Anchored in the most Easterly part of the Eastern Caribbean island chain, the beautiful island of Barbados earns its title as ‘Gem of the Caribbean Sea.’ This humble 166-square mile rock offers a number of attractions, both on land and sea.
Surrounded by warm, crystal clear, blue waters, Barbados is home to beautiful reefs, rich with marine life, numerous attractions, points of interest, and a thriving nightlife. The locals are friendly, hospitable, and accommodating, and are always welcoming with open arms.
Famous pop star Rihanna, world-renowned rum Mount Gay rum and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are just the tip of the iceberg of what Barbados has to offer. Convinced to plan a trip yet? Well, take a look the 100 Best Things to do in Barbados.
1. Mount Gay Rum Tour (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
Barbados’ world-renowned, award-winning rum distillery, Mount Gay, is one of the most visited and highly recommended tours on the island. Greeted at the door with a complimentary rum punch, this tour takes you deep inside the mysteries and science of the “rum that invented rum.”
Conveniently located about a 15-minute walk from, and on the outskirts of the island’s capital, Bridgetown, Mount Gay’s tour will leave your head spinning with excitement and delight – and if your head isn’t spinning with excitement, the rum tasting will do the trick. Tour times and dates vary depending on the season, but you can find exact details here: http://www.mountgayrum.com/#/section/visit. The tour is also child-friendly, so what are you waiting on? As the locals would say, “The rum won’t drink itself!”
2. Atlantis Submarines Tour (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
Looking to get up close and personal with Barbados’ marine life? Well, Atlantis Submarines Barbados are just the folks you need. Operational since the 1980’s, and with an outstanding safety record, Atlantis Submarines Barbados has been the number 1 leader in underwater tours in this part of the region.
These tours bring the beautiful, coral-laden reefs of the island, vibrant and awash with colorful, abundant marine life, right to your fingertips. Located about 10 minutes walking distance from Bridgetown, Atlantis offers day, evening, and even night tours. Prices and availability can be checked at http://barbados.atlantissubmarines.com/tours. Atlantis Submarines is definitely your key to Barbados’ hidden underwater world.
3. Harrison’s Cave (Welchman Hall, St. Thomas)
Located in what the locals call, “the heart of Barbados,” Harrison’s Cave lies buried in the central uplands of Barbados. The cave boasts centuries-old, awe-inspiring, breathtaking views of naturally formed limestone stalactites and stalagmites, crystal clear streams and deep pools.
With an outstanding safety record, Harrison’s Cave is a must see for individuals, couples, groups, or families visiting the island, and is approximately a 20-minute drive from the island’s West Coast. Tours run daily and are tram guided by trained experts and professionals. On-foot tours are also available, but once you visit the cave’s website at, http://www.harrisonscave.com/index.php?categoryid=9, you’ll find all the details you need to tailor your tour experience just the way you want it.
4. Barbados Concorde Experience (Charnocks, Christ Church)
Barbados was a frequent destination for British Airways, who often operated their Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde on that route. When the Concorde was retired from service in 2003, Barbados was one of the lucky countries to house the supersonic aircraft.
Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or not, it’s a breathtaking experience to be up close and personal with this steel bird known for setting record breaking flight times. The Barbados Concorde Experience sits next door to the island’s international airport and is approximately 10 minutes driving time from the South Coast.
This tour, or experience as it’s rightly called, allows you to witness first-hand what it would’ve been like to travel onboard this prestigious aircraft, as you literally stand mere feet away from the bird. Informational videos are shown both outside and onboard the aircraft. For booking details, you can visit http://www.barbadosconcorde.com/contact.php.
5. Banks Beer Breweries (Newton, Christ Church)
It won’t take long for one to realize that Barbados is skilled and has mastered the art of distilling and brewing alcohol. As if rum wasn’t enough, Barbados is home to locally brewed, award-winning lager, Banks beer.
The brewery, which is a 7-minute drive away from the airport, offers daily tours which take you into the heart of the brewing and bottling process of this crisp, local lager. It’s not uncommon to see locals, and tourists alike, enjoying an ice cold Banks beer.
Visit their website at http://www.banksbeer.com, for the details on pricing and dates. Once you’ve done the Banks tour, you’ll fully understand how they arrived at their slogan and mantra of, “life nice!”
6. Crop Over Festival (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
This is Barbados’ equivalent to Mardis Gras, or Carnival in Brazil. This festival runs from June until the first Monday in August, every year. It’s loaded with parties, “limes”(local slang word for hanging out), a local singing competition, and it all ends with a grand finale called Grand Kadooment, where bands of people dress in colorful, vibrant, and creative costumes and revel through the streets on a pre-planned route.
Well-known, internationally renowned stars such as Lewis Hamilton, Rob Riley, Jourdan Dunn, and of course, Barbados’ own Rihanna have all participated in Crop Over events, and continue to do so each year. The event is coordinated by the Barbados National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and a detailed history of the festival can be found on their website http://www.ncf.bb/crop-over/.
Sometimes, it’s said on the island, that to become an honorary Barbadian, one must “jump”(slang for participate) in a Crop Over band at least once.
7. Jolly Roger Cruises (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
If drinking rum punch by the gallon, walking the plank, swimming with turtles, and rope swinging into the warm, inviting waters of the Caribbean Sea sounds like a good time, then the Jolly Roger is just the boat for you. A full-fledged pirate party ship is the best way to describe the Jolly Roger.
Docked at the pierhead of the Bridgetown boardwalk, Black Pearl Party Cruises (the operators of the Jolly Roger) are more than happy to get you out onto the open seas in proper pirate-style. On day cruises, lunch is served onboard by the Captain, and dinner cruises are available for those who prefer black waters under starry Caribbean night skies.
The dock is located in Bridgetown, about 15 minutes drive from the South Coast and the West Coast.
Grab your parrot, peg leg, and eyepatch and head over to their website, https://www.barbadosblackpearl-jollyroger1.com, and book your pirate experience aboard the Jolly Roger.
8. Jammin’ Catamaran Cruises (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
If the pirate life doesn’t entice you that much, then a more
laid-back day on the water with Jammin’ catamaran cruises is just what
you need. Cruises leave the Screwdocks in Bridgetown around 9.30am and
return around 2.30/3pm. Lunch and a copious amount of beverages are
served on board.
Throughout the cruise, several stops are made to allow for snorkeling, swimming with the turtles, riding jet skis, and generally enjoying Barbados’ crystal clear waters. Night cruises are also available and tend to be more intimate and romantic – ideal for honeymooners and couples.
Jammin’ docks in Bridgetown, 15 minutes, by car, away from the South and West Coasts of the island. Bookings and availability can be found on their website, http://jammincats.com. The only time you’re not having fun on Jammin’ is when you’re back on the dock.
9. Oistins Fish Fry (Oistins, Christ Church)
When visiting Barbados, there’s only one place to be on Friday night – Oistins. Oistins is a town located on the South Coast of the island, steeped in rich, fishing history, and is home to one of the island’s most popular fish markets.
Oistins still remains a fishing village, with its own jetty where fishing boats can be seen returning on evenings with the day’s catch. Friday nights in Oistins are popular for their fish fry, where hordes of locals and tourists come to enjoy good food, drinks, and the occasional character dancing or singing karaoke.
From the South Coast, Oistins is generally a 7-minute drive and a 15-20 minute drive from the West Coast. However, traffic entering Oistins on Friday nights can affect these times, but on reaching the food, drinks, and music, on quickly realizes it was all worth it.
The Barbados Tourism Authority’s official website provides the inside scoop on Oistins here, https://www.visitbarbados.org/oistins-bay-gardens.
