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Best Things To Do in Barbados

With plenty of golf courses, historic homes and sporting events, Barbados is a good vacation for active travelers. Of course, the island is also proficient in beach-time fun. Avid surfers flock to the Soup Bowl waves near Bathsheba Beach on the east coast, while the novices choose surfing or diving lessons in Bridgetown in the southwest. Shopaholics  prefer the duty-free bargains elsewhere, but night owls will enjoy the after-dark activities available in Bridgetown and Oistin Bay.

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#1
Soup Bowl Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: It's Barbados' relative isolation in the Atlantic Ocean that creates its awesome surfing waves. The New York Times says ... read more»

#2
Bottom Bay Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The sweet shoreline of Bottom Bay is probably the best on Barbados, and unfortunately, one of the most crowded. Like ... read more»

#3
Oistins Fish Fry
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Lots of travelers recommend you forget about the swanky white-tablecloth eateries come the weekend, when the smells of barbecued chicken ... read more»

#4
Garrison Savannah Horse Racing
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: A day at the races feels entirely different when sipping coconut water, tasting Bajan cuisine, and basking in a Caribbean ... read more»

#5
Crop Over Festival Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Slaves working on Barbados' sugar plantations in the 1600s used to celebrate the end of the harvest with singing and ... read more»

#6
Foul Bay Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Get over the name, pack a beach bag, and prepare to be amazed -- many travelers say Foul Bay is one ... read more»

#7
Mount Gay Rum Tour
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Duty-free shops are a dime a dozen in the Caribbean, but surprisingly, interactive rum tours aren't. So why not ... read more»

#8
Animal Flower Cave Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Named for its sea anemones, Animal Flower Cave is the island's only accessible sea cave, located under the North ... read more»

#9
Gun Hill Signal Station
Hiking and Parks, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Visiting the Gun Hill Signal Station is only worth an hour of your time -- at most -- but it's an ... read more»

#10
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: One of the highlights of visiting the Barbados Wildlife Reserve in Speightstown, St. Peter's parish is getting to interact ... read more»

#11
Andromeda Botanic Gardens
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: If you're in the Bathsheba area to witness the Soup Bowl waves, travelers and guidebooks suggest you stop by ... read more»

#12
Harrison's Cave
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Overall Rating: Rating: 2.5

Why go: First-time travelers will tell you to visit Harrison's Cave in central Barbados. That's what the guidebooks told them ... read more»

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