What comes to mind when you hear Barbados?
Do images of sun, warm turquoise water, gentle waves crashing on the shores, pristine and secluded white or golden sand beaches, water sports or simply sitting and relaxing with a
colorful, delicious frozen cocktail appear in the eye of your mind? Barbados is a tropical paradise that has that to offer and so much more!
This small Caribbean island, which is only 431 square kilometers, boasts many spectacular beaches on both sides of the island, coral reefs, also rugged terrain on the west coast and is blessed with beauty all around. Moreover, friendly locals are quite hospitable, welcome you with a warm smile and do their best to make you feel at home!
So what is there to see and do you may ask?
Here are the Top 5 things to see and do in Barbados.
1- Walking around Bridgetown
The best way to start your trip is to explore the nation’s capital, Bridgetown, is on foot. Taste local specialties at one of the many restaurants, sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee at a café, learn more about its history and culture at National Heroes’ Square with Parliament building in the background.
Cool off thanks to the ocean breeze and go for a leisurely walk on and around the waterfront and admire the city and the horizon.
2- Go on a Rum tour
Are you a fan of Rum? If you are then a visit to Mount Gay Distillery is a must in any itinerary.
Learn more about the process and taste the final product. Why not buy a bottle and bring back with you? 🙂
3- Relax on the West Coast
If you are looking to get some much deserved Rest & Relaxation, the west coast has some incredible white sand beaches. Who says no to a day at the beach? It will recharge your batteries and leave you wanting more! Ah not to mention the spectacular sunsets. Any doctor would gladly approve.
While you’re in the area, stop by the oldest church on the island, St. James, which was built in 1660 and still stands until this day. It is a trip back in time.
4- Explore the East Coast
This rugged terrain, shaped by elements from Mother Nature, is where Harrison’s Cave is found.
Stand in awe before stalactites, stalagmites and other formations inside this limestone cave.
Admire waterfalls and pools inside these underground caves and take the tram to travel from one point to the next while stopping at the indicated spots. The underground world is fascinating and well worth visiting.
Discover Bathsheba which is known as a fishing town and take a stroll on Bathsheba Beach where large boulders are found offshore. It’s quite unique to the area.
5- Tantalize your taste buds with its delicious cuisine
Are you a foodie? Then Bajan Cuisine will tempt your palate and your senses!
National dishes such as Cou-cou and flying fish are served from the most humble roadside shack to the finest restaurants.
Fresh caught seafood and fried fish are a favorite among the locals and visitors alike.
This Top 5 of things to see and do on the island is only a preview of what Barbados has to offer!
How to get there?
Barbados is very easy to reach either by plane or boat. All flights arrive at Barbados Grantley Adams Airport, which is located approximately 30-45 minutes from the capital, Bridgetown.
The best way to get to the city is to rent a car that will allow you to travel around the island at any moment without having to depend on anyone or any other vehicle.
Keep in mind that the driving is on the left, as it is based on the UK driving system. In addition, you will have to share the road with the pedestrians since there are no sidewalks and pay attention to motorbikes!
The only requirement is to obtain a local license upon presentation of a valid international driver’s license. The rental car company will help you with this procedure.
Public transportation is also available from 6 a.m. to midnight. It is the most affordable since any trip around the island costs only a few Barbadian dollars. As in any foreign country, precautions must be taken but if you are adventurous, just go out there!
What is the weather like?
Barbados is blessed with gorgeous weather all-year round, however in the summer months expect some rain showers. Liquid sunshine doesn’t hurt anyone and is welcome after a hot day right? 🙂
Now that you know a bit more about Barbados, will you add it to YOUR never-ending bucket list?
Or perhaps you have you been there already?
Let us know.
Until next time!
Safe and happy travels.