10. The Animal Flower Cave (North Point, St. Lucy)
At the northern tip of the island, the Animal Flower Cave is seated under the cliffs at North Point. Coral steps lead down to the cave entrance which opens up to a picturesque window to the sea, and this is where sea anemones, or as they’re referred to locally, “animal flowers” are found. Small, shallow, natural pools are also a feature of the Flower Cave.
Above the cave, a restaurant, bar, craft and gift shops can be found. Lunch is served daily from 11am until 3pm, while cave tour hours are from 9.30am until 4.30pm. Driving time to the cave from the island’s West Coast is approximately 10-15 minutes, whereas coming from the South Coast can take up to 40 minutes.
The Barbados Tourism Authority provides additional information about the cave on their website, https://www.visitbarbados.org/animal-flower-cave. You don’t want to miss the Animal Flower Cave experience, especially when the whales make guest appearances, as they do from time to time.
11. Harry Bayley Observatory (Clapham, St. Michael)
The Harry Bayley Observatory (HBO) is the one and only in the Eastern Caribbean, and is home to the Barbados Astronomical Society. It was originally opened in 1963, but recently underwent renovations and a facelift.
The HBO is located 10 minutes, by vehicle, from the South Coast, and approximately 20 minutes from the West Coast. For $5USD children 5 to 12 years can enter, $10USD gets adults in, and children under 5 are admitted for free. Typical opening hours for the observatory are 8pm to 10pm, depending on the weather.
Unlike big cities, Barbados has very little light pollution, making it ideal for stargazing, and what’s better than a clear Caribbean night sky? Viewing it up close from a telescope. The HBO is a great experience for individuals and families, and further information can be found at http://www.hbo.bb.
12. The Light Aeroplane Club (Fairy Valley, Christ Church)
Located on the South Ramp of the Grantley Adams International Airport, the Barbados Light Aeroplane Club is a great spot for aviation enthusiasts, and non-aviation enthusiasts, to hang out.
It’s prime location, just a few feet away from the island’s international airport runway, boasts one of the best plane-spotting views in the region. Visitors can enjoy snacks and beverages at the club house’s bar.
The Aeroplane Club is a 5-minute drive away from the South Coast, and about half an hour drive from the West Coast. It’s the ideal location to meet aviation enthusiasts, and even take a flight lesson with a certified instructor. If you’re lucky enough, you just might find yourself on a flight tour around the island with a local private pilot.
The Club offers aircraft rentals to certified pilots, both local and visiting. It’s as easy as a phone call. Contact details can be found at, https://www.visitbarbados.org/barbados-light-aeroplane-club.
13. Island Safari Barbados (Lower Estate, St. George)
Jump into the back of a 4×4 jeep with your friends and take a guided tour through the off-road scenic routes of Barbados. That’s exactly what Island Safari Barbados has to offer.
The Adventure Safari is the most popular of the tours offered. This tour runs every day from 8am until 2.30pm and is packed with nonstop action as you explore on and off-road Barbados with your tour guide. Information on other tours can be found on their website, http://www.islandsafari.bb/4-x-4-jeep-tours/island-safari.html.
14. Barbados Wildlife Reserve (Farley Hill, St. Peter)
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is home to an impressive number of animals who thrive and enjoy their natural surroundings. The green monkeys, who have been occupying the island since as far back as the 17th Century, are the stars of the reserve and can be seen getting up to mischief in the 4-acre mahogany forest that is the reserve.
Other animals such as the red-footed tortoise, iguanas, a variety of birds, deer and crocodiles all call the reserve home. A reptile house with a variety of snakes also makes up part of the reserve.
The Wildlife Reserve sits about 10 minutes away from the West Coast, if traveling by motor vehicle, and approximately 30-40 minutes from the South Coast. The Reserve opens daily from 10am until 5pm, and you can find any additional information at, https://www.visitbarbados.org/barbados-wildlife-reserve. Remember, don’t feed the monkeys!
15. John Moore Bar (Weston, St. James)
Barbados is well known for its ‘rum shops.’ A rum shop is a roadside bar frequented by locals, and visitors alike, where any arbitrary topic, ranging from politics to TV shows, can be heard being discussed by the men who spend most of their time there.
John Moore Bar is a popular rum shop that has been around for decades. Situated right on the island’s West Coast, John Moore is a great place to earn your title as an honorary Barbadian. The locals that frequent the bar are always welcoming and are more than happy to help you get comfortable in the bar. Even if it means drinking your body weight’s worth in Mount Gay or Banks.
There is no official website nor contact for John Moore Bar, but any taxi or local will be more than willing to help you get there. It’s about 30-40 minutes drive from the South Coast.
16. George Washington House (The Garrison, St. Michael)
When George Washington was 19 years old, he made his one and only trip outside of the United States with his sick brother Lawrence. The destination? Barbados.
The George Washington House, the house in which he stayed on his visit, is an 18th Century plantation house, restored by the Barbados Government, and facilitates tours of this historic site.
The House also features a museum with artifacts and aspects of 18th & 19th Century Barbados. It’s located on the outskirts of Bridgetown, about 7-10 minutes drive from the South Coast, and about 25 minutes drive from the West Coast.
Adults are admitted for $10USD, children 5 to 12 years old gain entry for $2.50USD, and children under 5 get free entry. For further details you can visit, http://www.funbarbados.com/sights/george_washington_house_museum.cfm.
17. Foursquare Rum Distillery (Foursquare, St. Philip)
If there was any doubt that Barbados is the land of rum, yet another distillery is living proof. Foursquare Rum Distillery is home to yet another of Barbados’ finest rums. The distillery lies in St. Philip, about 10 minutes from the island’s South Coast, and about 45 minutes from the West Coast, by motor vehicle, and takes you behind the scenes of fine Barbados rum.
Access their website via, http://www.rumsixtysix.com/cocktails-drinks/on-the-rocks.html, and organize a tour, read up on the rum distilling process, and even gain to access to various portals where you can purchase this award-winning rum.
18. Bajan Vintage Open Bus Tours (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
The Bajan Vintage Open Bus Tour, takes you on an unforgettable bus tour to various destinations in Barbados, from bars to beaches. The tours are conducted in an antique open bus, with a driver and commentary – depending on your tour of choice.
Some tours take you on a pub crawl (or bar hop), others visit various scenic locations on the island, and some tours can be tailor-made to suit your exact needs.
Prices and types of tours vary, so you can visit, http://www.funbarbados.com/tours/Bajan_Open_Bus_Tours.cfm, to find exactly what you and your group are looking for. The only rule on this tour bus is to have fun, and that you will have!
19. St. Lawrence Gap (St. Lawrence, Christ Church)
‘The Gap’ as it’s known locally, is a stretch of road on the island’s South Coast, littered with bars, restaurants, craft shops, and nightclubs. St. Lawrence Gap has great lunch spots and craft exhibit sales by day and offers exciting nightlife and good dinner plans by night. Many of the clubs feature live music, DJs, and even karaoke.
It’s conveniently located on the South Coast and is home to good beachside hotels and accommodation. From the West Coast, The Gap is approximately 20 minutes driving distance, and further information can be found at http://barbados.org/stlaw.htm.
The Gap even has an Anglican church at one end, a place where locals often joke you can go for salvation on Sunday morning after a crazy Saturday night.
20. Cin Cin By The Sea (Prospect, St. James)
If you’re looking for fine dining, Cin Cin is the place to be. Cin Cin is an elegant restaurant, located on the West Coast, that features an air-conditioned lounge bar and outdoor dining, right at the waterfront. It offers Mediterranean-style cuisine with Caribbean influences and ‘alfresco dining.’ It also features valet parking and has sat high profile clients such as Simon Cowell and Wayne Rooney.
