Barbados is a scenic destination in the southern Caribbean with miles of coast line perfect for diving and snorkeling.
Barbados is also home to thousands of species of wildlife.
With so many things to do while on vacation
in Barbados, one of the best ways to experience the
diversity of the island is by taking Barbados island tours.
The history of Barbados dates back hundreds of years ago when fishing was the way that most people their living. If you want to step back into fishing villages that look almost the same as they did 200 years ago, a Barbados day tour will take you to the energetic village of Oistins. The small town features lovely boutiques and restaurants housed in buildings that were once shipping supply warehouses. The main highlight of tours of Barbados that stop in the fishing village is the Oistins Fish Fry. Every Easter hundreds of residents and people on Barbados tours gather in the streets of Oistins to pay tribute to the fishers of the community. There are fish cleaning competitions, boating races, flame swallowing demonstrations, and of course, fresh seafood. A plate of mahi mahi or flying fish can be purchased for around $5.00. Barbados island tours usually wrap up the day by staying in the capital city of Bridgetown which is just a few miles away.
People who are guests aboard Caribbean
cruises often take a Barbados day tour when they disembark
the ship in Bridgetown. These tours of Barbados often
include walking around downtown Bridgetown and even a
trip to a nearby beach. Barbados
tours almost always bring tourists to Careenage, a natural
harbor in Bridgetown with a pedestrian walkway and a scenic
marina. You'll see boaters getting their yachts
and sail boats ready for an outing as well as street vendors
selling ice cream and souvenirs. The best place for shopping in this area is on the north side of the Chamberlain Bridge.
The area gets quite crowded during the weekends with all
of the Barbados Island tours taking place, so if you don't
like crowds, Chamberlain Bridge is an area to avoid.
If you want to visit beaches on your vacation, there are many tours of Barbados that will focus on the beaches spanning the west and south coast of Barbados, extending from the north all the way down to St. Lawrence Gap, which is a two mile stretch of road famous for its beaches, nightlife, and shopping. You won't want to miss Mullins Beach in St. Peter. The water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Carlisle Beach in St. Michael is so close to Bridgetown that it is possible to visit the beach for a couple of hours on a Barbados day tour and make it back to Bridgetown in time to board your cruise ship. If you want to buy souvenirs from your tour, head to Bay Street near the beach. You can also rent beach umbrellas or buy refreshments here. Other beaches you might encounter on Barbados tours are Accra Beach, Miami Beach, or Sandy Beach.
Families with children often take Barbados tours of the Barbados Wildlife Reserve on the east coast of St. Peter. This wildlife sanctuary is the habitat of peacocks, birds, deer, and monkeys. There are no fences or cages for the animals (except for the snakes) so be sure to watch where you step.
Visitors can see so much of Barbados even if they only have one or two days to spend there. The island of Barbados is small, yet packed with great beaches, shopping, and sightseeing activities.