While Barbados is one of the smallest islands in the Caribbean, it is still mighty with breathtaking views. The island is surrounded by beautiful beaches and calm waters, and if you’re planning a trip with your family, there’s no shortage of fun activities for kids to discover and explore. Read on to find out the best activities for kids around the island.
Barbados is well known for a few things, one of them being a fun creature that inhabits the island: the Green Monkey. These monkeys are actually slightly green in color and originally came from West Africa. You can view the monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you can get close to all the island’s native animals. The monkeys don’t actually live at the reserve and can come and go as they please, so we recommend going in the afternoon, which is their most popular feeding time.
There are tons of other animals at the reserve that you and your family will love, especially your little ones. The aviary is a great place to hangout with the parrots, macaws, love birds and many others. Reptile lovers will also enjoy the many snakes, iguanas, turtles and tortoises that can be found here.
Best Beaches for Kids
While there are many beaches to explore in Barbados, we suggest you enjoy these ones with your kids:
Mullins Beach: Located in Saint Peter, Mullins Beach is arguably the most popular beach on the west coast of Barbados. There are lounge chairs available to use, and tons of shady spots to set up the whole family. The nearby beach bar is a great place to grab lunch or a drink. The beach is relatively small, so it feels as though you are on your own private beach. There are also jet skis available to rent for some water fun.
Crane Beach: Crane Beach is among the most beautiful beaches in the world. The pink sand stretches along the island’s lush landscape. There are a few small beaches along this coast, with walkways in between the rocks to get to each one.
Bathesheba: This beach is quite a site to see. The current can be strong, so it is not recommended to take small children into the water. However, it’s still a great place to collect shells and make sand castles along the shore. Bathesheba is picturesque with all its boulders and views of the mountain crests.
A jeep Safari can be an excellent way to get the whole family together and excited about the island of Barbados. You can take the islands most popular tour, where you will venture through all types of terrain and go off roading. The tour takes you through Edge Cliff, Bathsheba, Joe’s River Forest, and Little Bay. Ride through the forest and along the beach with your experienced tour guide while learning facts and history about the island. Your tour will end with a traditional Bajan buffet.
Cruise on a pirate ship
Set sail aboard the Jolly Rodger for a fun-filled cruise around the coast of Barbados. This cruise is like a party on water and there are plenty of games, rope swings, music and fun for the family to enjoy. Be sure to linger on the edge of the boat as you “walk the plank.” This boat-turned-pirate ship is a great way to get the whole family to enjoy a day on the water. You can even jump in the water and swim with the fishes or catch a glimpse of a sea turtle if you’re lucky.
There are tons of fun activities for kids in Barbados, and the next time you are visiting the island with kids you can keep these in mind. The Hilton Barbados Resort welcomes you and your whole family to enjoy this tropical island in style. Hilton Barbados’ infinity style pool overlooks a beautiful private beach, where your kids can play in the sand or scuba dive in the wide blue ocean. Pack your bags and take your family on a vacation of a lifetime!