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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
On this tour you’ll enjoy the very best Barbados has to offer. Visit the awesome Harrison’s Cave before taking in the spectacular vistas on the island’s east coast. After lunch (included), it’s on to the Wildlife Reserve for a chance to glimpse mischievous green tail monkeys. Another thrilling opportunity to get close to nature follows with a boat cruise to where sea turtles dwell. Complete the day relaxing on a beautiful beach with a complimentary beverage.
Discover the beauty and charm of Barbados with this in-depth exploration. Starting in the capital of Bridgetown, you will have many photographic opportunities as you visit places of interest on the stunning east coast. After stopping for lunch (included), you will continue on to the west coast before boarding a glass-bottomed boat for an exhilarating 2-hour cruise. Swim with sea turtles, snorkel around a ship wreck and take in the exquisite coastal scenery.
Explore the island’s hidden beauty spots with this extensive insight of the diverse coastlines and stunning beaches of Barbados. Starting at the island capital of Bridgetown, you’ll travel up the coast past Oistins, Miami Beach, Foul Bay, Bathsheba and on up the east coast to Cherry Tree Hill and North Point. From there you’ll head back down the west coast through Speightstown and Holetown. Be sure to bring your camera to take advantage of the superb photo opportunities.
Just BIM is a tour dedicated to showing you the 'must-see' attractions of Barbados. Your experience will begin at a local pottery shop where you will learn about Barbadian crafts. Then keep an eye out for playful monkeys as you take a relaxing stroll through the Flower Forest. After a scenic drive through Bathsheba and lunch (included), the tour will take you on to 17th-century St. Nicholas Abbey and finally the incredible Harrisons Cave. Entry to all attractions is included.
Experience the island's natural wonders while driving through its lush green hills. With its awe-inspiring network of underground streams, waterfalls and rock formations, Harrison’s Cave is a must-see. From there, lose yourself in a vision of colour at Barbados’ very own world of orchids. After stopping to marvel at the spectacular east-coast scenery and an energising lunch (included), the memorable last stop will be at Barbados Wildlife Reserve to see its famous green-tailed monkeys.