Barbados is surrounded by over 70 miles of beautiful palm-fringed, white sand beaches. The sea offers just about every shade of blue and is truly a delight to behold, even when simply driving around the island. All Barbados beaches are open to the public giving locals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful seasides in the Caribbean. The Crane beach in St. Phillip has consistently been recognised as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
The East Coast Beaches of Barbados on the Atlantic Ocean offer not only the biggest waves, but also the most dangerous currents. Swimming at these beaches is not recommended but they are very popular for surfing. Bathsheba is the home of the famous Soup Bowl and is a hot spot for experienced local and foreign surfers alike. With prime conditions year-round, surfing is one of the most popular sports in Barbados. The Atlantic coastline is stunningly beautiful and simply awe-inspiring to watch.
The South Coast Beaches of Barbados are characterized by small to medium waves, good dive sites and excellent wind and kite surfing conditions. The south coast of Barbados is laden with stretches of white sand bays. The sea is usually calm and good for swimming. There are many shallow-water reefs, which are ideal for snorkeling. One of the best windsurfing spots is in Silver Sands and Silver Rock where many international windsurfing events are held.
Northern Barbados may have less sand but the coast makes up for this drawback with spectacular weathered cliffs and pounding Atlantic swells in numerous little bays. The majority of the coast tends to be rockier but offers beautiful ridges with magnificent views of the ocean. Swimming is quite safe within the sheltered bays like River Bay, Maycocks Bay, Cove Bay and Morgan Lewis Beaches. They are all great locations for gorgeous photos.
The West Coast Beaches of Barbados are known for calm, clear waters and soft white sandy beaches making them ideal for swimming, snorkeling or relaxing with a rum punch. The west coast gently nudges the tranquil Caribbean Sea in all its turquoise glory and is perfect for water sports like skiing and wakeboarding, it also boasts most of the island's popular scuba diving areas.
Some specific points to note about our Beaches:
Flags on Beach denote dangerous currents.
YELLOW FLAG: means proceed with caution
RED FLAG: is a strong warning that you should stay out of the sea
It is always advisable to stay within your depth when swimming. There is quite a bit of activity along the coast lines with boats and other water crafts so when snorkelling or diving please display a brightly coloured buoy or float to indicate your location.
More prevalent on the West Coast, but also found in small quantities elsewhere, these poisonous trees (usually marked with a red painted ring around the trunk) are to be handled with care. They bear small yellow-green “apples” and any contact with the leaves, branches or fruits will cause severe blistering. The fruit should NOT be eaten at anytime and take care not to shelter under these trees when it’s raining as the water dripping from the leaves will produce the same unpleasant effect.
Barbados is surrounded by extensive coral reefs and sea urchins (commonly referred to locally as cobblers) are abundant in the rocks and crevices that are close to shore. The long black spines will break easily and embed in your feet if stepped on. It is advised that if you are snorkelling or walking on any of the shallow reefs you wear reef shoes for protection against these animals and other small fish.
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Go on a culinary adventure through the numerous dining options available in Barbados. From our national dish of Flying Fish and Cou Cou or the ever popular local Saturday delight of Pudding and Souse all the way across the palate to mouth-watering Sushi, Barbados will please the most discerning food connoisseur. Dining choices are available for every taste and every budget.
You can choose from numerous fine-dining restaurants offering international dishes to relaxed, casual spots offering tasty local cuisine. Some of the most delicious food can be attained from local roadside vendors operating from the back of their van, stalls or tents. Our Concierge department has a comprehensive list of all of the finest dining spots in the island and would be happy to make all your reservations for you. For every taste and budget Barbados has something to offer....
