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What things are there to do in Barbados?

It may be a beach lovers’ paradise, but there are a great many other things to do in Barbados besides swimming and sunbathing. This beautiful little island offers a surprising variety of activities for families, couples and singles alike.

Unwind with a relaxing treatment at one of our superb spa hotels, indulge in some retail therapy, perfect your swing on the golf course or tuck into freshly-caught fish on the sun-drenched balcony of a seafront restaurant. It’s impossible to resist the perfection of the crystalline waters and powder-soft sands of the stunning west coast. But make sure you explore the rugged coastline of the east and immerse yourself in the local culture of Bridgetown with its colonial buildings and chattel houses to embrace a different perspective of this Caribbean paradise.

Relaxing spa experiences.

Relaxing spa experiences

Feel life’s stresses ebbing away in the luxury of the Coral Reef hotel. Set within a tropical garden, the spa offers a full range of invigorating treatments. Ideal for family holidays, Sandy Lane boasts a superb spa where parents can relax while children play at The Treehouse Club.

Action-packed golfing.

Action-packed golfing

Perfect your putt and learn to dazzle with your drive on a Barbados golf holiday. Players of all abilities can take to the green at one of the island’s six world-class courses. The Sandy Lane resort hotel boasts three golfing greens. Book tee times ahead, especially during peak periods.

Unbeatable retail therapy.

Unbeatable retail therapy

When it comes to shopping in Barbados, the essential words are duty-free - be sure to have your passport handy to take advantage of the incredible discount prices. Broad Street is a must for the department-store experience, while locally-made arts and crafts can be found in shops across Barbados. Head to the LimeGrove and explore its boutiques, restaurants, delis, cafes and bars.

Diverse Barbados dining.

Diverse Barbados dining

You’ll discover a huge variety of restaurants in Barbados, with capital city Bridgetown and the exclusive west coast offering very different dining experiences. On Friday nights head to Oistins Fish Fry – feast on the best local catch and immerse yourself in the party atmosphere. Dine in elegant surrounds with uninterrupted views of the sea at contemporary Cin Cin or treat yourself to dinner at one of Barbados’ most acclaimed restaurants, Daphne’s.

Eclectic Barbados nightlife.

Eclectic Barbados nightlife

Sway to the steel-drum rhythms or groove to classic reggae tunes on nights out in Barbados. On the south coast, head to St Lawrence Gap for a strip of bars and restaurants. In Holetown, make a beeline for 2nd Street – you must sample an authentic Bayan rum punch from one of the local shops.

Romantic Barbados escapes.

Romantic Barbados escapes

Its exotic beauty makes Barbados perfect for romantic holidays. Stroll with your loved one along the sun-kissed sands of Crane Beach. Gaze at the stars at Harry Bayley Observatory in Bridgetown. Or dine at a romantic restaurant on the south coast, with stunning views of Barbados as a backdrop.

Top things to do in Barbados

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Explore beautiful Barbados.

Explore beautiful Barbados

Discover the diversity of Barbados on a coastal sightseeing tour.

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See the best bits of Barbados.

See the best bits of Barbados

Tick off some of the best attractions on a day tour.

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Tour Barbados by boat.

Tour Barbados by boat

Swim and snorkel with sea turtles as you cruise the Barbados coastline.

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Book your rum distillery experience.

Book your rum distillery experience

Visit the home of Mount Gay rum on this fun and fascinating tour.

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Voyage into the sea.

Voyage into the sea

Enjoy a breathtaking 40-minute underwater journey aboard the Atlantis Submarine.

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Discover a different side of Barbados.

Discover a different side of Barbados

Get a taste of the real Barbados on this unique sightseeing tour.

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Tour St Nicholas Abbey.

Tour St Nicholas Abbey

Soak up the fascinating plantation history on a guided tour.

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Soak up the sights of Barbados.

Soak up the sights of Barbados

Admire the natural beauty of Harrison’s Cave and scenic Bathsheba.

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