Update: All information for travel requirements due to Covid 19 are listed on this website: https://www.visitbarbados.org Also check the British Government website for up to date information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados
Visiting Barbados? Here are some of my favourite things to do in Barbados. Are you planning a March trip? here are some things to do in March 2022:
- The Barbados Film Festival 1 to 7 March 2022
- Horse Racing – Prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup 5 March 2022
- Test Cricket West Indies v England 16 to 20 March 2022
What to do in Barbados:
- Explore the island in a hire car
- Oistins Street Party on a Friday night – Oistens Fish shacks are a Barbadian classic. Eat good fish in a vibrant atmosphere. Actually don’t wait for Friday – go any night!
- Enjoy the beaches – All beaches in Barbdos are free. You are allowed to enjoy any beach! Check out my best Barbdos beaches blog for my hidden gems
- Chattel Village – tax free shopping. Indulge in a little treat
- Animal Flower Cave _ gorgeous drive up the coast to the North of the island. Great sunsets up here too
- Hiking – Super hikes around the coast and inland. We only saw a couple of other walkers so enjoy the peace and tranquility. The East coast has some great walks.
- Enjoy the Bajan nightlife. Check out the local What’s on guide to find something fun for your trip
- Snorkel, dive and enjoy watersports. Crystal clear waters, warm to swim in too. Take a Boat trip to go out to the Reefs.
An idyllic Caribbean island with perfect, palm fringed beaches. Friendly people and a laid back vibe make this a perfect getaway winter destination. A great place to relax and unwind, enjoying the sunshine, good food and Bajan Rum punches. We hired a car and explored all around the island. This didn’t take long as it is only 431 sq kilometres!
Barbados attracts older visitors in the winter and I was surprised to be one of the younger overseas visitors for a change!
PHOTO: Beautiful Barbados Beaches
HIRE A CAR:
Regular readers know that this is always my recommendation! Almost anywhere I go in the world I hire a car. Sometimes to the horror of my navigator, Mr Diva! If you are thinking ‘I can’t drive abroad’, just give it a go and the earlier you start the better. Super International car hire companies in Barbados with good quality safe cars to drive. We picked ours up at the airport on arrival through Rentalcars.com
So…. hire your car and explore this beautiful island.
Of course, Barbados is famous for amazing beaches, beautiful clear blue sea and all that the activities to be enjoyed on the beach and at sea!
PHOTO: Godings Bay
Enjoy beach life all around the island. We swam and snorkelled and the water is second to none. Next visit I plan to sail around the islands.
PHOTO: The wilder, East Coast of Barbados
Read my in depth blog about the island, my favourite beach and the best beaches here:
Go fishing, if that is your thing, enjoy a day at sea on a Catamaran, dive and surf. The list is endless!
Barbados is a Tax Free island so you can shop til you drop. (Hope Mr Diva doesn’t read this!) Apart from the terrific jewellery stores I very much liked the chic little clothing stores packed full of flowing dresses, hats and everything you need for a beach life!
PHOTO: Hometown Chattel Village , Barbados Shopping
Some great shopping places to visit are Cave Shepherd Mall, Pelican Craft Centre, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and SkyMall.
Favourite Places to visit
Animal Flower Cave. This was a favourite of mine! Set in the North of the island. A beautiful ocean cave with Coral floor, Sea Anemones and natural rock pools. You can swim in the cave so pack your swimsuit for this trip! Also I recommend a visit later in the day to avoid crowds and then enjoy the beautiful sunsets famous in this Northern part of the island.
The Capital of the island and a UNESCO World Heritage site. An interesting place to visit, especially the Port area. I especially like the Racecourse too, wish I was there on a Raceday! Also check out the George Washington attraction and the Barbados Museum.
Farley Hill National Park
PHOTO: View from Farley Hill National Park, Barbados
Make sure you explore the island! Hire a car and off you go. It is a tiny island and you can go all the way around in a day. We love the wild North and East Coast of Barbados. Drive down and stop off in Bathsheba and all the magical little seaside villages along the way. You will have it to yourself even in high season! If you do visit the East Coast, maybe you would like to go to Crane Resort:
There are so many great places to hike in Barbados, from the rugged coastline in the East to the inland countryside. We arranged to hike with a local hiking company and although it was too hot for me to hike, we enjoyed a very interesting day exploring some lesser known areas off the beaten trail.
PHOTO: Exploring East coast Barbados – My favourite beach
WHERE TO EAT:
I am a vegetarian/pescetarian and so the food in Barbados is simply perfect for me! Fresh fruit and vegetables with delicious fish caught fresh everyday. I quickly acquired a taste for local Rum Cocktails too! Several of my followers recommended dining at Oistins Fish Market. I must admit it is probably a little bit too basic for a Diva, but a great experience all the same! Also, relatively inexpensive in a quite expensive island.
There are so many beach bars serving great Bajan food, you are spoilt for choice. We enjoyed lunch at beautiful Cobblers Cove Hotel on the West Coast near Speightstown. Although with the British pond devalued by 20%, everything is more expensive for us Brits!
Make sure you sample the local Rum too! I hope you enjoy some of my favourite things to do in Barbados, do let me know some of your own favourites for my next trip.