Swimming

West Coast Boasting calm waters and tree-lined, sands you'll find plenty of space to practice your strokes.

Oistins Miami Beach, to the south of the village, is a local favorite.

Carlisle Bay Just minutes from the capital, wide Carlisle Bay is rarely overcrowded.

Shark's Hole A pint-sized saltwater swimming hole sheltered by rocks.

Nature

Bathsheba Untamed wilderness on the wild Atlantic side of the island.

North Barbados Dramatic cliffs sheltering hidden bays make for great hiking.

Central Barbados Dotted among the island's rolling hills are spectacular gardens and lush nature reserves.

Folkestone Marine Park Swim and snorkel among abundant marine life free of the buzz of jet skis.

Architecture

Garrison Savannah Area Imposing buildings and cannons galore at this Unesco World Heritage site.

Barbados Synagogue Check out the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere.

St Nicholas Abbey A wonderfully restored plantation house with a working rum distillery.

Sunbury Plantation House Wander through all the rooms of this imposing mansion.

Speightstown A sleepy Caribbean fishing village with some classic buildings.

Partying

St Lawrence Gap Lined with bars and clubs, Barbados' nightlife center is always buzzing.

Oistins On Friday nights this tiny village throws one of the Caribbean's best parties.

Holetown Hip clubs lie hidden among Holetown's narrow streets.

Carlisle Bay Energetic bars right on the sand get going from early on.