8Great: Ways to Make the Best of Barbados
by Lavanya Sunkara
Barbados is more than just bumming around on a beautiful beach sipping rum punch. This Caribbean island is brimming with excitement, from surfing the famed waves of Bathsheba to snorkeling with sea turtles and exploring the island on safari. Any adventure girl can appreciate a getaway that makes her heart pump, pushes her limits, and satisfies her taste buds. There’s no better destination than Barbados for those seeking exciting quests of all kinds.
Where: Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean, stretching 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, and made up of soft coral limestone that defines its rolling landscape.
When: High season runs from mid-December through April. Hurricane season is June through October, but many years see no storms. Average daytime highs range between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dive into beach culture with professional surfer Brian Talma at his school, deAction World, in Bathsheba where the waves of the Atlantic at Silver Sands Beach invite you for a ride. For the ultimate challenge, try windsurfing. You may come back with a few bruises, but you’ll make unforgettable memories.
Don’t miss: Grab a bite at the deAction Grill & Bar or bring home a t-shirt as a souvenir of your action packed day.
- Sail away with Tiami cruises for a chance to swim and snorkel with adorable sea turtles. Catch a glimpse of a stingray and enjoy the company of colorful tropical fish. With clear, cool waters and the glistening Caribbean sun illuminating the underwater world, it will be hard to get back on the boat.
Don’t miss: Unlimited rum punch onboard.
- For striking views, hop on a 4×4 jeep with Island Safari for an on and off-roading adventure through iconic locations. You’ll admire striking rock formations jutting out of the water at Bathsheba beaches. Cherry Tree Hill, approximately 850 feet above sea-level, offers a sweeping panorama of the “Scotland District” parish of St. Andrew, named after the Patron Saint of Scotland.
Don’t miss: Fastening your seatbelt. It’s a bumpy ride!
- For a night out and a true taste of Barbados, head to the famous Oistins Fish Fry in Bay Gardens, happening every Friday. Stretching over a mile, locals and tourists flock to the seaside fair for delicious fried or grilled flying fish, red snapper, mahi-mahi or kingfish served in an informal setting (Styrofoam containers, aluminum foil, and plastic forks). Dancing to Bob Marley, Platters, Jimmy Cliff, and current hits is an added bonus.
Don’t miss: The macaroni pie. It’s heavenly.
- For upscale dining at the water’s edge, go to Champers on the southern coast. Savor crab crepes and parmesan crusted barracuda while you are serenaded by the gentle crashing waves underneath the outdoor patio.
Don’t miss: “The Gap,” a mile long stretch of road in Christ Church Parish five minutes from Champers, is famous for lively nightlife, including an open air Reggae nightclub.
- Venture underground for the breathtaking Harrison’s Cave. This crystallized limestone cavern showcases a natural tapestry of flowing, clear streams snaking past towering stalactites and stalagmites, and deep emerald pools created by waterfalls, that make this destination one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados.
Don’t miss: The journey aboard the tram through the cave for a natural thrill ride.
- Adrenaline junkies can get their fix on a zipline through tropical forests, whizzing past lush vegetation and incredible island vistas.
Don’t miss: If you can keep from screaming, you may spot a green monkey or two.
- Stay at the newest all-inclusive, adults-only resort on the island, Sandals Barbados, located in St. Lawrence Gap on beautiful Dover Beach. Swim up to a refreshing pool directly from your room, indulge in delectable international cuisine at its 11 gourmet restaurants, and enjoy nightly musical entertainment; no detail was missed when creating this oasis. If sunbathing is your thing, there’s plenty of rum to keep you happy.
Don’t miss: The delicious local BICO rum n’ raisin ice cream served at the resort’s Café de Paris.
For more information, visit: Barbados Tourism website.