Barbados is a fantastic holiday destination which has earned its reputation as an ideal year-round choice for a relaxing break in the sun, with luxurious resorts lining white sand beaches. Below are our top 5 experiences in Barbados that encourage visitors to drag themselves away from the sun lounger and see another side to the island, plus a superb dining offer!
As true Barbados specialists, our team have personal experience of all the activities mentioned below – call us on 01752 880880 to hear more!
Cultural City Tour
Get off the beaten track and discover the history and culture of Barbados with Chattel House Audio Tours! Perfect for first-time visitors as well as those who have been to the island many times before, the walking tours takes in the most interesting spots in Bridgetown and Speightstown. On a recent trip to Barbados, Jo set off on a walking tour of Speightstown with a knowledgeable guide, seeing a whole new side to this quaint town. Contact us to find out more!
Bajan Rum Shop Crawl
See an authentic side to Barbados at night on a guided tour of some of the many small bars which are known as rum shops, where most customers are locals but tourists are warmly welcomed. Bars are colourful and typically Caribbean yet completely unique, some attached to their owner’s house and others with karaoke and disco lights. This fantastic tour, organised by West Indian International Tours, was a highlight of travel specialist Helen’s recent trip to Barbados!
St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway
An exciting new attraction, part of St. Nicholas Abbey Great House Plantation and Distillery, this steam locomotive journey takes you through the plantation fields and mahogany woods, offering expansive views of the east coast of the island from Cherry Tree Hill.
Andromeda Botanical Gardens
A member of the Barbados National Trust, these stunning gardens are located on the east coast of Barbados and are well worth a visit! The creative gardens were established by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner and are home to an abundance of tropical flowers and unique trees as well as hummingbirds, butterflies and monkeys – a real delight.
Horse Racing at Garrison Savannah
Horse racing is a popular pastime in Barbados, taking place at the historic Garrison Savannah near Bridgetown, one of the oldest race courses in the Americas. A day at the races is great fun for all the family, popular with locals and tourists alike – spend the afternoon enjoying the lively atmosphere with a picnic and a rum punch, perhaps placing a few bets on the colourful races. The Sandy Lane Gold Cup is the most important event in the racing calendar, taking place in March each year and attracting some of the top international jockeys and trainers.
Set sail on one of the luxurious catamarans that offers boat trips along the west coast of Barbados, including Seaduced and Cool Runnings. Helen recently enjoyed an afternoon on Cool Runnings, featuring a stop where passengers could snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles followed by a delicious buffet dinner on board with reggae music playing and rum flowing, finally returning to Bridgetown as the sun set.
Dine Around Offer
Barbados is home to an outstanding range of restaurants that offer different styles of cuisine. The Rediscover Barbados Dine Around programme allows visitors to at at some of the island’s top restaurants at a super price – buy a voucher online for US$50pp in advance and enjoy a 3 course dinner with wine (one bottle per couple) at a selection of the islands top restaurants. These include Camelot Restaurant at Cobblers Cove, Siam at Bougainvillea, L’Azure at The Crane and Sizzle Steakhouse at Sugar Bay. Find out more here.
Call us on 01752 880 880 or email [email protected] to discuss your next holiday to the Caribbean or the Maldives – all our holidays are tailor-made so we can put together a suggestion including the best flights and hotels for you.
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