Known for giving the world its favorite bad gal, Rihanna, the island of pride and industry also has plenty sweetness to offer. From its Animal Flower Cave and Speightstown’s bustling fish market in the north, to Banks Brewery and Harrison’s Cave in the south, Barbados is full of activities. It’s capital, Bridgetown, is full of architectural marvels, colorful buildings and local cuisine that keeps tourists coming back for more. If it’s breathtaking beaches and wildlife are any indication, and they are, there is an abundance of beauty and adventure to be enjoyed in Barbados.
CouCou and Flying Fish
This local favorite and national dish can be found any and everywhere. Jam packed with local seasonings, the flavors of the CouCou and Flying fish will have you coming back for a second plate.
Castaways Bar & Grill
(Entrance of St Lawrence Gap)
This gem of a restaurant can be found in the picturesque St Lawrence Bay. Whether you’re there to watch the waves or the sunset there is a meal to match your mood. Castaway provides small plates, vegan options, extravagant meals, and sublime desserts. Make sure not to miss their Souse Saturdays and definitely don’t forget to grab a drink or two.
(Dunlow Lane, Bay St Bridgetown)
Nothing beats a bar with great food and Bar Cutters is the place to get that. Whether drinking: cocktails, beers, or rum, pairing it with Bar Cutter’s unique dishes will enhance the experience. Known for creating new Bajan dishes, like loaded fries with rum sauce or lamb burger with sweet cranberry coleslaw, Bar Cutters is an excellent get together location for friends.
The Good Life
This quaint restaurant is a perfect place for a dinner date, especially if your date is vegan/vegetarian. Located in Rockley, The Good Life is Barbados’ only intimate fine dining vegan experience. Packed with flavor, local spices, and seasonings even meat eaters will enjoy the experience.
If you go to Barbados and didn’t drink Banks beer did you really go to Barbados? Aptly referred to as “The beer of Barbados” this locally brewed beer is a local favorite with a slightly sweet finish. Share one with a friend to cool off on a hot day.
(Second Street, Holetown)
If you’re a brunch lover The Mews’ Boozy Bajan Brunch is for you. Mews’ three course farm to table brunch, with bottomless mimosas of course, is a fusion of international and Bajan cuisine. It is the perfect place for a late morning meal after partying late into the night or early into the morning.
Accra Beach Hotel and Spa
White sandy beaches, free wifi, and local and international cuisine can all be found at Accra Beach Hotel and Spa. This beachfront hotel offers various bars and restaurants as well as comprehensive spa packages to allow you to rest in between bouts of the adventure and partying that Barbados has to offer. If you’re looking for internationally trained therapists, panoramic ocean view rooms, or personal spa ambassadors this hotel is certainly for you.
Sandy Lane Resort
Sandy Lane takes luxury and extravagance to an entirely different level. With their private villas, exceptional golf course, swim up bar, children friendly Tree House Club, water sports, tennis, and a heap of restaurants and bars there may be no reason to leave the hotel at all. Couple all this with stellar staff and a vast expanse of sensational sandy beaches and your vacation of luxury will be complete.
Coral Mist Hotel
Coral Mist Beach Hotel provides suites, penthouses, or deluxe studios at an affordable price. The hotel faces crystal clear turquoise water that comes up to hug the sandy beach. Coral Mist provides many on and off water activities including a unique game of Boccee that tests the skills of any willing to play. Whether you prefer island tours or lounging in the game room Coral Mist has something for you.
Waves Hotel and Spa
If you’re looking for an all inclusive luxury stay look no further. Waves Hotel and Spa boasts an adult only spa building for the grown and sexy who are looking to kickback and relax. They also offer complimentary water taxi service, beach and pool ambassadors, and a variety of motorized water sports. Waves also offers unlimited drinks, multiple pools, and utility of the tremendous west coast beach front.
(#1 Beach, Restaurant, and Bar)
The Boatyard has a little bit of play for everyone. From fun beach activities to excellent locations to dine and drink every member of the family will enjoy.
Dukes Night Lounge
(1st Street Holetown)
With top class DJs, lounges, and a revamped interior Duke’s is the place to be for a classy night out. If you’re just looking to dance or if you’re looking for a more exclusive experience Duke’s offers private rooms for parties and private events.
If feteing on land isn’t enough get your posse and head to Limerz Cruise. This event is inclusive of breakfast, premium liquor, and waistline to wuk up on. Make sure your crew is all together as this event features numerous boats.
This global fete gets a unique Bajan twist. Couple Bajan Bashment music with liquor filled coolers and you have Soca Brainwash. You definitely don’t want to miss this one.
John Moore’s Bar
You may recognize this busy bar from any number of music videos. John Moore’s Bar is an excellent place to lime with locals, wuk up waist to the latest Bashment tunes, or just take in the view of this west coast waterfront.
There’s nothing quite like watching the sunrise while pelting waist. Foreday Morning Jouvert is a pregame to Crop Over. Get messy and oil up your waist while the sun rises to soca and Bashment beats.
Considered one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados, Harrison’s Cave is a breathtaking experience for family, friends, or the lone adventurer. Let experienced tour guides help you explore this active cave’s massive stream system and ever growing stalmagacites.
Harbour Lights (Bay St, St Michael, Barbados)
Harbour Lights offers a different theme everyday and the option for you to get picked up from your hotel via minibus. With it’s view of soft white sandy beaches and top live bands Harbour Lights is a superb spot for a early to late night outing.
This fete is all about pushing the boundaries. Prefer to wine at top locations and dine on the food of local and fabulous chefs? Bliss provides the opportunity for you and your friends to get on bad in style.
Concerts are always a good time but soca concerts have a vibe that is unmatched. Bring your voice and your waist to sing and dance along to your favorite soca performers.