Activities in Barbados

Find plenty of activities to suit any kind of travel on Barbados

Photo credit: © Meg Stewart

Barbados is known for its beautiful beaches, but that doesn't mean sand and surf are the only ways to enjoy the island. Plenty of outdoor activities allow travelers to take in a little sun and a lot more of Barbados.

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are intrigued by the idea of exploring the area in the open air there are several places that can help. Navigate here to see our article about bike and scooter rentals.


Barbados Diving

Those who want to dive right in to the action, though, can do so when it comes to seeing the underwater beauty of Barbados. Several dive sites, including a good number with sunken ships, are popular with travelers. These shipwrecks often create a perfect habitat for incredible coral and underwater creatures. Snorkelers, too, can spend a bit of time viewing the undersea life.

There are 10 dive operators and at least 36 good dive sites in the area. To read our full guide to diving opportunities in this area, visit this page.

Events and Festivals

If you want to know what is important to the people of Barbados, pay attention to the things they celebrate. Island events and festivals are not only fun and lively ways to pass time, but they have meaning to locals. There are constantly music festivals and other events celebrating the arts going on, so that shows you that the arts have great importance to the people of Barbados. Also of significance is heritage and culture. If there is a festival going on during your stay on the island, make a point to get out there and mingle. Not only will you see a lot of friendly faces, but you will also get to sample local fare, and find plenty of booths at which artisans are selling their wares. Click here to learn more


IOU Fishing Charters

If you'd like to leave dry land but also keep yourself dry, chartering a fishing boat may be the perfect option. Fish in the Caribbean come in all shapes and sizes. In Barbados the fish come in plenty of large sizes for anglers seeking record-earning catches.

Avid fishermen love this area, as suggested by the existence of 10 charter fishing services that operate from this area. To read more about deep sea fishing in this area, navigate to this page.


Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course

If there are some avid golfers vacationing with you, they'll be pleased to know the potential exists for playing at several of the 7 golf courses in this area. The area courses include Barbados Golf Club, Royal Westmoreland, and Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course. For a detailed article concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more all you have to do is click on the course name. To learn more about golf throughout the Caribbean, go to this article.

Sailing and Boating

Good Times Catamaran Cruises

Be sure to look through the following chart to see area firms that can help you enjoy some time on the water.

Boating Opportunities On Barbados
Name Phone Location
Barbados Sailing (246) 262-3792 Barbados
Black Pearl Party Cruise (246) 826-7245 Downtown Bridgetown
Boatyard Taxi (246) 437-5640 Downtown Bridgetown
Cool Runnings (246) 436-0911 Downtown Bridgetown
El Tigre Cruises (246) 417-7245 Downtown Bridgetown
Elegance Catamaran Cruises (246) 830-4218 0.7 mi. North of Central Speightstown
Good Times Catamaran Cruises (246) 422-1900 0.1 mi. North of Central Holetown
Jammin' Catamaran Cruise (246) 422-1152 Downtown Bridgetown
Sail Calabaza (246) 826-4048 0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Silver Moon (246) 435-5285 0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Small Cats Catamaran Sailing Cruises (246) 421-6419 Downtown Bridgetown
Tiami Catamaran Cruises -- Bridgetown

If you want to learn about charter operators and marinas visit this page.


Best of Barbados Quayside

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Duty free shopping in Barbados means that vacationers can purchase luxury goods at up to a 40 percent discount. This is an especially good deal when it comes to British imports such as cashmere, tweed, china, and perfume because they are typically very expensive back home. Holetown and Bridgetown provide the most extensive shopping locales, but if you are looking for locally made handicrafts, however, head to Oistins.

If there are some shopping aficionados traveling with you, they'll be interested to know that at least 87 retailers are located in this area. Navigate to this extended discussion if you'd like to read more about shopping on Barbados.


Sunbury Plantation House & Museum

Another popular activity is to soak in the area's interesting sights. The area's sights include historic sites and a distillery. Visitors who enjoy the natural environment typically enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. To read a more complete discussion of available sightseeing attractions, follow this link.

The following chart lists some key facts regarding a firm that can help you get the most out of your sightseeing time.

