Barbados Travel Guide

Accra Beach is the perfect beach to spend a day at; it’s the largest in the area with plenty of parking, as well as cafes and snack shops. It also has a brand new boardwalk to stroll on. The Parliament buildings in Bridgetown are a great sight; their gothic architecture style contrasts with the tropical surroundings. The iconic clock tower is well recognized in the city center. Check out the Barbados green monkeys, flamingos, and iguanas at the Wildlife Reserve, located on the island’s east coast. Also stop by Harrison’s Cave while you’re there; it’s full of underground waterfalls and dramatic stalactite formations.

Tons of local artists display and sell their works at Pelican Craft Village, right near the downtown area. It’s full of galleries and workshops to watch and peruse. Mount Gay Run Visitors Centre is just north of Bridgetown Harbor and is worth a visit for any rum enthusiast. Miami Beach, not to be confused by the name, is a hidden gem on the Barbados coast, removed from the south coast’s craziness. Stop there on a weekday for a shaded and secluded afternoon.

Located in the parish of St. Andrew, this 17-acre park is built around the ruins of the Farley Hill house, a coral-stone mansion dating from 1818.

Owned and operated by husband and wife team Barry and Christie Banfield, Surf Barbados is home to everything from surfboard rentals to guided surfboard tours.

A smart shop with custom-made and hand-painted clothing.

More than 50 acres are filled with tropical flora, from sago palms to birds-of-paradise.

A boutique with everything from cocktail dresses to beach cover-ups.

This new art gallery, housed in an early-20th-century apothecary, showcases local and international talent such as self-taught Rastafarian artist Ras Ishi.

Situated in Holetown’s Chattel Village shopping center, Beth & Tracie is a clothing and accessories store selling island-inspired designs for women and children.

The circa-1650 St. Nicholas Abbey, a sanctuary suspended in architectural grace, has a dark history: John Yeamans, who would later become the governor of South Carolina, had his partner, Benjamin Berringer, poisoned, married Berringer’s widow, and moved on up as the second owner of St. Nicholas.