Barbados Things to Do

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Barbados Things to Do

  • Calabaza catamaran

    On our 3rd trip to Barbados by cruise ship, I wanted to go see the turtles again and Calabaza came highly recommended on Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor. I contacted them about a month before we arrived and arranged to go on a trip with them, it's a smaller boat and they take groups of 10-12 out. The rest of the passengers were other 3 other cruise...

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  • George Washington House Tour

    We took this tour with our Emerald Princess Cruise. The tour started at the George Washington House and that is where we met Peter and James. This is a UNESCO site and is in the process of being developed as a tour and restoration of several places we visited is ongoing. James gave us a brief introduction and then Peter came live on the screen from...

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  • Tyrol Cot

    The latest addition to the Barbados National Trust, this is the home of Barbados' first Premier, Sir Grantley Adams, and the birthplace of his son, Tom Adams, who became the Island's second prime minister. Built in 1854 out of coral stone, it gives an insight into island architecture and life back then. It also houses the family's memorabilia-...

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  • Catamaran Cruise

    There are many options for catamaran cruises across the island. I went out with Rubaiyat Cruises and had a great time. It is one of the smaller boats which I liked. These cruises have free-running alcohol, which can lead to some unfortunate times depending on the group you are travelling with. Most operators take you out to the marine park for...

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  • Party Time

    Many tourists visiting Barbados will be staying in St Lawrence Gap. Here you will find a large collection of the island's hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs - everything to suit all tastes. For more information on St Lawrence Gap, check out my dedicated page on the area.

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  • Dover

    Dover rests at the end of Barbados' party zone of St Lawrence Gap. The beach is one of the most popular on the island and is surrounded by hotels - be sure to watch out for the public access signs which indicate the route to the beach. Dover playing field is home of the Congaline Festival. Check out my Dover page for more information.

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  • Bathsheba

    Bathsheba is on the east coast of Barbados. This coast has a wild aspect to it and feels totally different to the coast around the rest of the island. It makes a great place to spend a day during your visit to the island. Check out my Bathsheba page for more information, including how to get there using public transport.

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  • Island Safari Jeep Tour

    This is probably the best thing we have done on the island. Our guide was very entertaining and informed about the history and current events on Barbados. I was concerned about the heat but there was constantly a cool breeze blowing. We met some really terrific people on the tour and got to see some very special places that otherwise we would have...

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  • Compare west

    Comparing the west to the rest of the island is inevitable in geographic and social terms. This is where the sheltered beaches are and the first place to develop into a tourism Mecca. Important detail is the fact that this is the old tourism for the really rich folks who could afford these escapades long time before the masses could follow. The...

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  • Stay south

    South shore of Barbados is where the masses are. They are air-lifted in by the thousands on huge planes landing at the close by international airport practically every hour. Half an hour later the masses are on the beaches or rather 30cm above them since nobody wants to get sandy when multitudes of chaise-lounges are available. Now they can watch...

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  • Go east

    Going east is an essential experience. The rough windward shore is completely different from the placid leeward side. The surf is huge and unrelenting while the hills are practically in their original garb – something impossible to see in the southern part of the island. Bathsheba is an easy pick considering its bus connections with Bridgetown....

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  • Island Safari Jeep Tour

    Island safari's 4 x 4 Land Rovers take you on a tour to places that most tourists to the island miss. Their entertaining drivers/guides have an incredible knowledge of the area including places such as Cove Bay, Edge Cliff and Joes River Forest and BathshebaLunch with a glass of wine. Along the way.: Soft Drinks, Juice, Rum Punch (aka jungle juice)...

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  • Andromeda Gardens Bathsheba

    A lovely, low key place to wander around for a bit. It was nice to then spot the different tropical plants around the island on beaches and in people's yards.

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  • Rome in the Caribbean

    It's always impressed me that a remnant of the empire founded by Julius Caesar and Augustus survived until just 39 years before Columbus "discovered" America. The Eastern Roman (or Byzantine) Empire ceased to exist only in 1453, when the Turks conquered its capital, Constantinople (today's Istanbul).The last Roman emperor died on the city walls...

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  • Visit the Cathedral

    Whilst in Bridgetown visit the St. Michael's Cathdral in the heart of the town, close to Queen's Park.This Cathedral also doubles as a Hurricane Centre.Do go inside to view.

