5 Rad Things To Do In Barbados

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What Are The Best Things to do in Barbados?

The eastern Caribbean island of Barbados is known as a picture perfect holiday destination, filled with things to see and do. The island paradise boasts white sandy beaches along crystal clear waters and perfect conditions for your next outdoor adventure. Friendly locals regularly welcome visitors to the island and share their unique culture, cuisine and traditions with anyone who is willing to experience it. 

Whether you want to swim or surf, party hard or enjoy a taste of life like the locals, Barbados offers something for visitors of all ages. With so many amazing and unique experiences to choose from, here are Rad’s top 5 things to do in Barbados. 

1. Explore the Underground

If you are looking for a unique and memorable experience, look no further. Located at the heart of Barbados, Harrisons Cave is one of its greatest wonders. Found in the central uplands of the island, the underground adventure showcases an extensive crystallised limestone cavern, towering columns and deep pools of crystal clear water. 

Harrison’s Cave offers an unparalleled underground experience where visitors can explore the caves and waterfalls by tram. Guided walking tours are also available for those wanting to get a closer look at the stunning cave formations; as well as those interested in exploring the outer area along cliffs and valley trails with an abundance of tropical flora and fauna. 

2. Learn how to Windsurf or Kitesurf

For the perfect Watersport holiday, Barbados offers one of the best venues in the Caribbean. The island paradise features white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters; as well as fun-loving locals and vibrant nightlife. Barbados is all about beach life and you can choose from a range of water sport activities such as surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. 

Silver Sands Beach is one of the many perfect locations that are ideal for windsurfing or kitesurfing. The inner lagoon offers flat waters, which are perfect for beginners, lessons and learning tricks; while the waves of the outer reef offer the perfect surfing conditions. popular kite surfing schools include UpWind Kite Surf School and Kitesurf Intl. The best times to visit are between December and March, for perfect weather and surfing conditions. 

3. Swim with Turtles

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If you want to explore Barbados from a different perspective, swimming with turtles is the adventure for you. The tropical paradise is home to hundreds of friendly turtles that roam the crystal clear waters off the west coast. Visitors can jump on a cruise or tour for a great day out on a catamaran. Many tours include lunch and beverages, as well as masks and snorkels for those who want to go exploring. Some tours also stop at the beaches and include snorkelling over shipwrecks. 

Popular tours include the Jolly Roger pirate ship tour, which offers swimming with the turtles, rope-swinging and walking the plank over the crystal clear waters; and Barbados blue, which tours around the Hawksbill Turtle Nesting Beach where visitors can swim or dive with the turtles, as well as kayak around the area. A number of cruises also offer glass bottom boats, for visitors to observe the stunning wildlife below without getting wet! 

4. Hop on an Island Safari

One of the most beloved and unforgettable activities on offer in Barbados is the Island Safari. Book a day trip in a 4×4 and explore the most scenic parts of Barbados on a guided off-road island tour. 

Tours are available for full and half day trips, as well as combined land and sea safaris with Catamaran sails. Explore the stunning views along the coast and check out popular attractions such as St. John’s Church, Bathsheba, Folkestone Marine Park and more. 

5. Oistins Fish Fry

Perhaps the number one thing that everyone mentions as a must-do in Barbados is joining the locals at Oistins Fish Fry. The weekly party and ‘fish festival’ takes place every Friday on a stunning beach along Barbados’ southwest coast. 

Oistins is an active fishing town along the south coast of Barbados and is home to some of the best food on the entire island. Fresh fish, live music and great vibes can be found here every Friday night. Open-air stalls can be found grilling fresh fish and barbecue chicken as well as cooking up a range of delicious side dishes such as rice, fries and salad. You won’t find better fish anywhere else! 

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Katarina Cvetko

Katarina is an international journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia with a strong passion for music festivals. Since her first solo adventure in 2015, Katarina has travelled to over 30 countries in 5 continents and has attended over 100 music festivals worldwide. After conquering a bucket list journey of 52 music festivals in 52 weeks in 2018, Katarina continues to live a digital nomad lifestyle, travelling to festivals in a different country every week and sharing her experiences on social media.


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