Cin Cin is located approximately 20 minutes drive from the South Coast, and a few minutes walk from any West Coast location. Their lunch and dinner menus can be found, and reservations can be made at https://www.cincinbythesea.com.
21. Jet Blade Flight Barbados (Bay Street, St. Michael)
Jet Blade Flight Barbados puts you in control of a personal powered jetpack, allowing you to take flight over the ocean. They ensure a safe experience to all involved with life vests and built-in flotation features on the jetpack itself.
Jet Blade Flight has some of the most professional, certified trainers in the hydro sports industry, and holds an impeccable safety record – as well as, an impeccable record as number 1 in visitor engagement.
Located on Bay Street, in the island’s capital, it’s about 10 minutes and 20 minutes drive from the South and West Coasts, respectively. Due to their overwhelming popularity, it’s recommended you make a reservation on their website, http://www.jetbladebarbados.com, to guarantee your spot for an unforgettable watersport experience.
22. The HARP Gun (Grantley Adams Airport, Christ Church)
The High Altitude Research Project (HARP) gun was designed by ballistics engineer Gerald Bull around the 1960’s. It was a joint operation between the United States and Canada’s military defenses but was too big to be effective for military use. The project then focused on the gun’s ability to launch satellites and objects into outer space. Numerous guns were built across the world, but the sole surviving gun lies at the base of the island’s airport in Barbados.
The canon can be tricky to reach, and lies about 10-minutes drive, by 4×4 off-road vehicle, from the airport, but can also be accessed by walking. It’s about 20 minutes walk if you park and walk from the airport. Although there’s no official tour of the HARP gun, locals are more than willing to help visitors find the area. This website, http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/project-harp-space-gun-barbados holds detailed directions on how to reach the gun. As rusty and bush-consumed as the 130-foot gun may be, it’s still an amazing sight to behold.
23. Limegrove Lifestyle Center (Holetown, St. James)
The island’s West Coast is often referred to as, ‘The Platinum Coast,’ and if there’s anywhere in the West that significantly contributes to this title, it’s the Limegrove Lifestyle Center.
Limegrove is a shopping center with numerous high-end stores ranging from real estate, jewellery, makeup, and clothing. This shopping center also features a cinema, a courtyard with a selection of restaurants, and an open-air bar called, ‘Limebar.’
Limegrove is situated on prime West Coast property and is in walking distance from many hotels, villas, and accommodation. From the South Coast, by car, it’ll take about 20 minutes to get to this one-stop lifestyle center.
For a detailed list of stores and entertainment, visit http://www.limegrove.com/stores/listings-a-z/.
24. Morgan Lewis Windmill (St. Andrew, Barbados)
Morgan Lewis Windmill was the last functioning sugar mill in Barbados. The mill is located in the scenic northeastern part of the island and is one of two of the last intact, restored mills in the Eastern Caribbean.
The mill is home to the sugar producing equipment it would’ve used while it was functional, and is maintained by the Barbados National Trust, making it possible for visits and tours. Viewing the windmill is free, and as easy as taking a scenic drive to that part of the island, and is about 30 minutes drive from both the South and West Coasts.
The windmill is featured on the World Monuments Fund website, https://www.wmf.org/project/morgan-lewis-sugar-mill.
25. Agapey Chocolate Factory (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
The Agapey Chocolate Factory makes world class chocolate from the best cocoa beans, sourced in the Caribbean and Latin America. Apart from these world-class beans, Agapey uses 100% Barbadian gold sugar made from locally grown sugar cane.
Located just outside the heart of Bridgetown, Agapey is open for tours and is equally 15 minutes drive from the South and West Coasts.
Their website, http://agapey.com/inbarbados.html is loaded with information on tours, pricing, retail, and general informtation. For the chocolate lovers, Agapey is definitely a must-see location.
26. St. Nicholas Abbey (Cherry Tree Hill, St. Peter)
The Abbey, as it’s commonly called, comprises of a plantation house on a lush, scenic spot called Cherry Tree Hill. Apart from the stunning view, St. Nicholas Abbey is riddled with rich Barbadian history.
The plantation house, or great house as it’s often called, is incorporated into the tour, where visitors get a first-hand glimpse of the living quarters of a time long ago. The tour also includes video footage of the early slave and sugar trade. As if Mount Gay and Foursquare weren’t enough, the tour of the abbey usually ends with a rum sampling of the locally distilled St. Nicholas Abbey rum. On certain days visitors can actually see the sugar cane crushing process to be used in the rum distilling process.
The Abbey sits in the NorthWestern part of the island, accessible by motor vehicle approximately 30-40 minutes from the South Coast, and a mere 10-15 minutes from the West Coast. For further information on the Abbey, visit their website at, http://www.stnicholasabbey.com.
27. Bathsheba (Bathsheba, St. Joseph)
Located on the island’s East Coast, the side of the Atlantic Ocean side of the island is known as surfer territory. Its coast is home to numerous beach houses, natural land features created by the erosion effect of the ocean, and of course, surfers.
Bathsheba is the go-to spot for the surfing community and features fast shallow breaks over relatively unforgiving reef. It also offers some of the most picturesque terrain and is about 30 minutes drive from the South and West Coasts.
Every year, a local surfing competition is held at the Soup Bowl, an area located within Bathsheba, where locals and visitors frequent. Famous surfing icons such as Kelly Slater, have participated in the Soup Bowl competition.
28. Glass Bottom Boat Tours (Holetown, St. James)
Exactly as the name implies, ocean tours are available in boats with a fitted, sealed, glass bottom. These can be found at various beaches namely, the Folkestone Marine Reserve on the West Coast.
Tours are usually conducted over the reefs where the vibrant, thriving and flourishing marine ecosystem of Barbados can be viewed and enjoyed. Moray eels, fish of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and various varieties of coral are a few of the features these tours have to offer. Folkestone is within walking distance of most West Coast hotels, although it’s a short trip by car from most West Coast locations, and will take about 30 minutes from the South Coast of the island.
Westwater Adventures Barbados is a great company offering glass-bottom boat tours out of Folkestone. For more information on these tours, visit http://www.Westwater-adventures-barbados.com/contact.html.
29. Folkestone Marine Park (Holetown, St. James)
The #1 feature of the Folkestone Marine Park is its artificial reef, making it ideal for snorkeling and scuba tours. The reef was formed by the intentional sinking of the Stavronikita, at a depth of 120 feet and less than half a mile from shore.
Folkestone also offers a great spot for picnics and various beach activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The marine park also features an educational visitor center, with an aquarium and a photographic exhibit.
Folkestone sits within comfortable walking and driving distance from the majority of the island’s West Coast locations, and about 20 minutes drive from the South Coast.
30. Island Car Rentals (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
There are a plethora of rental car companies on the island that are geared towards rentals for visitors, and locals alike. These rentals are ideal for personal island drives, and feature styles from open door 4-seater cars to minivan rentals.
Detailed road maps are usually included with the rentals, and as always, locals are always willing to help you find where you need to go.
Rentals can be obtained at the airport or at various locations around the island. Here are a few links to the top rental car companies on the island.
With a rental in hand, the island is all yours.
31. Caribbean Cigar Company (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
Take a look inside some of the highest quality, hand rolled cigars the Caribbean has to offer. The Caribbean Cigar Company offers a free, short and informal, but outstanding tour. Visitors can see firsthand, the rolling, molding, and boxing process behind these premium cigars. All cigars are hand rolled by some of the top professionals in the industry, who’ve been actively involved in this business for over 20 years.
