Hiking in Barbados

Beach Walks, Hill Climbs, Jungle Tours and More

This is an island that likes its walks—and not just strolls through the historic streets of the capital. On any given weekend, hiking clubs head out of town to explore tropical forests, climb hillsides, wander through cane fields and farms, scramble through boulder-choked gullies and follow coastal trails that lead over surf-washed bluffs to white-sand beaches. And these adventures aren't just for the locals. Island visitors can make their own way, or enjoy the services of professional guides, who not only know the best and most scenic routes but also provide a wealth of knowledge on the natural and cultural history of Barbados.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, great for history buffs, beach lovers, watersports enthusiasts and adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round, outside of the hurricane belt
  • Weather: Dry season runs from December to May, while the months of June to November may see passing rain squalls that have no effect on water quality. Trade winds moderate air temperatures, which remain in the 90s in summer and may dip into the low 70s in winter

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Hiking in Barbados Overview

Most hikes take place on the east coast of Barbados, which is much less developed that the western Caribbean side of the island. The region is geologically older and hillier, with dramatic rock formations along cliffs and beaches washed by Atlantic surf. Small villages are scattered among a landscape devoted to farming, covered in forests or opening to windswept coastal plains.

Hiking in Barbados Tips

Barbados' trails take all forms from relaxing beach walks and strolls through botanical gardens to challenging hill climbs and cross-country scrambles. Discuss options with your travel professional, who will be able to give a good preview of what awaits.

Best Places for Hiking in Barbados

A hike to Cove Bay reveals the wilder side of the island. Sweeping views reward hikers who climb Chalk Mountain. The Airbib Heritage and Nature Trail begins with a ramble through the historic port town of Speightstown, and then heads into the forests and the boulder fields of the Whim Gulley. A hillside pathway at Barclay's Park leads to an overlook of the Cattlewash area. The Silver Sands Trail crosses both rugged coastal bluffs and white sandy beaches. Walks from Bath to Pothouse follow a historic railway path, then take to the hills.

What to Pack for Hiking in Barbados

Shorts and sports sandals are appropriate for beach walks near the surf, but sturdy walking shoes are better for any route that crosses rocky terrain. Long pants will provide protection from the bush on forest walks. Shirts made from moisture-wicking fabrics will keep you cool on inland hikes, but trade winds can be chilling, even in the tropics, so add a light cover up for walks along the windward coast.

Specials

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Coconut Court Beach Hotel

SOUTH COAST, BARBADOS - UP TO 25% OFF includes 7 nights islandview accommodations, one Garrison Historic tour including the George Washington House, one snorkel trip including snorkling over wrecks and swim with endangered turtles plus a bajan buffet and rum punch, one Famous Oistins Friday Fish Fry including dinner and welcome drink, complimentary bottle of Pirate Rum Punch, free WiFi, complimentary shuttle to bridgetown, complimentary roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 10/16/17-10/31/17. Add $80 per person for travel 11/1/17-11/18/17. Additional dates availble at varying rates.
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From $684 per person double occupancy

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Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

SOUTH COAST, BARBADOS - BEST AVAILABLE RATE includes 7 nights 1-bedroom gardenview accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 12/22/17. Options to add on Hiking tours, Snorkeling tours including turtle encounters, cultural and historical tours.
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Mango Bay Barbados

WEST COAST - 7 nights accommodations including all meals and beverages including alcohol, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on hiking tours, snorkeling tours including turtle encounters, cultural and historical tours.
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All Seasons Resort Europa

WEST COAST - 7 nights accommodations including roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on hiking tours, snorkeling tours with turtle encounters, cultural and historic tours.
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Island Inn Hotel

SOUTH COAST - 7 nights accommodations including all meals and beverages including alcohol, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on hiking tours, snorkel tours with turtle encounters, cultural and historical tours.
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Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

WEST COAST - 7 nights accommodations (adults only) including all meals and beverages including alcohol, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on hiking tours, snorkeling tours with turtle encounters, cultural and historic tours.
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Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

SOUTH COAST - 7 nights accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, energy and service charges. Options to add on Hiking tours, snorkeling tours including turtle interactions, Cultural and historical tours.
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Resorts

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Mango Bay Barbados

WEST COAST - Set on a beautiful beach on the west coast, 76 rooms are designed in a modern style with king beds, cable TV and more. Ideal location for families, couples and singles wanting an all-inclusive vacation combined with the personal service of an intimate resort. Diving with Hightide Water Sports.
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All Seasons Resort Europa

WEST COAST - Nestled in the heart of Sunset Crest, this resort features 48 suites within cottages. Each 750 square-foot room includes a kitchenette, dining and living areas, private patio, cable TV and a parking space. The hotel also offers a restaurant and bar, free wireless internet access and a free shuttle service to nearby shops and beaches. Diving with Hightide Water Sports.
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Coconut Court Beach Hotel

