Having fun in Barbados is not at all difficult. There is plenty to do upon arrival on the majestic shores of the island. But forget about just dipping your toes in the water, in fact, forget about the water for just a bit and take the time to explore the interior of the country. There are many fun ways to have a great time on your visit, and inland adventures are a splendid way to enjoy your vacay!
First Up! Let's go on safari! - When you think of a safari, images of African plains often come to mind, with wild animals somewhere on the scene. There are no wild animals in Barbados, well not of the large persuasion so that you won’t be seeing any lions or elephants here. Think more along the lines of discovering those parts of the island that are off the beaten track. Though you may see a wild monkey or other small animals, an island safari in Barbados is just that, seeing the island. When on safari, you will be taken on a rugged drive throughout the country in an opened-back 4x4. There is no need to fear, the vehicles are fully seat belted, and the drivers know the terrain.
Live Out Your Race Car Dreams!
Have you ever dreamt about being a race car driver? Seen yourself going around and around a sleek circuit? This is where your dream can become a reality. The Bushy Park Racing Circuit offers you the opportunity to get behind the wheel and go! They have driving experiences for everyone in the family, ranging from US$35.00 and up. It is up to you to decide which caper you want to explore. This is one dream that you can quickly turn into reality while visiting Barbados.
Harrison’s Cave Hiking and Eco Tour
Time to get physical! There is no better way to test your limits than embarking upon the Harrison’s Cave Hiking and Eco Tour. The cave is mostly known for its beauty and illustrious display of stalagmites and stalactites, but that is not all it offers. For those of you who desire a real adventure, those who want to feel like they are explorers navigating unknown territory this is a quest that you should not miss. The hike has every component to make you feel like an adventurer. There is hiking, swimming, crawling, and let’s not forget the darkness. So pack your most appropriate clothing and gear and see if you have the fortitude to endure until the end.
Have an ATV Experience
If you prefer to drive yourself around the island, you sure can. Renting an ATV to tough it out on the hills and crags of the island can be lots of fun. ATV Quest Barbados allows you to go at it yourself, and they provide pre-driving training so that you can get a feel for the ATV and give you guidelines on how to drive it safely while still having fun. Guides accompany you along the trail which is a bonus, you not only get to see the beauty of the island, but you get to hear a bit about its history as well. Available from Tuesdays to Saturdays, you are sure to find a time that is right for you. Imagine your photos, they will definitely be ‘insta-worthy!’
Go on a Food Tour
It's probably lunchtime somewhere in the world, that means its time to eat! How exciting is the thought of a food tour? Lickrish Food Tours offers walking tours around the city, taking you to a range of local food establishments to give you a taste of island flavour. They offer a walking tour around Bridgetown, stopping at not only eateries but monuments and other places of interest. So you get a whole lot more than just local foods like fishcakes and pigtails, but a history of the city as well. There are also restaurant tour options - a pleasant night time stroll through the famous St. Lawrence Gap in Christ Church will take you on a tour of some of the best restaurants on the island as you enjoy cocktails and desserts. These food tours are a great way to appreciate local dishes and culture.
Ride a Bike Trail
Biking around the island can be adrenaline-charged especially if you choose an exciting trail. Though relatively a flat island, it still boasts many impressive hills and bends that can give riders quite a challenge. Though these trails may be a bit more exciting than a flatter route, flat routes offer a chance to look around at the country while you bike. Renting a bike is easy, many companies rent bikes to tourists along with protective gear including Bike Caribbean - they will have you set up and ready to go in no time. What you need to figure out though is where you want to bike, for this you need to find a trail. Sites like Bike Map and Wikiloc can help you. Just a quick search for Barbados trails in the search bar and you will be on your way.
The Rally Mud Dogs
You don’t have to be an active participant in every adventure. Some are just nice to watch. One such exploit is the ‘Mud Dogs.’ However, you may not be able to compete in the safari competition, watching offers a whole lot of enjoyment. The tournament is where, skill, rugged terrain, 4x4’s, and mud all meet, resulting in a messy combination of entertainment! The event is organised by the Barbados Rally Club and takes place from March to November. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a day out - don't forget to bring along a folding chair, and maybe some beers.
Time for Paintball
After all that spectatorship, it’s time to get moving again. There is no better way than to take part in a game of paintball. This is an excellent option if you are travelling in a group, it’s a good way to spend an afternoon, pitting your wits against each other, only one of you will emerge as the victor. Let the friendly rivalry begin! Paintball Koncepts provides this service, so a call to them would be in order. Make your reservation early to ensure that you secure a spot and wear appropriate clothing. It is important to note that you shouldn’t wear camouflage as it is illegal to do so in Barbados.
Party on the Party Bus
Jump on board the party bus! Yes, I said it, the party bus, it’s partying...on a bus! What more can you ask for? These old-fashioned buses feature open-air style windows and wooden sides. Painted in brilliant colours, they are highly attractive. If the adventure of sitting on a wooden bus without windows wasn’t enough, there is the addition of loud music to make your body groove without consent! These buses take you on a tour around the island while you eat, drink and enjoy the scenes. To book a tour you should contact Trainline Adventures of Bajan Bus. They both offer an authentic ride, in old-world buses. If you aren’t adventurous enough to sit on an open bus, you may want to choose something a bit more enclosed. There is that option as well; Sun Tours provides an enclosed bus that offers the same great experiences.
Go Deep Under in a Submarine
Jump on a submarine! How often do you get to say that they have been on a submarine? Designed with guests in mind, the Atlantis Submarine takes you on a journey under the sea. Gaze through the portholes and marvel schools of fish swim by or gaze at the gauge as you descend deeper and deeper into the depths of the ocean. Watch as all semblance of light disappears, and you are one with the deep, dark ocean. This is truly an adventure that shouldn’t be missed, and it is great for the entire family!
There is much to enjoy on the island of Barbados with many ways to explore the country. Going on a land adventure is a perfect way to not only see and admire the countryside but to have a great time while doing so. Come out and enjoy the island to the fullest!