Things to do in Barbados
Shopping in Barbados
Next door at the Crane Resort there is a General Store which supplies groceries, wine and other travel essentials. There is also a large duty free store which sells a wide assortment of souvenirs, liquor, books, fine jewelry and watches. Every Saturday there is the Brighton Farmer’s Market which is about a 10 minute drive and is a great place to buy local souvenirs and food. About a half hour drive, takes you to Bridgetown which is the island’s capital and also a popular shopping destination.
Restaurants near Crane Beach Barbados
There are 5 award winning restaurants next door at the Crane Resort which offer a variety of cuisines including Thai, Japanese, Italian and Contemporary Caribbean. Zen, at the Crane Resort is a Japanese and Thai food restaurant has been rated #1 by Zagat magazine in 2009-2010. Also very popular is L’Azure restaurant next door which has breathtaking views of the Crane Beach and is well known for it’s weekend buffets and Sunday choir service. A four block walk takes you to Cutters, an English style Deli with sandwiches, pizza, as well as food and beverages. Or if you prefer, we can arrange for a chef to cook a meal for you at the villa which costs $50 per meal plus the cost of groceries.
There are a wide variety of catamaran cruises on the island that are a great way to snorkel over shipwrecks and swim with the turtles and fish. They typically include buffet style meals, drinks and free transportation to and from the villas. The best sailing is off the west and south coast. Some of the reputed companies that offer half and full day excursions are Cool Runnings, Tiami and Silver Moon. For the more adventurous, there is also the Jolly Roger which has more of a party atmosphere.
There are a wide range of water activities on the island including big game fishing, jet skiing, sailing, surfing and kite surfing. Intro lessons are also offered for surfing and kite surfing. Some of the best surfing can be found on the east coast, although the waves can be pretty rough.
The Boat Yard www.theboatyard.com
Good Times Barbados www.goodtimesbarbados.com
Surf Barbados www.surfing-barbados.com
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Barbados Golf Club, situated just 15 minutes away. For more information, visit the Barbados Golf Club website. There are also a number of very luxurious golf courses such as Sandy Lane, where Tiger Woods is known to have frequented.
Festivals in Barbados
Every year in August the island hosts a popular crop over festival. Originally a celebration signalling the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest, it has since evolved into Barbados’ biggest national festival similar to “Caribbean Carnival” Carnival, “Brazilian Carnival” Brazil and “Trinidad Carnival” Trinidad.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports on the island, along with horse racing and polo. Barbados is one of the few places in the world where you can actually watch polo matches without a cover charge.
Explore Barbados’ rich heritage in one of its history museums and also see the famous concord airplane which has its own museum next to the airport.
Ocean Park is an aquarium and marine adventure park and makes for a great family day out. Scattered throughout the park are 26 displays of tropical fish from around the world. Visit the Oceanpark website.
Oistens is the islands main fishing port and has a long history since 1652. The village is well worth a visit as it has many interesting historic buildings that are now protected. Visitors can also watch the bright and colorful fishing boats return at the end of the day to unload their catch. On Fridays there is a popular event called Oistens fish fry where you can listen to music, shop and have dinner.
Founded in 1628, Bridgetown offers a fascinating combination of the old and the new. The town offers a variety of shopping and restaurants and is about a 30-minute drive. The town center is compact and any walking tour typically starts in the National Heroes Square with its statue of Lord Nelson. Adjacent is the colourful Careen-age, where in the early days ships would be careened.
Visitors can take a journey out to the Atlantis 11, the worlds first recreational submarine which dives to 130 ft. Organized by Atlantis Adventures, the underwater trip over reefs and shipwrecks lasts almost an hour.
Many operators such as Adventure 4*4, Outback and Island Safari offer road tours in specially equipped, four-wheel vehicles. The tours take visitors to parts of the island that they may not have visited on their own and include a lunch or a dip in the ocean. Knowledgeable guides also help to make the trip more enjoyable.
Island Safari www.islandsafari.bb
Scuba diving in Barbados
The shallow, warm, clear waters, pristine reefs with a plethora of marine life and many shipwrecks make Barbados a world class diving destination suitable for all levels of experience. Carlisle Bay on the west coast, is one of the most popular sites because of the many shipwrecks but it also has caves, deep drop offs for the more adventurous. It is estimated that since 1666 over 200 ships have been found offshore. Popular destinations include Bright Ledge, Clarkes Reef, Fisherman’s reef and Speightstown Reef. There are several companies which offer certification, equipment rental and diving tours.
Mount Gay Rum tour
Barbados is famous for its rum and one of the prominent rum companies Mount Gay offers tours of its facilities. This tour is a great way to get to know the history of rum production on the island and to sample their beverages. Transportation and lunch are typically included.
Fishing in Barbados
There is great deep sea fishing in Barbados. The best fishing is off the north and south coasts. Blue marlin, yellow-fin tuna and wahoo are commonly caught. There are many half or full day charters available. Cannon Charters, IOU Charters and Blue Marlin Barbados are a few.
Glass Bottom Boats
For those who are not such good swimmers, glass bottom boats are a great way to explore the underwater reefs and marine life. Many companies offer glass bottom boat tours with complimentary pick up at your accommodation.
Guided walks in Barbados
There are many trails and a number of companies that offer guided walks around the island.
Nightlife in Barbados
St Lawrence gap, about a 15-20 minute drive is a popular street which features a wide variety of restaurants and bars, many of which offer ‘after beach happy hours’ for drinks, typically 4pm -6pm. You can also see dinner shows at Harbour lights on Monday and Wednesdays and stay for the after party which includes unlimited drinks. Fridays and Saturdays are also popular disco nights at Harbour lights. There is also bar 1887 which is located next door at the crane resort which is open until 12 pm and sometimes features live music.