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What to Do and See in Barbados

Posted on 16 November 2018 by (0)

Some words make you visualize white sandy beaches and amazing sunsets. Barbados is included in that list. Featuring a spectacular shoreline spanning over 70 miles and a promise of water-sports activities all year round, it merits to be seen that way. To sample everything that Barbados has to offer, rent a car and visit the following suggested places.


This beautiful town is located on the West Coast of Barbados, in St James Parish. The town boasts of great historical significance because it is the site where the British first landed in 1625 and was named Jamestown after England’s King James. The stunning beach at Holetown is characterized by calm and clear waters, with safe swimming areas demarcated by buoys. You can also take the trip in a glass bottom boat and explore the underwater sea life. If you’re feeling hungry or thirsty, the town bustles with excellent restaurants and trendy bars more so in First and Second Street.  Visit these spots particularly in the late afternoon to enjoy ‘happy hour’ prices.


Speightstown is a major island town along the north-west coast of Barbados and boasts of a drawn out and intriguing cultural and historical importance.  Plenty of the character of this town can be noticed in its architecture- ancient buildings from the times of the early settlement alongside modern buildings depicting a developing metropolis.  To find out more about the history and life of the town, make sure you visit the Arlington House Museum. If you love art, you can visit the Gallery of Caribbean Art found in the Northern Business Center. Here, you can sample a splendid collection of Jamaican, Trinidad, Haiti, Bajan and Caribbean art. Speightstown is also home to a number of beaches which are usually less busy compared to others along this beautiful coast.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Farley Hill National Park and Grenade Hall Forest

These three attractions are in close proximity to one another so spare some adequate time to pop into each one of them. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve sits on 4 hectares of mahogany forest. Here you enjoy a golden opportunity to walk freely through the Reserve seeing all sorts of animals at close range and in their natural habitat. Some of the animals you’ll spot at the Reserve include Barbados green monkeys, parrots, love birds, macaw, snakes, turtles, Iguana and tortoises.

Close by is the Grenade Hall Forest and Signal Station. History and nature lovers will cherish a visit to this attraction which blends a natural forest and a restored historic signal station. The forest boasts of a serene tranquility, with birds singing and monkeys jumping from one tree to another. Well marked pathways guide you around the woods. Inside the signal station are interesting exhibits which give a peek into the life of the soldiers who were based here.

Across the road is Farley Hill National Park which hosts the once beautiful mansion constructed by Sir Graham Briggs for royalty entertainment. Today, what is left of the palatial mansion are gutted ruins which provide a perfect setting for picnics while offering breathtaking views of the east coast.

Oistins Weekly Food Festival

Do you fancy a street food party? Head to the south coast of Barbados, specifically the historic town of Oistins on any Friday and enjoy local fish delicacies including swordfish, tuna, flying fish and lobster which are prepared as you watch. Enjoy the sweet sounds of reggae and calypso music emanating from the sidewalk stalls.

Don’t miss out on these attractions when you visit Barbados.