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  • Farley Hill National Park

    Farley Hill National Park and its "great house" ruins are a few miles away fromSt. Nicholas Abbey. The National Park consists of several beautiful acres of tropical trees and plants on a cliff 900 feet (275meters) above the sea and overlooks the entire Scotland District.The Mansion was built 200 years after St. Nicholas Abbey, on the grand scale of...

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  • Island Tour

    As we were only able to spend a week on the island, two days of which were taken up with the wedding and its organisation, we felt that the best way to see as much as we could in a short space of time was on an island tour. We took our trip with Sean of Bajan Tours, who picked us up from our villa and returned us at the end of the day. Although we...

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  • Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza Dinner...

    I am sooooooooo tempted to put this under tourist traps, BUT.... while super cheesy and touristy, it was (gasp) quite fun, and the perfect "first night" experience...Okay, so we arrived on Barbados on a Wednesday, exhausted, but not wanting to waste the night. We didn't feel like getting gussied up for a fancy restaurant, and we didn't want to...

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  • Subterranean Splendour

    Harrisons Cave, said to be the only one of it's kind in the Caribbean. A special tram takes you through the amazing limestone caverns, carved by the slow underground streams over the centuries.The site was known for many years, but it was not until 1970 that a Danish speleologist (cave specialist ) named Ole Sorenson discovered a new and...

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  • Bajan Roots & Rhythms

    You absolutely owe it to yourself to see this musical show. It takes place at one of the former plantations converted into a dinner-theater of sorts - The Plantation Theater. The show is simply amazing. You start off with a steel drum orchestra playing tunes while you get in the local mood, get your food (all you can eat buffet), and enjoy the...

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  • Take a tour of the island

    Take a tour of the island to get your bearings. It's a great way to learn about the island as well as to get your bearings so you can find your way around later. We went with L.E. Williams Tour Co. and our driver's name was Peter. He gave a great tour and was very interesting, telling us all about the history, the places, customs of the people,...

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  • St John Anglican Church

    The classic Gothic structure has a crenalated roof-line and resembles a medieval castle. Built in 1836 the location is the resting place of one of te island's PMs. The view from the grounds includes the stunning East Coast of Barbados

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  • St James Anglican Church

    St.James Parish Church is among the four oldest surviving churches in Barbados and is located near the site of the island's first settlement in Holetown. In the southern porch of the church is a bell with the inscription - "God bless King William, 1696". This bell pre-dates the famous American Liberty bell by 54 years.

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  • Codrington College

    Codrington College was completed in 1745. It was the first Theological College in the world for Anglican Communion. The college is named after Christopher Codrington III, the son of a plantation owner who was also the Governor General of the Leewards. The College is currently part of the Theological department of the University of the West Indies...

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  • Gun Hill Signal Station

    The largest military garrison in Barbados located St George parish dating from 1697 was the key chain in the islands defence. It offers a sweeping 360 panorama across the entire island. The manicured garden and canons add reality. You can climb inside and peep thru the portholes for a military point of view. Easily reached as day tour via private...

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  • St Nicholas Abbey

    St Nicholas Abbey is located on cherry tree hill. The sugar and rum museum are adjacent to the Jacobean mansion dating from 1660! It remains one of the best glimpses of plantation life in the Caribbean...so where's UNESCO?

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  • Parliament

    Located in the centre of Bridgetown the stone clad Neo-Gothic landmark was built in 1871 and houses the Senate and Assembly. The stained glass windows apparently contain portraits of British monarchs!

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  • Glass Bottom Boat tour

    This was the highlight of our day, the first stop was at the shipwreck where they throw food over the side to gather up the fish, mostly of only two varities, the yellow and black striped Sgt. Majors and another larger bluish white fish. We got out and snorkeled here, surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of fish that are so immune to humans that you...

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  • Glory Tours

    I had a little trouble getting comfirmation of our tour with Glory, a couple of days before we were scheduled to leave I was starting to get a little panicky and my oh so sensible husband suggested that maybe I should call them. Hmm, why didn't I think of that???That was the only glitch with this tour, our guide was where he was supposed to be and...

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  • Lovely church

    If you are on the west coast of the island, and are around the Holetown area, do take time to look at this lovely church.During the Holetown Festival this church holds lots of services and other festival activities.

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  • Gun Hill Lion

    On the road up to Gun Hill Signal Station, you pass this lion on the hillside. (The station is to the left and higher up the hill).The Lion is made of white limestone, and was sculpted in 1868 by Henry Wikinson, the Adjutant - General of the Imperial Forces stationed in Barbados, from one single piece of rock. Two inscriptions are carved in the...