Naniki Restaurant is known for the magnificent views and Caribbean cuisine; nestled in the lush countryside on a Nature Resort. Suriname, St. Joseph. Tel: 433-1300 / Website: www.lushlife.bb
The Atlantis is an elegant east coast hotel overlooking the Tent Bay fishing village and serving a famous Bajan Buffet lunch. It is also open for breakfast and dinner. Tent Bay, St. Joseph. Tel: 433-9445 / Website: www.atlantishotelbarbados.com
Zen Sushi & Thai Restaurant is a dining room perched on a cliff overlooking Crane Beach. The restaurant offers traditional Tatami rooms, an exquisite sushi bar and booths for private dining. The Crane, St. Philip. Tel: 423-6220 www.thecrane.com/dining
Ackee Tree is a relaxed eatery that specializes in Guyanese rotis and curries. Hastings, Christ Church. Tel: 434-7684 www.facebook.com/pages/Ackee-Tree
Apsara and Tamnak Thai is two restaurants in the same location - they specialize in authentic Indian and Thai cuisine. St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel: 435-5454 www.apsarabarbados.com
Bert’s Bar For all our NHL fans - you need to take note that Bert's is the "Official" Caribbean Headquarters of the Ottawa Senetors and a favourite with all sports enthusiasts. Its a great place to chill featuring live satellite sports coverage all day long. Try their authentic stone pizza! Rockley, Christ Church. Tel: 435-7924 / Website: www.bertsbarbados.com
Bubba’s Sports Bar & Restaurant offers all sports action via live satellite dishes while you enjoy their large and varied menu. Great for kids. Hastings, Christ Church. Tel: 435-6217 Website: www.bubbassportsbar.net
Café Luna is a delightful restaurant on a rooftop terrace and the menu draws from all over the world with tropical fusion. Enterprise, Christ Church. Tel: 420-4689 / Website: www.littlearches.com
Café Sol is ideally located at the entrance to St. Lawrence Gap and offers up an authentic Mexican style menu. Well known for their tasty margaritas. St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. Tel: 420-7655 / Website: www.cafesolbarbados.com
Champers is nestled on cliff top overlooking the sea and enjoys the reputation of being one of the leading restaurants on the south coast. Torrington, Christ Church. Tel: 434-3463 / Website: www.champersbarbados.com
Just Grillin’ is a casual open air dining in Quayside plaza close to Accra Beach. Great value and even better food. Rockley, Christ Church. Tel: 435-6469 www.justgrillinbarbados.com
Lobster Alive has fresh Grenadine lobster (kept alive in a their seawater tank) and has a selection of seafood dishes served by the seaside. Bay Street, St. Michael. Tel: 435-0305
Mama Mia Italian Deli & Pizzeria is a family run bistro with genuine Italian food and stone oven pizza. Hastings, Christ Church. Tel: 343-3354 www.accessbarbados.com/infoplus.php?ipid=122
Paulo’s Churrasco do Brasil is a Brazilian Steak House ideal for all meat lovers; with the side of a healthy salad bar. St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. Tel: 421-6767 / Website: www.paulos.bb
Tapas is a contemporary eatery along Barbados’ south coast boardwalk. There is also a bar and lounge.Hastings, Christ Church. Tel: 228-0704 www.tapasbarbados.com
Angry Annies is a cheerful and romantic restaurant with an exciting menu. 1st Street, Holetown, St. James. Tel: 432-2119 www.funbarbados.com/restaurants/angrya.cfm
Cin Cin is a refreshingly contemporary, elegant restaurant that offers 'alfresco dining' with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Prospect, St. James Tel: (246) 424-4557 Website: www.cincinbarbados.com
Chatters Tea Room serves high tea at the Bagatelle Great House on fine china. Bagatelle, St. Thomas. Tel:438-7403 www.totallybarbados.com/barbados/...by.../Tea_Houses/6621.htm
Daphne’s is a well known fine dining establishment situated on the beachfront serving international and Italian cuisine. Payne’s Bay, St. James. Tel: 432-2731 Website: www.daphnesbarbados.com
Elbow Room is casual dining with a difference. All main dishes are served on searing hot lava stone grills. 2nd Street, Holetown, St. James. Tel: 432-1927 www.elbowroombarbados.com
Fish Pot is a charming family restaurant set in an old fort. Guests sit on a wooden deck right above the sand, great for lunch or dinner. Shermans, St. Peter. Tel 439-2604 / Website: www.littlegoodharbourbarbados.com
Lone Star Restaurant has an elegant and relaxed beachside atmosphere and eclectic menu. Mount Standfast, St. James. Tel: 419-0599 / Website: www.thelonestar.com
Moon Town is true “Bajan” fish fry right on the water’s edge in the north of the island. Half Moon Fort, St. Lucy. Tel: 439-1927 / Website: www.moontownbarbados.com
Mullins Restaurant is a beachfront hot spot that serves up a fine lunch or an elegant dinner. Mullins, St. Peter. Tel: 422-2044 / Website: www.mullinsbarbados.com
Nishi is a sophisticated twist of informal dining with a diverse and creative menu of Asian and Caribbean cuisine. 2nd Street, Holetown. Tel: 432-8287 / Website: www.nishi-restaurant.com
Patisserie & Bistro Flindt is ideal for breakfast, lunch, or a light snack, not to mention dessert. Holetown, St. James. Tel: 432-2626 / Website: www.flindtbarbados.com
