Beyond the soft sands, hotel swimming pools and world-class children’s clubs, many more family-friendly activities await in Barbados
Barbados has long been a favourite with celebrities and couples, but this idyllic island also has plenty for family travellers, and with direct flights from Manchester and London, getting there has never been easier! With beautiful white sands, safe waters for swimming and delightfully warm weather, it’s easy to spend your entire time basking along the beach. However, there is a world of adventure, history and culture just waiting to be discovered…
Join an Island Safari
Booking a 4×4 island safari during your first few days in Barbados can provide unmatched insight into the island’s geography, history and culture; remember to make your checklist for places to return later in the holiday! With enthusiastic local guides who are always happy to answer burning questions, and safe, sturdy 4WD vehicles, you’ll venture through off-the-beaten-track locations and discover Barbados’ hidden gems. Whether you’re travelling with young children or teenagers, they’re guaranteed to find their sense of adventure amongst the island’s exotic wilderness!
Tour Harrison’s Cave
At over 500,000 years old, Harrison’s Cave is one of the island’s longest-standing natural wonders. The three-mile cave is an other-worldly experience for the imagination, young and old. To unearth adventure, board the tram with family and let the knowledgeable tour guide overwhelm you with intriguing insight as you descend through the winding tunnels and majestic caverns. When you reach the cave’s lowest point, step out and walk alongside the dramatic waterfall and crystal-clear pools – a fantastic spot for capturing once-in-a-lifetime family photos!
Swim with Turtles
There is something undeniably magical about seeing turtles in their natural environment. For families with children old enough for sea swimming, a short catamaran ride can take you to where Leatherback and Hawksbill Turtles feed in the Caribbean Sea. Alternatively, for those who prefer to stay dry, a glass-bottomed boat or an excursion with Atlantis Submarines will excite little imaginations and provide the same inspiring viewing experience! Between February and July, watch turtles nesting on nearby beaches, easily accessed during a moonlight cruise.
Celebrate Crop Over Festival
If Barbados wasn’t already bright enough, Crop Over Festival transforms every corner of the island into a multicoloured carnival! The six-week festival runs from June to August, celebrating everything beautifully Bajan – perfect timing for school summer holidays! The 200-year-old tradition indulges islanders and travellers with dusk ‘til dawn parties, the island’s finest street food and a dousing of rum for adults, but there is also a dedicated children’s parade – Junior Kadooment – and plenty of sweet treats and craft activities to immerse little ones in the irresistible excitement.
Meet The Local Wildlife
Occupying four acres of mahogany forest, Barbados Wildlife Reserve is dedicated to research and conservation. The meandering paths lead you through the the natural habitat of many animals, including tortoise, deer, peacocks, parrots and the lively Green Monkey, which is sure to be popular with children! Watch as animals happily venture through the trees and explore the colourful flora on the ground, with no bars and cages to restrict them. For the best viewing opportunity, make sure the whole family is gathered for feeding time at 2pm every day!
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