Guide-books detailing restaurants and island attractions can be picked up free from most shops, but the majority of sights are well sign-posted. We have listed just a few of our favourite spots - no doubt you will be able to add to the following list.
Bottom Bay - on the east coast just north of Crane Beach and south of Sam Lord's Castle. From the cliff top Bottom Bay is a spectacular sight. Rock steps lead down to a beautiful beach with white, sugary sand and a wild, exciting, turquoise sea. This is an unspoilt haven, so it is advisable to take plenty of water to drink, and suncream. Sun beds can be hired locally, but there are only about six beds in total. Swim with care as the sea is very rough and can have strong currents, but it is very invigorating. When last we visited some turtles had laid eggs on the beach.
The Crane Hotel - on the southeast coast, used to be a small slightly run-down hotel but has recently been developed and is a vast new complex. However, one should not be put off by the high rise development as the bar and restaurant sit on top of a cliff and have one of the most stunning views imaginable. The food and drinks are very good too. The beach is absolutely gorgeous and can be accessed from the north side, or via a glass lift within the garden of the hotel. Fantastic breakers make body-boarding a popular sport on this beach - boards can be hired on the beach, as can very comfortable sunbeds and umbrellas. Not to be missed. www.thecrane.com. The number to book at L'Azure restaurant is (246)432-6220.
Orchid World - has an amazing array of the most incredible orchids.
The Flower Forest – a lovely spot to walk amongst a tremendous variety of tropical plants.
The Fishpot is a fantastic restaurant in Little Good Harbour, just north of Speightstown. They serve excellent food at reasonable prices although dinner is much more pricey than lunch. It is quite smart, but doesn't appear in many of the tourist information booklets - a bit of a secret. Booking is essential - www.littlegoodharbourbarbados.com - telephone (246)439-3000.
Jumo's - Situated on the beach in Speightstown. If you get there in good time in the morning they have their own sunbeds and will deliver cocktails on the beach. Good varied menu for snacks and lunch.
Zaccio's - family restaurant in Holetown that serves lunch through to dinner and excellent cocktails at its beachside bar, all very reasonably priced. Telephone (246)432-0134.
De Outback - Just a short walk along the road opposite shutters (about 5 mins), well signposted situated just along an unmade drive. Great, reasonably priced restaurant with typical Bajan food on the menu. Nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. There is also an ice-cream parlour in the car park which serves delicious ice-cream between the hours of 4pm - 8pm. They also have a quiz night on a Wednesday night which is great fun and an opportunity for a bit of competition with the locals.
Chris's Bar - A Not to be missed experience on a Friday night. They serve the most delicious spare ribs on the island ! There is a resident DJ on a Friday night who plays all the classic oldie Motown and Reggae music. Dancing is encouraged! The bar is situated off the Coast Road. Turn right onto Gibbs Road, before Mullins Beach. The road might be signposted "Shell Gallery". Keep going up the road for at least a mile, the road is extremely poor quality, when you meet a fork in the road, keep to the left and carry on. Chris's bar is on the right.
Surfside - A lively bar right on the beach in Holetown behind the post office. Serves food from breakfast time to dinner. Good varied menu and great cocktails. Happy hour (half price cocktails from 5pm - 7pm) great for sundowner drinks. Live steel band on a Sunday night from 7pm. Televises major sport events on screens in the bar.
The Beach House - situated in Holetown right opposite the Supermarket. A very large, smart restaurant. Spectacular sea view in the day and a romantic setting for the evening. This restaurant is probably better reserved for a special night as it is a little more pricey than others in our list to where to eat. It does a very good "all you can eat" buffet on a Sunday lunchtime and is a great way to sample many traditional Bajan recipes.
Santi - Driving towards Holetown right next to Lone Star Restaurant on the rightis this hidden little gem. Serves good food and lovely cocktails. Live music from 5pm - 7pm on a Sunday night. We advise you get there just before sundown as it is very popular. Casual attire is accepted as many people come straight off the beach for their sundowners.
The fish fry at Half Moon Fort, north of Speightstown - Friday and Saturday night. Excellent Bajan fare cooked outdoors. Very cheap and probably the best fish you will taste on the island. They also serve excellent pork and chicken. Well worth a visit.
The karaoke in 1st Street, Holetown on Sunday nights - it's really a street party where Barbadians and tourists alike try to sing. Andrew Flintoff performed there during the world cup this spring.
Mount Gay rum factory tour. - A well organised and informative tour of the rum factory. Includes the history of how the rum was made in the past and up to present day. There is plenty of opportunity to sample the different types of rum during the tour. Perhaps a good idea to select a designated driver for the day or splash out on a taxi! The tour ends in the cocktail bar/restaurant. Mount Gay factory is situated on the Coast Road just before Bridgtown.
Earthworks has an amazing pottery and art centre. There is also a very nice little cafe which has lovely views over the surrounding countryside.