Talking of fish, one of the highlights of things to do in Barbados is a visit to one of the many fish markets. OK, you may not be able to take a catch home, but if no time for a quick ‘n tasty BBQ, it’s just worth a visit. As an island nation, Barbados still has a thriving fishing industry, thousands of Barbadians work as boat builders, fishermen and vendors.
Some of the best markets to squeeze in are: Oistins Fish Market (Berinda Cox Fish Market), on the south coast of the island, which is right by the popular Oistins Bay Garden where you can gobble grilled and fried freshly caught fish at any time of the day. The Bridgetown Fish Market is hugely popular with locals. Located on the outskirts of the city, it’s the largest market packed with the sights, sounds (and smells!) of this bustling seafood hub.
If you're staying on the west coast of the island, there’s several lesser-known fish markets to choose from at Speightstown, Six Mens Bay and Paynes Bay. Six Mens and Paynes Bay boast stunning beach fronts, sizzling with succulent aromas.
Last but not least of our things to do in Barbados, here’s our recommendations of a couple of the more well-trodden, classic visitor attractions in Bridgetown:
The Barbados Garrison
: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site was the largest in the British colonies during the 18th and 19th centuries. Established in 1780 as the military headquarters for the Imperial Forces, the garrison is now home to the Barbados Defence Force and the area encompasses a raft of historic attractions. Take a tour of St. Ann's Fort, built in 1705; George Washington House, a Georgian-style mansion where the former American President stayed in 1751; and the Barbados National Armoury with a large collection of 17th-century iron cannons.
The Nidhe Israel Museum Originally built in the early 1700s, this is a startlingly unexpected building, located next to the synagogue in Bridgetown, it traces Jewish history in Barbados dating back to the arrival of the earliest Jews in 1628 and highlights their contribution to Barbadian society.
However you decide to take in all the things to do in Barbados, you’ll be spoilt for choice and find the accommodation, restaurants and attractions surprisingly affordable. Enjoy!
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