Scarlet has stylish décor and delish and affordable food. Payne’s Bay, St. James. Tel 432-3663 www.scarletbarbados.com
The Beach House is set on the west coast boardwalk and specialises in a Caribbean lunch buffet and romantic candlelight dinners. Holetown, Barbados. Tel: 432-1163 www.thebeachhousebarbados.com
The Cliff with its stunning cliff top setting and excellent culinary team is one of the leading restaurants in the Caribbean. Derricks, St. James. Tel: 432-1922 / Website: www.thecliffbarbados.com
The Mews serves international and European dishes presented with simplicity and style in one of the quaintest restaurants on the island. 2nd Street, Holetown, St. James. Tel: 432-1122 www.themewsbarbados.com
The Tides is a stunning beachfront restaurant nestled within a tropical garden just off the boardwalk serving international cuisine at its finest. Holetown, St. James. Tel 432-1163 / Website: www.tidesbarbados.com
The nightlife activities in Barbados are endless! Choose from trendy or traditional restaurants, electrifying nightclubs, casual bars, relaxed rum shops….and much much more! On the South Coast you’ll find the entertainment hub of St. Lawrence Gap - a mile long strip of entertainment delights alive with energy. On the West Coast you’ll find the popular 1st and 2nd Streets in Holetown known for delicious cuisine, exciting bars and vibrant nightclubs. Being small has its benefits; you can easily move from one Coast to the next experiencing as many nightspots as desired. Have a glance through some of our favourites....
Oistins Fish Fry
It’s a dressed down affair featuring lots of delicious Barbados fish and seafood. Enjoy grilled or fried marlin, tuna, mahi mahi, flying fish, swordfish, all prepared right in front of you! Look closely and you may even find the occasional spiney lobster. Sweet Caribbean music infuses the air while locals play dominoes or talk about hot issues. It’s an atmosphere of excitement and a “must-see” in Barbados.
Party in an open-air beachfront nightclub to pulsating Caribbean and international music. Harbour Lights is located on the beautiful Carlisle Bay Beach just a few minutes from Bridgetown. Their popular Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show is great fun for all ages. It features traditional local entertainment such as stiltmen, fire eaters, acrobatic green monkeys, shaggy bears and a tuk band.
Friendly atmosphere, affordable drinks and great music – this is Mojo’s. The cocktail bar’s motto is "Music for the People, Food for the Soul" and it hasn’t disappointed yet. Throw on your jeans and sandals and dance the night away!
John Moore’s Bar
It’s the rum shop you definitely want to experience. You’ll find a high-spirited group of Barbadians relaxing in a casual setting enjoying a rum punch or beer. Set along the waterfront in Weston, St. James you’ll enjoy cool, ocean breezes to the background of great laughter and merriment. Delicious local food is also on sale.
The Elbow Room
The Elbow Room is your perfect mix of dinner and dancing. After dinner the restaurant turns into a sizzling dance spot with popular local and international music. The Elbow Room offers a unique Stonegrill experience where food is presented on hot lava rocks. You can have a romantic dinner or a great night out with friends.
Enjoy the live entertainment on Friday nights! The Mews is located in 2nd street in Holetown. The restaurant offers international and European dishes in a casual setting with private dining areas and lovely balconies. It’s often the first choice of many to kick off an enjoyable Friday night.
A fun and exciting bar on the West Coast! Lime Bar is located within the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown. Friday nights feature DJ music, drink specials and guest mixologists. Mingle with friends or make some new ones!
If you are looking for the ultimate way to absorb Barbados culture look no further than a traditional rum shop. Barbados has over 1500 rum shops which make up a key part of the culture dating back over 300 years ago. It is said that they originated by the men needing a "liming" spot while the ladies attended church services - that's why there is a rum shop within close walking distance to many an Island church! Persons from varying social, ethnic and economic backgrounds all head to the rum shop to enjoy a good time and a few laughs with friends. The shops are easy to spot, colourfully decorated advertising popular brands of rum, beer, vodka, stoutes, etc.
Local rum shop patrons are welcoming and friendly and are always willing to engage visitors in a lively conversation. You’ll quickly recognise that these tiny shops are a hub of social interaction for Bajans and tourists alike - a great spot where you can discuss wide a range of topics from sports and politics to local gossip and major world events. You’ll be surprised just how much you can learn about Barbados history and current events just from hanging out in the rum shops. Bajans are often very well-informed and provide wonderful and entertaining conversation. Order a drink or a delicious local dish and join in the conversation!
