Last Updated on September 26, 2023
With white-sand beaches fringed by towering palm trees, Barbados is the epitome of romance. Turquoise waves gently lap upon the shores, warm and perfect for a spot of snorkeling or a leisurely swim.
Visiting Barbados never ceases to ignite the romance within me. In fact, it’s one of my favorite tropical destinations to visit as a couple!
In this article, I will delve into some of the best romantic things to do in Barbados for couples.
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Romantic Things to Do in Barbados for Couples
1. Watch the Sunset from a Catamaran
Barbados’ coastline is breathtakingly beautiful. Made up of endless sandy beaches, interrupted occasionally by a beautiful rocky cliff, it’s a panorama one can’t help but marvel at.
One of the best ways to make the most of the scenic coast is to take to the waters in a catamaran.
You can join a group or private tour which takes you to a variety of beautiful spots on the island, whether that’s snorkeling over shipwrecks or above colorful reefs.
Equipped with coolers full of tantalizing beverages, catamarans are the perfect place to watch the sunset with your significant other.
2. Date Night at One of Barbados’ Best Restaurants
Barbados is home to a number of gorgeous restaurants which are perfect for a date night. One of my absolute favourites however is the Lone Star which sits upon Barbados’ platinum coastline with fantastic views of the ocean.
The restaurant offers a range of dishes for you to enjoy, including vegan options.
The location on the west coast of the island makes this yummy restaurant the perfect place to dine whilst admiring the sunset.
Another fantastic restaurant is The Cliff, one of the most beautiful restaurants on the island. Perched on a small cliff overlooking the ocean, this restaurant is in a prime location. Flaming torches surround the restaurant and at night I have even seen sharks swimming around the base of the cliff!
3. Enjoy a Romantic Picnic on the Beach in Bathsheba
On the east coast of the island, where the Atlantic Ocean crashes on the wild shores, is perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches on Barbados – Bathsheba.
The coastline here is nothing short of spectacular, with rock formations and cliffs carved by thousands of years of coastal erosion.
Compared to the west coast, Bathsheba is quiet, the perfect place for a romantic picnic on the beach. Surrounding the beach are a handful of rockpools, the perfect place for a paddle after you have indulged in your meal.
There are a number of hiking trails near Bathsheba Beach for you to enjoy such as a 4.5-mile-long coastal walk that yields stunning views across the rugged coastline. This walk starts at Bath Beach and is known as the Bath Trail.
The Sandy Lane Hotel is a boutique hotel on one of the most pristine stretches of beach on Barbados. The hotel is famous for being the accommodation of choice amongst celebrities.
The hotel houses a number of restaurants including Bajan Blue, which sits just behind the beach. Bajan Blue is the perfect location for a memorable lunch in the most relaxing of settings.
Here you can enjoy lunch as the waves lap against the sand only a few feet away from you.
You can combine your visit with a spot of sunbathing on the golden sand beach and a leisurely swim to the hotel’s raft.
As well as its idyllic coastline, Barbados is also famous for its rum production. Mount Gay Rum is the island’s flagship product. The rum is produced in a distillery in the very north of Barbados.
The distillery is open for a number of tours and events including a sweet and savory pairing experience, a cocktail workshop, and a distillery tour.
A visit to the distillery allows you to learn more about how the rum is made and, the best part is, you get to sample the rums as well!
6. Kayak Over Ancient Shipwrecks
Carlisle Bay, on the south coast of Barbados, is home to six shallow shipwrecks. The shipwrecks provide the perfect habitat for a vast range of marine life which can be seen milling around the wrecks.
There are a number of ways for you to explore these wrecks such as via boat tour or snorkelling. One of my favorite ways, however, is by a clear-bottom kayak.
Each kayak takes two people, making it the ideal activity for couples to explore the wrecks together. From the bottom of your kayak, you can marvel at the ancient shipwrecks and perhaps spot some sea life. Green sea turtles are frequently found here.
After your day of exploring, I’d highly recommend stopping for a bite to eat at Cafe Luna, which is just a short drive away from Carlisle Bay.
7. Explore the Magnificent Harrison’s Cave
In the center of Barbados is this vast underground cave filled with stalactites hanging from the cave roof. An underground river flows here, waterfalls cascading into clear pools. It is a surreal yet beautiful landscape.
The cave can be explored on a tram that winds through the cave system. You will be accompanied by a guide who will tell you incredible facts about the magnificent cave system. You can book a tour on the day or online in advance.
Barbados is home to a plethora of tropical gardens. My personal favorite has to be Hunte’s Botanical Gardens, in the middle of the island. The gardens are owned by Anthony Hunte who plays classical music throughout the gardens.
