The five best day trips in Barbados

Ditch the hotel for the day and discover the best things to see and do around the island

Time Out in association with British Airways

Taste the island’s finest dishes

For anyone who considers their heart and their stomach to be virtually the same place, this is for you. Lick De Bowl’s signature ‘Mouth of Barbados’ tour includes five stops at foodie hotspots in St George, St Thomas and St Philip (yes, you get to eat at all of them), and you’ll also learn how the island’s history has shaped the way it cooks and eats today.


Get back to nature

Barbados isn’t all pristine beaches and palm trees, y’know. For a glimpse of the island’s diverse nature and wildlife, take Glory Tours’ full-day ‘Natural Wonders’ outing, which, among other places, stops at the stalactite and stalagmite-covered Harrison’s Cave and Barbados Wildlife Reserve, home to monkeys, caimans, parrots and more.

See the island from a new perspective

Okay, so you don’t get the feeling of sand between your toes, but still, Barbados is arguably at its most beautiful from the sea. On this seven-hour jaunt, you’ll get to admire every inch of the island’s coastline as you do a full lap. Don’t panic if your sea legs aren’t the strongest – there are various stop-off points on the way for food and visits to historic sites.

Catch yourself some dinner

It’s simple logic that a fish supper always tastes better when you’ve caught the main ingredient yourself. Unlike most fishing tours on the island, Predator Sportfishing lets you keep your catch, and with barracuda, kingfish, wahoo, tuna and more in the offing, those with a knack for angling could be in for quite the feast.

Lounge on the waves

Even the biggest beach bums need a break from the sand once in a while, and a day out on a luxury catamaran with Cat & The Fiddle is the perfect low-energy alternative. Grab a snorkel and you can spot fish and turtles among the reef – just be sure to save some time for some next-level chilling on the deck with a glass of rum punch.

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