There are so many great things to do in Barbados, making it the perfect family holiday destination. If you’ve never been, now’s the time to book.
Barbados has family fun written all over it — from beautiful beaches and water sports to island safaris. And one of the best ways to enjoy it all is by book an all-inclusive holiday.
The Brits have always enjoyed family holidays by the beach. And many are now swapping Devon and Cornwall for more exotic destinations. And why not! All-inclusive holidays are making it easier and more affordable for families to indulge.
In fact, Britain is no stranger to ‘all-inclusive’ breaks, as it was the home of the first package holidays. Barbados may be a whole lot more exotic than Blackpool, but the concept is the same.
There is no shortage of things to do in Barbados, so here are some ideas to get you started.
The Caribbean has a fantastic climate and a crystal clear ocean. So it’s no surprise that most of the great things to do in Barbados involve water.
One of the best adventures you can have with the kids in Barbados is aboard the Atlantis Submarine. The sub cruises over the reef, giving the whole family a diver’s eye view of this tropical paradise.
Descending to around 100 feet, you’ll see fish of every size and colour, and sea turtles.
It’s a pretty sure bet that the whole family will enjoy a cruise on the Jolly Roger 1. Action-packed and full of fun, it’s something all ages will love.
This beautiful pirate schooner has everything you need onboard, including lunch or dinner. There’s a bar for the adults and snorkeling equipment for all.
With crystal clear waters, you’ll see plenty of fish and can even go swimming with turtles.
Bathsheba Beach is the Number 1 in Barbados — much loved by surfers and photographers. You’ll enjoy the dramatic rock formations! If you want to surf, head to the Soup Bowl.
Bathsheba Beach is not recommended for swimming; instead, try Carlisle Bay. On the south-western coast of the island, this beautiful bay offers safe swimming. In fact, it’s a great place to learn to swim.
Be sure to visit some of the other beaches, too — they’re amazing. For example, for safe boogie boarding, head over to Accra Beach.
There are also several shipwrecks in the bay. The wrecks attract fish, turtles and rock lobsters so don’t forget to take your snorkeling gear.
Barbados offers some amazing sights and activities on land, too.
At least, that is what it will feel like when you visit the Animal Flower Cave. Located at North Point, St Lucy, this is one of the best things to do in Barbados.
The island’s only accessible sea cave, it now sits higher than when it formed. This is because Barbados is rising around an inch every 1,000 years.
Two British explorers found the Animal Flower Cave in 1780. It got its name from the many sea anemones – or Animal Flowers – found there.
This is an amazing place to visit with children. They will love the 500,000-year-old coral, the rock pools, and the anemones.
One of the best ways to explore Barbados is by four-wheel-drive. There are several companies operating Jeep tours on the island.
An adventure safari will be a buzz for all the family. The tour will stop along the way for lunch, swimming and snorkeling. Don’t forget your camera!
We all know kids love animals, so introduce them to the wild. One of the other great things to do in Barbados is to visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
Located in Saint Peter, this incredible four-acre sanctuary opened in 1982. Established by Jean Baulu and his wife, Suzanne, it is a primate research centre for green monkeys.
Green monkeys are eye-catching, with golden green fur and pale-coloured hands and feet. They like to hang out in groups and are very friendly. They are also known to communicate and pull amazing faces.
The Reserve is also home to other amazing animals. These include red-footed tortoises, snakes, parrots and even peacocks.
If you’re feeling brave, take a look at the pythons. Barbados is famous for having some of the smallest, and some of the biggest snakes in the world.
If your children are older, a visit to St. Nicholas Abbey is a must. Here you’ll find history, art and archaeology all rolled into one.
Kids will enjoy exploring this 400-acre estate. Highlights include the Slave Villages, flower and herb gardens and the friendly cockatoos. Parents will enjoy a visit to the rum distillery.
Visiting local cafes and restaurants is all part of your amazing Barbados experience. The food in Barbados is delicious. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding something the kids will eat.
Bajan food is the local cuisine, using lots of seafood and fresh vegetables.
You’ll find plenty of family friendly restaurants in Barbados. They understand that not all youngsters can handle the local delicacies. Rice and peas is a good staple, usually served with beef stew or fried chicken.
A cutter is actually a sandwich, with ham, egg or fried fish inside, so that’s a safe bet. The fish cakes are delicious, although quite spicy.
One ‘local’ dish that’s bound to go down well with the kids is macaroni pie – or macaroni cheese.
There are so many fun things to do, including the Barbados Concorde Experience. The Flower Forest is amazing, and Jump and Wave is one of the best children’s amusement centres you’ll find.
Be sure to take a catamaran cruise while you’re here. Sailing the Caribbean may be one of the best things you’ll ever do. Stop off in one of the small bays for lunch and a swim and it’ll feel like a small slice of paradise.
If you choose an all-inclusive holiday, you’ll find your food, drinks, and snacks are part of the package. This can work out to be a very cost-effective option.
In Barbados, all inclusive deals cover many activities and entertainment, making them a great value.
Some trips include return flights, transfers, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It also includes daily entertainment, excursions, water sports and more.
Imagine all that included — nothing to worry about once you’re there, other than having fun!
Map of Barbados, Caribbean
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