For lazy days spent sipping rum and luxuriating on unspoilt shores, a Barbados holiday is second to none. But there’s more to the island than sunshine, cocktails and glorious beaches. For those who want to experience all this exceptional Caribbean holiday destination has to offer. Kristin Boland, manager of the exclusive Lone Star boutique hotel and restaurant, provides an insider’s guide to her top six tours of Barbados.
1. Reach New Depths at the Carlisle Bay Wrecks
A trip to Barbados wouldn’t be the same without venturing into its crystal-clear waters. There are more than one or two surprises in store for underwater explorers at Carlisle Bay. An extraordinary experience for snorkelers and divers alike. This picturesque cove is the final resting place to numerous nautical treasures, some dating back to the 17th Century.
Throughout history, it’s thought that some 200+ ships have been lost there and the wrecks are now alive with marine life, creating a totally unique tourist attraction. Six shipwrecks are within an easy distance of the beach. And if that isn’t enough, you can also spot Green sea turtles and Hawksbill turtles in their native environment, some of which grow to be over a meter long.
This is perfect for those looking to enjoy an adventure holiday in the Caribbean, and eco holiday or a snorkelling vacation in Barbados.
2. Get Bowled Over on a Cricket
On the isle of Barbados, we don’t like cricket, we LOVE it. Our top six tours of Barbados wouldn’t be complete without including cricket somewhere. There are some must-see attractions just west of Bridgetown for anyone who feels the same as we do. Established in 1882, the Oval is our oldest cricket ground and the favourite ground of many a West Indies cricketing hero. During the months of January and April you can take in a test match at this historical sporting venue.
Just a stone’s throw away is the Barbados Cricket Legends museum where you can learn all about our most-celebrated cricketers throughout the years. From Sir Garfield Sobers to Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge. Howzat sound for a fun-filled cricket themed holiday? The perfect cricket or sports themed holiday in the sun.
3. Hop on Board the Bajan Bus
Travel in true Barbadian style aboard a 32-seater vintage bus decked out in a carnival of Caribbean colour. A unique and vibrant way to take in the delights of the island, these lovingly-restored open top vehicles are one of the earliest means of transport here. Each bus comes with your own tour guide. Plus, a booming stereo system and food packages offering local delicacies and possibly a glass or two of rum. There are a range of tours and private hire options to visit top tourist attractions and some of the most scenic and secluded beaches.
4. Combine Two Natural Wonders
This tour will take you to not one but two of the most stunning natural wonders of Barbados. Take in the remarkable sights of Harrison’s Cave, a crystalized limestone cavern situated at the heart of the island. Swiftly followed by a visit to the tropical paradise of Welchman’s Gulley. It is a majestic rainforest that will allow you to get up close and personal to wild green monkeys in their natural habitat. It’s one of the island’s top tourist attractions and even has a children’s adventure park complete with zip lines and tight ropes to keep your own little monkeys entertained. A Caribbean eco holiday at is best.
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5. Sample our Finest Tipple at the Mount Gay Rum Distillery
My collection of the top six tours of Barbados will always include a sample of local rum! Learn the story behind the spirit that Barbados is famous for and sample the world’s oldest rum. The Mount Gay Rum Distillery tour can include lunch, cocktail making classes as well as a history lesson to discover the distillery’s rum crafting techniques that have been honed over 300 years. An ideal trip for people seeking a gourmet holiday in the Caribbean and rum lovers from across the world.
6. Enjoy a Whistle Stop Tour of the Island
If you like the idea of a day trip but you’re too busy relaxing on the most beautiful beaches in the world, then a 360-degree tour of the island could be for you. This action-packed tour shows you all the sights in one day, leaving you free to get back to doing nothing. You’ll enjoy breath-taking views. A UNESCO world heritage site. Coastline and countryside. Natural wonders. Ancient buildings. Bays and beaches. History and heritage. All topped off with a taste of traditional fayre. This tour has it all.
And if you manage to experience our top six tours of Barbados, you will certainly be ready for a relaxing cocktail at the Star Bar at Lone Star Barbados!