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Barbados Shore Excursion Reviews

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Popular Things to Do in Barbados

Barbados is a breathtakingly beautiful midsize island with a laidback vibe. It's located in the Atlantic Ocean and considered the easternmost island in the Caribbean; cruise ships dock in the capital of Bridgetown. Bajans (as the locals are called) are friendly, welcoming and love to have a good time, which is reflected on the many shore excursion options cruisers can choose from. Enjoy a party cruise on a pirate ship, swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat or tour a rum distillery. If you're looking for a unique souvenir, make the trip to Earthworks studio for some locally made pottery or stop in a local shop for some artisan brown sugar. Don't forget to try the rum punch!

Cruising to Barbados is most popular during the winter and early spring months since visitors don't have to worry about hurricane season. But the island experiences beautiful, warm and sunny weather year-round. English is the official language in Barbados, and while many shops will accept U.S. dollars, the official currency is the Barbadian dollar.


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35 Excursions Found (Displaying Results 1 - 25)

#1 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Beach

167 Reviews
Enjoy a nice relaxing day on the beach surrounded by water and sand. Ideal for families, activities both on land and in water are offered throughout the day as well.
#2 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Island Tour

149 Reviews
Barbados is a thoroughly Caribbean island, complete with lush tropical foliage, colorful homes and a laid-back, "why hurry?" attitude. Get a comprehensive overview on an island tour.
#3 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Catamaran Tour

119 Reviews
Board a luxury catamaran and enjoy a relaxing day boating around the scenic island of Barbados.
#4 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Harrison's Cave

96 Reviews
Located in the central uplands of the island, this crystallized limestone cavern is a testament to nature's mastery. Flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering columns characterize this living cave.
#5 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Turtle Swim

96 Reviews
Take a swim with Barbados' friendly sea turtles—don't worry; they won't bite! Sure to be an unforgettable experience.
#6 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Snorkeling

77 Reviews
The colorful coral reefs and marine life in Barbados make it a prime destination for snorkeling. You don't have to stray too far from shore to see starfish, sea turtles and more.
#7 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Jeep 4X4 Adventure

46 Reviews
Enjoy a 4x4 wheeler Jeep tour and sightseeing adventure throughout Barbados. It will truly be a day of discovery and exploration.
#8 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Pirate Fun Cruise

38 Reviews
Join the pirates for an enjoyable time snorkelling and swimming with the sea turtles, or just suntanning on the top deck. For the adventurous, you can rope-swing from the boat or be blind-folded and made to walk the plank!
#9 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Shipwreck Snorkel

38 Reviews
Snorkel through multiple shipwrecks dating back through WWI and WWII. Covered in marine life, these wrecks are prime examples of reef diversity, and they rest only a few feet below the surface.
#10 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Scenic Drive

35 Reviews
Discover the island's most scenic sights, such as the National Heroes Square and the Parliament buildings in Bridgetown. As you drive across the island, you'll pass through peaceful villages where you can enjoy the beautiful views.
#11 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Distillery Tour

33 Reviews
With Barbados being known for its rum, you cannot miss out on the many distillery tours offered throughout the island.
#12 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Atlantis Submarine

26 Reviews
Experience an up close and personal view of the waters surrounding Barbados aboard the Atlantis submarine.
#13 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Sunbury Plantation House

26 Reviews
Sunbury Plantation House offers an elegant tour of the 18th and 19th centuries on a Barbadian sugar estate. This house features impressive antiques and a unique collection of horse-drawn carriages to give you a glimpse of Barbadian history.
#14 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Cave Tour

22 Reviews
Discover what lies within Barbados' deep, dark caves. Flowing streams and deep pools of clear water are among many sights you will see.
#15 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Monkey Encounter

15 Reviews
Meet Barbados' Green Monkeys who are responsible for 70% of the world's Polio vaccine.
#16 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Submarine Tour

