Cruise to Barbados

A big boulder surrounded by water in Barbados.

Top 5 things to do in Barbados

  1. Snorkel or dive the shipwrecks and coral reefs.
  2. Go on a rum distillery tour and tasting.
  3. Tee off at the famed Green Monkey course at Sandy Lane.
  4. Sample the national dish of Barbados: cou-cou and flying fish.
  5. Head inland to explore the underground streams, lakes and waterfalls at Harrison's Cave.
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Prepare to get proper.

With her gardens, manners and devotion to cricket, Barbados feels more grown-up than other Caribbean islands. You won't see bikinied visitors strolling the bustling UNESCO World Heritage capitol of Bridgetown—this is the real Caribbean, not touristy flash.

Exploring seaside villages, plantations, botanic gardens and 17th-century churches make Barbados perfect for adventure or relaxation. Diving is the grand pursuit; underwater visibility exceeds 100 feet.

Check out Asta Reef and Dottins Reef, in particular. And there's always a Mount Gay Rum cocktail at day's end. How civilized.

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Barbados Highlights


  • Carlisle Bay Beach and Brighton Beach are within walking distance of the cruise terminal.
  • Accra Beach is the most popular beach on the south coast of the island and is ideal for snorkeling.
  • Known for its crystal clear water and powder pink sand, Crane Beach is popular among locals and vistors.


  • Explore the well-preserved British colonial architecture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in historic Bridgetown.
  • Learn about distillation techniques that have been perfected in the 300 years of making Mount Gay Rum.
  • Explore the supersonic Concorde G-BOAE aircraft and even fly it yourself in a simulation.


  • Try the national dish of cou-cou and flying fish at Waterfront Cafe at The Careenage in Bridgetown.
  • Find the delicious Agapey Mount Gay Caramel Rum bars made at the Agapey Chocolate Factory on the island.
  • Sample some of the famous Barbados rum on Barbados starting with Mount Gay rum at the Mount Gay Visitor Centre.
  • Head to the local farmers market in search of tamarind balls for the perfect after lunch sweet treat.


  • Check out the green monkeys, giant turtles and rabbit-like Patagonian maras at the four-acre Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
  • Lounge on the sand while the kids are in the surf with more active pursuits on inflatable water toys at The Boatyard beach club.
  • Head inland to explore the underground streams, lakes and waterfalls at Harrison's Cave.


  • Sail with Calabaza Sailing Cruises Barbados on a 12-person luxury catamaran to swim with sea turtles.
  • Relax and enjoy a couples massage at the luxurious spa at Sandy Lane.
  • Go horseback riding along one of the golden-sand beaches in Barbados.


  • Mount Gay Rum can be found throughout the island but you can only purchase St. Nicholas Abbey rum at the abbey.
  • Take home some of the popular hot pepper sauces from local brands like Delish, Lottie’s and Aunt May’s.
  • Find unique Caribbean tableware at Earthworks Pottery where you can watch how the red-clay ceramic pieces are created.


  • Explore the stalactites and stalagmites, underground streams, lakes and waterfalls at Harrison's Cave.
  • Walk around the UNESCO World Heritage capitol of Bridgetown to check out the colorful British colonial architecture.
  • Head to Barbados’ Flower Forest Botanical Gardens to see honeycomb ginger lilies, calatheas and other flowers.

Solo Exploration

  • Swoosh past green pastures, black-belly sheep and sandy beaches as you tour Barbados’ northeastern coast by Segway.
  • Go on a tour and tasting of one of the rum distilleries on the island.
  • Tee up at the famed Green Monkey course at Sandy Lane Golf Resort.