers and be captivated by its natural beauty.
"Harrison's Cave"
Wander Through Bridgetown
Barbados' capital city, Bridgetown, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history to explore. Stroll through its charming streets, visit historic landmarks like the Parliament Buildings, and enjoy the vibrant local culture of the capital.
Swim with Turtles
Swimming with sea turtles is an unforgettable experience in Barbados. Numerous tour operators offer snorkelling and swimming excursions where you can get up close and personal with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
"Sea Turtles of Barbados"
Sample Bajan Cuisine
Barbados offers a delectable range of Bajan cuisine, with specialities like flying fish, cou-cou, and macaroni pie. Be sure to try local food at restaurants like Oistins Fish Fry or indulge in fine dining at The Cliff, which offers breathtaking ocean views.
"The Cliff"
Explore Animal Flower Cave
Located on the northern tip of the island, the Animal Flower Cave is a fascinating natural wonder. Marvel at the sea caves, tidal pools, and unique rock formations. Don't forget to visit the clifftop restaurant for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
"Animal Flower Cave"
Discover the History of Sugar at St. Nicholas Abbey
St. Nicholas Abbey is a 17th-century Jacobean mansion turned museum that provides insight into the island's sugar-producing history. Explore the beautiful gardens, sample their rum, and take a guided tour of this historic plantation.
"St. Nicholas Abbey"
Hike to the Top of Mount Hillaby

For breathtaking panoramic views of Barbados, hike to the island's highest point, Mount Hillaby. The journey through the lush forest is well worth the effort, offering a unique perspective of the island's diverse landscapes.
"Mount Hillaby"
Visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve
A visit to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve allows you to get up close with animals like green monkeys, tortoises, and flamingos. This natural sanctuary provides a glimpse into the island's diverse wildlife.
"Wildlife Reserve - Peacock"
Experience the Crop Over Festival
If your visit coincides with the summer months, don't miss the Crop Over Festival. This vibrant celebration of Barbadian culture features colourful costumes, lively music, and street parties that offer a true taste of island life.
"Crop Over - Rihanna"
Explore Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Andromeda Botanic Gardens, located on the east coast, showcases a diverse collection of tropical and subtropical plants. Stroll through the lush landscapes and enjoy the serene surroundings.
"Andromeda Botanic Gardens"
Take a Rum Distillery Tour
Barbados is famous for its rum, and you can't leave without taking a tour of a rum distillery. Mount Gay Rum and Foursquare Rum Distillery are among the top choices, offering an educational and tasteful experience.
"Mount Gay Distillery"
Visit the Barbados Museum
For an in-depth look at the island's history and culture, visit the Barbados Museum. It houses artifacts, exhibits, and interactive displays that provide a comprehensive understanding of Barbados' heritage.
"Barbados Museum"
Go Scuba Diving
With its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life, Barbados is a scuba diver's paradise. Explore shipwrecks, coral reefs, and underwater caves, and witness the underwater beauty of the island.
"Scuba Diving Barbados"

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Barbados — Facts before you go


🇧🇧 English


💰Barbados Dollar


👍 The standard rate of tipping in Barbados is approx.10%.

Famous for…

🌊 Stunning Beaches

🍹 Birthplace of Rum

🎤 Rihanna

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Imogen Kemp
November 17, 2023

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