In Barbados there is always something to fill your day; provide some morning exercise or a little afternoon entertainment. Throughout the year some of the weekly activities include:
- Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show on Monday and Wednesday evening
- Oistins Fish Fry every Friday evening
- Horse Racing is scheduled every other Saturday at the Garrison Savannah
- Brighton's Farmers Market every Saturday morning
- Join the Hash House Harriers on Saturday afternoons
- Holders Hill Organic Farmer's Market every Sunday morning
You can enliven your vacation by watching or participating in a number of fun sporting activities in Barbados. With year-round temperatures averaging 30 degrees Celsius/ 86 degrees Farenheit Barbados is the perfect destination for any sports enthusiast. Cricket is very popular on the island and followed by many locals who often organize friendly matches between one another. Barbadians are avid sportsfolk and participate in a variety of activities such as surfing, water polo, athletics, horseracing, football and of course cricket, to name a few.
The first love of Barbados! Cricket is the national sport of the island with many locals and visitors alike attending world-class matches at the newly renovated Kensington Oval. Barbados has produced several cricketing greats such as Sir Garfield Sobers, the three W's, Wes Hall, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, David Allen, and the late Keith Boyce. There’s always an opportunity to enjoy a great game of cricket in Barbados whether it's an international match, a local first-division match or a friendly game on the beach or village playing field. To reserve tickets at Kensington Oval for International matches using Visa or MasterCard over the phone you can call: Tel: 1-800-744-GAME (4263) for game information and schedules you can Email: email@example.com Opening hours are: Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm Eastern Caribbean time.
Barbados boasts a number of world-class golf courses and facilities. Several tournaments are hosted throughout the year and attract participants from Europe, North America and several other countries. In December 2006 Barbados hosted the World Golf Championships World Cup at the Sandy Lane luxury resort.
This is a “members only” golf club that allows limited t-off times for non-members. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Royal Westmoreland is one of the world's most exciting resort courses. Tel: 422-4653 and ask for The Pro Shop.
At Sandy Lane there are three courses to choose from - The Old Nine, the Country Club Course and the private Green Monkey Course. The Country Club and Green Monkey Courses were both designed by Tom Fazio. Tel: 444-2500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbados Golf Club
This championship golf course is the work of experienced golf course designer Ron Kirby.
Apes Hill Club
This is a private club reserved for property owners and their guests - but our Concierge can get you a t-time! Space is limited so reserve early. Take special note of the view from holes 6 and 15....spectacular! The course was designed by the team at Landmark Land Company and boasts some of the most challenging fairways and greens in the world.
You can enjoy the natural beauty of Barbados with a hike through gullies, cane fields and coastal villages. Hosted by the Barbados National Trust, hikes are scheduled each Sunday morning and afternoon beginning at different locations around the island. Each hike lasts 3 hours and varies in intensity based experience. Interesting facts about Barbados are often provided on the hike. Hikes are free but the Barbados National Trust accepts donations to preserve the built and natural environment. Tel: 436 9033 or 426 2421 The Hike Calandar can be found at this link - http://www.funbarbados.com/Trust/MoreInfo/hike_barbadosMore.cfm#top Don't forget to wear appropriate footwear, a sun hat, and bring a bottle of water and a snack for along the way!
You can enjoy horse racing all year long (exception being the month of October) at Barbados' historic Garrison Savannah. Race days are exciting for all members of the family and feature lots of vendors selling treats for the kids. The main event of the racing season is the Sandy Lane Gold Cup which attracts participants from all across the Caribbean and international world. For a full racing schedule check online: http://www.barbadosturfclub.org/race-day/#racingcsdrop
Polo is played to a high level in Barbados. Several first-class matches between Barbados and visiting teams are held throughout the year. The British Calvary brought the sport to the island in the 19th century and the Barbados Polo Club was formed in 1884. There are several polo fields in Barbados, several of which feature luxury property developments around the field. The season is typically early December until late May but match days may change due to inclement weather, so it is best to call the Barbados Polo Club hotline to confirm match dates and times: Tel: 826 POLO (7956)
Motor Sport in Barbados is hugely popular and while there are many types to choose from as a spectator, The Sol Barbados Rally is the biggest international motor sport event in the Caribbean. It began as a one-day rally for 30 or so local competitors and evolved into a major celebration attracting as many as 90 crews from around the region and international world. In 2009 the list of entrants included nine World Rally Cars as well as past and present champions from Britain, Jamaica and Trinidad. Hundreds of enthusiastic fans come to the island to not only view the exciting races but to enjoy the nightlife, dining, beaches and other fun activities in the island. Find out more at: Website: http://www.rallybarbados.bb
Barbados may be a small island but there are over 100 religious sects and numerous churches throughout the country. Going to church is still a major event for many Barbadians who can be seen heading to their places of worship in striking outfits. Churches vary in style from stately Anglican buildings with stained glass windows and pipe organs to tiny wooden structures or even tents! In some more vibrant, energetic settings you can hear clapping and tambourines ringing through the atmosphere. Some of the religions represented in Barbados include Buddhist, Bahai, Hindu, Methodist, Moravian, Islamic, Pentecostal, Mormon, Evangelical and Jewish and more, however Anglican is the main denomination.