Located in the island’s capital of Bridgetown, it takes about 15 minutes, by car, to get there from the South and West Coasts.
32. Red Door Lounge (Holetown, St. James)
Located on 2nd Street, in the main town of the island’s West Coast, Red Door Lounge is a premium nightclub and bar that’s usually a hive of activity throughout the week and the weekends.
Red Door Lounge is a popular spot among locals and visitors especially on Fridays and Saturdays, offering premium bottle service, cocktail specials, and nightly specials. It’s conveniently located within walking distance of some West Coast hotels but is an easy 5-10 minute drive from any West Coast location. From the South Coast, Red Door is about 30 minutes drive.
On their website, http://reddoorbarbados.com, you can find further details on this premium nightclub and lounge where you’re sure to have an unforgettable time.
33. Cheapside Market (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
An open market located in the heart of town, this is the go-to spot for almost any locally grown, and imported, organic fruit, vegetables and ground provisions. The market is an integral part of Barbados’ culture, as it’s been a great contributor in feeding the nation throughout the years, and continues to do so.
Almost every local, especially from the older generation, is more than willing to share stories of the market, where people from generations past frequented on weekends. Located in Bridgetown, the market is approximately 10-15 minutes drive from the South and West of the island. The market is still very much an integral part of Barbadian culture, and you can visit, https://www.totallybarbados.com/barbados/About_Barbados/Local_Information/Towns_and_Places_of_Interest/825.htm, for further insight into the rich history of this iconic aspect of Barbadian culture.
34. The Crane Resort (The Crane, St. Philip)
This 5-star resort located in the South of the island can be considered a community within itself. The Crane hotel offers an exquisite vacation experience that you won’t too soon forget. The hotel features many on-site restaurants and an unmatchable view from the cliffside.
The Crane looks down onto Crane Beach, voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world, and offers timeshare ownership, which caught the attention of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, among other popular icons.
The Crane is located in St. Philip which is 15 minutes drive from the island’s South Coast, but it’s going to take you approximately 40 minutes from the West Coast, by car. On their website, http://thecrane.com, you can get more information on the Crane and what it has to offer.
35. The Barbados Museum (Garrison, St.Michael)
The Barbados Museum & Historical Society is steeped in rich Barbadian history. The Museum features a number of galleries including a military gallery featuring artifacts from WWII, dating back as far as the 17th Century. A Children’s Gallery and African Gallery are also main attractions at the museum.
The Museum & Historical Society is open 7 days a week and tours are free of charge. It’s located on the outskirts of Bridgetown and is 10 minutes drive from most South Coast locations, and 20-30 minutes drive from the West Coast.
Visit, http://www.barbmuse.org.bb/web/, for further information on one of Barbados’ top attractions.
36. Gun Hill Signal Station (Gun Hill, St. George)
Breathtaking, picturesque, and stunning, are a few words to describe the view and experience of the Gun Hill Signal Station. The signal station was built in 1818, and its primary purpose was to sight incoming ships to Barbados and signal to the other signal stations on the island whether the approaching ship was a friend or foe.
The grounds of the signal station are kept in immaculate condition, with lush, beautiful gardens, historic lamps, and of course, the panoramic views of the island. A museum of military memorabilia is located onsite, as well as a restaurant with light refreshments.
One of the most popular features of the signal station is a magnificent statue of a lion, carved out of a rock in 1868 by a British officer at the signal station.
The station is located centrally on the island, and it takes between 15-20 minutes drive from the South and West Coasts.
37. Welchman Hall Gully (Welchman Hall, St. Thomas)
This ¾ mile long gully, located in the center of the island, is thriving with a myriad of tropical vegetation, including bamboo, palms, coconut trees, nutmeg, and bamboo – to name a few.
The gully was naturally formed by the collapsed roof of caves and is still connected to another of the island’s attractions, Harrison’s Cave. Welchman Hall gully is home to many troops of green monkeys, who are fed daily.
Due to its central location, the gully is approximately 20 minutes drive from both the West and South Coasts. Information on gully tours can be found at, https://www.visitbarbados.org/welchman-hall-gully-tours.
38. Cherry Tree Hill (Cherry Tree Hill, St. Peter)
If picturesque is what you’re looking for, then Cherry Tree Hill is the place to be. Located in the northWest of the island, Cherry Tree Hill offers a breathtaking view overlooking parts of the island’s scenic East Coast.
It’s accessible by car, and will take about 15 minutes to get there from the West Coast, but about 30 minutes from the South Coast. Sometimes, local craft vendors are onsite selling locally made jewelry, souvenirs, art, and craft at reasonable prices varying from $2.50USD to $25USD. Cherry Tree Hill is a must see, especially if you’re big into photos.
39. Nidhe Israel Museum (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
The Nidhe Israel Museum, located next to the synagogue in the island’s capital of Bridgetown, offers insight into Jewish history in Barbados dating back as far as 1628. The museum features artifacts, educational and interactive displays, and a timeline of Barbados’ Jewish settlement.
The museum features a full immersion Mikvah, a bath used to perform certain Jewish rituals, and it dates back to the 17th Century and is said to be the only one in this neck of the woods. The building of the museum itself was originally constructed in 1700.
Visiting hours for this historic site are 9am – 4pm and is open Monday through Friday with free admission. The Barbados National Trust website has more information on their website, http://www.barbadosnationaltrust.org.
40. Andromeda Botanical Gardens (Bathsheba, St. Joseph)
The Andromeda Botanical Gardens can be described as a horticultural delight. This botanical tour features a winding walk through some of Barbados’ most beautiful and unique trees, plants, and flowers.
This 6-acre plot of tropical garden features a pond, with a unique collection of plants, and is even home to the indigenous green monkey. Located in Bathsheba, St. Joseph, on the island’s East Coast, the botanical gardens is 30 minutes drive from the West and South Coasts.
Tour times and prices can be found on their website, http://www.andromedabarbados.com, and is truly an outstanding experience.
41. St. John Parish Church (St. John, Barbados)
Another top site for breathtaking views, this historic Anglican Church is perched on a hill overlooking the island’s East Coast. The Church is a popular destination for tours due to its overwhelming view of parts of the island.
Mounted and overlooking the church wall, are coin operated binoculars that bring the picturesque coastline closer to you.
If you’re planning on driving to the church, a roadmap or local directions will be useful, and from the West and South Coasts, you can expect an approximate 40-minute drive. The church grounds also features various locally made arts and crafts for sale.
Additional information can be found at http://www.anglican.bb/~stjohn/, the Diocese of Barbados website.
42. Baxter’s Road (Baxter’s Road, St. Michael)
If there’s another place on the island, apart from Oistins, to find some of the best fish fry, Baxter’ Road is the place to go. Baxter’s Road, located on the outskirts of Bridgetown, is a well-known spot for some of the best roadside food in Barbados.
Baxter’s Road is known mostly for it’s fried and grilled fish, chicken, and is said to be home to some of the tastiest chicken liver sandwiches.
Driving time to Baxter’s Road from the West and South Coasts of the island is about 10-15 minutes, and once you ask a local for directions, they’ll be more than willing to help. A roadmap will work just as well.
43. Codrington College (St. John, Barbados)
Codrington College is the oldest Anglican Theological College in the Western hemisphere, featuring breathtaking views of the warm Caribbean Sea. The grounds of the college are open to visitors, and features lush, well-kept gardens and surroundings, encompassing its well-known, signature coy pond and resident ducks.
