Free Things To Do in Barbados
- #1View all Photos
Bathsheba Beach, which sits on Barbados' east coast, is a photographer's and surfer's paradise. For photographers, Bathsheba offers dramatic rock formations. And for surfers, there's the beach's famous Soup Bowl, where top-notch waves can be found. Named after the area's foamy water, the Soup Bowl is so well-known that international surfing competitions are regularly held here. Do not, however, plan on swimming at Bathsheba. Because of the region's rough waters and rock formations, it is not safe to swim there.
Recent travelers praised Bathsheba Beach's picturesque setting and phenomenal surf. Though many said the beach's rock formations more than justify a visit, Bathsheba Beach is a great spot to fly kites and enjoy a beach picnic as well. Keep in mind, though, that public transportation is limited in this area, so a rental car is recommended.
- #2View all PhotosfreeDover Beach#2 in BarbadosBeaches, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDBeaches, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
The south coast's Dover Beach can be found in Oistins, which sits in Christ Church parish. Although the beach's waves make it less than ideal for activities like paddleboarding and kayaking, its waters are great for surfing and body surfing. Other popular water sports include Hobie Cat sailing, Jet Skiing and windsurfing. A swimming area away from the ocean's rip tides is also available.
Travelers in search of a less crowded shoreline will appreciate Dover Beach's relaxed vibe. In fact, some former visitors noted that Dover Beach's laid-back atmosphere was so inviting that they didn't explore any other beaches during their stay. Another bonus: Many of the beach bars offer happy hour deals.
- #3View all Photos
Located on the southwestern coast of Barbados, Carlisle Bay's beaches offer calm waters, making this an ideal place to swim. The bay's six shipwrecks also make this area a great spot for snorkeling. Marine animals you may see while exploring these gentle waters include rock lobsters, turtles and fish.
While travelers with children praise this bay's calm waters and clean surroundings, adventure junkies rave about the variety of activities offered. Visitors can rent water sports equipment like kayaks and Jet Skis from local vendors, or arrange for beachside horseback riding. Umbrellas, lounge chairs and towels are available to rent as well. The only downside, according to reviewers, is the lack of shade.
- #6View all Photos#6 in BarbadosFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDFree, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
Though Barbados offers an array of beaches to enjoy, one of the island's most popular attractions is the Barbados Boardwalk. Situated less than 4 miles south of Bridgetown, this coastal boardwalk connects Accra and Camelot beaches. In addition to providing outdoor enthusiasts with scenic ocean vistas, turtles and crabs are known to visit the adjacent waters. For the best views, plan your visit at sunrise or sunset.
Most former visitors raved about the Barbados Boardwalk's views and cleanliness. However, some travelers caution that the boardwalk's wood can get hot during the day, so be sure to wear shoes when visiting. And to avoid sunburns and dehydration, pack plenty of sunscreen and water.
Explore More of Barbados
If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.