A few months ago, I had a hard time imagining how I would spend a week vacationing in Barbados. Since I usually go on fast-paced shorter trips, I didn’t know what to make of spending a week in the Caribbean. Would I get bored? Would I want to go home early? Truth is, I wish I spent more time on the island. I had so much fun exploring the island that I would definitely like to visit Barbados again soon. Despite this trip being my first “real” vacation (what’s the difference between a trip and vacation?), my trip to Barbados was pure bliss. I quickly acclimated to the Bajan way of life and it set the bar very high for future beach getaways in the Caribbean.
4 Reasons To Visit Barbados
Why I Fell in Love with Barbados
There’s beautiful scenery all around you
North Coast pastures and farms.
For such a small island (21 miles long and 14 miles wide), Barbados’ landscape is incredibly diverse. The north region is quiet, mountainous and spacious while the west coast is relatively flat and lively. One of the best ways to see the entire island is to rent a car and go on a self-drive tour.
Animal Flower Cave cliffs.
Barbados has perfect beaches
White sands of Rockley Beach in Christ Church.
Visit Barbados to experience its 59 beaches which are perfect for sailing, surfing, snorkeling, diving, and waterskiing.
With clear blue waters and soft white sand, all the beaches I visited on the South Coast were beautiful. My favorite beach in Christ Church was Accra Beach. Only a few blocks away from my Airbnb, I went to the beach at least once a day. Can you blame me? The water was cool, the sun was hot and the waves were gentle.
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Bathsheba Beach, known for huge boulders off the shore.
Bathsheba Beach in the North had large rock formations along the coast. I collected a ton of sea glass and seashells here and I enjoyed watching the waves crash into the boulders. Bathsheba Beach is considered one of the best surf spots on the island.
Barbados has a rich culture and Bajans have a sense of humor
Renowned limbo dancer performing by the beach.
At the end of the performance, the limbo dancer put the stick on the lowest rack. The crowd anxiously awaited as she danced past the line never touching the floor. She was incredibly talented and so entertaining!
Bajans have an interesting sense of humor and their relaxed approach to life is admirable. Visit Barbados to experience Bajan culture. I loved listening to soca, reggae, and calypso, and I even learned how to “whine”. I also enjoyed hearing natives speak Bajan, the local dialect which combines English with West African languages.
Barbados has delicious cuisine
Fish cakes and rum from Tiki Bar at Accra Beach!
Did you know that Barbados is known as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean”?
Fish cakes and macaroni pie were my favorite traditional Barbadian foods. I also couldn’t help myself to rice and beans, stew and roti.
There were lots of fast food restaurants in Barbados like Chefette and KFC but I recommend eating at small local establishments to experience the authentic tastes of Barbados. Also, try Barbados’ domestic beers like Banks and 10 Saints.
Danielle is a travel finance strategist, author, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 26 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.