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About Barbados
Romance and adventure are practically a given in Barbados. And your experience can depend on which coast you pick. To the west, you’ll find calm waters and good swimming on the upscale “Platinum Coast.” To the east, there are massive, pro-level waves for surfing and a more bohemian vibe. Wherever you stay, turquoise waters, fine soft-sand beaches, and catamaran cruises are close at hand. Barbados is celebrated as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, with dishes like flying fish and cou-cou and rich macaroni pie. Oistins Friday-night fish fry in Christ Church is a must for both locals and visitors. Looking for more? We’ve got additional recs below.

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Best places to enjoy the beach in Barbados

There are lots of things I love about Barbados: its rum distilleries, its historic sights, and, most of all, its gorgeous beaches. There are more than 80 of them scattered around the island, and each is a little different. Whether you’re relaxing on a sandy shore, surfing the waves, or enjoying a beachfront dinner, here are the best ways to experience the beaches of Barbados.
  • La Cabane
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    I always point travelers to La Cabane, a beachside restaurant with a cool surfer vibe. The entrance is flanked by surfboards. Once inside, wooden picnic tables and long wooden tables provide perfect views of Batts Rock Beach. It’s my favorite low-key spot for grabbing a drink and a few appetizers in the afternoon. The Six Roads cocktail, infused with Mount Gay rum, is generously poured, and the ceviche and fish tacos are crowd-pleasers.
  • Bathsheba Beach
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    Bathsheba Beach, on the east coast of the island, is known for its huge waves and rocky shore. The surf is too wild for leisurely swims, but it’s still a great spot to spend an afternoon hanging out at a picnic table or walking along the shore. Bathsheba’s Soup Bowl—a reference to the foamy surf—is a surfing hotspot and the site of international competitions.
  • The Tides
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    In the historic Hole Town neighborhood, The Tides is a white-tablecloth restaurant decorated with vibrant artwork from local Bajan artists. Ideal for an intimate dinner for two, the best seats overlook the water. It’s considered one of the best restaurants on the island, and you can’t go wrong with any of the seafood dishes. My pick is the shrimp curry topped with fresh coconut. A couple of nights each week there’s live music.
  • Crane Beach
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    One of the most famous stretches of sand in Barbados, this pink-sand beach is located on the quiet southern tip of the island. If you plan on spending the day at this public beach, you can rent chairs and umbrellas from nearby Crane Resort. If you also want to enjoy some sky-high views, make a reservation at the resort’s clifftop restaurant, L’Azure.
  • Animal Flower Cave
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    On the northern tip of Barbados, Animal Flower Cave is reached by navigating a narrow set of stairs. While some of the pools around the cave are deep enough to swim in, most people come just to take in the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also a cliffside restaurant that’s open for lunch service. My recommendation? The breadfruit tacos or the fishcakes.
  • Cuz's Fish Stand
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    Painted bright blue, this tiny food stand near Carlyle Bay has an outsized reputation for serving some of the best food on the island. Locals and visitors alike stand in long lines for the “cutters,” made from pan-fried fish fillets sandwiched between pieces of golden, crusty bread. They deliver a sweet and savory punch of flavor that’s even better when you top them with a dollop of spicy scotch bonnet hot sauce.

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Hit the waves

Catamarans, party boats, and more

Easy sips

Rum distilleries, tours, and tastings

If you’re feeling fancy-ish

Go-all-out experiences worth every penny

Beach days at their best

You’ve never seen the Atlantic like this

A walk in the park

Gorgeous green spaces and nature outings

Barbados Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips or experiencing Barbados

Wayne N

Public Transport is very good in Barbados with fixed prices for fares. National Bus services are good and local ZR buses run all over the island and pick up from the roadside (even though they are not supposed to!).

Canby🇨🇦

[If visiting in the wet season] you can swim when there’s no storm, but if any red or yellow flags are out avoid going in the water.

Westiegal3

You can use credit cards at many restaurants and big stores. If you use one at a supermarket, you must show some form of photo ID such as passport or driving license.

surfandsand1

Barbados is my personal PARADISE!

Chris E

Barbados is privileged to be surrounded with beautiful sandy beaches, practically all round its coast.

Tracey F

The shores of Barbados are beautiful! On the Caribbean side of the island the waves lap gently at your feet, the sand is fine like sugar. On the Atlantic side of the island however, the waves are for surfers!

emeldajohnson

Everywhere you go in Barbados is beautiful! Beautiful beaches, friendly people, great food! Loved all of it!

STEVEandJAN

The east and southeast coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, never mind Barbados!

What is the best way to get there?

flying

The main airport in Barbados is Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), just outside of Bridgetown.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Barbados from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.

When is the best time to visit?

The sun always shines in Barbados with daytime temperatures between 77°F (25°C) and 86°F (30°C) all year round. The most popular time to visit is during the dry season and advance recommendations are essential during the peak months of December and January.

Hurricane season lasts from June to November, but Barbados is rarely affected and if you can put up with the daily showers, you can make big savings by visiting at this time. Worthwhile annual events include the Holetown festival in February and the island-wide Crop Over festival in August.

Get around

cars

Renting a car is a popular way to get around and there are car rental outlets in all major towns.

buses

The cheapest way to get around the island is by bus and there is a wide network of public buses, minibuses, and route taxis (shared taxis) that connect Bridgetown, Oistins, Speightstown, and other destinations.

taxi

Taxis are widely available and can also be hired for longer trips and day tours. Agree on a price before you set out.

ridesharing

Uber is not currently available in Barbados.

On the ground

What is the timezone?

Atlantic Standard Time

What are the voltage/plug types?

The standard voltage in Barbados is 115 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. There are two plug types—one with two flat pins and another with two flat pins and a grounding pin.

What is the currency?

Barbados dollar.

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes.

How much do I tip?

Most hotels and restaurants in Barbados add a 10% service charge to the bill; additional tipping is not expected.

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.

Drive on the left

If you rent a car, be aware that Barbadians drive on the left side of the road. Similarly, when crossing the road, be sure to look to the right.

Water

Barbados’ tap water is drinkable in all of the main cities and resorts, so bring a refillable water bottle.

Leave the camo at home

Wearing camouflage clothing is illegal in Barbados for non-military members and fines apply.

Frequently Asked Questions about Barbados

Barbados is known for some of its popular attractions, which include: