With plenty of golf courses, historic homes and sporting events, Barbados is an ideal vacation spot for active travelers.In the 17th century Barbados in London was regarded as the best place among all the other places it held.
Avid surfers flock to Bathsheba Beach on the east coast while swimmers looking for calmer waters head to the south coast’s Dover Beach. Carlisle Bay near Bridgetown (Barbados’ capital) is another popular shoreline, thanks in part to the various shipwrecks and abundant wildlife that await scuba divers and snorkelers. Inland explorers must not pass up an opportunity to visit the lush Hunte’s Gardens or Harrison’s Cave, a famous Barbadian cave system that is more than a mile long. And a trip to Barbados wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the country’s world-famous rum.
See the cliffs and waves of Bathsheba Beach:
Unquestionably one of the most picturesque seaside spots in all of Barbados, this one makes its home between the craggy headlands of the east coast.
While swimming isn’t recommended (the rip tides can get quite rough), scaling the sea-vines and dunes to watch the crashing waves break, or chatting with the local Bajans in Bathsheba Park are two great ways to enjoy its natural beauty.
Stroll around historic Bridgetown:
Cut-through the middle with the lively shopping strip of Broad Street, it’s loaded with pretty little historic sites like the Chamberlain Bridge and the gorgeous neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings, built in the high style of Victorian England.
There are honorific statues of Nelson and other grand colonial figures sat in the sun-splashed squares too, balanced out by the lively quays of Bridgetown harbour, where little rum bars pulse with the chatter of travelers and off-duty local fishermen alike.
Delve underground at Harrison’s Cave:
Head for the rising hills around Walkes Spring and Carrington in the very heart of Barbados and get ready to delve underground, following the winding tunnels and caverns of Harrison’s Cave – one of the island’s most breathtaking natural wonders.
Laden to the brim with bulbous stalagmites and stalactites, the subterranean passages here hide echoing chambers like the 50-meter-high Great Hall and curious geological formations, like the so-called Altar, formed from millions of years of mineral deposits.
Walk-in tours are available, while the tram journey into the cave’s depths proves the most popular!
Party and eat at the
Oistins Fish Fry:
Oistins Fish Fry has risen and risen to become a veritable rite of passage for first-time visitors hitting Barbados.
Erupting every Friday and Saturday night (Friday is particularly lively!) on the streets between Welches Beach and Miami Beach on the south coast, the shindig is one to remember.
There are sizzling barbeques cooking up some of the freshest swordfish and marlin, mahi mahi and lobster you could imagine, along with live bands spouting a medley of reggaeton and samba, steel drums and Bajan folk.
How to reach?
Fly to Barbados from major Indian cities via domestic and international airlines like Jet Airways, Air India, and Etihad Airways. Scheduled flights are available from airports in Indian cities to Grantley Adams International Airport, located in Seawell.