Apart from hitting the beaches you could
• stroll Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Bathsheba, east coast. Many and varied plants and trees are well laid out, photogenic and fascinating for gardeners but quite hilly and uneven for those with walking difficulties.
Alternatively, or as well, there’s a Flower Forest in St Thomas Parish with well organised winding paths taking you past astonishing, labeled tropical flowers. ‘A paradise’ some say!
• shipwreck diving.
• visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to see monkeys, turtles, iguanas, frogs, peacocks, crocs, humming birds and more in a delightful location; don’t miss monkey feeding at 2pm,
• check out George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, though it’s more about the lovely house than the significant politician. Barbados is the only foreign state Washington ever visited. Interesting for oldies but the kids may die of boredom.
• take surfing or paddle boarding lessons with amiable and well-organised Surf in Barbados Surf School in Christ Church Parish.
• go caving in Harrison’s Cave, St Thomas, more or less the middle of the island. See magnificent stalactites, stalagmites and an underground river with a lively history, all in the comfort of a luxurious electric cart. It’s impressive but overpriced.
• horseback riding from Ocean Echo Stables in Newcastle, southern east coast. Friendly, efficient and not expensive. Alternatively another good stables is Caribbean International Riding Centre in St Andrew Parish, northeast Barbados.
• Golf. Various courses are on offer on the island but Apes Hill Golf Club is quite new and a favourite (of local monkeys) due to spectacular views, superb layout and friendly staff. Green quality is, however, substandard, some say.
• stroll the South Coast Boardwalk, a couple of kilometres that’s especially lovely at sunset but good early but it’s a bit hot for a midday hike. All ages and abilities use it – joggers, fast walkers, strollers, talkers and quiet people, wheelchairs, blind people, seniors, teenagers and babies in prams.
• visit stunning St. Nicholas Abbey among the sugar fields of the north island, an old plantation house with gardens, rum distillery, historic avenue of mahogany trees and breathtaking view of the island’s East Coast, with charming owners and staff.
• visit Hunte’s Gardens, NOT a botanic garden but an eccentric individual’s Eden of exotic tropical plants in a large gully, statues and quirky arrangements. It’s a photographic must and needs about 45 minutes but costs $15. The number 5S bus from the Fairchild Street bus station stops outside Hunte’s Gardens and runs roughly every hour.
And then there are the usual Caribbean island activities such as surfing, board surfing, zipline rides, submarine tours, scuba diving, ATV tours and catamaran trips.