24 August 2021
A gorgeous destination for couples looking for a retreat from the world and the chance to spend more time together, and perhaps to enjoy some of this island’s famous partying spirit, Barbados has more to offer than its breathtaking pinkish-white beaches and its blissful tropical climate softened by the Atlantic trade winds. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite days out and experiences around the island for those enjoying a romantic holiday in Barbados.
This beguiling underground cave system in the island’s central uplands is accessed by an electric tram ride to give you the best views of its sparkling crystallised formations. This is still an active, water-carrying cave with stalagmites that continue to grow very fast in geological terms (albeit by less than the thickness of a piece of paper a year).
These tours take you 45m below the water’s surface in a real submarine, to see a shipwreck and plenty of reef life normally only visible to scuba divers, accompanied by full narration. The forty-minute journey can be done both by day and by night – during the latter you’ll have chance to spot rare nocturnal marine life, admire the illuminated corals, and see what happens underwater after-dark, then celebrate your return to land with a cocktail reception.
Barbados has a fabulous array of catamaran cruises suited to all tastes and moods, including lunch cruises, sunset cruises and even private cruises. Onboard, expect dancing, drinks and buffet food. Stops can include swimming or snorkelling close to turtles if they approach the boat’s mooring, snorkelling over a shipwreck, and a beach break in a tranquil secluded bay. Catamaran firms run shuttles from local hotels and resorts.
This 53-acre horticultural park on a former sugar plantation near the village of Bloomsbury, Saint Joseph, blooms all year round with riotously colourful plants and trees linked by a lovely trail. This is a place to make a day of it: there’s a restaurant and café serving the likes of flying-fish sandwiches, home-made rum punch and locally made frozen lollies in flavours including tamarind, Bajan cherry and coffee, and a gift shop with local chutneys, pottery, mahogany boxes and more.
Bringing together nature and heritage in one compelling stroll along the sea shore, the island’s south-coast boardwalk is popular with walkers, runners, wheelchair-users, parents with strollers, teens, the elderly and anyone else who discovers its charms. Stretching for two kilometres between Accra Beach and the Camelot House in Hastings, it has wonderful beach and water views and is a superb spot for watching the sunset. You can continue the walk with a loop around the Garrison Savannah historic horse-racing track, taking in the Barbados Museum & Historical Society as you do so.
Hire a car in Barbados and enjoy the freedom to discover the less-touristy and more rugged Atlantic Coast of the island at your own sweet pace and to stop for a beach picnic wherever the mood takes you – perhaps in surfing spot Bathsheba, one of the island’s prettiest spots, with sparkling rock pools and a large lawn ideal for unfurling your picnic blanket (there are plenty of places nearby to buy provisions if you don’t bring food and drink provided by your hotel).
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