Top five reasons to visit the west coast of Barbados

White sand, warm Caribbean sea, fantastic hospitality, world-class restaurants, history, culture, adventure, sport…..there is an abundance of things to do on the west coast of Barbados which makes it no surprise that over a million tourists visit each year.

An island just 20 miles long and 15 miles wide, you’re never far from anything. Once you arrive at Sugar Hill is very difficult to leave, but if you do fancy exploring all that our paradise island has to offer, here are our top five tips for things to do on the west coast.

First class sporting facilities

As well as our own world-renowned tennis facilities at Sugar Hill, Barbados has some of the best golf courses in the world. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, there are several top golf courses. Sandy Lane Golf Resort, Apes Hill, Royal Westmoreland and Barbados Golf Club to name just a few. Barbados is one of the best places in the world to play golf.

Cricket remains our national sport. A trip to the Kensington Oval is an experience not to forget. Polo also remains one of Barbados’ most popular sports, whether you’re taking part or spectating. Enjoy the game with high-tea and mingle amongst the glamourous crowds. Find match fixtures at Barbados Polo club, Lion Castle Polo Estate, Apes Hill Polo Club and plenty more.

Fine dining

Known for some of the world’s best eclectic and varied cuisine, you certainly won’t go hungry in Barbados. Whether you’re looking for a world-famous fine-dining experience, or a more laid-back affair, the west coast caters for everyone. To choose just a few to recommend is hard, but our top recommendations include:

The Deck at Sugar Hill – of course we must recommend our own restaurant, but with spectacular sunset views and with the very best artisan prepared food, the very best is on your doorstep.

The Cliff – world renowned and recently reopened, The Cliff offers an unsurpassed dining experience right on the beachfront.

Lone Star – idyllically positioned on one of the best beaches along the west coast, the Lone Star’s setting is what really sets it apart.

The Fish Pot – Located in Speightstown, The Fish Pot overlooks the Caribbean sea with food which is every bit as good as the view.

Wildlife and adventure

Look for green monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve along with the opportunity to see deer, tortoises, iguanas, macaws, peacocks and much more. Barbados also provides a haven for turtles. They can be spotted feeding amongst the coral and there are several excursions that will take you out to swim alongside them.

Join a tour at Harrison’s Cave onboard the electric tram and explore the winding tunnels of this underground cave. Here you can also try your hand at the Monkey Zipline and Challenge Course Adventure. The Animal Flower Cave is also worth the trip north. There are also bike trails, quad bike tours, walking tours, horse riding, gardens and so much more to explore.

Water activities

Barbados has an abundance of watersports on offer to suit everyone. From boat trips, jet skis, banana boats and more and snorkelling tours where you may get the chance to swim alongside the turtles. Crystal clear waters and coral reefs make Barbados the ideal place for scuba diving. Or simply relax and enjoy a dip in the Caribbean sea.

Immerse yourself in history and culture

Barbados has a rich history to explore, from the roots of Caribbean culture to Jacobean architecture. Take some time to immerse yourself in the history of Barbados. From museums, famous plantation houses, parliament buildings, forts, our UNESCO World Heritage site, and more.

St Nicholas Abbey provides an immersive experience into the history of the plantation houses as well as featuring a working rum distillery. St Nicholas Abbey is also home to the islands only steam train.

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