Strolling down a golden sandy shore while sweeping waves kiss your feet may sound like a fantasy. But when you’re in Barbados, it could be any day of the week.
We invite you to soak in the blue skies and year-round sunlight, embrace local culture and try something new. Small in size but big on vibe, Barbados has so much to experience.
Trips to the East Coast
A picnic in paradise, breathtaking cliff views, and hillsides awash with rich clay and lush greenery await you visiting any of the scenic spots on the East Coast of Barbados. A trip to the friendly fishing community of Martin’s Bay is the perfect getaway from any hectic day. Stand in awe of the astoundingly large boulders that sit like sleeping giants on the bay, walk along the exposed reef during low tide, and build memories as the sweet Atlantic Ocean breeze sprinkles your face. The East Coast and its hilly Scotland District are almost untouched and offer a completely different perspective of Barbados you need to see.
Be sure to grab a course of fish like snapper or seacat (octopus) from the local village shop in Martin’s Bay and immerse yourselves into the conversations there. Bajans are the best storytellers.
Stop by Rihanna Drive and St Lawrence Gap
Feel the vibes from the home of pop sensation Rihanna! After you snap a selfie next to the Rihanna Drive monument celebrating the humble former home of the music queen, I’m sure you will wonder if her birthplace has any more talent to offer. In St Lawrence Gap you might just find it. As the sun sets, various cafes, bars and restaurants come alive with spirited entertainment. Dinner options vary from casual to fine dining. You can enjoy seafood overlooking the water, authentic Indian or pizza. Many of the restaurants feature live music, so you can stroll up and down the entire Gap on foot, peeping in first before you make a decision on where to stop. You’ll hear a variety of music filtering from the corner spots so spend your evening enticed by charismatic local artists. Don’t forget to put in a request for one of your favourites to hear it like you never have before.
Oistins on a Friday night: It’s Legendary
Sure, you may have had fish before, but you haven’t had fish from Oistins! Oistins is a fisherman’s dock by day, internationally popular fish fry venue by night. In this fishing capital of Barbados (with its own Fish Festival during Easter), the fresh catch of the day comes grilled over an open flame right before your eyes. Your menu options include lobster, shrimp, snapper, mahi mahi, and steak with hearty sides like macaroni pie, rice and peas and coleslaw. Come hungry, grab a spot on a free-for-all picnic bench and leave fulfilled with a few new friends.
Off road Island Safari: Take the road rarely traveled
Whichever Barbados tour you choose for sightseeing, you can’t go wrong. But one that stands out is the Island Safari. It’s an off road adventure in the back of a Land Rover commanded by some of the smartest tour guides. They mark parts of the landscape that show how unique Barbados truly is. Learn the history and heritage decorated beautifully with local fauna and tons of humour thrown in. Keep your eyes peeled for the indigenous green monkey laughing from the treetops or the odd mongoose scurrying across the road. Take in unforgettable stories you can share for years to come. Rolling down a dirt track is supposed to be bumpy but these guys keep it smooth. Island Safari in a nutshell is landscape, laughs and a scenic tour with lunch.
Catamaran cruises: Shipwrecks, turtles and tropical fish
Sail through crystal clear waters on board a catamaran boat crewed by experienced (and fun-loving) local sailors. Your captain will tour you from Bridgetown along the platinum coast and back. And although the experience on board with the crew, music and food is awesome, there is a reason why you packed swim suits for the trip. Take a dive into the beautiful world under the sea among exciting shipwrecks and natural treasures. Snorkel below to breathtaking views of marine life, schools of fish like Sergeant Majors, and other underwater attractions. Grasp the opportunity to engage up close and personal with friendly sea turtles, a gentle endangered species that almost eats from the palm of your hand! Or, maybe stay on board the cat, relaxing in the warmth of the Caribbean sunshine.
This is just a taste of the many relaxing ways to enjoy Barbados. Build memories and document them with smiles.
There’s a good chance you will find even more to do while you are here!