This Barbados for families itinerary identifies perfect activities for all ages. While Barbados has elegant hotels and high end restaurants, families can also discover homegrown Caribbean delights. Beaches are legendary, the climate is ideal, and the island is safe and welcoming.
Teens can take beginning surf lessons or tour the legendary Concorde Alpha Echo. Younger ones can enjoy water sports and beach time. Families can dine in casual informality at fish fries and small beachfront cafes. The massive Six Roads Chefette offers kid-friendly food and a two-story playground.
Gardens are great to explore, cave visits are exciting, and museums are intriguing. For a diversion from sun and surf, you don’t have to look far.
Here are places beyond the beach that your family will love to visit — organized by activities, dining and lodging plus location.
Caving — The Harrison’s Cave experience introduces spelunker to the wonders of geology. Location: St Thomas, Central Uplands.
Snorkeling — Hop aboard a catamaran for a half-day adventure with Small Cats Catamaran Sailing Cruises to see turtles, explore beaches and view amazing marine life. Location: Bridgeport.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve — Come for monkeys, birds and reptiles galore. Location: Farley Hill, St Peter.
Horses Can Swim! — Get up early to watch racehorses take a bath. Location: Pebbles Beach, near Barbados Cruising Club, Bridgeport.
Atlantis Submarine Dive — Visit fishes where they live and see some shipwrecks too. Location: Bridgetown.
Learn to Surf — Strong swimmers with an urge to master the boards can take lessons. Location: Bridgetown and other South Coast beaches.
Concorde Museum — A tour of the legendary plane that all will love. Location: Spencers, South Coast.
George Washington House — Barbadian and American history intersects here, in a compelling story. Location: Bridgetown.
Barbados Museum — The children’s gallery makes history fun. Location: Bridgetown.
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Since it’s hard to enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner with the kids in tow, we suggest finding places where they can dine casually, with their young appetites catered to. (Or, arrange a babysitter.)
Oistins — The Fish Fry in Oistins fishing village is a great informal place to listen to local music and try local dishes. Location: Oistins, 9 km southeast of Bridgetown.
Chefette — This only-in-Barbados dining experience is family perfection, and its Six Roads location features a two story playground. Location: Bridgetown and other locations.
Naniki — Overlooking the coast, this garden oasis restaurant is healthy and casual. Location: Surinam, St Joseph.
Mullins Bay Beach Bar and Grill — Fro casual fare served beachside. Location: Mullins Bay, Northwest Coast.
Barbados has wonderful hotels, some are more oriented to adults and couples than to families. These three make comfortable island homes to make casual breakfasts or lunches or dine in when kiddies are too tired from beach time.
Ocean Two — Family friendly suites at a reasonable price. Location: Christ Church.
Butterfly Beach Hotel — New and friendly, with kitchenettes. Location: Maxwell.
The Sands — A casual all-inclusive resort. Location: Bridgetown.