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To me, Barbados is home. The same goes for a lot of others, even without the family ties. Barbadians are some of the warmest and most welcoming people I have met while traveling the world. If you plan on taking a trip to this 166 sq mile haven, take a look at some of our favorite things to do and places to dine below.
There are so many places across the globe that are synonymous with breathtaking beaches, crystal clear waters and a perfect tropical climate but this little island has so much more to offer. With hotels such as Port Ferdinand & Sandy Lane, among the most prestigious in the world, paired with fine dining at restaurants like The Cliff, Barbados truly is in a league of its own. If you’re looking for local hotpots to truly immerse you into that warm ‘Bajan’ hospitality, we’ve also got you covered…
Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning a trip.
Tour of St Nicholas Abbey – Have you heard that Barbados is the birth place of rum? You can take a tour to see how it’s all done. Of course this experience comes with taste testers so its definitely worth it!
Explore Harrisons Cave – This is your opportunity to learn a little more about Barbados and literally go through the heart of the island!
Uncle Joes – One of the coolest spots on Barbados’ east coast, this bar & grill offers lovely views of the seaside at Bathsheba. While it’s a great stop when touring the island, Uncle Joe’s is also worth visiting for the relaxing vibe, local beverages, and their must-try fish cakes
The Indian Grill on Bay Street – This is the ultimate Barbadian comfort food and an absolute must-try if you want to call yourself an honorary Bajan!
Cuz Café – Feeling peckish? Check out this local fresh fish hotspot just steps away from the beach.
Sunday brunch at Cliff Beach Club – This is the ultimate brunch experience with Rosé being served by the magnum and one of the best bands I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. This beach club is part of ‘The Cliff’ brand but a slightly more casual version! Be sure to try any of the seafood starters, I’m drooling just thinking about it…
Fusion rooftop – ‘Penthouse dining under the stars’. Head 4 floors up to see beautiful sweeping views of Barbados while sipping on a cocktail of your choice or dine on their Asian fusion menu. We highly recommend anything from their sushi menu, especially the salmon sashimi + an espresso martini for dessert!
Tides – This has been a long standing favorite of ours that you will never be disappointed by. It is also one of the few places in Barbados that serves fresh oysters! YUM! Tides has a cozy yet chic atmosphere with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.
Limegrove Lifestyle Center – dubbed as ‘the best place to shop in Barbados’, offering an unmatched selection of luxury and duty-free jewellery, apparel and accessories. You can. Find world leading retail brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Longchamp, Hugo BOSS, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Cartier as well as many specialty retailers. In addition to shopping, Limegrove features an art gallery, spa, two cinemas, several bars, restaurants and eateries, and The Grove Residences.
1.11 beach bar – If you’re in the mood to do a little more exploring, keep heading up the coast through Speightstown to a little beach bar called 1.11 and indulge in some cocktails or Rosé and watch the sun go down.
La Cabane – where taste, vibe and relaxation meet. Dine on fresh local ingredients cooked in a simplistic yet flavorful style paired with an extensive and creative cocktail list. This is the perfect location to watch the sun go down after a long day. P.s Wednesdays are Jazz night!
Sea Shed – This is my number uno newest obsession on the island. They hit the nail on the head here with the laid-back beach vibe that make mornings lounging by the beach turn into evenings under the starry sky (trust me on this one, you won’t want to leave)! Experience Sea Shed with a cocktail in one hand and a bite of any gourmet dish from the menu in another. We highly recommend the tuna poke and any of the pizzas!
Rent a mini moke and head to the east coast – I’m sure you’re thinking, what exactly is a mini moke?! Well, picture an olden day version of a mini cooper… then take all of the doors off and you’ve got a mini moke! These are great fun for a few friends to do a bit of exploring around the island. The East coast is a fan favorite!
Go karting – If you’ve had enough of the beach and are looking for your next adventure… It’s time to channel your inner Lewis Hamilton and step out onto the race circuit. Depending on how comfortable you are behind the wheel, you can opt to do the go-karting experience or the more professional Radical SR3 experience, the choice is yours!
Stand up paddle boarding – A great activity for travelers of any age. You can rent a board or take a lesson directly on pebbles beach.
Seaduced Luxury Catamarans – They have a fleet that can satisfy any clients needs. Whether you’re looking to take over an entire catamaran or opt in for one of their power boats, you will not be disappointed. I was greeted with a glass of perfectly chill champagne (this is at an additional cost) and the experience just kept exceeding expectations from then on. Relax and take in the views or enjoy any of the toys that the crew provides, including paddle boards, kayaks snorkel gear and so much more.
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To me, Barbados is home. The same goes for a lot of others, even without the family ties. Barbadians are some of the warmest and most welcoming people I have met while traveling the world.