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Things to do in Barbados

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Barbados Attractions and things to do in Barbados

Barbados, the pearl of the Caribbean, is the eastern-most Caribbean island. It is actually an enormous and ancient coral reef that was formed approximately one million years ago. It has been dubbed 'the real fantasy island', an appellation that points to its exotic resorts and glorious beaches. It enjoys 340 days of sunshine a year, numerous well-developed amenities, a throbbing nightlife and friendly inhabitants, making it one of the most desirable holiday destinations. The island is a pear-shaped, 20-mile (32km) stretch of soft coral, which is permeated by water and over time has formed fascinating underground caverns. The coral reefs enveloping most of the island entice tourists to its picturesque shores.

Shopping

Shopping is a bit expensive in Barbados. However, Bridgetown has a lot of stalls where a visitor can buy handmade leather footwear. They can watch their shoes or sandal cut, shaped and see the leather tanned for them right there. They can also buy ready-to-wear shoes which are guaranteed to last a lifetime by the makers. Souvenirs can be bought on the busy street in the centre of Bridgetown. There is a department store as well on Broad Street, in downtown Bridgetown. Tourists staying in St. James should visit The Chattel Village, which is a chain of shops specializes in crafts designed or made in Barbados. Both traditional and modern designs are featured in the pottery, clothing and baskets. Paintings and prints by local artist. Fine old mahogany furniture, crystal, silver and china are for sale. There is also an excellent selection of old books, prints and photographs. Sunset Crest has a wide variety of shopping options from the Cave Shepherd department store, to high-end boutiques, a supermarket, restaurants, banks and a pharmacy. Tourists visiting The Gap will come across Chattel House Shopping Village which has several shops selling souvenirs, gift items and crafts.

Nightlife

If you are looking for an action packed holiday, loads of night life, this is not the place for you. If you are looking to relax and get away from it you will love it. In St. James the Coach House has live bands most nights of the week. Olives a great place to enjoy an upscale Mediterranean/Caribbean meal, it's also a trendy nightspot. The upstairs lounge has all that caters to a hip hangout along with good food. Entertainment at night in St. Lawrence Gap is vibrant. Bajan Roots and Rhythms, is the only dinner and stage show in Barbados which reflects the West Indian culture. The Whistling Frog's party nights are a street party with live bands to entertain tourists. Time Out at the Gap is a place where Jazz entertainers play. At the Jam Rock Cafe Music Bar and Grill tourists can enjoy non-stop music of the classics, live bands and cocktails. Other places for nightlife are the Reggae Lounge which is an open-air nightclub which plays varied music from reggae, calypso, mellow and Rhythm and Blues. The Ship Inn is "The Original Pub" and has a DJ several nights of the week. After Dark is another of the Gaps nightclubs which has an extensive bar and an outdoor dance floor with live music. Club Xtreme is a nightclub very close to the Gap, with the most art lighting and sound systems in the Caribbean, the wildest parties and the hottest DJs.

Head to the beach

The most delightful powdery-sand beachfront on the island is the one between Oistins and Worthing’s. You are never far away from a lovely sandy beach on Barbados.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in Barbados and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Best of Barbados At the heart of Barbados lies one of its greatest wonders, Harrison’s Cave. Located in the central uplands of the island, this breathtakingly beautiful, crystallized limestone cavern is a testament to nature’s mastery. Flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering columns characterize this living cave. Gaze in wonder at the white flow stones and in awe at the beauty of the speleothems which adorn the cave. Be sure to make Harrison’s Cave your first stop while in Barbados and Unearth the Adventure! Then you will Visit Andromeda Gardens for a walk through, exploring as you go along the well labelled paths. Bathsheba is up next for a quick picture stop. After a morning of adventure it will be time to taste the flavour of Barbados with local cuisine served up at our lunch stop. A drive along the scenic East Coast will bring you to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel. Duration: 7.5 hours. Start/opening time: At 8am. Languages: English.


Atlantis Submarine Experience the award winning Atlantis submarine tour which is one of the most highly recommended attractions in Barbados for adults and children (Min height 3 feet.). On the hour we invite you to board our transfer vessel the Ocean Quest, which will take you to the submarine. Sit back and enjoy the brief boat ride to the Atlantis dive site along the scenic coastline, as the professional crew welcomes you and gives a safety briefing. The vessels tie up alongside each other and you make the easy transfer from the Ocean Quest to the Atlantis Submarine. After securing the hatches and being seated in the air-conditioned comfort of a real submarine, the call is made to: “Dive! Dive! Dive!” You are now fully submerged in the aquamarine Caribbean Sea with large viewports all around, as curious exotic fish peek in at you and sea fans sway. This unique “must-do” undersea voyage, can take you to a shipwreck and to depths of 150 feet, which in the past has been reserved only for scuba divers. A knowledgeable co-pilot narrates the 40 minute underwater adventure and will help you to identify the amazing sights on the other side of your window. Before returning to the surface, you explore the large expanses of sea floor as if it is your playground


