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Family Activities in Barbados

Barbados is home to many beaches where families can snorkel in calm Caribbean waters or enjoy windswept vistas on the Atlantic shoreline. One of the best snorkeling beaches on the island is Crane Beach. Other calm waters good for swimmers are Mullins Beach and Dover Beach.

Note: Swimmers should head to the Caribbean coast; precautions should be taken not to get over waist deep in the often-dangerous Atlantic currents, which are preferred by windsurfers and sailors.



The natural beauty of Barbados can also be enjoyed in many of its other attractions. An open-air tram takes travelers through Harrison’s Cave, where damp rooms reveal their hidden formations, waterfalls, and pools.

A sea cave rather than a cavern, the Animal Flower Cave is named for the sea anemones found in its pools.


If you’re wondering what lies beneath the ocean’s depths, take a cruise aboard the Atlantis Submarine, Tel. 246/436-8929 or 866/546-7820, which cruises to a depth of 150 feet below sea level. It’s an excellent way for non-divers to see the rich marine life and the wrecks that surround this island.

Heritage Passport Program

If your family will be enjoying many excursions, check out the Heritage Passport Program, sponsored by the Barbados National Trust. Sixteen sites are included on the pass, which offers about a 50% savings on admission (a mini passport is available for fewer stops). The passport includes admission to Harrison’s Cave, St. Nicholas Abbey, Mount Gay, and many other sites.

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