Must-Do’s When Taking a Barbados Holiday
When you picture the ideal, luxurious holiday, Barbados tends to be one of the first places you think of. With its laid-back vibe, beautiful weather and striking beaches, it’s no wonder tourists consider it to be one of the best destinations in the world.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday, or whether you’re looking to try something a little different, the island has a lot to offer. Below, we’ll reveal just some of the must-do’s when taking a Barbados holiday.
Head down to the ocean bed in an Atlantis submarine
One of the best expeditions you can experience on your Barbados trip is taking a trip on the Atlantis III submarine. This huge 48-seater submarine takes you on a journey 150 feet down to the ocean bed. As you make the journey, you’ll see plenty of beautiful, colourful tropical fish such as the yellowtail snapper, lionfish and blue tang.
If you’re planning on taking the kids, it’s worth noting that there is a height restriction. Children need to be at least three feet tall to partake in the tour. The whole thing lasts around 90 minutes, though part of this time is travelling from a boat to the submarine. It’s also worth keeping in mind that those who suffer with claustrophobia may find the submarine a little too restrictive.
Relax on one of the island’s beautiful beaches
Whichever part of Barbados you’re heading to, you’ll find a great choice of beaches. On the west coast of the island, Mullins Beach is one of the more popular beaches. Stretching 300 feet long, it benefits from golden soft sand and calm waters. You can partake in water sports or rent out sun loungers if you’d prefer to lay back and soak up the sun.
If you’re heading to the south coast of the island, Accra Beach is one to visit. It’s considered one of the best beaches in the south, attracting a wide range of tourists. You’ll find a variety of activities available, such as boogie boards and surfing. There are also beachwear stalls, and great beachside bars. The waters stay shallow quite far out, so it’s also a great beach for families with young children. Situated near Rockley, you can stay at our exclusive Accra Beach Hotel & Spa which is right on the beachfront.
Visit the St Nicholas Abbey
The St Nicholas Abbey is an extraordinary building, situated in the St Peter area. The Jacobean Plantation House is fascinating to visit. In the winter, the cane-grinding steam mill is operational, along with a rum distillery. You can choose to purchase or taste the rum at an additional fee.
One of the stand-out features of this attraction is the home movie which shows you what life was like in Barbados in the 1930’s. It has a dry, humorous commentary and provides a fascinating insight into what life was once like on the island.
Have lunch at the Sunbury Plantation House
Another plantation house to add to your must-do list, is the Sunbury Plantation House. Its interiors are grand and luxurious. It was constructed in 1660 and tourists are able to tour the entire house. It has been beautifully furnished, though only the planter’s office furniture is original. The furniture in the rest of the house was unfortunately destroyed in a fire in 1995.
Once you’ve finished touring this elegant house, you can have a buffet style lunch. The choice of foods is especially worth trying on a Sunday.
Barbados Concorde Experience
Before heading back home, the Barbados Concorde Experience is worth a visit. Situated right next to the airport, is a hangar containing a Concorde G-BOAE. You can visit the interior of the Concorde, as well as watch a light and sound show which is projected onto the plane’s side. If you’ve got time before your flight, this is a great attraction to finish your holiday with.
As you can see, the island has a great range of attractions and activities for all the family. The above are some of the main must-do’s when taking Barbados holidays.
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