From its rich cultural heritage to its picturesque sandy beaches, Barbados is a fantastic location for a getaway vacation trip.
Fantastic surfing is the main attraction at Bathsheba Beach on Barbados’ west coast where international surfing contests are held regularly. Don’t plan to swim, however, because the rock formations and rough water make swimming too dangerous. Visiting Bathsheba beach is free and complimentary parking and restrooms are available.
Surfing is also a popular activity at Dover Beach. There is also an area away from the currents for swimming. Amenities include public restrooms, chair, and umbrella rentals, water sports equipment rentals, and nearby restaurants and bars.
Calm waters make Carlisle Bay ideal for swimming. Scuba diving and snorkeling are an enjoyable activity for all ages and skill levels to view the numerous shipwrecks and marine life. Public restrooms, restaurants, and dive shops are all located close to the beach.
Pink sand and blue water make Crane Beach a beautiful destination. Activities include surfing, boogie boarding, and, for the adventurous, cliff diving. Crane Beach is home to the luxurious Crane Resort.
Take a relaxing stroll along easy to navigate paths and enjoy an array of plants and animals. Hunte’s Gardens is owned by local horticulturalist Anthony Hunt who is often on the premises. An entrance fee is required. The gardens have parking and restrooms plus a gift shop on the grounds.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens
The award-winning Andromeda Gardens encompass six acres of more than 600 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants. It was created by Barbados horticulturalist Iris Bannochi. The entrance fee allows unlimited visits for three weeks. A snack shop on the grounds offers refreshments.
St. Nicolas Abbey
The Abbey produces its rum in traditional small batches. The fee for the two-hour tour includes samples of their products. The grounds include a 350-year-old plantation house housing a museum, gardens, orchards, and the abbey. A café, gift shop, restrooms, and free parking are available.
Mount Gay Rum
Visitors can sample several types of rum after a tour of Mount Gay’s visitors center. Lunch or cocktail tours are also available. A gift shop, restaurant, and free parking are available.
West Indies Rum
Located on Brighton Beach, West Indies Rum Distillery has been operating since 1893.
Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park
A former sugar plantation houses the Foursqure Rum Factory. There is no entrance fee and only self-guided tours. For a fee, you can sample the rums at a bar after the tour. Heritage Park includes a folk museum and historical buildings with colonial architecture.
Museum of Parliament and the National Heroes Gallery
The west wing of Barbados’ Parliament Building houses a museum dedicated to historical heroes of Barbados such as prime ministers, slave revolt leaders, cricket sportsmen, and many others.
Arlington House Museum
Arlington House is an interactive museum located in a restored 18th century house. The museum uses audiovisuals to tell the history and heritage of Barbados that will engage adults and children alike.
Barbados Museum & Historical Society
Galleries of the Barbados Museum includes items showcasing history and heritage from African, Caribbean, and Amerindian cultures. The museum is housed in a former 19th century military prison. A gift shop sells unique items of Barbados culture.
The Sugar Museum
Get an in-depth view of how sugar was developed and produced in the 18th and 19th centuries at The Sugar Museum. The museum is open year-round, but during the harvest season (February-May), visitors can compare modern and old production methods.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a great family-friendly location to see native animals up close in their natural habitats. A popular event is afternoon feeding of the Barbados green monkeys. A walk-through aviary features a wide variety of colorful birds, and reptile lovers will enjoy a collection of iguanas, turtles, and snakes.
Towering columns, deep pools, and flowing streams characterize the limestone cave. Visitors to Harrison’s Cave have several choices of tours including a one-hour tram or walking tour and a 3 ½ hour in-depth eco-adventure tour.
Animal Flower Cave
Located on the northern tip of the island, Animal Flower Cave is named for the sea anemones found in the cave. Guided tours let you explore the many cave pools. Picturesque ocean views can be seen through openings in the cave.
For your accommodations, you have many choices for Barbados villa rentals from expansive estates to condos offering modern amenities with beaches, golf courses, and swimming pools. You can enjoy all that Barbados has to offer for your getaway with a villa close to your favorite destinations.
Whether you enjoy swimming, surfing, sunbathing, culture, or nature, choose Barbados as a great vacation destination.