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 some wooden steps from the hotel itself. 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.
Fisherman's Pub, Speightstown - on Wednesday nights they put on steel band music and limbo dancing without being an 'organised tourist trip.' The drinks are very cheap, and the dancing is a must.
Cocomo'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.
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.
Earthworks has an amazing pottery and art centre. There is also a very nice little cafe which has lovely views over the surrounding countryside.