Sightseeing Services On Barbados
Name Type Phone Location
Atlantis Barbados Submarines Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 436-8968 0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Coconut Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 437-0297 2.5 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Glory Tours Travel and Tour Operators (246) 231-2932 3.2 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
Island Safari Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 429-5337 3.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Bridgetown
Island Safari Barbados Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 429-5337 3.7 mi. Northeast of Central Bridgetown
Kayaking Barbados Kayaking Service (246) 266-0951 0.3 mi. North of Central Speightstown
Mountain Bike Barbados Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 826-2453 1.7 mi. Northeast of Central Diamond Valley
Williams Tours Barbados Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 427-1043 1.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Atlantic Shores


Atlantis Barbados Submarines

If you like to snorkel you'll be pleased to know you can easily find places to do so off the coast of Barbados. Visit this article regarding snorkeling if you'd like to find out additional specifics.


Schotherapy Internationale Day Spa

Indulging in a trip to the spa just might be the highlight of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, since there are 12 spas in this area. Click to read our page concerning this topic.


The local golf courses are popular hot spots for those who prefer to stay on land. Initially, the golf courses in Barbados were built during the tourism boom of the 1960s, then fell into disrepair for several decades. Recently, however, renovations to the island's courses has revitalized golf in Barbados, and even brought pro tours through the area. Tennis is also going through a revitalization in Barbados, and vacationers will find that many resorts have tennis courts. If that is not an option there are a few public and private courts you can book time at.


The Crane Residential Resort

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 16 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following list can help with your decision making process. At a glance, you can see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis On Barbados
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
The Crane Residential Resort 0.2 mi. East of Central Diamond Valley 2 check
Almond Beach Village 0.5 mi. North of Central Speightstown 5 check
Sandy Lane 0.9 mi. South of Central Holetown 9 check check
Turtle Beach Resort 1.1 mi. South of Central Vauxhall 2 check
Fairmont Royal Pavilion 1.1 mi. North of Central Holetown 2 check
Colony Club Hotel 0.6 mi. North of Central Holetown 2 check
Crystal Cove Hotel 3.9 mi. North of Central Bridgetown 2 check
The House 1.5 mi. South of Central Holetown 4 check
Starfish Discovery Bay 0.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Holetown 2 check
Southern Palms Beach Club 1.0 mi. South of Central Vauxhall 2 check check

For instance, The Crane Residential Resort is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Limegrove Cinema

Information about lots of other activities are summarized in the chart below.

Other Activities On Barbados
Name Type Phone Location
Aquarius Watersports Jet Ski Rental Service (246) 426-0655 Downtown Bridgetown
Aquatic Centre Swimming Pools (246) 429-7946 Christ Church Parish
Barbados Dance Theatre Dance Companies (246) 429-4870 Downtown Bridgetown
Barbados Surf Trips Watersports Operator (321) 877-5516 0.5 mi. South West of Central Atlantic Shores
Barry's Surf Barbados Watersports Operator (246) 256-3906 1.0 mi. South of Central Vauxhall
Bushy Park Racing Circuit Auto Racetracks -- 1.4 mi. East of Central Church Village
Casa Grande Arcade Amusement Arcade (246) 416-3351 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Diamond Valley
High Tide Watersports Watersports Operator (246) 432-0931 0.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown
Jetblade Barbados Watersports Operator (246) 236-7680 Downtown Bridgetown
Kensington Oval Management Inc Sporting Event Venue (246) 274-1200 0.6 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Limegrove Cinema Movie Theater (246) 420-2000 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown
National Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- 1.8 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Olympus Theater Movie Theater (246) 437-1000 3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
Paddle Barbados Watersports Operator (246) 249-2787 1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex Sporting Event Venue (246) 437-6010 3.0 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
The Empire Theatre Movie Theater -- Downtown Bridgetown
Zed's Surfing Adventures Watersports Operator (246) 428-7873 1.0 mi. East of Central Atlantic Shores
deAction World Watersports Operator (246) 428-2027 1.9 mi. East of Central Atlantic Shores

Golf, fishing, and diving aren't the only activities for those on visit to Barbados, but they are popular among island vacationers. And with these three options in mind, you're sure to find something exciting to do during your stay.


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