There are a whole host of things to do in Barbados. You can choose to sit, stand and even lie down if you wish and for thrill seekers among you, there’s a variety of both listening and seeing to be done. If all of the above still isn’t enough for you, you’ll just have to make do with the following.
Barbados has the two things necessary for excellent watersports conditions, water and nearby land. Barbados is a bit more than that however, in fact it’s something of a water-soaked playground for those who don’t need the security of land beneath their feet. You can go kayaking, windsurfing or on a variety of boat trips but the real benefit of Barbados is its excellent diving locations. The likes of Carlise Bay, Pamir and Friars Crag are all perfect for exploration by budding Costeau’s offering old wrecks, tropical fish and beautiful coral reefs to satiate both the amateur and more experienced of divers.
Barbados has a few nice beaches. Really, almost as nice as England’s south coast, though not quite as sunny. The west coast beaches are that bit calmer, you’ve got the tranquil cerulean waters, lapping the almost too perfect sand-powdered shoreline then there’s the slightly less tranquil south coast which has more energetic waves and is thus that bit more suited to sporting water fans. Stretch east and you’ve got wide wind-blown beaches while in the north things get a touch more hairy with sandstone cliffs rising hundred feet above sea level. Mullins Beach in the west and Miami Beach in the south are two of the island’s finest.
Barbados is not all about sand and sunbathing, there’s some culture to enjoyed too. Barbados is positively overflowing with it. You’ve got George Washington House which once hosted the former president and remains the only place outside of the US the old war hero every visited, of course there’s still time for that to change. The Barbados Museum contains artifacts, and rare historical maps while the National Hero’s Gallery has some stuff about the third oldest parliament in the Commonwealth. The Sugar Museum is also worth a visit for those interested in tracing the history of the sweet stuff in the region.
Once you’ve had your fill of the beaches, the water and the archaic maps, there’s only one thing to do on your Barbados holiday and that’s strut. Once you’re finished strutting, get yourself down to St Lawrence Gap where you’ll find the principal party population of Barbados. It’s got McBrides Irish pub where you’ll find alcohol, After Dark which features R&B and the Reggae Lounge which plays death and probably some Alton Ellis, now and then. If you do decide that the Gap just isn’t enough for you, you can always head to the west coast which features a host of excellent after dark events and the odd drunken tourist. Most of the area’s best offerings are served up in Holetown. In fact, there’s so much to do there we wrote this comma strewn post about it.
So, that’s Barbados in a nutshell, or more accurately a blogpost, of course the only way to find out your own favourite spot is to go there yourself, or live vicariously through your friends forever. It’s up to you.