Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time. On the West Coast of Barbados, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Along the East Coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of the trade winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate.
Barbados is a very beautiful island, with lots of art, activities, night life, music, history and some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. But what makes Barbados even more special, and the reason why so many visitors keep returning to the island year after year, is the people. To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on Barbados, visit here. Now view our Barbados Travel Guide to help plan your next Caribbean vacation!
Barbados Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Barbados is between July and November. Though these months fall within the Caribbean’s hurricane season, hurricanes rarely hit the island, and you could attend one of the lively Crop Over Festival activities if you vacation during this time of year. Temperatures stay between the mid-70s and mid-80s year-round, so there’s little reason to travel during the peak season, which occurs from late December to mid-April.
A somewhat hidden gem that is the antithesis of its American namesake. Small, shady and intimate, it’s well removed from the often frenetic south-coast pace. The beach is divided into two sections by a rock breakwater. The west side is one of the premier swimming spots on the island, with deep, calm and crystal-clear waters, while the east side has a wide recreation area featuring picnic tables under shady evergreen pines and almond trees.
Well off the beaten track, the pint-sized Shark Hole is one of those special places for which your selfie will not do justice. Down a short flight of steps, a small stretch of delicate white sand is totally enclosed by rocks that wrap around 300 degrees, forming a perfect secluded cove. A reef just offshore calms the water, creating a perfect natural saltwater swimming pool.
Located on the southwestern coast of Barbados, Carlisle Bay’s beaches offer calm waters, making this an ideal place to swim. The bay’s six shipwrecks also make this area a great spot for snorkeling. Marine animals you may see while exploring these gentle waters include rock lobsters, turtles and fish.
Though Barbados offers an array of beaches to enjoy, one the island’s most popular attractions is the Barbados Boardwalk. Situated less than 4 miles south of Bridgetown, this coastal boardwalk connects Accra and Camelot beaches. In addition to providing outdoor enthusiasts with scenic ocean vistas, turtles and crabs are known to visit the adjacent waters. For the best views, plan your visit at sunrise or sunset.
One of Barbados’ most popular attractions is Harrison’s Cave. This limestone cavern features several streams, as well as stalactites, stalagmites and other kinds of calcite deposits. The cave sits in the middle of the country about 5 miles from Holetown and Bathsheba Beach.
Things to Do in Barbados
Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise
Cruise the west coast of Barbados for a day on a 60-foot (18-meter) catamaran. You’ll make two or three stops where you can dive in and experience life under the sea at premier snorkeling spots, including a shipwreck. Swim among the tropical fish, vibrant corals and possibly turtles and other marine life. Choose between either a three- or five-hour excursion. Unlimited drinks and a light breakfast are included, as well as lunch on the five-hour cruise. Read more about Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise
Barbados Catamaran Cruise Sailing, Snorkel & Swim
Secure your chance to enjoy Barbados’ waters and marine life to the full by prebooking for this small-group catamaran cruise from Bridgetown. Settle aboard a modern catamaran and sail by the palm-fringed west coast, stopping to snorkel above shipwrecks and swim with turtles along the way. An onboard Bajan buffet lunch, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snorkeling gear, and hotel or port transfers are included in the package. Read more about Barbados Catamaran Cruise sailing lunch snorkel and swim excursion
Carlisle Bay Turtle and Shipwreck Adventure
Spend the day enjoying the sun, sand, and sea in Carlisle Bay. This full-day beach outing at Copacabana Barbados includes a boat and snorkeling cruise, use of a beach lounger, umbrella, and a provided drink. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port provided. Read more about Carlisle Bay Turtle and Shipwreck Adventure
Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza
Fire eaters, limbo dancers, stilt-walkers, and more make this beachside dinner show a performance to remember. A dance floor and live music let you join in the fun as you learn first-hand about Caribbean culture, while a barbecue dinner, open bar, and round-trip transportation from your hotel ensure an enjoyable and stress-free outing. Read more about Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show
Sunset & Swimming Cruise
Spend the afternoon and into the evening cruising to sunset on this epic boat ride from Bridgetown. Travel the open sea on a comfortable Catamaran and sail past the western coast of Barbados. You’ll have opportunities to snorkel in two different locations in the Caribbean Sea. Get an up close look at tropical marine life like turtles, fish and manta rays. Catch the picturesque sunset while you sip on sparkling wine and savor on board snacks. With a cap at just 12 travelers this evening cruise is bound to make memories! Read more about Barbados Sunset and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise
Best Barbados Restaurants
Champers $31 – 60
On the South Coast of Barbados, Champers offers an elegant dining atmosphere overlooking the water. The restaurant features a waterside gazebo and open terrace as well as an air-conditioned dining room for a romantic experience. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the gallery of paintings and pieces displayed throughout the restaurant. Signature dishes include camembert baked in puff pastry with spiced apples and shrimp and mango salad. Seafood is a standout, with pan-seared queen scallops, grilled salmon, seared ahi tuna and parmesan crusted barracuda also on the menu. Telephone: 246-434-3463 Web: Champers
The Cliff $31 – 60
In St James, Chef Paul Owens delivers cliffside fine dining ideal for arrival by yacht. From candlelit tables, take in expansive views of the sea while savoring gourmet cuisine. Main courses include chargrilled swordfish, mahi mahi and cajun salmon. Or, select dishes from the separate vegetarian menu such as grilled portobello mushroom salad and potato gnocchi. Choose from the curated wine list, then indulge in desserts like Valrhona chocolate pudding, Valrhona chocolate mousse and caramelized lemon tart. Telephone: 246-432-1922 Web: The Cliff
Fish Pot $11 – 30
Housed within an 18th-century fort, The Fish Pot’s green plantain shutters and bamboo accents give it true Caribbean charm. Part of the Little Good Harbour hotel, the aptly named Fish Pot is known for its fresh seafood. Experience dazzling views of the Caribbean Sea from the open-air terrace or large picture windows in the dining rooms. Signature dishes here include lobster ravioli, pan-fried mahi mahi and oven-roasted sea bass. Salads and vegetarian dishes are also available, as is a dessert menu with island flavors like guava cheesecake and fruit salad. Telephone: 246-439-300 Web: Fish Pot.
