Southeast of St. Lucia you’ll find the ever-so friendly island of Barbados. Only 21 miles long, this tiny island has more to do than meets the eye! Like so many of the islands in the region, expect to find a confluence of European, African and Caribbean culture and heritage throughout, making for an extremely culturally rich experience. Read on for some of our favorite things to do while vacationing in Barbados!
Explore Dover Beach
Although not at Hilton Barbados’ doorstep, Dover Beach is certainly worth the short drive East. While we suggest at least spending two hours, you can easily find yourself busy and entertained throughout the entire day. Conveniently situated near many restaurants and local eateries, you can spend the day beachside and quickly pop over to grab some great bites throughout the day. Popular activities here include all sorts of watersports, so get your lifejacket ready and hit the jet-ski rental! Oh, and if you’re lucky, you may spot some turtles swimming just off the beach!
Mount Gay Rum Distillery
In case you didn’t know, Barbados loves its rum. If you’re a fan of rum, you’d be remiss to skip out on the Mount Gay Rum Distillery. Stop by the Visitor Centre– which happens to have some amazing ocean views– and embark on a tour of the distillery. Learn about the culture and heritage around the beloved brand and the process by which Mount Gay Rum has been crafted for over 310 years. With a variety of tour options, you may even find yourself in a cocktail mixing session or tasting rum over a traditional Bajan lunch. Fun fact: did you know that Mount Gay Rum is world’s oldest rum brand?
If you’re looking for calm, sheltered waters, Carlisle Bay is your place. While a great place to find a beach chair and umbrella and lounge to your heart’s content, Carlisle Bay’s pristine clear waters make for the perfect spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Pro tip: while the beach can tend to get a little crowded, take a little walk towards the more quiet, South end of the beach!
It’s safe to say you can plan to spend an entire day in Bridgetown alone. The capital of Barbados, Bridgetown offers up rich colonial architecture alongside a buzzing local culture. If architecture and historical sites are your kind of thing, be sure to check out the Barbados Synagogue and the Parliament Buildings. Feeling hungry? Pop into any of the multitude of restaurants around town, like Muster’s Restaurant or Lobster Alive for you guessed it, everything lobster.
While Barbados is rife with rum, colonial architecture and plenty of beaches, be sure to check out a perhaps less obvious spot – Harrison’s Cave. The cave, located in the central uplands of the island, is made entirely of limestone and features pristine streams and pools of water throughout. Book a tour for an in-depth exploration of the natural wonder that is Harrison’s Cave, then be sure to pick up some local gifts at the gift shop to remember your incredible experience.