First Timer’s Guide to Barbados

First Timer’s Guide to Barbados

Those planning a trip to Barbados should prepare to marvel at one of the Caribbean’s most captivating and charming islands. First-time visitors, especially, will find themselves immediately taken in by the island’s lush lowlands, impeccable beaches and azure-blue waters surrounding it all. The Bajan way of life, wonderful people and amazing cuisine make Barbados one of the most exciting and welcoming destinations in the Caribbean.


Where to Stay

Sandals Barbados

Sandals is known for providing a premium all-inclusive, adults-only beachfront resort experience and their Barbados location in the island’s ever-popular St. Lawrence Gap region is no exception. Guests can expect a romantic atmosphere with unparalleled ocean views, complimentary food, beverages and access to 11 specialty restaurants during their stay.

Bougainvillea Resort

This resort is also close to St. Lawrence Gap but provides a more kid-friendly atmosphere for traveling families looking for an all-inclusive option. With a kids club and state-of-the-art spa facilities, there’s a little something for all members of your travel crew here.

Turtle Beach

A family-friendly option on the south end of the island, Turtle Beach keeps travelers of every age active and happy, with all-inclusive amenities like complimentary kids club services, water activity equipment, free golf and more.

Waves Hotel and Spa

Up the coast on the island’s western side, the Waves Hotel & Spa offers the same all-inclusive luxury as fellow Turtle Beach property. This is a great spot for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, with an excellent spa and an on-site water taxi for exploring the property.

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa

This beach resort provides a luxurious adults-only and all-inclusive experience on the island’s western coast, overlooking Sandy Lane Bay. Guests are free to take full advantage of The Club’s ample activity options, which include fishing, windsurfing, kayaking and off-site excursions like a sunset cocktail cruise.


The Best Beaches

Crane Beach

Pink powdered sand and warm calm water, Crane Beach is one of Barbados’ most renowned. Located on the southeast corner of the island, this pink paradise can be accessed through the Crane Beach Hotel and offers beachside food and drink service—the rum punch, presented in a coconut, is the perfect tropical cocktail to enjoy on this beach.

Carlisle Bay

On the coast of the island’s capital is the majestic Carlisle Bay. Colorful reefs and ancient shipwrecks create a lush environment for snorkeling and scuba diving. A lively city nestles up to this attractive beach making it a perfect place to spend your entire day.


Food & Drink

Round House Restaurant

This historic inn offers wonderful bed and breakfast accommodations on the island’s rugged eastern coast. However, a romantic waterfront meal at their famed restaurant should more than suffice. Round House uses fresh local ingredients to create wonderful Caribbean island dishes along with British and American influences. 

Lobster Alive

The titular crustacean at this popular seaside restaurant can be found tucked inside a crepe, cooked into a bisque, wrapped in a spring roll or steamed fresh from the tank.

Coconuts Bar and Grill

While not a bad spot for grabbing a quick bite in Bridgetown, Coconuts Bar and Grill is all about the drinks. Grab an affordable, brightly colored (and properly boozy) frozen cocktail and feel your worries melt away.


5 Things You Must Do in Barbados

Try the Local Rum

A locally crafted and universally beloved spirit, Rum is one of the constants in Barbadian life. Local distilleries, like Mount Gay, offer guided tours and will let you try the fruits of their labor right from the source.

Jump in the Water

Barbados is surrounded by easy waters perfect for anyone looking to get involved in watersports during their vacation. Rent a kayak, snorkel or learn how to windsurf and make memories that last a lifetime.

Hit up the Friday Night Fish Fry at Oistin’s

After working up an appetite on nearby Welches Beach, head over to Oistin’s fish market, where generous portions of just-caught seafood are grilled or fried and served fresh.

Watch the Horses Swim on Pebbles Beach

South on the island’s western coast is picturesque Pebbles Beach, where early risers show up by daybreak to catch the horses swimming in Carlisle Bay.

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