Barbados Travel Guide for Beach Lovers

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  • Barbados

  • Beaches

  • Boutique Travel

  • Digital Nomad Travel

  • International Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Island-Life

  • Local Food

  • Relaxing

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Curator’s statement

Barbados is a gorgeous country with incredible white sand beaches and welcoming locals. With direct flights from JFK just under four hours, it's hard not to dream of the clear water and sunshine during the cold winter months. That's why Barbados is an awesome retreat for a long weekend or week-long holiday. Visit the island's popular west side for pristine white sand beaches (which are all public!) and snorkel among sea turtles and various wildlife. But don't miss out on visiting the east side, which boats jungle-like terrain and waves suited for the world's best surfers. Their laid-back lifestyle will quickly have you returning to the island time and time, that and of course the amazing food and rum punches!

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Where to stay in Barbados

Cobblers Cove

Chic beachfront boutique hotel with an outdoor pool, spa and beach access on Barbados' Platinum Coast.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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ECO Lifestyle & Lodge

Sleek guesthouse overlooking the East Coast with laid-back rooms and cottages.

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Things to do in Barbados

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Oisten's Fish Fry: Join tourists and locals alike every Friday night at the fish fry! Dozens of local vendors set up open flame grills to serve local seafood and Bajan foods. Feel free to BYOB and stay awhile listening to live bands and dancing the night away. P.S Don't be fooled when you see Dolphin on the menu, it's actually what Bajans call Mahi Mahi!

Hunte's Garden: You may start to notice the various signs pointing towards Hunte's Garden while exploring the island - take them as a sign (hehe) that you need to visit! Hunte's Garden is located inland, on three acres of lush, private land (read: mini forest). Here you will experience the most unusual and stunning biodiversity the island has to offer. Pro Tip: bring lunch to eat on the property and save room for a rum punch with the owner, Hunte. He will invite you to enjoy his family's locally-made rum at the end of the tour.

Animal Flower Cave: A natural cave at the top of the island that allows daily tours. Just don't forget to bring your swimsuit so you can swim in the cave for the full experience.

Snorkeling: All beaches are public on the island so make sure to spend time exploring different locations along the west side for awesome snorkeling close to land! You really don't have to swim far out to experience sea turtles and incredible species of fish. Pro Tip: purchase or rent snorkel gear for easy access during your time on the island.

Day Trips in Barbados

Visit the east side of the island (rent a car!), go for a Catamaran day tour or take surf lessons.

Places to eat & drink in Barbados

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La Cabane: Local, fresh, organic ingredients served at a San Tropez-inspired waterfront restaurant. Come for brunch or lunch for a relaxing Mediterranean-forward meal or book for dinner to enjoy strong cocktails and live music! They also offer morning yoga classes and beach cleanups on most weekends if you're looking for other activities. Pro tip: book at sunset for the most gorgeous view in all of Barbados!

Sea Shed: A laidback beach club restaurant serving tasty foods and drinks. Opt for a table on the deck or a couch in the sand. It's a great place to stay for the day, enjoy the water, while sipping rose in the sunshine :)

ECO Lifestyle & Lodge: This small sustainable, boutique hotel on the east island has one of Barbados' most promising chefs, Alicia, who serves creative weekend brunch for visitors. Her creative approach to plant-based eating (as well as zero food waste) includes mouth-watering bites of local produce and spices. Think coconut meat calamari with spicy aioli, and the best breadfruit tacos ever! Book for brunch where they offer live music and yoga classes too!

Need to Know

For more Caribbean travel inspo, check out Fora Advisor Katie Brady's guide to Aruba: An Island Escape to Aruba.

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