Wandering through these lush gardens which are alive with the beautiful sound of bird song and the chirping of insects is guaranteed to induce relaxation. It’s the perfect place for a romantic stroll.
Benches and seats are dotted throughout the gardens, so you can pause to admire your surroundings.
At the very northern tip of Barbados is a unique cave in the coastline known as Animal Flower Cave, named after the sea anemones that can be found within the rockpools which sit within the cave.
The cave has a mystical feel to it and can only be accessed by a set of steep stone steps. Be careful as you descend, the steps can get slippery!
Animal Flower Cave is Barbados’ only sea cave and stands six feet above the high water mark. It’s an incredibly beautiful attraction.
After you have explored the cave, there is a restaurant that sits atop the cave on the cliff, which provides great food accompanied by an excellent view.
Meandering down quiet lanes and dirt tracks through the wilderness by electric bicycle is perhaps one of the best ways to explore Barbados.
Electric bicycle tours will take you to some of the most scenic parts of the island, allowing you to feel close to nature without the sound of traffic to disturb you.
Barbados is surrounded by lots of beautiful coral reefs, the perfect place to enjoy a spot of snorkeling. You can go snorkeling either by visiting one of the island’s public beaches and wading into the water, or you can book yourself on a snorkeling tour.
Some of the best spots on the island for snorkeling include Carlisle Bay and Folkstone Marine Park, which both contain shipwrecks.
You will be able to spot lots of exciting marine life from your adventures. Green sea turtles are one of the many animals that can be found in abundance off the coast of Barbados.
12. Stroll Through Bridgetown
Bridgetown is the lively capital city of Barbados and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within this beautiful city, you will find a host of historical monuments just waiting to be explored. One of these is St. Nicholas Abbey, a 350-year-old building which is one of the oldest rum distilleries in the Caribbean.
Another landmark is Chamberlain Bridge, a large bridge in the middle of the city which lifts up to accommodate oncoming ships. At the southern entrance to the bridge is the Independence Arch, celebrating the island’s independence.
Bridgetown is also home to the Cheapside Market which is one of the best fruit markets in the Caribbean. Local fruit, vegetables, and coconuts are sold here on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
13. Search For Eerie Ruins in Farley Hill National Park
In the center of the island is Farley Hill National Park which houses the decaying shell of an abandoned colonial mansion. The once grand house is now covered with vines.
The ancient house is nestled within a forest of mahogany trees and its position on a hill allows gorgeous panoramic views of Barbados’ coastline.
Farley Hill house was built in 1818 and was continually expanded over the next 50 years. A fire destroyed much of the building in 1965.
There are a number of benches within the park, making it the perfect place to stop for a picnic.
The best time to visit Barbados is between mid-December and mid-April. This is Barbados’ dry season where you will experience less rainfall and should expect temperatures of around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is however the busiest time to visit Barbados. If you want to escape the crowds then you may consider visiting in November or between May and July. You will be more likely to encounter rain but this still isn’t the height of the rainy season.
The worst month to visit Barbados is in September. This is the peak of the rainy season and tropical storms are common.
The best way to get around is to rent a car in Barbados. This provides you with the best flexibility in order to get the most out of your trip. There are a number of rental companies for you to choose from. My personal favorite is Drive-A-Matic Car Hire. They are a local company with competitive car prices and I was really impressed with the service I received from them.
Public buses are available and are a great option if you are visiting Barbados on a budget or just don’t want to hire a car. You can get public buses to most of Barbados’ key tourist attractions and buses come fairly frequently.
Taxis are also available. However, if you plan on doing a lot of exploring, using taxis can get fairly expensive quite quickly.
Boasting exceptional online reviews, the Little Arches Boutique Hotel is one of my absolute favorite places to stay in Barbados. This adults-only hotel is perfect for couples, with a delicious roof-top restaurant and lovely views over the ocean. The hotel is just a short walk away from a beautiful stretch of beach.
Another of my preferred places to stay in Barbados is Glitter Bay, self-catering apartments and villas right on the oceanfront, only a few minutes north of Holetown.
Beach View Hotel is another popular hotel in Barbados. Located in Paynes Bay, this hotel is family owned and has great online reviews.
A more budget-friendly hotel is the Blue Orchid Beach Hotel on the south coast of Barbados.
Barbados is a beautiful island with a host of activities that you can enjoy as a couple. This is one of the reasons why, despite having traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Barbados remains one of my favorite destinations.
Written by Ella McKendrick
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