What to do in Barbados?
I imagine that by this part of winter with the holidays past, most folks are pretty fed up with snow shoveling, scraping ice off the windshield, and wearing pants. That last part might just be me…I HATE pants! In any case, imagine trading in the snow and freezing temps for a balmy beach, rum punch, and endless sunshine. Sound decent to you?? I’d hope so! Otherwise, we’re probably not friends. Read on for what to do in Barbados and why it’s the perfect winter getaway!
Immediately upon arrival, I was greeted with some spicy rum punch. Basically, everywhere you go, you will find rum punch, as well as Deputy and Banks beers. Banks became a personal favorite of mine. But really, who am I kidding? Everything tastes better in a bikini!
Take a Sail
Here’s a question for you: would you rather be doing some work in your cube or lounging on a catamaran? I personally prefer the second, so that’s what I did. Barbados has a number of options for day cruises (all about the same price), so hop on and ride off into the sunset.
Snorkel with Turtles
Bonus points if you can combine your sailing experience with snorkeling. I became BFFs with Myrtle the Turtle on my trip. It was amazing getting to interact with them in their natural habitat…they’re incredibly graceful creatures.
This should be obvious…take a nice nap on the beach and just relax. Snorkeling can make for a tough day, so make sure you unwind. Only sort of kidding here…snorkeling can actually be quite exhausting if you’re snorkel-mask challenged like myself. Not sure if I have an oddly shaped head, but I feel like I’m forever adjusting and de-fogging the mask, all the while trying not to sink!
Take a cab or bus up to Harrison’s Cave and explore. There are frequent guided tours that take you through the caves and teach you about the history and geography behind their formation. If you’re a secret nerd like me, I cannot recommend this enough. Even if you’re not a nerd, who doesn’t love cave pics?!
St Lawrence Gap
St. Lawrence Gap is basically where all of the cool kids go. Head downtown for an awesome night out; this area is renowned for lively nightlife, delicious restaurants, and shopping. Café Sol offers 2 for 1 rum punch, so became one of my personal faves (obvi.) A local favorite is Old Jamm Inn, an indoor/outdoor club with music, dancing, and plenty of Banks beer.
This became my favorite spot since I could literally walk out of the hotel onto a flawless white sandy beach. You can choose to frolic in the surf, be a badass on a jetskii, or check out the snorkel scene. Locals walk around offering different services –everything from stand-up paddleboarding to aloe foot rubs, so pick your poison.
Take a Zadar
This one is not for the faint of heart, but something I found incredibly fun. Zadars quickly became my favorite way to get around the island; they’re these white vans that race through the streets picking up passengers along the way. Drivers definitely abide to “the more, the merrier” motto, so you’ll be getting cozy with your neighbor. (Cross your fingers that he’s cute.) It’s a super cheap and speedy way to get around the island, so buckle up!
While you’re in Barbados, take some time to explore Bridgetown. It was super crowded with locals when I walked through, but made for some entertaining people watching. Make sure to cool off with a frosty Bajan beer afterward and take in the sights of their bustling downtown.
Don’t Miss a Sunset
Slow your roll one night and take in a fiery sunset. I saw some absolutely magical ones while I was there. There truly is nothing quite like seeing the sun slip behind the horizon over a beautiful ocean.
Logistics: Where to Stay?
Cheap flights: I’d recommend checking out Momondo. They scan tons of different travel discount sites and let you filter by cheapest, best, and shortest. Another good one to check out is eDreams.net —they often feature special flight deals.
Hotel Deals: My top choice is probably Priceline.com —I’ve found some insanely cheap (beautiful hotels). Other sites I check are Expedia.com and the Hilton (for points). If you’re looking to avoid hotels and go the hostel route, I recommend checking out Hostelworld. Given a choice, I’d definitely splurge on a beachfront hotels…there’s nothing quite like walking out of your room into the beautiful blue ocean. I personally ended up at Radisson, and would 100% stay there again.
Now off you go! Go ahead, book that flight, and frolic in the ocean! Let me know your opinions on what to do in Barbados…I’m sure I’ll be back again before I know it.
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