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How to Spend 1 Day in Barbados

How to Spend 1 Day in Barbados

Famed for its stunning beaches, Barbados is equally blessed by a UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital city, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage. With only one day you’ll want to see as much as possible, so here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Barbados.

Morning: See the Sights

Start your day with a Barbados sightseeing tour by bus or minivan, in order to cover more sights in less time; choose a half-day tour in order to free up the rest of the day for additional activities. Fortunately, you can take in plenty of sights—such as Bridgetown, Harrison's Cave, Hunte's Gardens, and St. Nicholas Abbey—in just a morning. To really make the most of your time, book a private tour, which allows you to customize your itinerary to your own interests—most tours include pickup and drop-off from your hotel.

Afternoon: Delve Deeper

Use the afternoon to delve deeper into whichever aspect of Barbadian culture interests you. No visit to the island is complete without sampling some of its famous rum, so one option is to visit the Mount Gay Visitor Centre to delve into the history and significance of the spirit—tours typically include a glass of rum punch and rum samples. Alternatively, you can explore another of Barbados’ great exports, chocolate, on a tour of a chocolate factory. Tours typically guide visitors through the process of making artisan chocolate—from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the finished product—and include samples.

Night: Celebrate Bajan Style

Cap off a great day in Barbados with a night of color and culture. Beachside dinner shows occur throughout the week and feature festively-dressed performers, fire eaters, limbo dancers, stilt-walkers, and musicians that tell stories of the island’s culture and history. These evenings typically include a barbecue dinner and open bar, as well as round-trip hotel transfers. Often, once the performances have ended, a DJ takes over proceedings; guests are welcome to keep the party going on the dance floor. Alternatively, you can head out on your own to the bars and live music venues of St. Lawrence Gap.

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Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show
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Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show

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Fire eaters, limbo dancers, stilt-walkers, and more make this beachside dinner show a performance to remember. A dance floor and live music let you join in the fun as you learn first-hand about Caribbean culture, while a barbecue dinner, open bar, and round-trip transportation from your hotel ensure an enjoyable and stress-free outing.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Gay Signature Rum Tasting in Barbados

Mount Gay Signature Rum Tasting in Barbados

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Set against the brilliant blue of the Caribbean sea and sky, our Visitor Experience invites guests from around the world to discover the secrets behind Barbados' finest spirit. Greeted in our lush green garden, visitors will explore the history, heritage and craft of Mount Gay Rum while enjoying a rum tasting to complete the experience.
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  • 1 hour
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Breathtaking Wonders - Harrisons Cave and Hunte's Gardens
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Breathtaking Wonders - Harrisons Cave and Hunte's Gardens

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Unless you hire a car, visiting Barbados’ Harrison’s Cave and Hunte’s Gardens in half a day can mean juggling public buses and cabs. This tour takes you to both by air-conditioned coach: eliminating any worries about transport or tickets. Explore the stalactite- and stalagmite-filled Harrison’s Cave by tram car, and soak in the botanical delights of Hunte’s Gardens. Pickup and drop-off at hotels and Bridgetown cruise port are included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Half-Day Barbados Excursion

Private Half-Day Barbados Excursion

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Let a private driver be your personal guide on a half-day island tour of Barbados. Customize your own sightseeing itinerary to places such as Harrison's Cave, Hunte's Gardens, St, Nicholas Abbey, or Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Simply tell your guide what type of sites you want to visit or your guide will offer suggestions based on your interests. Pricing is per group, based on a maximum of 4–12 people.
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  • 4 hours
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Barbados Coastal Tour

Barbados Coastal Tour

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Ensure you don't miss a thing on your visit to Barbados by booking this scenic drive around the island's coastline. Visit the charming seaside town of Speightstown, enjoy a rum punch at Cherry Tree Hill, explore the rugged Scotland District, St. John's Church and enjoy a Caribbean-style lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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Historic Walking Tour of Bridgetown Barbados

Historic Walking Tour of Bridgetown Barbados

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Get to know Bridgetown, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital of Barbados, on this comprehensive walking tour. Exploring with a guide ensures you won't miss any highlights and you'll learn much more about the city's culture and history than you would wandering around on your own. Highlights include the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson, the Nindhe Israel Synagogue, the screw dock, and the Barbados Parliament House.
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  • 2 hours
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