Top ChoiceBeach in Southeast Coast & Crane Beach

Shark Hole

Well off the beaten track, the pint-sized Shark Hole is one of those special places for which your selfie will not do justice. Down a short flight of steps, a small stretch of delicate white sand is totally...

Top ChoiceBeach in Oistins

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

A somewhat hidden gem that is the antithesis of its American namesake. Small, shady and intimate, it's well removed from the often frenetic south-coast pace. The beach is divided into two sections by a rock...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Central Barbados

St Nicholas Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey is a Jacobean-style mansion that is one of the oldest plantation houses in the Caribbean and a must-see stop on any island itinerary. The grounds include the Great House, various gardens and a...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Bridgetown

Parliament Buildings

Parliament Buildings

On the north side of National Heroes Sq are two stone-block, neo-Gothic-style buildings constructed in 1871. The western building with the clock tower contains public offices; the building on the east side houses...

Top ChoiceBeach in Southeast Coast & Crane Beach

Bottom Bay

On an island blessed with beautiful stretches of sand, Bottom Bay is up there with the best. With translucent turquoise waters framed by rocks and windswept palms, it's a remote piece of paradise where you won't...

Top ChoiceInternational in West Coast

Cin Cin by the Sea

Cin Cin stands out from the fine-dining pack with a small but varied menu of exquisitely prepared international dishes that are full of flavor and served with fantastic views of the west coast. Service and...

Top ChoiceCaribbean in Speightstown

Fisherman’s Pub

This waterfront cafe is a local institution that serves up fish from the boats floating off the side deck. On Wednesdays there is steel-pan music and a buffet. As the evening wears on, the scene gets more Bajan....

Top ChoiceCaribbean in Bridgetown

Mustor’s Restaurant

Climb the stairs to a large, plain dining room. Choose from staples such as baked pork chops and flying fish. Then select the sides – we love the macaroni pie. Finally, hope for an open balcony table.

Top ChoiceBeach in Hastings & Rockley

Rockley Beach

The largest beach in the area, Rockley is a picture-perfect crescent of sand. Backed by shade trees, there’s moderate surf. The new boardwalk allows you to walk west for more than 3km to Hastings.

Seafood in Oistins

Oistins Fish Fry

This legendary spot for fresh fish meals attracts masses of tourists but locals still like to come down for a fish meal and a beer, especially on Friday night which is significantly more hectic than the fish...

Beach in Paynes Bay

Paynes Bay Beach

Fringed by a fine stretch of sand, gently curving Paynes Bay is endlessly popular and its calm waters make it one of the west coast’s best spots for swimming and snorkeling (if you're patient enough there's a...

Gardens in Central Barbados

Hunte's Gardens

These gardens at the home of famed local horticulturalist Anthony Hunte already have a magical aura. Set mostly within the confines of a collapsed cave, all kinds of plants and shrubs line crisscrossing paths...

Cave in North Barbados

Animal Flower Cave

At the northern tip of the island, near where the Caribbean and Atlantic meet, you'll find this large waterside cave carved into a cliff face. It is accessed by a set of stairs that have been carved into a...

Caribbean in Oistins

Golden Sands

This unassuming restaurant out the back of a hotel is a great place to try some traditional Bajan dishes, especially on Saturday when it serves souse – pickled pieces of pork served cold with steamed potato and...

Caribbean in Bathsheba South to Christ Church Parish

Bay Tavern

Home to the Martin's Bay fish fry, the east coast's more tranquil answer to Oistins, the Bay Tavern has lost a lot of its charm since being redeveloped from a simple shack into a three-floor modern structure, but...

Cultural in Barbados

Crop-Over Festival

The island’s top event, this festival originated in colonial times as a celebration to mark the end of the sugarcane harvest. The main festivities stretch over a three-week period, beginning in mid-July with...

Beach in Bridgetown Region

Pebbles Beach

Running between two high-end hotels, this lovely stretch of sand is really just an extension of Brownes Beach. It has soft sands and calm waters and is home to water-sports outfitters. It offers a lively ambience...

Beach in Worthing

Sandy Beach

This wonderful strip of white powdery sand was hit hard by the sewage failures of 2017/18 when it was closed to visitors after waste from nearby roads washed into the sea, making waters unsafe for swimming and...

Beach in West Coast

Mt Standfast Beach

A narrow but pretty stretch of sand just north of Holetown with good swimming. The real reason to come here is the marine life. The waters are inhabited by hawksbill turtles, which come to feed on sea grasses...

Caribbean in Holetown


You'll need to make a reservation well in advance to get a table at Holetown's flashiest restaurant but the fine views from the waterside dining room and sophisticated flavors make it well worth the effort. Local...