Barbados is known for its outstanding beaches but you can do so much more here. It’s ranked by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the cheapest places to vacation, it is consistently known for its incredible scenery, and you’ll find an interesting history to explore thanks to its British and West African roots. You’ll enjoy the golf courses, historic homes, sporting events, and much more. But when it’s time to relax, you’ll find quiet corners and stunning scenery to take it all in. Read on to see why you should visit Barbados for your next trip!
When to visit Barbados
You’ll want to visit Barbados between July and November so book now to get the best rates for the peak season. Hurricanes rarely hit Barbados during this time and you’ll enjoy temperatures between the mid-70s and mid-80s during this time.
Activities You Won’t Want to Miss
Make sure to visit Barbados for the Crop Over Festival or as they call it Carnival. This large festival began in 1687 and today it is still an incredible way to experience Barbados culture. The festival lasts six weeks. You’ll find good music, parties, arts and crafts markets and an incredible selection of food to purchase at one of the many street fares there. Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over, where you’ll see Masquerade Bands as they dance their way to Spring Garden highway. You’ll see dancers dressed in colorful costumes decorated with sequins, feathers, and jewels.
You’ll find Caribbean and international cuisine in Barbados. However, the seafood is one of the highlights of any of the restaurant menus there. Visit St. James and Bridgetown to find chic and elegant restaurants that will most certainly require a reservation to enter.
What to do in Barbados
Bathsheba Beach: According to legend, Bathsheba, wife of King David, bathed herself in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft. This beach was inspired by her because the the surfs in Barbados look so much like soft, frothy milk. You’ll love the white sand beaches and the waters are perfect for those who love to surf. There are beautiful rock formations here that were broken away from coral reefs long ago. You’ll find guest houses and local rum shops as well as many fisherman here as this is primarily a fishing village.
Mount Gay Distillery: Mount Gay Rum is one of the oldest in the world and produced right in Barbados. This particular distillery is known for being one of the best to explore. You’ll be greeted in a lush green garden, and during the tour, you’ll learn about the history, heritage and hard work that goes into making Mount Gay rum. The tours include a cocktail mixing session or lunch.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve: This is the perfect activity for nature lovers. You’ll get to see animals local to Barbados play, eat, and live in their natural habitats and you’ll find few cages here as you take in a self-guided tour. The most common animals you’ll find are peacocks, Barbados Green Monkeys, parrots, macaws and love birds, iguanas, turtles and tortoises and much more.
Dover Beach: Visit Dover Beach when you are ready to relax or you want to go on an adventure. You’ll be able to do sailing, jetskiing, boogie boarding and even windsurfing here. If you forget necessities, don’t worry: You’ll find vendors who sell drinks, snacks, T-shirts, snorkeling gear, sunscreen, sunglasses and other goods.
Carlisle Bay: Carlisle Bay near Bridgetown (Barbados’ capital) is one area that is popular among scuba divers and snorkelers. Here, you’ll find a vast amount of shipwrecks, sealife and wildlife so it’ll be an adventure worth having every time.
St. Nicholas Abbey: St. Nicholas Abbey has a sugarcane plantation house, rum distillery and museum. The Great House was built by Benjamin Berringer in 1658. It is one of just three Jacobean style mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere so is an especially important and well-known highlight to visit in Barbados. Jacobean architecture was named in honor of King James I of England (1603-1625) and is characterized by multi-curved gables, Tudor arches, decorative chimneys and casement windows.
Hunte’s Gardens: Visit here when you want to relax because you’ll be surrounded by several acres of lush greenery and flowers that will put your mind at ease. You’ll explore a collection of mini-gardens as you walk through the main path (which includes speakers that play classical music) as well as rare exotic plants. When you are done, enjoy a glass of rum punch, coffee, tea, and cakes at the end of your self-guided tour at Mr. Hunte’s house and hear fascinating stories about the history of the gardens from him.
Barbados Boardwalk: When you want to just take in the ocean air, there is no better way to do it than a stroll through this boardwalk. You’ll find plenty of benches and quiet nooks. It’s perfect for walkers, joggers, and parents with strollers who want to enjoy some time outdoors.
Harrison’s Cave: This crystallized, limestone cave is on mile long and includes flowing streams, deep pools of see-through water and incredibly tall columns. You’ll board a tram and tour past beautiful streams and cascading waterfalls. There are three characteristics you’ll find: the gullies, sinkholes and caverns.
Animal Flower Cave: This cave is the only accessible sea cave in Barbados and it gets its ame from the sea anemones inside of it which are locally called animal flowers. It was discovered in 1780 by two English explorers. You’ll find coral steps which lead down through an opening in the roof that were built in 1912. The Cave has a coral floor which is estimated to be about 400,000 to 500,000 years old.
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