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1. Deep-Sea Fishing

Charter Ralphie White’s fishing boat, the Billfisher III, from Bridgetown in pursuit of a 1,000-pound marlin or yellowfin tuna. With Ralphie’s attentive tutelage, first-timers are likely to catch something small, like a barracuda or skipjack tuna, but the real draw is spending a day on the open water. That, and the unlimited sandwiches and rum punch on offer, even upon boarding at 7 a.m. Ralphie calls it the “breakfast of champions.”

2. Cocktail Kitchen

Fish shack meets Miami Beach at this restaurant from Damian Leach, Caribbean Chef of the Year in 2016. He draws inspiration from childhood favour-ites for his contemporary Barbadian cuisine, like fire-roasted breadfruit, braised blackbelly sheep and “pudding and souse,” a dish of sous vide pork shoulder and pan-fried sweet-potato pudding. Cocktails include the Mango Chow, which pairs mango puree and vodka infused with Scotch bonnet peppers.

Oistins Fish Fry

Photo: Susan Seubert/National Geographic Creative

3. Oistins Fish Fry

The quaint village of Oistins boasts a hopping seaside fish market with dozens of small wooden huts selling local delicacies, from deep-fried fish cakes to Caribbean lobster with a side of macaroni pie (the secret ingredients are ketchup and mustard). On Friday nights, a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd of locals and tourists dance to funk and reggae, and belt out karaoke songs – emboldened, perhaps, by the sweet rum punch that’s sold by the jug.

4. Little Good Harbour

With apartment-style accommodations on the remote northwest coast, this small property feels more like a vacation home than an all-inclusive (and no one will ask you if you want to join a limbo contest). Villas and small cottages, including a breezy three-bedroom suite in the beautifully restored 17th-century Fort Rupert, are dotted around the lush, landscaped grounds, along with two turquoise-tiled pools. The beachfront Fish Pot serves as both all-day restaurant – offering a full English breakfast and superb blackened dorado – and lookout point. In the mornings, watch fishermen hauling in octopus and other sea creatures near the small reef just off the hotel’s pristine strip of sand.

5. Barbados Polo Club

Ditch the beach and spend an afternoon taking in a polo match at this giant mahogany tree-framed field. Riders come from all over the world, and the crowd is as likely to wear shorts and Birkenstocks as they are wide-brimmed hats and Louboutins.Matches are often accompanied by a steel drum band, so grab a local Banks beer and some coconut bread before finding a patch of grass or a seat in the shade of the clubhouse to take it all in.

Local lunch

3 ways to lunch like a local

With 15 locations churning out crispy fried chicken, hot apple pies and refreshing pineapple juice, Chefette is Barbados’ (really good) answer to fast food.


Food truck B.A.R Cutters serves up grilled fish sandwiches (“cutters”) with tomatoes and mayonnaise on a soft bun.

Culloden Road, Bridgetown


After a day spent on Heywoods Beach, stroll over to PRC Bakery to snack on traditional treats like cherry jam puffs, raisin slices and fluffy coconut turnovers.

Orange Street, Speightstown