Codrington is located 40 minutes, by car, from the South and West Coasts and features a historic building constructed as far back as 1714. Additional information on the college can be found at, http://www.codrington.org/site/.
Be sure to walk with some bread to feed the ducks, they’ll be more than happy to see you.
44. Bushy Park Racing Circuit (Bushy Park, St. Philip)
The smell of exhaust, the sound of race cars and enough adrenaline to power a small city – sounds like the Bushy Park Racing Circuit. Located on the South side of the island, Bushy Park is home to numerous local, and international racing events, as well as non-racing events.
It features a go-kart racing circuit open to the public and proves to be a great spot for families and groups.
Bushy Park sits about 15 minutes drive from the South Coast, and 45 minutes from the West Coast, but at least there’s no speed limit when you get onto the go-kart track, so it’s worth the drive. For additional information on prices, times, and availability, visit,
45. Fishing Charters (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
If you’re into hauling in some of the finest marlin, trolling for barracudas, or fighting a feisty tuna, Barbados has plenty fishing charter tours to offer. Tours vary in price and numbers, but are generally accommodating to groups, and can be tailor-made to suit your needs.
Most tours allow you to keep your catch, or even facilitate the sale of your catch if you wanted to feel like a true fisherman feeding a nation. The majority of the tours originate at the dockside in Bridgetown, which is a short drive from both the island’s South and West Coasts.
46. Ocean Echo Stables Horseback Ride (Newcastle, St. John)
Enjoy the breathtaking, untouched, and unspoiled views of the island’s east and SouthEast Coastline. With Ocean Echo Stables, you can enjoy the tranquil and serene country trails of their horseback rides, island tours, or guided hikes.
Ocean Echo is located on the East Coast of the island and can be accessed by car, 30 minutes from the South and West Coasts. For details on their tour availability, pricing, and times, visit http://www.barbadoshorseriding.com.
47. Scuba Diving (Holetown, St. James)
One does not simply go to Barbados and not scuba dive at least once. There are a few companies on island that offer scuba diving instruction and expeditions at affordable costs. Barbados is home to many sunken ships, wrecks, and reef, making it an ideal place for scuba diving.
Scuba shops can be found on the West, South, and occasionally the East Coast.
48. Kensington Oval (Kensington, St. Michael)
This recently renovated, historic stadium has seen many record-breaking, memorable, and legendary matches in the sport of cricket. It has hosted many international, regional, and local matches, including the 2007 Cricket World Cup Final.
Apart from cricket matches, Kensington Oval, or “The Mecca” of cricket as it’s referred to locally, has hosted other events such as football matches, hockey, pageants, and concerts – including Rihanna’s 2011 Loud Tour.
Conveniently located in the island’s capital of Bridgetown, Kensington can be easily accessed by car from the West and South Coasts, within 15-20 minutes. The Oval also features a statue of Barbadian, internationally-renowned, cricket legend, Sir Garfield Sobers.
The Oval has been recognized by the Institution of Structural Engineers, winning a Structural Award, in 2008, under the category of “Awards for Sports or Leisure Structures.”
Kensington Oval’s website, http://kensingtonoval.org, describes the Oval as “a memorable venue for a memorable event.”
49. The Great Barbados Train Hike (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
Built in 1881, and operational up to the early 20th Century, the Barbados Railway system was a thriving means of transporting sugar cane to the island’s seaport, from various parts of the island. Due to lack of funding, high maintenance costs, and the resulting safety concerns, the railway system was discontinued by the late 1930s.
Remnants of the railway still exist along some of the island’s coastlines, and with the outstanding work of the Barbados National Trust, visitors and locals can enjoy a fun, scenic, and educational hike along the old train lines of Barbados.
The hike starts at the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal or the Bridgetown Terminus as it was known back then, in the heart of the city at 6am. It follows what the train route would have been, 24 miles to Bulkeley Sugar Factory – a historic site steeped in Barbados rich, historic sugar culture. From there, it goes another 18.5 miles to Carrington Factory, and 15 miles to Three Houses Park. 11 miles later, it joins the scenic East Coast of the island to Bath Beach, 8 miles to Bathsheba, and then 4 miles to Barclays Park. The hike ends 2 miles later at St. Andrew’s Station.
To put it in context, the hike from Fairchild to Carrington is equivalent to a medium-paced hike, and from Carrington to the end of the hike is equivalent to an average afternoon hike.
However, the hike allows you to “get off” at any of the stops, or complete the hike in its entirety. Visit this website, http://www.barbados.org/hike20.htm, for route details, and contact information on the hike.
50. Pelican Craft Center (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
Located on the outskirts of Bridgetown, the island’s capital, lies a cozy craft village made up of various craft shops. These craft shops offer locally made Barbadian craft and cuisine and are dedicated to promoting the island’s art and craft.
The Pelican Craft Center is a popular destination for cruise ship tourism, due to its convenient location, and is comprised of retail shops, workshops, gallery, wine bar and bistro, restaurant, and even an artist wall.
For a detailed list of the shops and galleries, visit, http://www.bidc.org/pelican-craft-centre.
51. Orchid World (Sweet Vale, St. George)
This tropical flower garden is situated on 6 acres of prime, Barbados country land. Its 810-foot elevation offers the best views, surrounded by numerous orchids and tropical plants.
Orchid World offers a self-guided tour, featuring beautiful waterfalls, a coral grotto, and five orchid houses. The lingering scents of the orchids, the tranquil sound of running water, and the surrounding cane fields rustling in the wind, all contribute to the serene atmosphere of Orchid World.
Located centrally, Orchid World is about 15-20 minute drive from both the West and the South Coasts. The tour is fully wheelchair accessible and incorporates benches throughout, and further information can be found on their website, http://www.orchidworldbarbados.com.
52. The Boatyard (Bay Street, St. Michael)
Beach. Watersports. Nightclub. Those 3 words sum up The Boatyard. Open daily, The Boatyard is a great location for anyone, visitors and locals alike, to enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach.
It’s located just outside the island’s capital, Bridgetown, and can be accessed within 10 minutes from the South Coast by car, and 20 minutes from the West Coast. The Boatyard’s website, http://theboatyard.com/home.html, features an interactive map including all the activities The Boatyard has to offer.
53. Gallery of Caribbean Art (Speightstown, St. Peter)
The Gallery of Caribbean Art is the only of its kind in the region, featuring pieces from throughout the entire Caribbean – from Haiti in the North, to Guyana in the South.
The Gallery features numerous exhibitions year round, highlighting the high quality of work from regional artists, sculptors, and photographers.
Located in the north of the island, by car, it takes about 10 minutes drive from the West Coast and 30 minutes drive from the South Coast.
For a detailed list of artists, pieces, and additional information, visit http://artgallerycaribbean.com/about.php.
54. Walking Tour of Bridgetown (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
Starting at The Waterfront Cafe in the city, the walking tour of Bridgetown takes you across the historic Chamberlain Bridge. This bridge was erected in 1872 and operates as a swing bridge, allowing boats to enter the inner basin of the Careenage. The bridge has since been replaced with a modern lift bridge design and features the Independence Arch, erected in recognition of the island’s 21st year of Independence.
The walking tour takes you through the island’s capital, the city, the heart of Barbados, weaving amongst the hustle and bustle, visiting various points of interest such as Pelican Craft Center, Kensington Oval, Cheapside Market, and National Heroes Square – to name a few.
A detailed insight into the tour can be viewed at, http://www.waterfrontcafe.com.bb/walking-tour-of-bridgetown/.
