Escape to Paradise: Barbados Awaits

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Alana D'Andrade

  • Honeymoons

  • Digital Nomad Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Luxury Travel

  • Group Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Birthdays

  • Beaches

  • Relaxing

  • Local Food

  • Island-Life

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Curator’s statement

Barbados is an island that encapsulates the best of the Caribbean for all travelers. There is the beauty and luxury of the west coast, the rugged landscape of Bathsheba, the local vibe of south coast and so much more. It is an island that you can get lost on and still not experience everything.

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Things to do in Barbados

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Barbados Island Tour: The first thing you should do is explore the island by taking an island tour. It is an excellent way to see the sights while also enjoying some of the best local rum. The tours take you through the charming towns, picturesque landscapes and some of the most significant historical sites on the island. Sweet Life Tours offers an exciting tour around the island that lasts around five hours.

Oistins Fish Fry: For an authentic night out, head to Oistins Fish Fry, a lively spot for fresh catch and live music. Every Friday night, vendors set up stalls and grills on the beach and cook up some of the most amazing seafood dishes that you cannot find anywhere else. The atmosphere is incredible, and the music keeps going until late at night.

Catamaran Tour: Discover the underwater paradise of Barbados when you join a catamaran tour. We recommended the Cool Runnings tour for their snorkeling with sea turtles and for swimming in some of the bluest waters of the Caribbean. You will also get to visit some of the most deserted and untouched parts of the island.

Luxury Shopping at Lime Grove: If you desire luxury shopping and designer labels, head to Lime Grove. The center is located in the heart of Holetown and boasts high-end boutiques such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. If you're in the mood for some local Caribbean treasures, head down to the art shops and browse through the handmade crafts by local artisans. If you're in the mood for some cocktailing while shopping the Lime Grove bar offers a range of creative cocktails and small plates, making it the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink or a night out with friends. The atmosphere is chic and stylish, with plush furnishings and a sleek modern design.

Beaches on the Island: Barbados is famous for its beaches, and there are plenty to choose from. Payne's Bay Beach, located near the famous Sandy Lane Hotel, is the most popular for its pristine waters and white sand beach. Crane Beach, on the other hand, offers awe-inspiring cliff views, while Dover Beach offers a livelier atmosphere filled with locals and visitors alike. Long Beach is famous for its kite surfers, and the best part is that all the beaches are public!

Places to eat & drink in Barbados

A colorful fruit stand in Barbados.

Oro: For some of the best views in Barbados, head over to Oro. This fabulous restaurant is located on the 9th floor of The O2 Resort and Spa, and it offers full views of the South Barbados coast. The menu features a range of international dishes, with a focus on fresh seafood and locally-sourced ingredients. The atmosphere is chic and elegant, making it the perfect place for a special occasion or a romantic dinner.

Sea Shed: Located right on the beach, She Shed is one of the best places to enjoy some amazing food and vibes. The food is simply outstanding, with a wide range of mouthwatering dishes to suit all tastes. But it's the ambiance that really sets this place apart. With its laid-back beach vibe, She Shed is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring Barbados. Local tip: Call ahead and rent chairs for the day, to enjoy amazing wine and fare while watching the stunning stunning sunset views.

La Cabane: If you're a wine lover, you won't want to miss La Cabane. This fabulous restaurant is known for its great wines and vibes. The menu features a range of French-inspired dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. And the outdoor seating area is the perfect place to soak up the sun while sipping on a delicious glass of wine.

The Cliff: If you're looking for a truly luxurious dining experience, The Cliff is the place to go. This Michelin-starred restaurant offers spectacular views of the west coast, along with an exquisite menu that features some of the best food on the island. It's definitely one of the more expensive restaurants in Barbados, but the experience is well worth the price.

For true local eats and treats, head over to Chicken Rita's. This little gem is located off the beaten path, but it's definitely worth the trip. You'll find one woman cooking up chicken and fries, and you can pull up a plastic chair and enjoy your meal with a cold Banks beer. The chicken is crispy, juicy, and simply divine.

Cuz’s Fish Shack is the stuff the locals love. This stand-alone food hut serves only local fish sandwiches (“cutters”). The menu is simple, but the sandwich is all things your tastebuds will love. Great for a grab & go snack on the way to the beach. Try their homemade hot sauce if you dare to add a little heat!

Sage Bistro is a perfect spot for modern Bajan fare and flair. This restaurant offers a range of creative and delicious dishes that are a true feast for the senses. The menu features a mix of Caribbean and international flavors, with ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers, all within a cozy and intimate setting. A breakfast or lunchtime fave.

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A note from Alana

Barbados has something for everyone. With its beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, good rum, friendly locals and tropical paradise atmosphere, there is no wonder why it is at the top of everyone's list. Barbados will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and invigorated, and it's a destination that you will want to return to time and time again.

Need to Know

For more Caribbean travel inspo, check out Fora Advisor Laura Rosas's guide to Barbados Travel Guide for Beach Lovers.

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