From the boulder-spattered east coast to the shimmering stretches of sand that line the western shore, the pretty colonial bridges and statues of Nelson in Bridgetown to the crumbling plantations and fishing towns of the north, Barbados is a truly enthralling and fascinating Caribbean destination to say the least.
Steeped in tales of piracy and English colonialism, doused in rum and set to the mouth-watering scents of weekend fish fries, the island makes its home in the midst of the pretty Lesser Antilles chain.
There, it attracts SCUBA divers with its fringes of reefs, sunbathers with the gorgeous southern beaches, surfers with the iconic rollers of Bathsheba Bay, history buffs with those soaring forts and UNESCO sites, foodies with spice-topped swordfish – the list goes on.
And that’s not even mentioning the uber-luxurious all-inclusive hotels and earthy eateries that pepper the towns, or the perennially-smiling locals that always make a trip here a happy affair!
Let’s explore the best things to do in Barbados:
1. See the cliffs and waves of Bathsheba Beach
Whether you come to Bathsheba to wax up the surfboard and don the board shorts for a ride over the swells of the iconic Soup Bowl (experts only!), or to gawp up at the striking cliffs and protruding rocks that sprawl and pepper the sands and the shoreline alike, you can rest assured that you’re in for a real treat.
Unquestionably one of the most picturesque seaside spots in all of Barbados, this one makes its home between the craggy headlands of the east coast.
While swimming isn’t recommended (the rip tides can get quite rough), scaling the sea-vines and dunes to watch the crashing waves break, or chatting with the local Bajans in Bathsheba Park are two great ways to enjoy its natural beauty.