Things to do in Barbados
Covering a total land area of 167 sq miles, the island of Barbados is one of the smaller Caribbean nations. Measuring just 14 miles at
its broadest point, one would think that there would not be much to
do or see here. However, this is not the case. For such a small country,
it is amazing how many activities and attractions can all fit in a
single place. Primarily known for its gorgeous shoreline, Barbados
today is not just a beach paradise, but rather it is a great place
to get up and personal with a truly magnificent West Indian culture.
The beaches in Barbados are exceptionally stunning with near picture
perfect beauty. The ideal places to relax or play; come here for
a simply unforgettable vacation. All the beaches in Barbados are
open to the public, which means that everyone gets a chance to enjoy
their incredibly breathtaking beauty. On the west coast of the island
lie Brighton Beach, Paradise Beach, Brandon's Beach, Mullins Beach
and Paynes Bay, while on the southern coast Sandy Beach, Casuarina
Beach and Silver Sands Beach are the prefect places to have some
fun in the sun. On the eastern and southeastern coast the beaches
tend to be more secluded, but the waves here can get quite rough
and are not the best for swimming in.
With such wonderful beaches, it is no wonder then that one of the
most popular activities in Barbados has to be snorkeling and diving.
The underwater visibility here is fantastic and with more than 50
species of fish found living off the coast. Hawksbill turtles, lobsters,
octopuses and moray eels can also bed found here amidst the wonderful coral reefs.
Sunken shipwrecks add to the underwater adventure presenting divers
with many wonderful sights.
If you are an avid fisherman, then Barbados is a great place to
catch a bite. Charter a fishing boat and head out into the open
seas to angle in a wide variety of game fish that come in all shapes
and sizes. For the more adventurous try your hand at windsurfing.
With some of the best windsurfing in the region found here, come
to Silver Sands Beach. Windsurfing season lasts from November and
April, with surfers coming to Barbados from all over the globe.
If you prefer to stay on land, then head out to the local golf
courses here, which have the distinction of being called some of
the finest in the region. The Sandy Lane Hotel course, The Royal
Westmoreland Golf and Country Club and the Barbados Golf Club are
all great places to sharpen your swing! Hiking, horseback riding,
cricket and tennis are also popular things to do in Barbados as
If you prefer to just chill out and relax, there’s plenty
of shopping, markets, art galleries, gardens, and monuments to visit.
Barbados also has some fine dining cuisine. However, some of its
most notable specialties can be found in almost any food stall or
shop in the market place. Try the flying fish, pepperpot and fish
cutters to taste authentic Barbadian cooking.