St. James Parish Church
Sunday Services 7:15am and 9:00am
5th Sunday in the month 8:00am only
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
The Garden, St. James
Saturday: 5pm Sunday: 8am, 10:30am
Synagogue (oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere):
Nidhe Israel Synagogue
Synagogue Lane, Bridgetown
Shabbat Service December to April every Friday 7:30pm
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Prayer times- just before sunrise, 1:00pm, 4:30pm, just after sunset, and 8:00pm. Open daily 6:00am to 8:00pm. For a tour, it is recommended to phone ahead to schedule. . Note: No photographs please and modest dress is required.
The Church of St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Gap
Sunday Services 7:30am, 9:30am, 4pm (Sunday School), Tues. 7am, Weds. 7:30pm, Sat. 5:30pm (Youth Group)
St. Matthias, Hastings
Sunday Services 7am and 8:45pm Weds 6:30am and 9:30am
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Bay Street, St. Michael
Saturday: 6pm Sunday: 11am, 6pm
St. Dominic’s Church, Maxwell, Christ Church
Mon. – Fri. 6:30am, Saturday: 7am and 6:30pm, Sunday: 7am and 10am
Confessions heard from 3pm – 6pm Tues, Weds, and Fri
The People’s Cathedral, St. Michael Sunday Services 7:30am, 10am, and 6pm
Sharon Moravian Church, St. Thomas
Sunday Services 9am, and 6pm
James Street Methodist Church, Bridgetown
Sunday Services 9am and 5 pm
Contact the below for information on the Barbados Kadampa Sangha.
Tel. 435-3894 http://meditateinbarbados.org/
Shaare Tzedek Synagogue, Rockley New Road, Christ Church
Services Fridays at 7:30pm
Bear in mind that most shops and Government offices are closed on Public Holidays. Restaurants and attractions are usually open but it's best to check first. Below is a list of how the locals like to spend these days. There are often events happening on these days around the island, but if there is nothing special planned, there is always the beach! On public holidays locals like to get together with family and friends and spend the day at the beach as they typically don't get to do that on a regular basis.
- Jan 1st - New Year's Day
- Jan 21st - Errol Barrow Day. Considered to be the "Father Of Independence" the late Sir Errol Walton Barrow was the first Prime Minister of Barbados. One of the island's national hero's, he was an avid sailor and on this day as we celebrate his birthday we also have the annual Round Barbados Yacht Race. http://www.mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com/
- Mar 30th - Good Friday
- Apr 2nd - Easter Monday
- Apr 28th - National Heroes' Day was designed to recognize the contribution of all of Barbados' national heroes:
- Errol Barrow (1920-1987) was the Father of Barbados' Independence
- Sir Grantley Adams (1898-1971) was the only Prime Minister of the now defunct West Indies Federation.
- Bussa (????-1816) for leading Barbados' slave revolt in April 1816
- Sarah Ann Gill (1795-1866) who stood up against the planters who tried to oust the Methodist missionaries from Barbados
- Samuel Jackson Prescod (1806-1871) was a renowned politician, humanitarian and journalist
- Sir Frank Walcott (1916-1999) was an international figure in trade unionism
- Charles Duncan O'Neal (1879-1936) a medical doctor of the privileged class who dedicated his working life to serving the poor
- Clement Osbourne Payne (1904-1941) a pioneer in the Caribbean trade union movement and an outspoken critic of politics
- Sir Hugh Springer (1913-1994) Barbados' third native Governor-General he worked in a variety of political capacities
- Sir Garfield Sobers (1936-present) An outstanding sportsman and a legend in the game of cricket
- May 1st - May Day or Labour Day
- May 21st - Whit Monday
- Aug 1st - Emancipation Day. This holiday commemorates The Slavery Abolition Act which ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834.
- Aug 6th - Kadooment Day. The origins of the festival day can be traced back to the 1780's, a time when Barbados was the world's largest producer of sugar. At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest - the Crop Over celebration.
- Nov 30th - Independence Day
- Dec 25th - Christmas Day
- Dec 26th - Boxing Day