As international destinations go, Barbados is a clear winner when it comes to all things fun in the sun. With so many entertainment options, you can’t go wrong when choosing any of the below activities or tourist sites to add to your itinerary.
Rum and History
Set within gorgeous gardens, St Nicholas Abbey is a historical Jacobean mansion that is full of bygone charm. The little cafe in the courtyard offers delightful tea and snacks, but it’s the rum tasting session that is a clear winner with visitors overall. Choose between the light and dark buttery rums available, and should you fall in love with the rum after your tasting, bottles are available for sale.
Sunshine and Sea Sand
Definitely head outdoors and stroll along the Barbados Boardwalk which offers beautiful views of the ocean, and many places to relax and admire the outlook; if you’re here in September, you can watch baby turtle hatching along the shoreline, before they make their way into the ocean for the first time. There are also dozens of shops to pop into, that offer refreshing traditional treats like Italian ice cream, and numerous options of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to quench your thirst. Heading offshore with a tour operator is also a great idea, as there are numerous coral reefs to visit, as well as shipwrecks to see. And in some places, you’re even able to swim with marine life like turtles.
There’s plenty to do in Barbados that doesn’t involve spending time along the shoreline or in the waves. For those after some botanical beauty, a trip to Hunte’s Gardens is in order. This tropical paradise is filled with bright colours, as soft classical music plays in the background, and every inch of it exudes a sense of serenity, complete with rum punch and lemonade on sale. It’s found in the St Joseph area, and dates back to the 1950’s, when a striking sink-hole gully was cultivated into it’ present splendour by Anthony Hunte, a horticulturist with a keen eye for what it could become.
For those after a below-ground excursion, Harrison’s Cave is a must-see for those who have an interest in exploring this natural cavern. Visitors go on a one-hour tour that is done via a tram, which allows them to view the cave stream systems that have crystallized formations, underground waterfalls, and echoing caverns filled with stalactites and stalagmites. While the tram is the most popular mode of viewing the caves, visitors can also go on a walking tour to see the formations from a different perspective.
Dinner and a Show
If you’re after tasty food and plenty of entertainment, then the Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show is a great way to experience some local fun, open only on Mondays and Wednesdays. Stand barefoot on the beach and let the music touch your soul as you sip cocktails and nibble on kebabs, below coconut trees. Entertainments that usually take place include watching a very athletic monkey, marvel at a troop of fire eaters or cheer on the limbo queen, stilt walkers, and more.