55. Mount Hillaby (Mount Hillaby, St. Andrew)
Barbados is a relatively flat island, with its highest point sitting at 1,115 feet – Mount Hillaby. This spot inarguably offers the most scenic view on the island and is easier to access through a private tour company such as http://www.williamstoursbarbados.com/toursandprices.
Early in the morning, the area is covered in a misty, captivating fog, but as it dissipates, it uncovers the lush, picturesque countryside. The summit survey marker is an ideal spot that will surely make your Instagram followers envious!
56. Grenade Hall Forest & Signal Station (Farley Hill, St.Peter)
This site perfectly combines one of Barbados’ natural forests and a historic signal station. It shares its location with the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, and a single entry fee gets you into all the locations onsite.
The signal station offers panoramic, breathtaking views of the island, and was once used to transmit communications to other signal stations across the island. The forest features a self-guided tour through a nature trail, with various educational plaques along the trail outlining details on the lush surrounding fauna.
Located in the north of the island, it’s a 10-minute drive, by car, from the West Coast, and a 20-minute drive from the South Coast.
Snorkeling in Barbados allows you to explore the island’s untouched coral reefs, marine life and even shipwrecks up close and personal. Catamaran tours, glass bottom boat rides, and any beach location are perfect for snorkeling.
Dive Barbados Blue is one of the top companies for various watersports, including snorkeling. They can be found at, https://www.divebarbadosblue.com, and are located at the Needham’s Point beach outside the island’s Hilton Hotel location.
58. Flower Forest Botanical Gardens (Richmond, St.Joseph)
The Flower Forest Botanical Gardens sits on 54 acres of lush, untouched country land. At 750 feet above sea level, this wild tropical garden offers breathtaking panoramic views of the island’s East Coast.
An onsite cafe provides lunch and afternoon teas, as you take in the forest’s tranquil and relaxing surroundings. Tours cost $15USD for adults and $7.50USD for children between 4 to 12. Additional tour details can be found at, http://www.flowerforestbarbados.com.
The Flower Forest is on the East Coast of the island, which is about 20 minutes drive from the West and South Coasts.
59. Surfer’s Bay (Silver Sands, Christ Church)
If relaxing by a bonfire on the beach under a clear Caribbean moonlit night is your idea of fun, then Surfer’s Bay is the spot for you. A beachside restaurant/bar leading onto the beach, the Bay features live music on various nights and a full moon bonfire party.
Surfer’s Bay is located on the island’s South Coast and is about 30 minutes drive from the West Coast. It also features a hotel, MoonRaker Beach Hotel, owned and operated by the same owners. Further information can be found at, http://www.moonrakerbarbados.com.
60. Cricket Legends Of Barbados (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
This museum takes you on a journey into the history of the sport of cricket in Barbados. Information on the region’s greatest in the sport lies within Cricket Legends of Barbados, and memorabilia dating back to the 1900s induces a feeling of nostalgia for anyone familiar with this sport, and its significance to Barbados and the Caribbean.
Located opposite the Kensington Oval, just on the outskirts of the capital, it takes approximately 15 minutes to drive from the West and South Coasts to get there.
Additional information on Cricket Legends of Barbados can be found on their website, at http://www.cricketlegendsbarbados.com/museum/.
61. Exclusive Cottons (Groves, St. George)
Exclusive Cottons – The home of some of the finest cotton in the Caribbean. Take an insider’s look into the process of the transformation from cotton bloom to cotton ball.
Located centrally, Exclusive Cottons is about 20 minutes drive from the West and South Coasts, and tours can be arranged at http://www.eccicotton.bb/First%20Page.htm.
62. East Point Bar & Grill ( Ragged Point, St. Philip)
This bar and restaurant sit on a cliff side, boasting one of the best views the island has to offer. East Point Bar & Grill is a popular food and hangout spot on the weekends for locals, and visitors alike, featuring some of the best BBQ brisket on the island.
Located on the island’s Southeast point, by the historic East Point Lighthouse, it’s 15 minutes drive from the South Coast, and 40 minutes drive from the West Coast. East Point is a great spot to escape life for a while.
63. Apes Hill Polo Club (Apes Hill, St. James)
Polo has been popular in Barbados dating back many years ago. With the construction of its polo field in 2002, Apes Hill Polo Club has been home to the Open Final every year, also featuring the popular ‘Polo Under The Stars’ night polo event.
Situated on the island’s scenic West Coast, Apes Hill is about 30 minutes drive from the South Coast, and upcoming polo events can be viewed on their website at, http://www.apeshillpolo.com.
64. Green Monkey Golf Course (Sandy Lane, St. James)
The Green Monkey Golf Course, a 72 par, 7,343-yard golf course, is one of the finest, unmatchable courses in the region. Designed from a natural limestone quarry, featuring lush, green fairways and outstanding views of the island’s West Coast, the green monkey course offers an experience you won’t too soon forget.
A mere stone’s throw from the West Coast, the course is about 20 minutes drive from the South Coast, and additional information can be found on Sandy Lane’s website at, http://www.sandylane.com/barbados-golf/green-monkey-golf-course/.
65. Harbour Lights (Carlisle Bay, St. Michael)
This nightclub, restaurant, and beach bar, located on prime beachfront property, is a hive of activity on Friday nights for locals and visitors alike. Monday night and Wednesday night features a beach dinner extravaganza with fire eaters, stilt walkers, and limbo dancers.
Conveniently located on the South Coast, on the outskirts of Bridgetown, Harbour Lights is about 15 minutes drive from the South Coast, and additional details can be found at, http://www.harbourlightsbarbados.com.
66. Jet Skiing (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
The island’s South and West Coast beaches are loaded with various water sports activities – jet skiing being one of them. Jet ski operators can be found at almost all of the island’s beaches, and usually charge around $50-$75USD for an allotted period of time.
67. Cigar Lounge (Limegrove, St. James)
La Casa del Habano is home to the finest quality, authentic Cuban cigars. Located in the Limegrove Lifestyle Center on the West Coast, patrons can enjoy drinks and cigars in the comfort of the air-conditioned lounge, or on the partially covered outdoor patio.
From the South Coast, it takes approximately 20 minutes drive to get to La Casa del Habano, and it’s within walking distance of various West Coast locations. Their website, http://lacasadelhabano.com/web/index.php/en/franchises/new-openings/121-nueva-apertura-la-casa-del-habano-en-holetown-barbados-, offers other information on their fine products.
68. Moontown Fishing Village (Moontown, St. Lucy)
Located in the north, Moontown is a quaint fishing village, relatively untouched and steeped in Barbados culture and history. Featuring the popular St. Elmo’s Bar, Moontown offers unmatchable views to the sea, popular fish fries, and a landscape of fishing boats and culture.
Its location is a short 10-minute drive from the West Coast, and a 20-30 minute drive from the South Coast. Moontown is a great spot for anyone seeking a firsthand glimpse of the local fishing culture.
69. Fisherman’s Pub (Speightstown, St. Peter)
One of the longest-standing bars and restaurants on the island, Fisherman’s Pub was the go-to spot back in the day and still remains in the present. Featuring a variety of delicious local food and a seaside view, Fisherman’s Pub sits in the heart of Speightstown, the main town in the north of the island.
Driving, it will take approximately 10 minutes from West Coast locations to reach the Pub, but about 20-30 minutes drive from the South Coast. The website, http://www.barbadospocketguide.com/eat-and-drink-in-barbados/beach-bars/fishermans-pub.html, gives a detailed inside look at the pub.
70. 1st & 2nd Street (Holetown, St. James)
Looking for a strip filled with bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and cool hangout spots? 1st and 2nd Street on the island’s West Coast is just what you’re looking for. 1st and 2nd Street are two avenues littered with a variety of restaurants – including Red Door Lounge, previously mentioned in this article.
