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 like the idea of seeing the sights at a slower pace, you will encounter a variety of different places that can help you. For more details about bike and scooter rentals, click here.

Diving

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.

You'll find 8 dive operators and at least 36 different dive sites to choose from. You can go to this extended discussion about diving opportunities in this area if you want to find more facts.

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

Fishing

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.

If you have some avid anglers vacationing with you, they're in luck -- they can catch some fish with one of the 9 charter operators in this area. For a more detailed look at this specific topic, navigate to this article concerning deep sea fishing in this area.

Golf

Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course

If there are some avid golfers in your group, they'll be pleased to know there are 7 courses in this area. The area courses include Barbados Golf Club, Royal Westmoreland, and Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course. For a detailed guide to the course, including location, number of holes, and more just click on the name of the course. Click here to view our guide to golf throughout Caribbean.

Sailing and Boating

Good Times Catamaran Cruises

The following table summarizes more information about area firms that will help you spend some time on the open 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 Bridgetown
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 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 read about charter operators and marinas check out this page.

Shopping

Best Of Barbados Chattel Village

...purchase luxury goods at up to a 40 percent discount...

 

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 you have some people who enjoy exploring new shops in your group, they might enjoy exploring some of the 90 retail stores in the area. Click here to view our page about shopping on Barbados.

Sightseeing

Sunbury Plantation House & Museum

Another popular activity is exploring the area's interesting sights. The area features historic sites and a distillery. Those visitors who enjoy natural surroundings will typically have a good time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. For more information about available sightseeing attractions, check out this page.

Check out the following chart for information concerning a firm that can help you have a great time enjoying the local sights.

Sightseeing Services On Barbados
Name Type Phone Location
A Nearby Taxi & Van Service Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 420-4067 Christ Church Parish
Aquatic Taxi Services Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 436-9432 Downtown Bridgetown
Atlantis Barbados Submarines Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 436-8968 0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Butcher Travel & Tours Travel and Tour Operators (246) 422-1390 Holetown, Western part of Barbados
Caribbean Safari Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Coconut Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 437-0297 0.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown 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
Segway of Barbados Excursions and Sightseeing Service (246) 253-6772 Bridgetown

Snorkeling

Atlantis Barbados Submarines

If you like to go snokeling you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so in the waters surrounding Barbados. Click on this link to view our discussion of local snorkeling opportunities.

Spas

The Spa at Waves

Relaxing in a spa could be the highlight of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 12 spas located in this area. To find out more about the options, read this article.

Sports

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.

Tennis

The Crane Residential Resort

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with 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. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and a few other details. Click on the names to learn about other aspects of 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
Southern Palms Beach Club 1.0 mi. South of Central Vauxhall 2 check check
Coral Reef Club 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown 2 check

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

Other Activities

Zed's Surfing Adventures

The following chart enables you to learn a few details regarding other activities.

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 Co The Dance Companies (246) 429-4870 Downtown Bridgetown
Body Care 4 U Fit For Life Fitness Centers and Instructors (246) 435-5858 3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
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
Hastings Boardwalk Scenic Trail -- 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
High Tide Watersports Watersports Operator (246) 432-0931 0.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown
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
Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex Sporting Event Venue (246) 437-6010 3.1 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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