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10 Things to Do on Your Barbados Vacation

Make the most of your tropical vacation with this list of island activities

The Vacationeer
Aerial view of the 1.5-acre cliff-top pool at Hilton Grand Vacations at The Crane in Barbados.

The Caribbean is a sought after travel destination for many travelers. With so many islands to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one to pick. This charming island in the West Indies is small but provides a long list of fun things to do, making it a must-see tropical beach vacation destination. 

From beach-goers to history-buffs and all travelers in between, here are the top ten things to do on your Barbados vacation. 

1. Beaches 

Barbados' beaches offer a variety of coastlines, from delicate white sand and turquoise water to rugged and rocky. Spending a day at the beach can include kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, swimming with turtles and snorkeling between colorful coral.

Spend a day at Bottom Bay where you can enjoy a secluded beach nestled under a canopy of palm trees. Then, venture to Ragged Point for the best sunsets on the island, as well as views of five historic parishes.

2. Harrison’s Cave

One of the most famous landmarks in Barbados is Harrison’s Cave. Take a day trip here and immerse yourself in its pools and waterfalls. Explore the underground systems of tunnels and see the display of stalactites and stalagmites, the natural mineral formations covering the top and bottom of the caves.

3. Animal Flower Cave

Head to the most northerly point of Barbados in the parish of St. Lucy and you'll find the Animal Flower Cave. Wear your hiking shoes to explore this accessible ocean cave with steps leading inside. Explore the coral floor, sea anemones and natural rock pools, some of which are deep enough to swim in. Enjoy ocean-side dining, and wintertime whale watching.

4. Hunte’s Botanical Gardens

Explore a lush garden located in the middle of a tropical rainforest. Hunte’s Gardens, centrally located in the hills of St. Joseph, offer garden and nature-lovers one of the finest experiences on the East Caribbean islands. Enjoy refreshments while roaming the garden paths, including rum punch, teas, coffees and cakes.

5. Shopping

From craft markets to farmer’s markets to unique shopping malls, you’ll find the souvenirs you’re searching for. The main shopping area is on Broad Street in Bridgetown, featuring duty-free shops and department stores.

6. Nightlife

Barbados has some of the best nightlife in the Caribbean. There's something for everyone. Dance the night away in one of the nightclubs in the St. Lawrence Gap (known as “The Gap”). Listen to the reggae music that exudes the island’s namesake. Visit Oistins seaside fish market on a Friday night to experience a fish fry. Get ready for the best evening street party in the tropics.

7. Bridgetown

Bridgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a capital city rich in history. Visitors can enjoy cultural buildings, shopping malls and street vendors. The Bridgetown Boardwalk is a great place to enjoy a view of the sunset and a parade of sailboats. If you’re looking for history, visit National Heroes Square, the Jewish Synagogue and the Parliament Buildings.

8. Kensington Oval Barbados

Kensington Oval is Barbados’ oldest cricket ground, established in 1882. With significant investment, the grounds have continued to grow and develop into an extraordinary sporting complex. The Oval hosts various events other than cricket, such as soccer, hockey, cultural events and concerts. Hometown celebrity and singer Rihanna has performed here, along with countless other music stars.

9. Turtle Swim and Shipwreck Tour

Venture just outside Bridgetown to Carlisle Bay for an adventure on the water. Board a catamaran to enjoy Barbados’ south coast views on the way to a turtle sanctuary, where you can slip into the bright blue water and swim with these gentle, graceful creatures.

10. Eat Like a Local

The cuisine in Barbados is top-notch. From mahi-mahi to macaroni pie, Barbados boasts unique, local specialties. Tour Mount Gay Rum distillery and enjoy a refreshing Rum Punch as well as fresh mangoes, coconuts and sugar cane. Try a culinary class and learn to cook traditional Bajan cuisine.

Where to stay in Barbados: Founded as Barbados’ first hotel in 1887, The Crane, now Hilton Grand Vacations at The Crane, remains the oldest continuously operating resort in the Caribbean.

Read 8 Things to do in Barbados to Live Like a Local for more ways to make your time in the Caribbean unforgettable.  

 

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The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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