Located in the heart of the West Coast, 1st and 2nd Street are within walking distance of most West Coast locations and is about 20 minutes drive from the South Coast.
71. Port St. Charles Resort (Speightstown, St. Peter)
These exquisite apartments and villas are located on 22 acres of beachfront property featuring an uninterrupted view of the inviting Caribbean Sea. Guests have the option of lagoon-front or beachfront accommodation, with your boat or yacht docked at your doorstep.
Located in the northWestern part of the island, Port St. Charles is a 10-minute drive from the West Coast and 20 minutes drive from the South Coast. Their website, http://www.portstcharles.com, has all the information you need to suit your luxury lifestyle.
72. Speightstown (Speightstown, St. Peter)
Speightstown is one of Barbados’ main towns, located in the northWestern part of the island. Formerly known as Little Bristol, Speightstown remains relatively untouched, maintaining the original landscape and architecture of Barbados’ past.
Roadside vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, and produce, fishing boats returning with the day’s catch to the fish market, and the historic St. Peter’s Anglican Church are all everyday sights of Speightstown.
From the West Coast, Speightstown is 10 minutes drive, and 20 minutes from the South Coast.
Prominent American actress, Claudette Colbert, owned a second home in Speightstown, where she would spend her final years.
73. Queen’s Park (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
Queen’s Park is located in the island’s capital, Bridgetown, and is a designated park bustling with daily activity. The park features it’s main house, built in 1783, and is home to one of the largest trees on the island – the Baobab tree. The Baobab tree is over 1000 years old, with a circumference of 62 feet.
The park also features a fountain and an open field where cricket matches and various fairs and exhibitions are held.
Driving time to Queen’s Park, from the West and South Coasts, is about 15-20 minutes.
74. The Garrison Savannah (Bush Hill, St. Michael)
Located within the Garrison Historic Area, the Garrison Savannah is the island’s horse racing venue, situated on the outskirts of the city. It features a clockwise grass course and annually hosts the international horse racing event, The Gold Cup. It also hosts the Barbados Triple Crown series.
The Savannah is operated under the Barbados Turf Club and shares its location with the historic George Washington House and the Barbados Museum.
From the South Coast, the Garrison is about 10 minutes drive and 20 minutes from the West Coast. The Barbados Turf Club’s website, http://www.barbadosturfclub.org, provides a detailed look at the Garrison Savannah and its events.
This is definitely a must-see for horse racing enthusiasts.
75. Martin’s Bay (Martin’s Bay, St. John)
This small fishing village, located on the East Coast, is a quiet, seaside spot, well-known for its picturesque scenery and Caribbean experience. Shallow breaks over the reef make it ideal for lobster, octopus, and crab fishing, and it’s local bar/restaurant, The Bay Tavern, is known for its popular Thursday seafood hangout.
It takes about 30-40 minutes to drive to Martin’s Bay from the West and South Coasts, and a trusty roadmap or local directions will make your road trip much easier.
76. Emancipation Statue (Haggat Hall, St. Michael)
The Bussa Emancipation Statue was constructed in 1985 and is a public sculpture of the slave, Bussa, who lead the revolt against slavery in Barbados in 1816. The statue is located in the center of a roundabout on the island’s main highway.
77. Mojo (Worthing, Christ Church)
Mojo is one of the most popular bar and restaurants on this island. The walls are laden with framed photos of famous artists and musicians, with a Bob Marley tribute wall in the back bar.
Nightly drink specials keep you well hydrated and their “Chopping Board” kitchen features a delicious menu.
Mojo is located in the heart of the South Coast and is about 20 minutes drive from the West Coast. For locals, and visitors alike, Mojo is the place to be for the music and the vibe!
78. Farley Hill National Park (Benny Hall, St. Peter)
Farley Hill National Park is a former mansion surrounded by a mahogany forest, with panoramic views of the island’s rugged East Coast.
Originally constructed in 1818, the mansion was one of the most impressive mansions in Barbados, and in 1957, it was used in shooting the film, Island In The Sun. Unfortunately, the mansion has been turned into ruins, similar to that of an Indiana Jones film, after a fire in 1965. A year later, Farley Hill would be officially opened as a national park.
Farley Hill is home to many annual international festivals and concerts and is a popular picnic location.
Located in the north, it is about 15 minutes drive from the West Coast, and 30 minutes drive from the South Coast.
79. Bath Beach (Bath, St. John)
Bath Beach is one of the safest and calmest beaches on the East Coast. This beach is a popular picnic spot and features a large carpark, remnants of the old train line, and plenty of shade from the resident casuarina trees.
From the West and South Coast, Bath Beach is approximately 30-40 minutes drive.
80. Mullins Beach Bar & Grill (Mullins, St. Peter)
Mullins Beach Bar truly lives up to its title as a beach bar. Located right on the beach, Mullins is a bright and breezy spot offering some of the best cocktails, delicious menu, and some of the island’s best rum punch. Seasonally, Sunday nights feature exceptional local live bands and various sporting events can be viewed on flat screen TVs mounted above the bar.
This beach bar sits in the northWestern part of the island and is a 10-minute drive from the West Coast and a 20-30 minute drive from the South Coast.
Grab yourself a rum punch and enjoy the scenic West Coast waters at this popular beachside bar.
81. Beach houses (Bridgetown, Barbados)
There are a variety of guesthouses available for rental on the island’s scenic coasts. The East Coast and West Coast are popular spots for vacation beach house rentals. The West Coast offers a more upscale style of living, whereas, the East Coast provides that tropical getaway atmosphere.
Here are a few links to some of the popular beach and guest houses on the island.
82. Tyrol Cot (Codrington Hill, St. Michael)
Tyrol Cot is the former home of Barbados’ first premier, Sir Grantley Adams, constructed in 1854, and has been restored and maintained by the Barbados National Trust. The house contains memorabilia, furniture, and belongings of the late Adams.
Sharing the grounds of the house is the Heritage Village – a number of vibrant craft and art houses, selling crafted leather, pottery, and art.
Tyrol Cot is an iconic part of Barbadian history and can be accessed within 15 minutes drive from the West and South Coasts.
83. The Cliff Restaurant (Payne’s Bay, St. James)
This 5-star fine dining restaurant is perched on a shallow cliff overlooking the island’s warm, West Coast sea. The Cliff is an internationally-renowned restaurant, serving popular public icons over the years.
Restaurant fed tarpon can often be seen frequenting the shallow waters beneath the restaurant, as diners enjoy the ambiance created by the surrounding flame torches.
The Cliff sits on the island’s West Coast and is approximately 15 minutes drive from the South Coast. It’s neighboring Beach Club features a bar and floating jetty extending from the shore. The Cliff’s menu and other features can be viewed on their website, http://www.thecliffbarbados.com/CR/.
84. Bridgetown Boardwalk (Bridgetown, St. Michael)
The Bridgetown Boardwalk stretches along the dockside careenage in the heart of the city. Lined with old fashioned street lanterns and benches, access to the boardwalk is public, and boats such as fishing charters, catamarans, and the famous Jolly Roger can be seen entering and exiting the dock. The boardwalk is a great location for selfies.
85. Farmers Markets (Bridgetown, Barbados)
A wide variety of farmers markets are available across the island – mainly on weekends. Hastings farmers market on the South Coast, Brighton farmers market centrally located, and Holder’s farmers market on the West Coast are the popular ones.
Novelty teas, fruit, locally grown produce, local cuisine, arts, and craft are a few of the items popular to these farmers markets.
