Avoid the tourist trap: Barbados’ hidden gems

Barbados hotspots can draw a huge number of tourists. The presence of tourists can often be a sight of frustration with extra long queues and huge crowds.

If you would like to see Barbados’ hidden and often overlooked gems, these are the places you need to visit!

Bottom Bay beach

Bottom Bay beach is a secluded beach on the south-east of the island. It’s not the easiest place to get to. The best way to get there would be to get a taxi or hire a car. If you are getting a taxi then make sure to tell the driver to come back in 3-4 hours for a pickup.

There is also an option to get there by bus but this is more difficult and generally not recommended if you are visiting for the first time. It is almost two miles from the nearest bus stop.

The water is rough for swimming but with hardly anyone there you have the beach to yourself. It is well advised that you bring all of the necessary supplies such as food and water with you, as there are no shops in the area.

There are some things to watch out for. There is the occasional deposit of seaweed. Some visitors have reported seeing monkeys, so be vigilant when you have food!

Oistins Fish Fry

For a bite to eat with a great lively atmosphere check out Oistins Fish Fry. If you are feeling especially social you will like the sharing of tables and the music in the background culminating into an aromatic and energetic Bajan vibe.

Friday is when the fish market will experience a peak in traffic and waiting times will definitely get longer the later you arrive. If you prefer to taste the food without the long wait times then visiting any other day of the week except Friday is a sage move. If you would like a more relaxed atmosphere then visiting during the day is also an option.

Fish is the dominant meat on the menu but there are also other meats such as beef and pork as well as a range of strong rum and beers.

Besides the food, there is also an opportunity to socialise with the locals and play some dominoes. If dominoes is not your favourite board game, there is karaoke.

Garrison Savannah Racecourse

If you’re looking for a day out with the family and an exciting time, check out the Garrison Savannah Racecourse. With a casual Bajan dress code it is an easy day where locals come together to socialise and, of course, enjoy the racing.

It is free to watch the races from the sidelines but if you are looking to get out of the sun and possibly rain then a VIP box is the best place to stay. The $20 BDD entry fee for the stands might be worth it. There are plenty of stalls around the stadium for snacks and drinks. It is an exciting atmosphere where the locals like to get together and watch the racing. There are plenty of drinks and food stalls nearby to feast on. The fishcakes are worth a try.

As a bonus, nearby the race track at 12:00 PM on Thursday there is a changing of the guards in traditional Zouave uniforms at the Garrison Savannah.

Where will you stay?

If you’re looking to stay in Barbados during your time to visit these underappreciated locations then check out Villa Des Anges for a luxurious place to stay.

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