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Barbados Tourism - What to Do and See

Updated on April 22, 2017

Are you looking for some sun, sand and surf, come to Barbados; this island is ranked among the best destinations in the Caribbean. When visiting here, you will notice it is a flat coral island with beautiful beaches, rolling hills and an interesting assortment of flora and fauna. Barbados is located in the Lesser Antilles, one-hundred miles east of St Vincent and the Grenadines. It is 21 miles in length, 14 miles wide and has an area of 166 sq miles. As of 2009, Barbados had an estimated population of 284,000 people, with roughly 80,000 living in or near the capital of Bridgetown.

Barbados was under British rule from the early 1600's until its Independence on November 30, 1966. Consequently, this island is known as the “England in the Tropics.” Barbados is without question the most British in the Caribbean; here you will find afternoon tea and dressing for dinner a common practice. From the white sand beaches, to the lush tropical foliage, Barbados is an exciting place to visit.


Life is great in Barbados; a visit here will immerse you into the culture and environment in a variety of ways:

  • Barbados is home to many beautiful beaches; The beaches are diverse as the island itself and they are divided into four areas: north, south, east and west. The northern beaches are known for their breathtaking views; Although this area is not recommended for swimming, in some areas its possible during low tide. The southern beaches have swimming, snorkeling, surfing and at the southernmost tip windsurfing. The east coast beaches have huge waves; these beaches are for walking and sun-tanning. In addition, surfers come from all over the world to ride the waves here. Lastly, the west coast is known for its clear calm waters and it is ideal for swimming or family vacations.
  • If you are an Eco-tourist, Barbados' attractions vary from tropical flora to caves. Some of the more popular attractions include: Welchman Hall Gully, Harrison's Cave, Folkestone Marine Park & Museum, Chancery Lane Swamp and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
  • For the museum enthusiast, Barbados has a variety of interesting cultural exhibits; Some of the popular museums include: St. Nicholas Abbey, Arlington House, Sir Frank Hutson Sugar museum, Sunbury Plantation House and the Barbados Museum. Also, if you are visiting the Bridgetown area, many of the structures and buildings have historical importance too.
  • If you are seeking a good nightlife, the area to visit is St.Lawrence Gap. This is the main strip where you will find the best nightclubs, bars,and restaurants. Also, the clubs play a variety of musical genres.
  • No trip to Barbados is complete without shopping; with the high-quality duty-free merchandise found here your shopping will be a pleasant experience. The heart of the shopping in Bridgetown is Broad street.
  • For the adventurous person wishing to surf, sail or go on a submarine tour, Barbados has them all. Imagine yourself riding a wave off the east coast of Barbados or picture yourself sailing on a catamaran late one evening with nothing ahead of you but open water. How about the thrill of viewing reefs, shipwrecks and various species of marine life 22 fathoms down. All this and more awaits you here.


Barbados is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. It is here you will learn the art of living & relaxation as you experience a vibrant unique culture. Come to Barbados and you will see why half a million visitors can’t be wrong.

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      Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Travelholidays - Thank you I am glad you like this hub :)

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      travelholidays 4 years ago from India

      Nice hub !!! with useful videos . Thanks for sharing this :)

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Peggy W - I know what you mean its hot in my part of Texas too. I am already dreading the string of 110 degree days that are coming in July and August; thanks for your feedback :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Looking at that water and the beaches is especially appealing as the temperatures in Houston, Texas right now are in the mid-90's with "feel like" temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks for this appealing look at Barbados with the many videos. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @johnwindbell - Sounds like you are well connected in Jamaica. Thanks for your comments :)

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      johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Hey coolmon, mon, thanks for the visit. I have never been, and wont want to come back home if I do; like Jamaica! I have a friend that lives there, Jeorge Raizeman, mother has a drapery kind of shop in Bridgetown. Went to the Art Institute with him. Plays a 'killer' guitar! Tell him Bob said hi.

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @suziecat7 - Hi nice to hear from you again. Thanks for your comments and I hope all is well in your world :)

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great Hub. Made me want to pack my bags now. Voted up!

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @dinkan53 - I'm glad you enjoyed the article, thank you :)

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Barbados- one of my dream place. Wonderful video combination. Enjoyed it, especially Barbados Beaches and they are awesome. Rated as beautiful.