Barbados may not spring to mind when you’re planning a budget break, but if you visit at the right time of year (read when to go here) then you could nab yourself a bargain. Here’s what’s not to miss when you rock up at this stunning palm-fringed island.
Get Your Drink on at a Boat Cruise
Boat trips can be expensive so shop around to find the best offers and read reviews on sites like TripAdvisor to make sure that you are spending your hard earned cash wisely.
Most trips include a free bar (rum cocktails all round) and food. Although it poured with rain during my trip, the combination of plenty of rum ‘n’ reggae led to an experience that can’t be missed.
A lot of boat trips also offer swimming with turtles which is as incredible as it sounds. Unlike my fleeting encounter with turtles in Aitutaki, these turtles glide right along side you so you can run your hands along their smooth shells.
Check out Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises for a guaranteed good time.
Go Diving or Snorkelling
It’s not just turtles which have made Barbados’ waters their home. The marine life around Barbados offers brilliant diving and snorkeling opportunities, from wreck dives to snorkeling off the beach. The coral is beautiful and the fish as varied and colourful as they come.
Become a Beach Bum
It goes without saying that Barbados is a prime beach destination. What I didn’t realise was how varied its beaches are. From the picture-perfect stretches of golden sand in the west to the rugged, wind-swept beaches on the east, Barbados has a beach for adventurers and sun-seekers alike.
I must say that I preferred the rugged Robinson Crusoe feel of the east coast beaches. But hey, you can’t complain about any of them really!
Go to Oistins Fish Fry
This is a MUST. Every Friday, locals and tourists alike descend on the fishing town of Oistins. Here you can sample some of the best, freshly caught seafood on the island. There is a busy, party atmosphere with blaring music accompanying your fish feast.
Stay till late and party the night away.
Live it up at the Races
Bajan locals seem to love their horse-racing and the historic Garrison Savannah is the best place to watch a race in the Caribbean. Place a bet, grab an icy beer and cheer on your horses as they gallop around the iconic track.
Check out Creepy Sam Lord’s Castle
This spooky former pirate-haunt-turned-hotel is definitely worth checking out. Destroyed by fire in 2010, the hotel has been left in the hands of Mother Nature.
Explore the abandoned swimming pools and hack your way through the eerie overgrown gardens. Usually, the grounds are deserted along with its stunning beach, so if you are brave enough there rewards aplenty!
Eat and Drink
Channel your Inner Rihanna with a Night Out in Holetown
Barbados is a celebrity hotspot and those celebs are always up for a party. I was devastated to find that I just missed Gerard Butler on a night-out at PRIVA in Holetown!
Despite the celebrity clientèle, many nightspots are fairly reasonable if you stick to the local beer or rum.
Also, whether you can pull it off or not- booty shaking is mandatory.