Any visit to Barbados is going to have to include time at one of the 60 pristine beaches. There is also the need to visit some of the best bars, restaurants, rum shops, and other destinations. However, no one has unlimited time on a holiday, and if you are planning a visit to this dreamy island, you may want some strong suggestions of what to see, and especially those “not to miss” spots in Barbados. After all, if you have booked one of the many premier villas or other luxurious properties, you want to savor plenty of time there, too. With all of that in mind, let’s look at some of those unforgettable places that will make your Barbados holiday just perfect.
While we could suggest spots like the Carib Beach Bar, Surfside, Copacabana Beach Bar & Grill and Weisers on the Bay, if you want a truly authentic experience, then it has to be at the Fisherman’s Pub next to the fish market in Speightstown. Set along Queen Street, it is a boldly painted building sitting next to the idyllic and picturesque Salt Pont and its little bridge.
The pub has existed for more than 75 years and is the one place that promises authentic local food in a low key setting. The house Rum Punch is famous, the views amazing, and the food completely unforgettable. Signature dishes include their Pepperpot Beef, Cou Cou, fish soup and their vegetable sides.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Without a doubt, Barbados has lots of must see attractions that include towns like Oistins and Bridgetown, the Morgan Lewis Windmill, the Gun Hill Signal Station and Hunte’s Gardens among many others. Yet, none compare to the fantastic experience of the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. It allows you to walk freely among the many plants and animals, including green monkeys, parrots and birds of all kinds, native reptiles and an extensive list of other harmless creatures. It is family friendly, and ideal for anyone eager to spend time learning about the wild things that inhabit the island.
Set along the southern coast of the island, Miami (aka Enterprise) Beach is one of the least crowded and most aesthetically appealing. Bring the camera as it is a truly picturesque spot but offers great swimming and facilities. You can rent your chairs and umbrellas, sample delicious treats from local vendors (the Mr. Delicious truck is known for making the best fishcakes on Barbados), and find a huge number of seashells to take home. It is also within walking distance of Oistins village where you can stick around if it is the fish fry season.
A good reason to visit Bridgetown early in the day, the buildings are over 350 years old and display some of the most stunning architecture throughout the region. Go early and be sure you enjoy a local favorite for an authentic island breakfast – Tim’s Restaurant sits along Broad Street just below the buildings and is noted for its delicious (but hearty) breakfast menu.
Pelican Craft Village
While you can find fantastic shopping in Bridgetown and many duty-free shops around the town, the Pelican Craft Village is a great destination. It is a truly charming, open air spot just outside of town. Brightly painted and offering plenty of peaceful spots to sit and take a break, it features only local island products, and it is noted for providing visitors with access to the finest arts and crafts on the entire island. Whether you wanted to bring home some carvings or pottery, cigars or garments, games or toys… You can find island-made treasures here.