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What to do in Barbados: our highlights guide

A well-established destination with a strong British character, Barbados offers everything from the glitz and glamour of the Caribbean's best hotels and restaurants to historic plantation houses and beautiful botanic gardens.

Enjoy the rugged coastline of the east coast, visit a rum distillery, swim with turtles or simply relax on the beautiful beaches of the west coast.

Our selection of highlights for Barbados

Marvel at the Kensington Oval

Kensington Oval, Barbados, Barbados

Watch cricket at the Kensington Oval

Whether you’re a cricket fan or not, a trip to the Kensington Oval, near Bridgetown, is well worth a visit. This is the home of West Indies cricket and Barbados’s oldest cricket ground. Take a tour of this historic venue, walk the fields where cricketing giants have played and learn about its early history, founders and redevelopment.

Swim with turtles

Turtle, Barbados

Sail in a catamaran and swim with turtles

Set sail by catamaran for a trip along the beautiful west coast, stopping at various bays along the way. The turtle watching here is incredible with great viewing from the boat and the opportunity to get in the water at the same time. The trip lasts most of the day and includes a buffet lunch on board.  If you’d prefer something a little more exclusive we can also arrange a private boat charter or luxury catamaran.

Explore the east coast

Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

Explore the beautiful coastline near Bathsheba

The wild and rugged east coast of Barbados should not be missed. Explore the breathtakingly beautiful coastline near Bathsheba with its wide sand beaches and striking rock formations. Afterwards head to Andromeda Botanic Gardens, a lush, six and a half acre garden with the largest collection of tropical plants in the Eastern Caribbean (over 600 species). It was established over 50 years ago by Barbados’ late and most prominent horticulturist, Mrs Iris Bannochie. You don’t have to be a botanist to be awed by the astonishing plants on display here. Trails peacefully lead through gentle folds of land and over bridges, and visitors can stroll around at their own pace or with a guide on selected days of the week. 

Discover historical Bridgetown

Parliament building, Bridgetown, Barbados

Parliament buildings, Bridgetown

Although not the prettiest of cities, you can definitely while a way an hour or two strolling the streets of this interesting capital, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in 1628, Bridgetown is the capital and commercial centre of Barbados and has a population of nearly 100,000. Bridgetown was originally named "Indian Bridge" for the crude bridge built over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indians. Throughout history, the Careenage was an important hub of activity for inter-island trading vessels. 

Nowadays, the Careenage is mainly used by pleasure craft. The Parliament Buildings are also located in Bridgetown. Established in 1639 it is the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth. You’ll also find other historical buildings such as St Mary’s Church, the Jewish Synagogue and St Michael’s Cathedral. 

Taste fresh fish at Oistin's fish fry

Oistins Fish Fry, Barbados, Barbados

Try the catch of the day at Oistin's fish fry

Islanders join visitors at this Friday evening ritual which bring this little fishing village on the south coast to life. Local fishermen bring their catch of the day to the dockside to be cooked up by their families who sell this delicious food from their stalls. The smell of the fish as it sizzles on the grills is incredible, and it’s even better when you enjoy it with some homemade macaroni pie (a Bajan speciality). 

Explore the passageways of Harrison's Cave

Harrisons Cave, Barbados, Barbados

Admire the caverns of Harrison's Cave

Head to the centre of the island to explore the magnificent Harrison’s Cave, a massive underground cave stream system of caverns and rock formations. Journey aboard a tram, past clear streams and cascading waterfalls or explore on foot on one of the walk-in cave tours.

On the gully and cliff-walking trails you'll discover the tropical flora. It's also a great spot to catch sight of the local birdlife. For the more adventurous you can also discover the caves’ more natural passages with a guide, head lamps and knee guards.

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