15 Reviews
A Barbados submarine tour is a fun and unique way to see the island's deep-sea marine life, especially for cruisers who aren't keen on snorkeling and diving.
#17 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Photography Tour

13 Reviews
Improve your photography skills with tips and a scenic tour of Barbados from a local professional photographer.
#18 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Scuba Diving

9 Reviews
Barbados is ideal for year-round diving, and the reefs found off the island blossom with healthy sponges, coral, and plant life.
#19 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Agapey Chocolate Factory Tour

8 Reviews
Melt away in Barbados’ Agapey chocolate factory as you learn about chocolate production and sample rich, decadent treats.
#20 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Sailing

8 Reviews
Set sail and let the steady breeze guide you along Barbados’ breathtaking coastline.
#21 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Culinary Tour

7 Reviews
Discover the delights of Caribbean cuisine in Barbados as you learn how to make good old "Bajan Rum Punch" and the local delicacy of cod fish cakes.
#22 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Segway Tour

6 Reviews
Explore Barbados the efficient way on the most unique vehicle around- the segway.
#23 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Flower Forest

5 Reviews
The Flower Forest has 53.6 acres reserved only for green botanical ventures, never to be developed for housing or industry. Come for the year round flowers and the panoramic views looking over Chalky Mount and the East Coast of Barbados.
#24 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Welchman Hall Gully

5 Reviews
A visit to Barbados is all about exploring this gorgeous Caribbean island's natural bounty. Take a guided excursion or even a public bus ride out to Welchman Hall Gully to stroll through grapefruit groves and catch a wild monkey feeding in a unique collapsed cave.
#25 of 35 Barbados Shore Excursions

Wildlife Reserve

5 Reviews

Food and Drink in Barbados

Bajuns love their buffets, especially for lunch. You'll often find a selection of rice dishes, macaroni pie and vegetables, usually a little over-cooked or mushy for many tastes. A good Bajun buffet will always include a couple of kinds of chicken and seafood, too. A flying fish sandwich is a must while visiting the island, and most lunch spots will offer one on the menu. One thing you won't find often is a hamburger or red meat. The Bajuns just don't like it much.

The Waterfront Cafe is Bridgetown's best-known restaurant. On the waterfront at the Careenage, it serves everything from flying fish to mushroom pasta. Live entertainment, usually jazz, fills the stage on Friday and Saturday nights. (246-427-0093; open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m.)

The Tides Restaurant offers elegant waterfront dining along Barbados' Platinum Coast. Try the steamed flying fish Creole or the marinated sashimi salmon salad, or surprise yourself with the catch of the day. The sticky pudding for dessert is a reflection of the region's British heritage. Vegetarian and children's menus are available in the high season. (Balmore House, Holetown; 246-432-8356; open daily noon to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., November to May; open for dinner only and closed Sundays from June to October.)

The simple motto at the historic Hotel Atlantis Restaurant is ABC -- All Bajan Cuisine -- and it works. Sample local favorites like pumpkin fritters, steamed fish Creole and breadfruit casserole as you watch the Atlantic surf pounding onto the beach below. Sumptuous lunch buffets are offered on Wednesdays and Sundays. (Bathsheba; 246-433-9445; open daily 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed for dinner Sundays)

At The Fish Pot, located inside the Little Good Harbour Hotel, the open dining room and fresh Caribbean breeze make any meal taste better. The baby clams come with Creole sauce, and the ravioli has a bit of Jim Beam whiskey in the butter sauce. Feeling decadent? Treat yourself to the grilled lobster. It's worth the journey north of Speightstown. You might even want to dress up a little for this dinner out. (Shermans, St. Peter Parish; 246-439-3000; open daily)

Wiggle your toes in the sand at picnic tables on the beach in front of Zaccio's Restaurant and Beach Bar, or enjoy the breeze from an indoor table. Because it's probably the most popular pizza place on the island, reservations are necessary for Friday and Saturday nights. We love the macaroni pie, salads and paninis. Even the barbecued ribs are pretty good there. (Holetown, St. James Parish; 246-432-0134; open daily noon to 10 p.m., sometimes later in high season)

Best Cocktail in Barbados

Try anything with Mount Gay Rum. That's the local label, the oldest existing rum distillery in the world, and Bajuns are quite proud of it. A basic Rum Punch or Rum Runner is served at every restaurant and bar on the island. The local beer is Banks. Tours of the brewery and Mount Gay distillery are fun times.

