Top must see and do things in Barbados
Enthralling and fascinating are the two least words you can use to describe the white-sanded paradise called the Barbados Island. The Country located in the Caribbean region of North America. With plenty of traditional food and drinks, golf courses, Welcoming culture, hospitable people, sporting events, carnivals etc. whatever your flare maybe, Barbados is the ideal vacation spot for you.
Whether you are on a weekend getaway, vacation, honeymoon, world tour, carnival or even on a business trip, here are top ten things you can do at the Barbados Island.
1. Visit the Barbados Wide Life reserve
If you have ever wondered what an Armadillos, Patagonian Maras, agouti or a Red-Footed Tortoise looks like, you have the chance to see them at the Barbados wild life reserve. The wild life reserve which was originally established in 1982 is a 4-acre paradise which is one of the most relaxing natural retreat spot in the Caribbean. Barbados does not have a zoo, but at the Barbados Wildlife reserve you can see animals at roam freely around the reserve even at a close range and see how they live in their natural habitat.
2. Experience the incredible Harrison’s Cave
After undergoing an extensive renovation, the Harrison’s cave is reopened for visitors. This is one of Barbados most visited place by tourist and considered the seven wonder of Barbados. The cave which is 2.3km is what you can call Disney land with stalactites and stalagmites. The Harrison’s cave has trams that will take you down to explore the pools and waterfalls which have crystal clear waters and the emerald-green pools. I would advise you to wear shoes that you are comfortable in, so you can have a good walk in the Harrison cave.
3. Create unforgettable memories at the Bathsheba beach
The Bathsheba beach was named after Queen Bathsheba who according to legend is the wife of King David and she bathed herself in milk to keep her skin smooth and soft. The people of Barbados believed that the frothy waters of the Bathsheba beach have the same healing powers. The beach is a central point for tourist and it is a great place to have a beach picnic and fly kites. Car rental is used there because public transportation is limited.
4. Visit the Museum
The Barbados Museum is located in an old building that was used by the British military prison and it is well over 190 years old. The Island’s rich cultural heritage is fired up by some fascinating galleries of its African heritage, decorative arts, antique maps of the region, paintings and social history and this is why the Museum is considered as a must place to visit for everyone who comes to Barbados.
5. Explore the historical St. Nicholas Abbey
To make the most of your visit in Barbados, you have to visit the St. Nicholas Abbey which is located 5miles of Speightstown. St Nicholas Abbey is a 350-years-old plantation home, which has a museum in it and various antiques. St. Nicholas Abbey distills its own rum but does that in small batches. The property is open for visitors for as low as $20 and you are provided with a free fruit or rum punch with additional beverages and sandwiches.
6. Swim and surf at the world class Carlisle Bay
When you’re looking for an ideal place to swim or surf, the Carlisle Bay is just the right place, if you prefer to stay outside the water; you will love the calm sea shores and the sandy beaches. At Carlisle Bay, you can rent jet skits and other water sport equipments from local vendors or have a horseback riding at the sea shore. In case of emergency, there are lifeguards at the Carlisle beach.
7. Attend parties and Carnivals
The renowned ‘Crop over’ carnival in Barbados Island is one of the most attended events by tourist in the country. It is known for its good vibes, street food and Oistins Fish Fry. One of the things you should look forward to should be the Calypso Monarch Awards, where colorfully dressed calpso band compete to be crowned the King and Queen of Calypso. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can attend a party known as ‘lime’ where there is calypso music, dancing and also art sale at the venue.
8. Check out the Oistins fish Market
This may be the smallest city in Barbados, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in activities, fun and character. One of the most interesting highlight in the Barbados social calendar year is the Oistins Fish festivals and street fair. The festival is used to celebrate the fishing community and display the fishing industry. You can enjoy the best of the local cuisine prepared at the spot before your eyes. You can also buy freshly caught fish at the local market for an affordable price.
9. Have a picnic at Hunte’s Garden
The Hunte’s Garden was established by a world famous horticulturalist called Anthony Hunte and the Garden was named after him. There are tropical plants from all parts of the world at the Hunte’s Garden. You can enjoy spotting of colorful birds and picking beautiful flowers alongside a picnic, because the Hunte’s Garden is a beauty to behold.
10. Experience sport the Barbados way
Barbados is called the capital of luxury in the Caribbean and this is because, it is the most exotic place you can relax and experience some of the best things life could offer. Because of the warm weather all year, the island is chosen for wide range of sporting events from Cricket, polo, soccer, tennis to golf. The sporting scene in Barbados is rife.
You can also enjoy great shopping experience from different sales vendors in and around Barbados or some relaxing spa treatment. When next you have a break/ holiday or a weekend getaway, Barbados is the best place to be and create some unforgettable memories for a lifetime.
You can go deep fishing while having a coastal tour of Barbados. The best time to go fishing when all the game fish are in season is January to April.
12. Beach hopping and Hiking
Visit two or more beaches for the price of one with the beach hopping excursion. Swim, relax and enjoy your tour in an open-air bus with your family and friends.
Barbados is a great place for hiking with so many beautiful routes. With enough water and researched routes, your fun begins.
13. Stroll around Bridgetown
Take a stroll and experience the beautiful sights of the area; the departmental stores, the restaurants, take some photos and interact with the locals while at it.
16. Walk along Barbados boardwalk
The boardwalk stretches along the beautiful turquoise sea and also forms a link between the local bars, restaurants, apartments and hotels, making it the best place to walk along.
While the Barbados waters have rough waters, with an experienced sailor you would have the best sailing experience especially during the period of January to March when the waters are much calmer and with lesser storms.
18. Listen to live bands
Live bands are one of the highlights of nightlife and Barbados has best of it. The high energy live bands would take you to the stars because your Barbados experience does not get better than listening to the live bands.
19. Local foods
One of the main things to brings people here is the love for their local delicacies, with hotels and restaurants that do not only serve delicious local food but offer exceptional customer service like; Atlantis hotel, Lemon Harbour, Brown sugar, etc.
20. Andromeda Gardens
The variety of plants in this historic garden is not only a beautiful sight to behold. Feed the fishes with your children, watch the dragonflies while relaxing at the pond, such delight.
21. Animal flower cave
Check out the animal cave because words cannot really describe the beautiful experience. Also, the restaurant above does not only have a breathtaking view but the food is delicious.
22. The Concord experience
If you are visiting Barbados, you should take the Concorde tour. You can sit where Queen Elizabeth sat when she flew in and out from London while you learn more about the history of the aircraft.
23. Garrison Savannah Racetrack
Take a tour of the place where the rich landowners of Barbados once raced their mares. watch the horse races while you get in on the action.
Rihanna is obviously a super famous singer and is a citizen of Barbados. She can often be found around Barbados at the beaches and restaurants, if your lucky you might even get the opportunity to meet her!
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