What to do in Barbados

Barbados is a small island however there is so much to do it can be difficult to pack it all into one week while also trying to catch a few zzz’s on the beach.

 

Surfing.

If you have ever wanted to try your hand (or feet) at surfing, this is the place to do it. The water is warm, the waves are great and if you have an irrational fear of sharks like I do, you won’t have to worry about jaws in these waters.

One important tip…no matter how much sunscreen you have on, your skin will burn after three hours on the water. I recommend a full length wetsuit (to cover your upper and lower body). Not only will it protect you from the sun, but it will protect you from inevitable bruises and scrapes which don’t pair so well with a bikini. Try any one of these super cute suits from Billabong.

Book with Barry’s Surf School  – no matter what level you are at, they will take great care of you and make sure you have a ton of fun out on the water. They have a beautiful beach front location with some baby waves for learners, but for those with a little more experience there are some great surf spots just a short drive away from the shop. Keep in mind if you book your lesson on a weekend, some popular surf spots may be a little more crowded with the locals so it’s recommended to take your lesson on a weekday especially if you are just starting out.

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Animal Flower Cave.

Located at the most northerly point of Barbados (St. Lucy), this could be a bit of a drive depending where you are staying on the island but it’s totally worth it. It’s the only accessible sea cave on the island and walking through it is a bit of a surreal experience, especially when trying to imagine how it was discovered back in 1780.

Tips: Bring some rubber-soled shoes for walking in the cave because it’s very slippery and a little tough to navigate even with a guide. If you want to take a dip in the natural pools of the cave, be sure to bring a bathing suit with you. And make sure to go online or call ahead to confirm that the cave is open. If the seas are rough or the tide is high, the cave will be closed.

Don’t forget to take in the views of the roaring Atlantic Ocean while having lunch at the Cliffside restaurant (you may see whales depending on the time of year).

Oh ya, and Rihanna did a photo shoot there, so that’s pretty cool.

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Catamaran Tour.

This is the best way to see the Island of Barbados from the sea. Cool Runnings offers a lunch cruise, sunset cruise or a private cruise. All cruise options offer a few stops to jump in the water, pretend you’re a mermaid, and swim side by side with the sea turtles. There’s also a Shipwreck worth checking out. Still no sharks though.

Bring your bathing suit and waterproof Go Pro to capture some amazing underwater snaps! Food, drink and snorkel gear are all provided. I am forewarning that the rum punch is absolutely deadly. If you are choosing to do the lunch cruise, cancel your dinner plans that night because you probably won’t make it.

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Oistin’s Fish Fry.

Every Friday night, Oistin’s is packed with both locals and tourists. The incredible food is the main attraction with lots of fresh seafood options. For those who aren’t seafood lovers, the macaroni pie from Annie’s is delish (kids love it too). The local music makes for a fun and lively atmosphere.

The seating is casual – think plastic furniture and picnic tables – so be sure to dress accordingly. It’s best to bring cash with you to pay for your food and drinks plus there are also lots of great local artisans selling woodcarvings and artwork.

There is no cute pic to go with this because we were stuffing our faces the entire time.

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No matter how you choose to spend your time in Barbados, be sure to get out and see the sights. The Island is safe, fun and full of culture so don’t be afraid to get out and explore everything it has to offer.

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All photography is by Joseph LaLeune. 

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