(Today’s guest post covers 5 things to do on the beautiful island of Barbados)
From beaches to historical buildings, the lovely Caribbean island of Barbados has a huge amount to offer for tourists. With year-round warm weather and a relaxed and laid back local culture, it’s easy to spend a week – or even a month – sightseeing on this charming island.
These five activities are perfect for filling your Barbados travel itinerary with a wide variety of fun, educational, and relaxing things to do.
1. Spend a day at the beach
Barbados is home to some of the Caribbean’s best beaches, with pure white sand and pearl blue water being the norm. While some of Barbados’ best beaches offer heavy surf and excitement, others are sheltered and peaceful locations for swimming.
One of Barbados’ most popular beaches is Bathsheba – a surf and swimming beach that’s home to several inshore bathing pools. The ‘Bathsheba pools’ are popular with locals, who will soak in the warm seawater on hot summer days.
Other great beaches include Accra Beach, which is also known as Rockley Beach. As one of Barbados’ most popular beaches, Accra offers a nice combination of light but exciting waves and calm water that’s perfect for swimming.
2. Visit Harrison’s Cave
Rediscovered in 1976 after almost 200 years of abandonment, Harrison’s Cave is a complex of beautiful caves located in Barbados’ interior. The caves are known for their incredible limestone stalagmites and stalactites, which are believed to have formed over thousands of years.
Large in size, some of the caves measure over 100 feet in height. Visitors can view the caves from a special tram that travels through the area. Regarded as Barbados’ number one tourist attraction, Harrison’s Cave is a great break from the sun and sand of Barbados’ beaches.
The incredible stalagmites of Harrison’s Cave are a wonderful break from the beaches. Photo Credit
3. Enjoy a round of golf
Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s best golf destinations, boasting a wide selection of great courses. Bring your clubs with you – or rent a set on vacation – and enjoy some of the Caribbean’s best coastal golf courses.
One of the island’s most popular golf courses can be found at Royal Westmoreland spa estate. Spend the morning enjoying the scenic golf course before relaxing on the beach during the afternoon.
4. Go snorkeling on coral reefs
Enjoy some of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling during your trip to Barbados. Home to coral reefs, World War 2 era shipwrecks, and massive offshore rock formations, Barbados is one of the best places in the Caribbean to snorkel and scuba dive.
Beginners will enjoy snorkeling from the beaches, where rock formations and coral reefs attract large schools of tropical fish. More advanced snorkelers and divers will enjoy heading out to sea on a local tour, which can bring you right up to the island’s best coral reefs.
5. Relax in Hunte’s Gardens
Easily accessible from anywhere in Barbados, Hunte’s Gardens are a collection of truly stunning gardens created by horticulture legend Anthony Hunte. The gardens are located in the centre of Barbados, deep in the island’s tropical rain forest.
Follow the intriguing and adventurous path through the gardens, stopping to look at a wide variety of exotic tropical plant life along the way. The relaxing gardens are an ideal departure from the sun soaked beaches of Barbados’ coastline.