The year 2023 welcomes new adventures, and the lovely island of Barbados offers many for all to enjoy. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a history buff, or just looking to relax, there’s something for everyone visiting the island. Here are 8 things to do in Barbados in 2023 that you won’t want to miss.

Visit Bathsheba Beach


Bathsheba Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in Barbados. It is located on the island’s east coast and is known for its natural beauty and rugged landscape. The beach is excellent for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing. It’s also popular for photographers due to its stunning rock formations and crashing waves. So if you’re looking for a quiet spot to unwind, Bathsheba Beach is the perfect place to do so.

Explore Harrison’s Cave

Harrison's Cave

Harrison’s Cave is a natural wonder located in the central uplands of Barbados. It’s a limestone cave system over 2.3 kilometres long and features stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and underground streams. Visitors can take a tram tour of the cave system and learn about its history and geology. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Harrison’s Cave’s new addition, the Eco-Adventure Park, offers additional amenities, such as a zipline experience, a nature trail and an obstacle course. Overall, it’s an excellent activity for families and nature lovers alike.

Take a Catamaran Cruise


Crystal-clear waters surround Barbados; one of the best ways to experience them is on a catamaran cruise. You can take a sunset cruise or a day trip to swim with sea turtles, snorkel over shipwrecks, and explore hidden coves. The island is also home to many private beaches that are only accessible by boat, making a catamaran cruise the perfect way to escape the crowds.

Visit a Local Market

Holders House Farmers Market

A unique and enjoyable shopping experience awaits at Barbados’ local markets. One such market is the Bridgetown Market, which takes place every Saturday in the capital city of Bridgetown. Similarly, Brighton Farmers Market is open from 6.30 am to 10 am every Saturday and offers an organic food experience, among other things. If you’re on the west coast, then head to Holders House Farmers Market on a Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.

These markets are great places to sample local food, buy souvenirs, and experience the vibrant culture of Barbados. You’ll find everything from fresh produce and spices to handmade crafts and clothing. It’s a must-visit for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Barbados wildlife reserve

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a nature park located in the island’s northern part. It’s home to various exotic animals, including green monkeys, parrots, and iguanas. Visitors can take a guided tour of the park and learn about its conservation efforts. A hiking trail leads through the reserve and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Shop at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre

Limegrove Holetown

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is a luxury shopping destination in the heart of Barbados’ west coast. It’s home to over 100 stores, including high-end fashion brands, jewellery stores, and gourmet food shops. The centre also features a cinema, art gallery, and spa, making it the perfect place to spend a day indulging in some retail therapy.

Visit St. Nicholas Abbey and Heritage Railway

St Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway

St. Nicholas Abbey is a historic plantation house that dates back to the 17th century. It’s located in the island’s northern part and is surrounded by lush gardens and sugar cane fields. Visitors can take a guided tour of the house and learn about its history and architecture. The property also features a rum distillery where you can sample some of the island’s famous rum. An additional attraction is the Heritage Railway, where you can jump aboard a steam locomotive as it journeys through the plantation fields and mahogany woods, culminating with east coast island views at Cherry Tree Hill.

Relax at Crane Beach

Crane Beach Barbados

Crane Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Barbados. It’s located on the island’s southeast coast and is known for its soft pink sand and turquoise waters. The beach is excellent for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing. There are also several restaurants and bars nearby where you can grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink.

BONUS: Attend the Crop Over Festival


The Crop Over Festival is Barbados’ biggest cultural celebration. It takes place every summer and features music, dance, food, and fireworks. The festival has its roots in the island’s sugar cane harvest and celebrates its culture and heritage. It’s a must-attend event for anyone looking to experience the vibrant energy of Barbados.

Content Disclaimer

The information above is provided only for information purposes. The contents of this blog post are not intended to amount to advice. Residence Barbados disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of the contents of this newsletter.

Interested in learning more about how to make Barbados a home away from home? Call the Residence Barbados team today at +1 246 230 4982, complete the contact form or email at contact@residencebarbados.com.

Photos Courtesy Of: Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Harrison’s Cave, Holders House Farmers Market, St Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway.

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