If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure in Barbados, consider a road trip through the island’s stunning countryside. Although the island measures just 20 miles (32 km) from northwest to southeast and about 15 miles (25 km) from east to west at its widest point, there is still plenty to see and enjoy.

Start by renting a car (and buying a licence) and heading out to the east coast, where you’ll find the picturesque fishing village of Bathsheba. This village is known for its rugged landscapes and crashing waves, which create a mesmerizing scene perfect for exploring and photography. While there, you can walk along the beach or hike up to the top of the hill to get a bird’s-eye view of the village.

Barbados Road Trip - Bathsheba Soup Bowl

The Soup Bowl at Bathsheba

Another popular attraction in Barbados is the Bathsheba Soup Bowl, a world-renowned surf spot. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try your hand at surfing or simply watch the professionals ride the waves. If you’re interested in wildlife, you can visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you can see a variety of animals, including green monkeys and tortoises, in their natural habitat.

Afterwards, head to St. Nicholas Abbey, a historic plantation house with stunning architecture and gardens. Here, you can take a guided tour of the house to learn about its fascinating history and immerse yourself in Barbados’ rich culture. You can also stroll through the beautiful gardens and take in the exotic flora and fauna that flourish in the island’s tropical climate.

You can also consider taking a ride while you’re there on the St. Nicholas Abbey heritage steam locomotive train, which takes you through the island’s lush countryside and sugar cane fields.

Make your way to the Animal Flower Cave, a natural sea cave on the island’s north coast. Take a guided tour to see the variety of sea creatures, including anemones, and enjoy the breathtaking views from the cave. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the geological formation of the cave and the marine life that inhabits it. There is also a great restaurant on the cliff which is the ideal place for lunch – and during February through to April, you might spot a whale or two!

Barbados Road Trip - chattel houses

The island is dotted with charming chattel houses

Don’t forget to stop at every turn to take in the charming chattel houses and stunning scenery and capture memories that will last a lifetime. You can also take a detour to some of the other popular attractions on the island, such as Harrison’s Cave or the Mount Gay Rum Distillery.

While in Barbados, you can also explore the capital city of Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can visit the historic Garrison area, which was once a British military base, and see the impressive Parliament Buildings.

Or visit the George Washington House, which Washington visited in 1751 and spent about two months. Barbados was the only country he ever visited outside colonial America. The House, now appropriately under the control of the Barbados National Trust, provides useful insights into life as it was in Barbados 250 years ago.

Heading to the south coast, you can visit the historic town of Oistins, famous for its Friday night fish fry. Here, you can sample some of the freshest seafood on the island. You can also visit the nearby Miami Beach, known for its calm waters and white sand, perfect for a refreshing swim.

On the west coast, you can then venture through the charming town of Holetown, home to some of the island’s best restaurants, bars, and shops. And if you’re interested in history, you can visit the nearby St. James Parish Church, which was built in the 1600s and is one of the oldest churches in the Caribbean. It stands on consecrated land often known in Barbados as “God’s acre”.

Bajan road with yellow bus

Driving in Barbados

The practicalities of a Barbados road trip

Remember to take your time and enjoy the journey! The pace is slower than you are used to, and road rage is not something Bajans experience.

Don’t be surprised if the car in front stops so the driver can purchase bread or fruit from a street-side vendor or decides to let everyone in ahead of him. Just go with the flow and enjoy your surroundings. And if you’re not used to roundabouts, you’re in for some fun! Indicators are rarely used.

There are plenty of petrol/gas stations along the south and west coasts, but if you are travelling to the east and north coasts, make sure you fill up before you head off. And pack some cold water and snacks as well. Even with air-conditioning, cars can get hot.

And if you need directions, then Google Maps is a good choice for those without data on their smartphones or try Waze if you do (this is our preferred service).

Barbados is a beautiful island with so much to offer, and this road trip is the perfect way to experience it. You’ll want to come back to visit what you missed!

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