9 things to do in Barbados

Barbados is a lot more than just sun, sea and sand. On this incredible island, you’ll find history, adventure, romance, and culinary delights. Here are just 10 things you can do in Barbados.

Book an Island Safari

There’s more to the natural beauty of Barbados than its beaches. Book yourself an island safari through gullies, forest, and remote bays – where you might even spot a cheeky green monkey munching on a stick of sugar cane!

Visit a museum

Barbados has a rich history and is not short of fascinating museums. The Barbados Museum & Historical Society is one of the most fascinating museums on the island. The George Washington House & Museum and Arlington House are also worth a look.

Enjoy some water sports

Surrounded by glittering, soft waves Barbados is perfect for water sport enthusiasts. Jet skiing, sailing, and parasailing are all very popular.

Sip the oldest rum in the world

Barbados is the birthplace of rum. Mount Gay was founded in Barbados in 1703 and you can still book a tour of the active distillery.

Sample Barbadian cuisine

Barbadian cuisine is renowned for its diversity, variety and freshness. Its national dish is flying fish with coucou. Also remember to try hot pepper sauce or a dish of pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes (which is known as Pudding and Souse top the locals).

Scuba dive

Underneath the calm waters, you’ll discover a world of coral reefs and shipwrecks. Barbados is also teeming with marine life and you’ll be diving amongst stingray, manta rays, barracuda, angelfish, grouper, parrotfish, triggerfish and seahorses.


With powder-soft sands and swaying palm trees, Barbados is a relaxing island. In Barbados, you’ll find luxurious spas, high-end salons, natural health treatments, and professional gyms.

Tee off on a golf course

Keen golfers will love the mix of perfect weather and beautiful scenery. The Barbados Golf Club is perfect for golfers of all abilities. Made up of an 18 hole, par 72 championship course, the Barbados Golf Club is also an official destination of the PGA European Tour.

Get married (or propose!)

It’s not hard to imagine why dozens of couples choose Barbados every year for their destination wedding. Venues include beachside ceremonies at sunset and unions in tropical gardens. It’s also an incredible place to enjoy your honeymoon or even pop the question!

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Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.