In Barbados, our motto is simple – “take time to enjoy the small things in life”. With this in mind, Crane Concierge (with a little help from our Facebook community) proudly presents our list of the Top 10 Things To Do In Barbados:
1. Catamaran Cruise
Grab your sunscreen and swimsuit and set out on a one-of-a-kind catamaran cruise around the island. Barbados Catamaran Cruises are inclusive of drinks, food and snorkelling (equipment provided), and are a wonderful opportunity to swim with the turtles and see the beautiful and west coastline. Some catamaran companies offer private cruises – great for a small group or a romantic dinner for two.
2. Drive Along Barbados’ East Coast
Often referred to as the unspoilt side, the East Coast of Barbados is known for its beautifully rugged, untouched landscape and uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. The east coast is also home to the world famous Soup Bowl – a mecca for surfing enthusiasts and home to regular local and international competitions.
3. Oistins Fish Fry
Located on the South Coast, Oistins Fishing Village comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights. With pulsating beats and a tourist-friendly atmosphere, this al fresco fish fry has long been a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The fish is caught daily and served grilled or fried alongside Bajan favourites such as macaroni pie, rice & peas or fries and salad.
4. Deep Sea Fishing
The warm waters off the coast of Barbados are home to barracuda, swordfish, tuna, and over 500 other species of fish. This makes deep sea fishing one of the more exhilarating experiences on the island. Charter boats berthed in Bridgetown’s Careenage are equipped to handle small groups daily--and catches over 500lbs are not unheard of. Be prepared for an early morning as most charters cast off at 6:00am.
5. Discover Historic Plantation Homes
Plantation homes dating back to the 1700s are an integral part of Barbadian history. The faithful restorations are showcased with daily tours of the main plantation houses and beautifully landscaped grounds. It is not unusual to find exquisite antiques and to see the remains of the windmills which were used to pump water and grind sugar.
6. Visit a Local Rum Shop
There are approximately 1,200 rum shops across Barbados, from Enterprise in the South to Crab Hill in the North. Buy an ice-cold Banks beer or a mini bottle (200ml) of any spirit (not just rum). Then choose your favourite mixer and join in on one of the lively conversations on politics, sports, and even international affairs.
7. Try a Local Dish
Pudding and Souse is traditionally eaten only on Saturdays, and is available from practically every rum shop and restaurant in Barbados. Pudding is made by steaming seasoned sweet potato mash, while Souse is made from pork that’s been pickled with onions, cucumbers, limes and local hot peppers. Delicious!
8. Take A Stroll Through Historic Speightstown
Speightstown (aka Little Bristol) is the most northerly of Barbados’ four major towns-- approximately 12kms from the town centre. It is characterised by beautifully preserved colonial buildings, which are now home to shops, casual cafés and fine dining restaurants, while the beachfront boardwalk is perfect for sundowners.
9. St. Nicholas Abbey
Located on picturesque Cherry Tree Hill, St. Nicholas Abbey is a beautifully restored plantation renowned for its stunning Jacobean architecture. Visitors can tour the grounds and purchase exclusive St. Nicholas Abbey Rum, which is distilled and bottled right on the property.
10. Dine Around
Barbados is known as “the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” for good reason. Many restaurants feature fusion menus which give global cuisine a distinctly Caribbean twist. The result–a synthesis of flavours and delighted patrons. From simple fare to fine dining by Michelin trained chefs, there is something for every palate and budget.
The iconic Crane Resort on Barbados' South East coast offers luxurious accommodation, award-winning restaurants and exceptional service - the perfect home base from which to explore the island. For more things to do in Barbados, contact our Concierge at firstname.lastname@example.org.