Beach View Hotel is a great base to explore the exciting sights & activities; from historic homes and gardens to underground caves and a host of leisure activities such as golf, surfing, sailing, kite surfing, cricket, hiking and much more. No matter which coast you’re on, what month of the year or what the time of day, Barbados has something wonderful to offer. The best & easiest way to explore Barbados is by renting a car and seeing the island on your own time. Beach View Hotel offers car rentals on property & you can book this before you arrive, or while you’re here with your dedicated concierge team. There is no shortage of #hashtag-worthy places to see in Barbados & if we were ‘playing tourist’ for a few days, here is what we would do & what we think you should see!
At the island’s North Point, the views are spectacular and there is a lovely restaurant to grab a bite to eat or a cool drink. It is also where you will find a unique “window to the sea” that can be seen in Billy Ocean’s music video for The Colour of Love!
Hidden Gem Take a drive to Little Bay; a unique spot with amazing blowholes, incredible views & you can take a quick dip, if the tide is right!
Enjoy rum tasting & a dose of history. One of the oldest plantation houses on the island who still make their own rum. They even have a heritage railway with an actual steam train! When you leave the Abbey, you’ll hit ‘Cherry Tree Hill’ for the most amazing views of the East Coast.
Did you know? Rum was invented in Barbados & the world’s oldest rum, Mount Gay, is also produced here. Rum is an integral part of Bajan life & there are approximately 1,500 rum shops on the island!
Bathsheba is the hub of the surfing community. You’ll be surrounded by dramatic scenery and the crashing waves of Soup Bowl, a top surfing spot but not for beginners!
Top Tip Stop off for lunch with a view at the Round House and make a pitstop at Andromeda Botanical Gardens!
Probably the most spectacular botanical gardens in Barbados, with opera music playing in the background & Anthony Hunte himself usually on hand to ply you with rum punches & a tale or two about Barbados.
Top Tip Pack a picnic & make a day of it!
A 53-acre agrotourism project overlooking the East Coast with over 70 species of tropical fruit trees, herbs & spices! The team at Coco Hill is committed to sustainability, rebuilding biodiversity and overall reconnecting with the land. A truly unique experience.
Top Tip Bring your hiking gear & either opt for a self-guided tour or pre-arrange a guided tour through this amazing place & gain lots of local knowledge and history from the guides.
Explore the majestic beauty of the underground caves at Harrison’s Cave. Then check out local flora & fauna at Welchman Hall Gully – get there in time for monkey feeding!
Top Tip At Harrison’s Cave, book the Monkey Zipline & Challenge Course Adventure!
Did you know? Some scenes from the Netflix hit Outerbanks were filmed on location at Welchman Hall Gully!
Earthworks is the home of locally made pottery. Stunning pieces that make great gifts.
Hidden Gem Their on-site cafe is nestled amongst the treetops offering panoramic views & lots of breeze! The perfect spot to take a time out and have a nice drink and snack.
Carlisle Bay to the south is the epitome of a beautiful Barbados beach. Long stretch of pure white sand, turtles swimming through the waves & shipwrecks for the snorkeling & diving enthusiasts.
Top Tip Go to Harbour Lights for the best beach day! Relax on the sun loungers with Free WiFi & have your lunch & drinks served to you. Feel adventurous? Head out on a turtle & shipwreck tour or even a jetski. The day is yours!
Stop off at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Museum, The George Washington House, The Armoury & much more!
Did you know? The only country outside of the USA visited by George Washington was Barbados? The visit took place in 1751 when Washington was traveling with his brother who was recovering from an illness.
Atlantis Submarine – Board an explorer submarine and head below the tranquil waters to discover our diverse ecosystem, home to coral reefs and brimming with sea life, including turtles and majestic stingrays. If you’d prefer a more hands on approach, day and night scuba dives are available to certified divers…and if this is your first time, divemasters will have you ready to dive in a matter of hours.
The South coast is home to more gorgeous sandy beaches. Take a relaxing stroll along the south coast boardwalk for the beautiful scenery & spend the day at Accra Beach.
Hidden Gem The Artsplash Cafe. A fun community centre overlooking the Hastings Rocks. There is a cafe serving breakfast & lunch; fresh & healthy options & delicious coffee & free WiFi! Inside, there is an art gallery showcasing local artists & on select days, a farmers market outside! If you have kids, there is even a play park at the back!
Oistins is a traditional fishing village & it comes alive every weekend, serving inexpensive & excellent Bajan food. It is famous for the Friday Night Fish Fry!
Top Tip Get there early enough, before sundown, and you’ll see sea turtles, just off the pier, having their dinner from the local fishermen!
Take a picnic & head to the south east of the island for even more beautiful beaches. We recommend Crane Beach, Bottom Bay & also Foul Bay. Expansive stretches of pink sand, dotted with palm trees & dramatic cliffs. Just be a bit careful in the water, the current can be strong.
Top Tip Don’t let the name put you off – Take a dip at Shark Hole, a tiny hidden beach on the south east coast of Barbados.