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  • Gun Hill Signal Station. in the parish...

    This the walkway up to the Gun Hill Military Signal Station. It was erected in 1818 and was restored by the Barbados National Trust in 1982.The Road leading to this entrance, is called Fusilier Road, and was built by the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the Twenty First Regiment, during their stay at Gun Hill from September 1862 until February 1863. After...

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  • Andromeda Botanic Gardens

    Andromeda Gardens is run by the Barbados National Trust. Andromeda was developed in 1954 by the late horticulturist Iris Bannochie for her weekend retreat. It soon became a memorable garden and she opened it to the public. She left the property to the National Trust in 1988. It is named for the Greek goddess Andromeda who was chained to a rock -...

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  • Helicopter tour

    My husband and I went on a champagne sunset tour with Horizon Helicopters and it was amazing... this is something a bit more expensive than some of the other tours but well worth it for the experience of a lifetime! Put it on your bucket list - you won't be sorry....

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  • Visit A Shipwreck

    A fun thing we did was take the tall ships tour. We were able to relax on the boat, have a great lunch, and do some snorkeling.

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  • Take a Safari to See Barbados

    There are many types of vegetation from Palm Trees to Rain Forest. Abundant Sugar Cane Fields, and Mahogany Trees. Taking a safari is a way to view all of the gorgeuos views of Barbados and historical parishes such as St. John and its parish church erected in 1645.There is a foreign influence such as the Windmills brought by the Dutch from the...

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  • Rum Shop

    The rum shops are a unique feature of Barbados. The owners live on the premises, and they are a front porch of the house where you walk in, order perhaps a Banks Beer, the most popular and only beer on the island.

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  • Walk the Boardwalk

    Why not join the locals and other tourists walking the boardwalk either for just a stroll, or for exercise.There is no lighting after dark along the stretch but the hotels and bars along the way have lights so most of it will be ok to walk as long as you are not alone, I would not recommend that.There are policemen patrolling the boardwalk (I have...

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  • River Bay

    Located on the north coast of Barbados, River Bay is a popular picnic spot, with the area often crowded on weekends and holidays. It is a great spot with views leading down the northern coastline which is Barbados' wild side. Beach facilities include washrooms, changing rooms and showers and there are picnic benches set within the shade of the...

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  • Little Bay

    Located on the north-east coast of the island, Little Bay has some great scenery to offer including tidal pools and blowholes.You will also find a natural swimming pool which is safe for swimming in, as well as great cliffs to climb which offer beautiful views over Little Bay - be sure to wear sturdy shoes as the rocks can be quite sharp.

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  • Cherry Tree Hill Reserve

    Located on the north-east of the island, it is believed that the name "Cherry Tree Hill" originated from the large number of cherry trees which once existed at this location. Now it is an area where the road is heavily canopied and lined with mahogany trees, which were introduced into Barbados in 1763.The area offers great views over the 'Scotland...

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  • Sunday Scenic Ride

    One of the best kept secrets on the island, the Government bus service Sunday Scenic Ride will take you out to some of Barbados' best areas in a bus filled with locals and only a small number of tourists. The day I went out, we were three bus loads and a total of 7 tourists!The service runs from Independence Square each Sunday at 2:00pm and tickets...

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  • Malibu Rum - Brighton Beach

    We hailed a cab from the pier and within 15 minutes were at the Malibu Rum Distillery - Brighton Beach location. The entry fee to the beach (which gets you a tour of the distillery, a lounge chair, a chit for a 'free' Malibu rum drink and access to the restrooms and changing facilities) was $35.00 -- a little steep, I thought, as I was unprepared...

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  • Plantation Roots & Rhythms

    Plantation Roots & Rhythms. Having been in Barbados for a few days, I did not really feel I was in the Caribbean, that is until I went to the Plantation. The Roots & Rhythms nights (Wednesdays and Fridays) are excellent, a real taste of Barbados. You get a history of the country from it's African roots, it's Jamaican influences, the lot. An...

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  • short suggestions for a day in Barbados

    Much depends on what you really want to do. If it's only a beach, I'd suggest Accra/Rockley beach on the South coast. Nice location, places to eat, nice beach etc. if you want to explore the island or see what there is to see, you can either rent a car or, yes I'm saying it, take one of the tours from the ship, one that would give you a broad...

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