Famed for its stunning beaches, Barbados is equally blessed by a UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital city, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage. With only one day you’ll want to see as much as possible, so here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Barbados.
Morning: See the Sights
Start your day with a Barbados sightseeing tour by bus or minivan, in order to cover more sights in less time; choose a half-day tour in order to free up the rest of the day for additional activities. Fortunately, you can take in plenty of sights—such as Bridgetown, Harrison's Cave, Hunte's Gardens, and St. Nicholas Abbey—in just a morning. To really make the most of your time, book a private tour, which allows you to customize your itinerary to your own interests—most tours include pickup and drop-off from your hotel.
Afternoon: Delve Deeper
Use the afternoon to delve deeper into whichever aspect of Barbadian culture interests you. No visit to the island is complete without sampling some of its famous rum, so one option is to visit the Mount Gay Visitor Centre to delve into the history and significance of the spirit—tours typically include a glass of rum punch and rum samples. Alternatively, you can explore another of Barbados’ great exports, chocolate, on a tour of a chocolate factory. Tours typically guide visitors through the process of making artisan chocolate—from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the finished product—and include samples.
Night: Celebrate Bajan Style
Cap off a great day in Barbados with a night of color and culture. Beachside dinner shows occur throughout the week and feature festively-dressed performers, fire eaters, limbo dancers, stilt-walkers, and musicians that tell stories of the island’s culture and history. These evenings typically include a barbecue dinner and open bar, as well as round-trip hotel transfers. Often, once the performances have ended, a DJ takes over proceedings; guests are welcome to keep the party going on the dance floor. Alternatively, you can head out on your own to the bars and live music venues of St. Lawrence Gap.