Barbados is home to beautiful beaches and friendly people. Here’s our top ten Barbados.
1. Lounge on Crane Beach. Every beach in Barbados is deemed public property, even resort beaches. So feel free to lounge on the beach of another hotel if you bring your own chairs and towels. The Crane beach is protected by a reef offshore, which allows for better swimming than other East coast beaches on the island. The beach also has a big cliff and rocks on either side, making it feel more protected and secluded.
2. Sip on Rum Punch. One sour, two sweet, three strong, four weak. Or so the saying goes for the recipe of the signature drink of Barbados. However, it seems every place you go likes to put their own spin on the classic so be sure to try rum punch from a variety of places to pick your favorite.
3. Tour Harrison’s Cave. Families will find a trip to Harrison’s Cave popular with their younger members who enjoy the awe of the caves along with the tram ride to tour it.
4. Dine on a Flying Fish Cutter with Macaroni Pie. Debatably the most popular dishes in Barbados, it is not difficult to find a flying fish cutter (known as a sandwich stateside) and macaroni pie at nearly every restaurant on the island. It’s a quick, easy, and affordable meal that any traveler can enjoy.
5. Visit Hunte’s Gardens. Anthony Hunte built an outstanding collection of plant species in the Bajan rainforest. With music drifting through the air and greenery surrounding you, you will never guess you are in Barbados.
6. Bask in the Sun at Bottom Bay or Foul Bay. Bottom Bay and Foul Bay are both secluded beaches on the East coast of Barbados. Typically uncrowded and calm, the bays offer a perfect spot for picnics, relaxation, and plenty of trees for a reprieve from the sun. Many locals maintain that Bottom Bay is the best beach in Barbados, but be cautious of currents and strong waves if you want to take a swim at either.
7. Lunch at Sandy Lane. The scenic resort where Tiger Woods married Elin is difficult to get a room at (and will cost you a pretty penny if you can). However, the hotel has a restaurant overlooking its bright beach where any peon can dine with reservations. Sit back, relax and experience life as the other half lives.
8. Sail on Cool Runnings. Swim with the sea turtles and snorkel over a shipwreck on a catamaran adventure. The cruise has two snorkeling stops and serves drinks and lunch or dinner depending on your cruise time. Alternatively, if you like to party, you make want to opt for the pirate ship excursion (which makes the same stops) instead.
9. Oistin’s Market. Popular with locals and tourists alike, Oisten’s Fish Market offers lots of vendors who will cook your selection of fish right in front of you. The Fish Fry is a particularly popular thing to do on Friday nights, with live music and tables set up to watch the sunset.
10. Visit the Bathsheba Coast. The northeast section of the coast of Barbados offers dramatic scenery with large boulders in the ocean and striking views from cliffs. The so called Soup Bowl is a popular spot for professional surfers, who are likely the only people prepared to withstand the rough waves famous in the area.