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How to Spend 2 Days in Barbados

How to Spend 2 Days in Barbados

Two days on Barbados allow you to thoroughly explore the island and its most famous sights—which include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bridgetown and Harrison’s Cave—while also getting out onto the island’s marine life-filled waters. Here’s how to spend 48 hours on the colorful island of Barbados.

Day 1: Explore the Island

Begin with a comprehensive tour of the island’s top sights by bus or minivan. Half-day and full-day tours typically take visitors to famous attractions such as Harrison's Cave, Hunte's Gardens, and St. Nicholas Abbey; some also include lunch and rum punches to get you into the island mood. Booking a private tour has the added appeal of allowing you to customize your itinerary.

If there’s time afterwards, delve deeper into Barbadian culinary culture with a visit to Mount Gay Visitor Centre or a chocolate factory—both offer samples as well as insight into production. Alternatively, you can take an in-depth look at the historic buildings of UNESCO-listed Bridgetown on a walking tour.

Cap off a great day in Barbados with a mini Caribbean carnival; dinner shows feature fire eaters, limbo dancers, and stilt-walkers. These evening packages typically include a barbecue dinner and open bar, as well as round-trip hotel transfers. 

Day 2: Get Out Onto the Water

Begin your second day in Barbados by getting out onto the water. Most catamaran cruises take you along the west coast of Barbados and make two or three stops for diving and snorkeling, sometimes at a shipwreck—you can also rent your own private boat for a personalized experience. If you don’t want to get wet, glass-bottom boat tours offer a dry alternative and visit many of the same sites.

If you’re a fan of watersports, Barbados is the place for you. You can take a surfing lessons in Freight’s Bay—which typically include all-day surf board hire so you can continue after the lesson ends—or get propelled into the air on a jetblading adventure.

Conclude your visit to Barbados with a taste of the local nightlife, by visiting the bars and live music venues of St. Lawrence Gap.

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Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise
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Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise

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Cruise the west coast of Barbados for a day on a 60-foot (18-meter) catamaran. You’ll make two or three stops where you can dive in and experience life under the sea at premier snorkeling spots, including a shipwreck. Swim among the tropical fish, vibrant corals and possibly turtles and other marine life. Choose between either a three- or five-hour excursion. Unlimited drinks and a light breakfast are included, as well as lunch on the five-hour cruise.
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Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show

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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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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Chocolate Factory Tour in Barbados

Chocolate Factory Tour in Barbados

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Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the production and export of dark chocolate in Barbados on this chocolate factory tour. With a guide in the lead, move through the factory to learn about the process of making artisan chocolate from cocoa bean harvest to confection creation. Sample individual ingredients as well as the finished product as you explore.
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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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A Guided Walking Tour of a History of a City - Bridgetown

A Guided Walking Tour of a History of a City - Bridgetown

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Get to know the history and culture of Bridgetown and Barbados on this half-day walking tour. With a guide in the lead providing in-depth commentary, you'll get a full picture of what makes the capital of Barbados so special. With an audio headset provided, you won't miss a word, and you'll leave the tour knowing much more Barbadian history than you would simply exploring on your own.
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Barbados Coastal Tour
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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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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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