Caves and Wildlife Visit two of the best known sites in Barbados - and take a tram tour of the world famous Harrisons Cave, and the take a self-guided walking tour of the interesting Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy a touch of splendour while visiting Barbados' Harrison's Cave and Wildlife Reserve. This tour allows you to discover the truly breath-taking landscapes and scenic views of the island's east coast. Wake up to the rhythm of the tropics and paradise to explore - the world will never look the same again! You will visit Harrison's Cave before heading over the hills and through the valleys to the unforgettable east coast, allowing for a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Your last stop is the Barbados Wildlife Reserve where you'll find those mischievous Barbados monkeys at play. Points of interest/ itinerary: Stop at Harrison's Cave to explore the underground streams and waterfalls. Visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and learn about its various inhabitants. /span>


Coast to coast island tour Full day round the island tour with stops at major highlights. The best way to get a good overview of the entire island. This is a coastal tour that takes you through historic Bridgetown onto the affluent west coast, through Holetown and onto Speightstown making a brief stop, continuing to North Point. Travel through the northern countryside to Cherry Tree Hill and onto the East Coast making a picture stop at Bathsheba. From there to the St. John’s Church onward to the Sunbury Great House, where you would do the house tour an afterwards enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up a the hotel. Duration: Six hours. Start/opening time: At 8am on Mondays. Languages: English.


Deep Sea Fishing We are very lucky in Barbados in that deep water is within a mile of the beach. This allows us to be fishing just ten minutes after leaving the dock. We typically troll along the fifty fathom ledge and here we catch Wahoo, Sailfish, Tuna, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Barracuda and a few other species. We fish off the south-east and the west coast usually. The west coast is sheltered from the prevailing east trade winds and so it’s very calm and perfect for those with poor sea legs. . We do venture further offshore when in search of Marlin, although it’s possible to catch them on the fifty fathom line occasionally. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel. Duration: 5 hours. Start/opening time: At 7:30am. Languages: English. Others: Tuesday- not available on Barbados holidays: 01 and 21 of January, 03,06 and 28 of April, 01 and 25 of May, 01 and 03 of August,30 of November and 25 and 26 of December.


Jolly Roger Taste of the Caribbean cruise Dockside show featuring Pirates of the Caribbean followed by a Pirate Cruise with dinner and open bar, music for dancing. It includes round trip transfers, cocktail eats from some of the Caribbean islands, such as Jerk Pork from Jamaica, Bol Jol from St. Vincent, Pelouri Balls from Trinidad, Fish cakes and Breadfruit chips from Barbados along with a BBQ Steak or grilled Tuna or Baked Chicken buffet dinner and unlimited drinks. The Show is fabulous with fire eating, limbo dancing, stilt walkers, an interactive show with theme dancing, beautiful costumes, the notorious comical Bajan characters Town Cryer and Mother Sally. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel. Duration: Three hours and-a-half. Start/opening time: At 4.45pm on Thursday. Languages: English.


Crafts and spirits of Barbados Sample the best of Barbados when you visit some of the most interesting and culturally diverse locations for crafts and spirits. Visit the delightful Earthworks Pottery complex where you'll discover their beautifully unique pottery designs and also have a chance to enjoy the Batik Shop and Arthouse cafe. From there, it's on to the Medford Mahogany Village with its magnificent mahogany sculptures and creations, followed by a visit to the Caribbean Cigar Factory. Our cigar factory produces the finest hand-made cigars known as Royal Barbados cigars and you can watch as each cigar is hand rolled by expert workers. The last stop on the tour is the Mount Gay Rum Distillery - home to our world-famous Mount Gay Rum. The oldest rum brand in the world, the tour of Mount Gay shows you the distilling and bottling process - and gives you a chance to sample some of the fine finished product. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel. Duration: Four hours. Start/opening time: At 12.30pm.


Mount Gay Rum Tour The Mount Gay rum Tour and Visitor Centre, a truly Barbadian Experience! Give yourself a taste of the Good Times at the home of Mount Gay, the world's oldest rum and an integral part of Barbados' history. Mount Gay Rum Tours will introduce you to a taste of the island's culture and all the mysteries of rum-making at its best. Learn the secrets involved in the fascinating traditional processes of producing the world's finest rum - refining, ageing, blending & bottling, and the ancient craft of barrel assembly. Taste the magic and appreciate the special character of Mount Gay Rum in our cool comfortable bar. Discover the culture in the shady veranda restaurant overlooking the ocean, and feast on Bajan Cuisine and sip extra special rum cocktails. Enjoy the experience... and don't forget to take home a taste of the good times from the wide range of items in our souvenir shop. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel. Duration: 3.5 hours. Start/opening time: At 11am. Languages: English.


Catamaran turtle and snorkel adventure Believe that when you board Tiami Catamaran Cruises you will be greeted by an unbelievably friendly and experienced crew, experience local mouth-watering dishes prepared by our chef and you will also have a fully stocked bar opened all day to indulge at your leisure. Find your adventurous side as we drop anchor where you can snorkel with a shoal of fish, swim with turtles or just admire the vibrant under water sea life. In the warm sunshine, roam the beautiful beaches of Barbados or simply relax on the deck Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel. Duration: Five hours. Start/opening time: At 10am. End/closing time: At 3pm. Languages: English. Others: Cruise includes roundtrip transfer from hotel to dock, 5 hour catamaran cruise, 3 anchor stops, full buffet lunch, open bar throughout, snorkel equipment and instructions. Tour does not operate on Barbados holidays.


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