6 Activities In Barbados That Will Make Your Vacation With The Fam One For The Books

By Kelsey Marie


It’s that time of the year when work begins to slow down and spending quality time with our loved ones becomes a priority. Family vacations can be a great way to catch up with everyone, bond and just have fun together. If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation spot this season, consider visiting Barbados. 

This beautiful Caribbean island is relaxing and enticing for those who crave a bit of culture, adventure, and serenity when traveling. Barbados is also extremely family-friendly, with many activities to keep every age group entertained. 

Here’s how you can enjoy your next family vacation in Barbados:

Head To The Beach, Of Course

If you’re traveling with children, head to the west coast of Barbados (aka the Platinum Coast) where the beaches are gentle. Beaches like Alleynes Bay, Mullins Bay, and Paynes Bay are perfect for children who love to swim and will give the adults a worry-free beach experience. 

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Crane Beach is located on the south coast and is down as one of the top beaches in the world! 

Although the beaches located along the east coast are gorgeous, they aren’t really kid-friendly.

Head to the Folkestone Marine Park for snorkeling, a playground and a chance to see green monkeys having fun in the trees. 

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Visiting Barbados Wildlife Reserve is awesome for families who want to get up close and personal with iguanas, tortoises, green monkeys, and more — all native to the island! You may also get a chance to witness the monkeys coming down from their trees to be fed.

Harrison’s Cave

Take a 30-minute guided underground train through Harrison’s Cave where you can see limestone formations and caverns. The experience is incredible, especially because limestone is unique to Barbados as the rest of the Caribbean islands are volcanic. 

See Horses Swim!

The early bird catches the…swimming racehorses, of course. From 5:30 am – 7 am, horses from the Garrison Savannah Race Track are escorted by their trainers to Pebbles Beach for a morning swim. The entire family can take in this beautiful view while enjoying a leisure morning breakfast. 

The Animal Flower Cave

Located in the northern parish of St. Lucy, the caves are perfect for exploration. You can hire a tour guide and take a dip in the pools of the cave. There are many shops around and a restaurant, so you can make a whole day out of visiting the caves who got its name because of the sea anemones found in the pools. 

Swim With Sea Turtles

If you want to see sea turtles, heading out on a boat from Alleynes Bay beach is the way! You can snorkel or view from a glass-bottom boat. Head to Oisten’s, located on the south coast, for a chance to feed sea turtles straight off the dock!

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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