See our suggestions for more adventure and fun things to do when visiting Barbados for the annual Food, Wine and Rum Festival.
Hit the beach. There are more than 70 miles of beach to explore in Barbados with no shortage of water sports. Snorkel with sea turtles, go jet-skiing, kayak or just drift away on a small hobie cat.
See the sunset from your beach chair. Like any other Caribbean island, Bajan sunsets are spectacular.
Taste the flying fish. It's the national dish of Barbados and some of the best is at the Oistin's Fish Fry, held every Friday night in Christ Church Parrish. Stop by Pat's, they’re known for its fried and grilled flying fish platters.
See a celebrity chef. If you've come for the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival, you'll enjoy many celebrity chef sightings. Go to a cooking demonstration from a culinary great like Marcus Samuelsson.
Sample top chef cuisine. One of the highlights of the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival is Ambrosia, where world-renown chefs like Ming Tsai serve up their best for foodie fans.
Drink rum. Barbados is the home of Mount Gay Rum, the world's oldest rum, dating back to 1703. The distillery's visitor center tour in Bridgetown features various label tastings.
Party in St. Lawrence Gap. This is the street where tourists and locals go to party. Check out the Reggae Lounge for hip-hop, reggae and soca, or head to McBride's for pop and '80s tunes.
Visit the oldest church in Barbados. The St. James Anglican Parrish Church in St. James Parrish was started in 1628 by the British settlers. Many of those early settlers were buried here due to a small pox epidemic.
Learn about the island culture. Each parrish or borough in Barbados is named for its church, which explains why St. James Parrish Church is in St. James Parrish.
Take in the island's natural beauty. Find a friendly, local taxi driver or rent a car to drive around the coast of Barbados. Be careful, they drive on the left side of the road here. North Point, on the northernmost tip of the island in St. Lucy Parrish, features plunging views of the Caribbean.
See a sleeping giant. Drive to Cherry Tree Hill on the way to the east coast to view the Bajan mountains also known as the "Sleeping Giant." If you look closely, you'll see the giant's head point to the ocean with his mouth open and his belly pointing inland.
Go to Bathesheba and hang 10 with the surfers. Bathesheba is a surfer’s paradise. It’s a natural wonder with its crashing waves and odd protruding, limestone rock formations.
Explore Harrison's Cave, a new eco-tourism destination in St. Thomas Parrish. Take a tram ride deep into its limestone core to see stunning stalagmite and stalactite formations.
See monkeys cross the road. Why do they cross the road? In this case, to eat a piece of fruit on the side of the road. The green monkeys look more greyish-brown than green, and they’ve been spotted on resorts across the island.