The Tides $31 – 60
Formerly a sumptuous seaside home, The Tides restaurant represents island luxury. On the west coast of Barbados, the restaurant boasts several dining areas finished in coral stone and mahogany: the open-air Tree House, the oceanfront Centre Lanai, the intimate Gazebo and the two-level Garden Gazebo. Fresh seafood is the focus, with dishes like seared yellowfin tuna, marinated king prawns, seafood stew and catch of the day. There is also a vegetarian menu, as well as a comprehensive wine list and exciting cocktail program. Telephone: 246-423-8356 Web: The Tides
Daphne’s $11 – 30
For the best Italian on the island, be sure to reserve a table at Daphne’s. Chef Michele Blasi blends Milanese classics with island seafood, utilizing ingredients from local markets and fishermen. Signature dishes include linguine all’aragosta con pomodoro fresco, branzino a sale grosso con caponatina di melanzane and limoncello panna cotta. An extensive wine list is accompanied by an impressive cocktail menu to be sipped in the upscale yet relaxed environment with bay views. Telephone: 246-432-8501 Web: Daphne’s
Best Barbados Bars & Nightlife
Mojo Beach Bar
With plenty of cocktails to choose from, you’ll quickly find whatever it is you’re wanting, or you can try something new. In case you’re hungry after enjoying your drinks, their burgers are out of this world. The entire bar is music-themed, with pictures of music legends Jimi Hendricks, Bob Marley, and U2 greeting you on entry. Telephone: 246-435-9008 Web: Mojo Beach Bar
South 7 Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for a fun night out with a live DJ or a place to relax with your friends and family during the day in a quieter atmosphere, then this is the best place to be. Happy hour that runs from 5pm until 7pm every night, so you’re sure to have a fun night out. Telephone: 246-271-7585 Web: South 7 Bar & Grill
The Tiki Bar
The Tiki Bar is a fun, open-air bar that serves cold drinks and hot food. It’s mostly visited by tourists, and the Pina Coladas here are the best in Barbados. They have of the largest cocktail menus in Barbados and a are located right on the beach. It’s the place to head for a quiet, chill day with the ocean breeze. Telephone: 246-435-8074 Web: The Tiki Bar
If you’re a Canadian or a hockey fan looking for a little piece of home, they play every Ottawa Senators game live at their bar. They’re famous for their banana daquiris, and they’re also the best sports bar on the island. They have satellite coverage of every major sports event, and in case you’re in the mood for a bite to eat, their stone-baked pizzas are a fantastic treat. Telephone: 246-435-7924 Web: Bert’s Bar
Cafe Sol Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar
While you can stop by for the Mexican food here, you’ll find yourself staying for the margaritas. With a vibrant atmosphere and friendly staff, you’ll lose track of time while you enjoy a variety of flavors of Margaritas and local beers. During happy hour, margaritas are 2-for-1. Telephone: 246-420-7655 Web: Café Sol Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar
Best Barbados Hotels
The House Adults Only by Elegant Hotel
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, The House Adults Only by Elegant Hotels offers accommodations in Saint James. The hotel has a hot tub and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.
Yellow Bird Hotel
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Yellow Bird Hotel is located in Christ Church. Silver Sands is 5 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Yellow Bird Hotel also includes a year-round outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant or a drink at the bar.
Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels
Located in Saint James, 11 miles from Silver Sands, Waves Hotel and Spa by Elegant Hotels features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.
Elegant and exclusive, Sandy Lane is set in an ancient mahogany grove overlooking a 1,000 foot crescent of gorgeous white sand beach. Accommodations include 113 rooms and suites as well as a stunning 5-bedroom villa. With a magnificent 47,000-square-foot spa, four restaurants, seven bars, nine floodlit tennis courts, two padel tennis courts, personalized beachside service, 45 holes of championship golf and The Treehouse Club facility for kids and teens, Sandy Lane will cater to your every need.
Inchcape Seaside Villas
Located in Christ Church, Inchcape Seaside Villas features free WiFi, a garden and sun terrace. Silver Sands is 1.3 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Bike rental is available at the property and the area is popular for biking. Bridgetown is 8 miles from Inchcape Seaside Villas.