Beaches in Barbados

Best Beach for a Half-Day Visit: Gently curving Brandon's Beach, also known as Weiser's Beach (Weiser is a popular beach bar), is visible from your cruise ship; it fronts the Caribbean.

Best Beaches for Beach Bums: At Payne's Beach, there are plenty of beach cafes, bars and places to rent snorkeling equipment and going parasailing. On the southern part of the east coast, Crane Beach -- with its cliffs, dunes and pink sand -- has received accolades as one of the Caribbean's prettiest beaches. It's a great place for body-surfing. Worthing Beach on the south coast is also convenient to the cruise ship, and it's a perfect swimming beach.

Best Secluded Beaches: Tons! The most romantic beach is actually a collection of them, five miles long. They're strung along the east (Atlantic) coast between Belle Plain and Bathsheba. The surf is too rough for swimming, however. For romance and easy surf, check out the stretch in Holetown between Sandy Lane and Payne's Beach. On the island's south side, Harrismith Beach and Bottom Bay (both in St. Phillip Parish) have beautiful cliff sides, palms and caves; take a picnic. Batts Rock (St. Michael Parish) is also a great secluded beach that doesn't get a lot of traffic.

Don't Miss in Barbados

Banks Brewery is the island brew, and a tour of the plant shows off just how far this little brewery has grown in about 50 years. Tastings and souvenir shopping are the best. (Newtown Road, Bridgetown; open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

George Washington's House is the only place outside the U.S. where the first president ever visited. The house is perfectly restored with period antiques and is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. (Bush Hill, The Garrison, St. Michael; open Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

The Jolly Roger Pirate Cruise is a four-hour pirate-themed cruise that features a sail down the west coast, snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles, a BBQ buffet lunch and an open bar. You'll even get to "walk the plank" and take a few rope-swing jumps from the ship. Plus, you'll get picked up and dropped off right outside of the cruise port. Tip: Mention Cruise Critic for a 10 percent discount.

Harrison's Cave is one of the premiere show caves in the Caribbean. A major expansion in 2010 included a visitor's center and interpretive center. It's a great place to see green monkeys and the bearded fig trees from which Barbados gets its name. (St. Thomas; 246-417-3700; open daily 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

In Chattel Village, Holetown, a dozen or more brightly painted little houses, reflecting the style of portable plantation homes, are home to gift shops and restaurants offering everything from Cuban cigars and home decor to resortwear. The village is located directly on the bus route for those coming from Bridgetown.

At Mount Gay Rum Distillery, learn the history of rum on the island, learn how to mix various cocktails, and have some lunch when it's all over. (Brandons, St. Michael; open Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays)

North Point, St. Lucy Parish, is the most northern point on the island. Get great photos of whales at Little Bay, near Animal Flower Cave. Rent a car, or hire a driver.

Cherry Tree Hill, St. Andrew Parish, is the second-highest point on the island, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a valley nicknamed "Scotland" for its rolling green hills.

At Farley Hill National Park, St. Peter Parish, see ruins of a great manor house and views of the Scotland district from pagoda. (open daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Arbib Heritage and Nature Trails Eco Adventures offers lush views of the island's interior on walks that visit towns and gullies. Walks take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and reservations are required. (St. Peter; 246-234-9100)

Afternoon tea at the Taboras Restaurant in the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, St. James Parish, is served daily between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. (246-422-5555)

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