SOUTH COAST - This popular family owned hotel is located directly on the beach. It is just minutes away from St. Lawrence Gap and the South Coast Boardwalk with shops, supermarkets, restaurants and nightlife nearby. Coconut Court Beach Hotel offers a wide choice of accommodation with large and comfortable Studios facing the ocean with private balconies, and limited or full kitchen facilities. The lovely beach is secluded and is home to approximately one third of the nesting marine turtles of Barbados with an active nesting season from July to November each year.
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Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

SOUTH COAST - Set on a half-mile of beach amid 20 acres of tropical gardens in the lively St. Lawrence Gap, this resort offers a host of activities. Over 130 spacious suites with fully-equipped kitchens and a host of amenities make it a perfect choice for a special island vacation. Diving with Barbados Blue Water Sports.
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Island Inn Hotel

SOUTH COAST - Take a scuba diving vacation to Barbados and stay at the Island Inn Hotel, originally constructed in 1804 as the rum store for the British military, is a restored and refurbished historic Garrison Building. This hotel has 23 air-conditioned guest rooms, each furnished with either a king-size or a queen-size bed, with private bathroom with tub or shower.
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Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

WEST COAST - An adults-only boutique hotel on the west coast. Accommodations include one and two-bedroom suites, penthouse and villa. Dining amenities include two restaurants, bar, and an authentic Barbadian rum shop. Indulge in your choice of two pool including a pool bar and spa with seven treatment rooms. Shuttle service available to the nearby beach.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

Entry/Exit Requirements: Entry into Barbados requires a valid passport. Visas are not required for U.S. Citizens with stays of less than 6 months.

Check the Entry/Exit Requirements here.

Immunizations

No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to Bonaire. Check with the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov

Culture and Customs

Stroll down St. Michael’s Row from the Parliament Building to Queen's Park and you might imagine you were in a warmer version of England. At least until a passing local calls out a lilting “good day.” Then you'll know you're in the Caribbean. Barbados offers a unique mix of British infrastructure and African roots, and its people are known for their lighthearted attitude to live and their civility. Oral traditions honed generations ago around equatorial cook fires live on in a love for storytelling, an appreciation for the double entendre and a wealth of colorful colloquialisms. Cultural fusions are heard in the music of tuk bands, which get feet moving with an infectious blend of African rhythms and British folk tunes. Barbados is a sporting island. Cricket is still king, but football, rugby union and basketball matches will all draw a crowd. A uniquely Bajan invention is road tennis, which is a fast-paced blend of tennis and ping-pong played on a swath of tarmac using a six-inch net and wooden paddles. Winter visitors can enjoy an assortment of festivals devoted to food, wine, chocolate, song and art, but the island's big event is the summer's Crop Over Festival, which keeps the party going with a full twelve weeks of dances, parties and parades. Another ongoing island tradition is the weekly fish fry's that take place at locations such as Oistins Bay Garden. In addition to savory seafood offerings, these community gatherings become outdoor concerts and lively marketplaces for arts and crafts.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity in Barbados is 115/230 volts/50 cycles. Standard plugs use 2 flat pin or 2 flat pin plus 1 round grounding plug. North American appliances and electronics will not need a converter.

The island uses solar power mainly for hot-water systems.

There are a few on island phone and internet suppliers that you can use if you have an international plan on your cell phone or roaming charges will apply. Most hotels offer WiFi, as well as some restaurants, bars, coffee shops and cafes.

The international direct dialing code/area code for Barbados is (1–246), followed by a seven-digit local number.

Water Quality

Barbados was one of the first Caribbean Islands to have piped water, it is safe to drink right from the tap.

Language & Currency

English is the official language of Barbados, although the Bajan dialect, which is a combination of British English and various West African languages, can be heard all around the island.

The local currency is the Barbados Dollar. The Barbados Dollar is fixed to the US Dollar at a rate of 1 USD = 1.98 BDS. Check the current rate here.

US currency is accepted across the island, and most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards.

There are many commercial banks in Barbados (mostly British and Canadian) and most have ATM's that will accept credit cards. They all dispense funds in Barbados dollars at the current rate of exchange. Make sure to have your PIN number and to let your credit card company know you will be out of the country so the charge will go through. Local currency offers $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 bills and coins of 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents and $1.

Time

Barbados is in the Atlantic Time Zone (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Barbados is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).​

Location, Size and Population

Barbados is the Easternmost island in the Caribbean. Barbados is in the West Indies and located in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is approximately 300 miles north of Venezuela. Barbados is 166 square miles, divided into 11 parishes. Its capital city is Bridgetown,

Barbados is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide.

Driving in Barbados is on the left side of the road and the majority of vehicles are “right-hand drive.” The island has an extensive road network of paved roads. A highway links the north and the south of the island. There are a number of ways to get around the island by hired car, taxis and buses; all are safe, reliable and convenient. The population of Barbados is 285,006 (2016).