Over the past two years, Barbados has received many awards most recently awarded “Caribbean’s Best Destination” by Expedia and “Best Caribbean Beach” by Conde Nast Traveler’s List. Known for sexy-romance, Barbados offers couples a relaxed island honeymoon, destination wedding or vacation. Here is a list of things we know you won’t want to miss on your next visit.
1.) Mount Gay Rum Tour
Enjoy one or more cocktails with expert shakers at the Mount Gay Rum Barbados distillery, and discover the colorful history of Mount Gay Rum.
2.) Island Safari Tour
Visit the highest cliff on the island where professional guides take tours through the gullies, forests, remote bays and road with coastal views exposing the hidden secrets of Barbados.
3.) The Crystal Room in Harrison’s Cave
With an abundance of stalactites, stalagmites, streams, lakes and waterfalls, leading speleologists consider the Crystal Room Cave to be among the finest showcases of its type in the world. The Caves are located near the geographical center of Barbados.
4.) Sunset cocktails anywhere on the Caribbean Sea-side of the Island
Barbados has many fantastic hotels with glamorous lounges, from which to view a spectacular Caribbean sunset. Try any drink with the favorite spirit of the island Rum.
5.) Catamaran Cruise on the Caribbean
Picture yourself relaxing on the deck on a luxurious catamaran while gliding over the sparkling crystal-clear Caribbean, past beautiful palm-fringed beaches. The Catamaran is anchored for lunch where visitors can enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared some of the Caribbean’s top chefs. After lunch, enjoy snorkeling in the light blue waters.
6.) Surfing the Soup Bowl at Bathsheba
The Soup Bowl in Bathsheba on the North East Atlantic coast as having some of the best surfing in the Caribbean. The Soup Bowl comes alive when the swells arrive from the North or North East, and break over a shallow reef, producing the perfect barrel or “tube” that surfers relish so much.
7.) Golf at any of the five top international courses
For those who want to play golf while visiting the Island, Barbados has some of the region’s most luxurious and breathtaking courses and has received unprecedented attention from golf aficionados.
8.) The Spa at Sandy Lane
The Spa is housed within a splendid Romanesque building of 42,000 square feet fronted by a spectacular waterfall cascading into a large, freeform swimming pool. World-class facilities include nine VIP treatment suites with luxurious treatments offered.
9.) Scuba Diving in Barbados
The fringes and reefs found off Barbados’ coast blossom with sponge, coral & plant life. The barrier reefs, located approximately one mile off-shore, contain large coral heads that form the habitat for thousands of beautiful fish and larger marine creatures like Turtles and Seahorses. Man-made Shipwrecks have created fascinating habitats for marine life and can also be found off the shores of Barbados.
10.) Relax and taken in the Sun and Sand at Crane Beach
There is nothing better than getting a large fluffy beach towel from your suite, in the pristine Crane Hotel. Crane Beach has been named as one of the “10 best beaches in the World” by the television show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”.
11.) Fall in love again at The Cliff Restaurant
The Cliff is neatly perched above the lapping waves of the Caribbean Sea and is lit by fiery lanterns that burn brightly high above the tables. The Cliff opened in 1996 and is consistently top ranked in the Barbados Zagat Guide. Its exquisite multi-tiered setting complements Chef Paul Owen’s menu, strongly influenced by the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
12.) Romantic walks on the Beach
Barbados has many wonderful long beaches, just made for long romantic walks either during the day or in the cooler hours of the early evening, underneath millions of glistening stars set to a chorus of tree frogs.
For more ideas, visit www.visitbarbados.org.