Hastings Farmers Market: http://hastingsfarmersmarket.com
Brighton Farmers Marker: http://barbados.org/maps_google.htm?mapPoint=970
Holder’s Farmers Market: http://holdersseason.com/Holders-Farmers-Market
86. Sunbury Plantation (Sunbury, St. Philip)
Built in 1660 by Quaker families, Sunbury’s history dates back over 300 years. The Great House of this plantation holds the rich history of the Caribbean slave trade, featuring mahogany antiques, art, and even horse carriages.
Tours are available daily from 9am to 5pm, and the Courtyard restaurant offers refreshments. Sunbury also hosts a candlelight dinner, buffet brunch, lunch, and cocktail parties.
Driving to Sunbury is approximately 25 minutes from the South and West Coasts, and their website, http://www.barbadosgreathouse.com, provides all the details for your unforgettable experience at this plantation.
87. The Sanctuary Cafe (Graeme Hall, Christ Church)
Located on the South Coast of the island, The Sanctuary Cafe is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, or light refreshments. The Cafe, a traditional Barbadian chattel house, welcomes you with the soothing aroma of freshly brewed coffee, features a variety of edibles on its menu, and leads out onto the scenic, lush garden and lawn of the Sanctuary. The garden overlooks a mangrove – home to a variety of birds and fish.
From the West Coast, The Sanctuary Cafe is about 20 minutes driving distance and is within walking distance from most South Coast locations, such as Oistins and St. Lawrence Gap.
88. Surfer’s Cafe (Oistins, Christ Church)
Surfer’s Cafe, or ‘The Cafe,’ as it’s locally known, is a laid back, relaxed, and rustic restaurant/bar, located at the mouth of the South Coast town of Oistins. The Cafe features a delicious Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner menu, and live music by local artists and musicians on select nights. Deck seating allows you to enjoy your meal, or drinks from the fully stocked bar, overlooking the breathtaking South Coast ocean.
From the South Coast, Surfer’s Cafe is within reasonable walking distance and approximately 20 minutes drive from the West Coast.
To have a detailed look at their menu, visit http://www.surferscafebarbados.com.
89. Kendal Sporting (Hannays, St. Philip)
Kendal Sporting is a shooting range and country club in the Southeast part of the island. It features an archery range, paintball range, pistol and shotgun ranges, and indoor and outdoor ranges. Catch and release tilapia, Texas cichlid, and peacock bass fishing is also a feature at this country club.
Kendal offers a great tourist/visitor package, which can be explored in detail at http://gokendal.net/index.html.
From the South Coast, Kendal is about 15 minutes drive, and 30-40 minutes from the West Coast. It even features a swimming pool for the kids to enjoy!
90. Freights Bay (Atlantic Shores, Christ Church)
This is an ideal location for surfers of all experience levels but is a well-known spot for beginner surfers and surf lessons. Freights Bay is also a popular location for paddle boarding and other water activities. It features a small cliff face ideal and well known for fishing.
91. Barclays Park (Cattlewash, St. Joseph)
This 50-acre national park was officially opened in 1966, the year of Barbados’ Independence by Queen Elizabeth II. The park features the climbing hills of the East Coast and offers a scenic view of the island’s East Coast.
Barclays Park, as the name suggests, was a gift to the Barbados Government from Barclays Bank International Ltd., to commemorate the island’s move to independence.
From the South and West Coasts, the park is about 30 minutes drive and is worth every minute.
92. Miami Beach (Enterprise, Christ Church)
Miami Beach, or it’s official name Enterprise Beach, is your quintessential Caribbean beach. People wading in the water, beachgoers playing paddle ball, and tourists sunbathing, are a few of the scenes that make up a typical day at Miami Beach.
Located on the South Coast, approximately 10 minutes drive from the airport, relatively low flying aircraft, on approach to landing are a popular view among beachgoers. From the West Coast, Miami Beach is 30 minutes drive, and even features a canteen for light refreshments and cold beers.
93. Sugar Cane Club (Maynards, St. Peter)
This all-inclusive hotel and spa is an intimate adult-only hotel featuring Mediterranean style architecture and Barbadian tropical ambiance. The Spa offers therapeutic massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, Men’s treatments, and special spa packages.
Located 10 minutes drive from the West Coast and 30 minutes drive from the South Coast, Sugar Cane Club is the perfect spot for the idyllic Caribbean getaway.
Bookings and offers can be viewed on their website, http://www.sugarcaneclub.com.
94. Accra Beach (Rockley, Christ Church)
Accra beach is one of the most popular South Coast beaches on the island. Its warm, inviting waters and white, clean sand make it the go-to spot for visitors and locals alike. Surrounding Accra, are conveniently situated restaurants, beach bars, hotels, and convenience stores.
Accra is walking distance from most South Coast locations and approximately 20 minutes drive from the West Coast.
95. Atlantis Hotel (Tent Bay, St. Joseph)
The Atlantis Hotel, snuggly nestled in the rugged but scenic Atlantic East Coast of Barbados, provides a simple yet unforgettable stay and experience. The hotel also features various dinner, wedding, and lunch specials.
Located on the East Coast, Atlantis Hotel is about 30-40 minutes drive from the South and West Coasts, and bookings can be made at http://www.atlantishotelbarbados.com.
96. The Careenage (Hilton Hotel, St. Michael)
The Careenage Bar in Hilton Hotel Barbados looks like a pub straight from a pirate film. Littered with marine and maritime decor, the Careenage offers a scrumptious menu, premium bar, and seasonal live entertainment. Thursday night is popular for its Hilton Open Mic Show keeping visitors and locals thoroughly entertained.
Located on the outskirts of Bridgetown, it’s approximately 15 minutes drive from the West and South Coasts.
97. Tiki Bar (Rockley, Christ Church)
The Tiki Bar is conveniently located on Accra Beach on the island’s South Coast. The Tiki Bar, as the name implies, features a tiki-style design with a thatched palm roof, tiki torches, and totem-styled furniture.
Tiki Bar is known for its extensive cocktail menu, featuring its famous tiki rum punch, and a delicious food menu. On select nights, live music by local musicians provides optimum entertainment. The bar is located right on the beach, making it ideal for beachside walk-ins.
Within walking distance from most South Coast locations, Tiki Bar lies about 15 minutes drive from the West Coast, and their full menu and details can be viewed at, http://www.tikibarbados.com.
98. The Mews (2nd Street, St. James)
The Mews is a restaurant/bar/nightclub located in 2nd Street, making the list of spots in the booming nightlife of 2nd Street. The Mews offers an elegant dinner menu, with upstairs dining, premium stocked bar, and converts into a nightclub after dinner.
The Mews is within walking distance of most West Coast locations and is about 20 minutes drive from the island’s South Coast.
99. South Coast Boardwalk (Hastings, Christ Church)
The South Coast Boardwalk, similar to the Bridgetown Boardwalk, stretches along a section of Barbados’ busy West Coast. The Boardwalk is frequented by evening joggers, families walking, couples sitting enjoying the view of the sea, and friends frolicking on their afternoon walk.
It takes about 20 minutes drive from the West Coast to reach the South Coast Boardwalk, and frequent patrols by police officers on foot and Segway transport, ensure the safety of its patrons.
100. Copacabana (Lower Bay Street, St. Michael)
The Copacabana is a beach bar and beachfront nightclub located on the outskirts of Bridgetown, the island’s capital. Copacabana offers a dinner menu and a Sunday night beach party with live music and DJs.
From the South Coast, The Copacabana is a 5-minute drive, and about 15 minutes drive from the West Coast.