How to Spend 3 Days in Barbados

How I Spent 3 Days in Barbados

I really try my best to plan my trips in advance, but plans change every once in a while. My Vegas, then Miami, then Chicago, then Vegas, then Chicago again 30th birthday trip, and jumped on a flight deal to spend an extended weekend in Barbados with my cousin. Our parents are originally from Trinidad, but we also have a family history in Barbados. In addition to the pre-birthday festivities, we were in desperate need of a break from work.

We’re pretty spontaneous travelers so here’s a travel guide of how my cousins and I spent 3 days in Barbados. If you are spending one day in Barbados for a cruise stop or visiting the island for more than a weekend, I’m also sharing other things to do in Barbados to include in your Barbados itinerary.

How to Spend 3 days in Barbados - Visit Harrison's Cave
Visiting Harrison’s Cave for an extended weekend in Barbados

Traveling to Barbados from NYC

JetBlue offers direct flights from NYC to Barbados via their mint service. Other airlines offering flights to Barbados include American Airlines and Caribbean Airlines. Airlines flying to Bridgetown from destinations in Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada include WestJet, Air Canada, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. Traveling after work, our flight left JFK at 9 PM and arrived around 1:30 AM.

Where to Stay in Barbados

Barbados has a number of hotels and resorts with budget-luxury accommodations. Our hotel, the Bougainvillea Beach Resort is a beachfront property along the bus route and about 20 minutes from the airport and Bridgetown in both directions. After checking in we went to bed and woke up just in time for the water activities to start. We took advantage of a 30-minute catamaran sail across the water getting breathtaking views and insider tips on how to make the most of spending three days in Barbados.

Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Bougainvillea Beach Resort in Christ Church, Barbados
Swim up Pool Bar at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Swim-up Pool Bar at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort

Three Days in Barbados Day 1 – Beach and Family Lime

Coincidentally, my cousins from Trinidad were in Barbados for a gymnastics competition. Their hotel was 15 minutes driving distance, so we took our first ride in the ZR Van to meet them for lunch at Just Grillin’ right across from the Accra Beach hotel. Most of the night was catching up, relaxing by the pool, and planning a possible cousin’s trip in the future. We wanted to hit up the nightlife at the St. Lawrence Gap that night, but sleep definitely took over.

How I spent 3 days in Barbados - Family Time at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados
Family Time at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados

Three Days in Barbados Day 2 – Harrison’s Cave and St. Lawrence Gap

Sunday afternoon, we met up with my cousins again for a day trip to Harrison’s Cave which is an active stream cave system that is 2.3 kilometers long and Barbados’ #1 local and tourist attraction. Through the tram tour, we were able to see stalactites and stalagmites and learn that they are actively growing by less than the thickness of a piece of paper each year.

How I Spent 3 Days in Barbados - Visiting Harrison's Cave
Visiting Harrison’s Cave in Barbados
3 Days in Barbados - Harrison's Cave Entrance
Harrison’s Cave Entrance
Map of Harrison's Cave in Barbados
Map of Harrison’s Cave in Barbados
Barbados in 3 days - Inside of Harrison's Cave
Inside Harrison’s Cave in Barbados
What to do in Barbados in 3 days - Visit the inside of Harrison's Cave
Inside Harrison’s Cave Barbados’ #1 Attraction

After eating lunch at Swagg, we said our goodbyes and finally made it to the St. Lawrence Gap for drinks, souvenir purchases, people-watching, and dancing to soca tunes in a nearby club. DJ liked us so much, that I was getting happy birthday shoutouts the whole night. If you’re looking for great nightlife in Barbados, the St. Lawrence Gap is one of the best spots to be.

Three days in Barbados Day 3 – Day Trip to Bridgetown, Beach Bummin’, and Manager’s Cocktail Hour

On the last day of our extended weekend in Barbados, we took the ZR Van to the capital Bridgetown. Like Willemstad, Curacao’s harbor, historic Bridgetown, and its Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets were very busy with taxis, street vendors, and a mix of tourists and locals seeing sights and moving at a fast pace. After many recommendations, we went to the food court at Cave Shepherd for some fresh Cou Cou (Barbados’ national dish).

Going to Bridgetown in a ZR Van
Going to Bridgetown in a ZR Van
How I spent 3 days in Barbados - Visit Bridgetown
Day trip to Bridgetown

After our self-guided Bridgetown tour, our 3 days in Barbados ended where it began in our resort on the beach. Every Monday, the Bougainvillea Beach Resort hosts a cocktail hour, so we chatted with the staff about our past and future travels, my blog, and how much we enjoyed our stay. We went back home very tanned and well-rested.

3 Days in Barbados Itinerary + Other Things to do in Barbados

An extended weekend in Barbados for relaxing was just enough for us. I’m hoping to do more activities on my next trip to learn about the country’s history and my family’s culture. If you have only one day to spend or visit for more than an extended weekend, here are some other things to do in Barbados to add to a formal Barbados itinerary.

  • Oistins Fish Market – Visit the Oistins Fish Market on a Friday or Saturday night. Here you will get to listen to the sounds of Calypso and Soca and eat local dishes like fish cakes, Jug-Jug (guinea corn and green peas) fried fish, and Pudding. You can also purchase arts and crafts from local craftsmen.
  • Mount Gay Rum Tour – The Caribbean and rum go hand in hand. Learn the history of how Mount Gay Rum is made and eat more Bajan cuisine in the Verandah restaurant that overlooks the sea.
  • George Washington House – Did you know George Washington lived in Barbados for two months at Bush Hill House in 1751? Fun fact: Barbados is the only country the former president ever visited outside the continental United States.
  • Rihanna Drive – Hop back into the present-day and visit singer, actor, fashion designer, and recently named “the richest female musician in the world” by Forbes, Robyn Rihanna Fenty’s childhood home. Westbury New Road, the street Rihanna grew up on in St. Michael, Barbados, is now officially Rihanna Drive and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
  • Atlantis Submarine Expedition – Descend up to 150 feet underwater for the Atlantis Submarine Expedition. See corals, marine life, and shipwrecks while your tour guide shares stories about underwater life in Barbados.
  • St. Nicholas Abbey – St. Nicholas Abbey was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Nikki Beach Barbados – Nikki Beach Barbados is a luxury beach club combining music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film, and art. Reservations can be made for the pool, beach, or restaurant for a nice.

I hope my 3 days in Barbados itinerary gave you a good idea of things to do on the island. If you found this helpful, pin for future reference and share with your social community.

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16 thoughts on “How to Spend 3 Days in Barbados

  1. Joana says:

    Hey Joanna,
    I was there at the beginning of April last year and took the same pic as you did on the beach. Its so similar I thought some1 used my pic lol.
    I absolutely fell in love with Bim. Beautiful beaches, beautiful island and the locals were so wonderful.
    Can’t wait to go back. ❤️??

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  3. Georgie says:

    Cute pics. It’s great that you got to see some sights. I’m hoping to earn a company sponsored trip to the Bahamas in a few months…my 1st time to the islands. But I’m so vacation lazy I can see myself just laying on the beach or by the pool all day. LOL

  4. Kay says:

    I may have to make my way over to Barbados! I always see deals for them but I try to keep under a certain budget but you def make me wanna go ahead and get on it. There is nothing I love more than a good tropical destination with good food and great company.

  5. Allison Jones says:

    Barbados is DEFINITELY on my travel bucket list! I’m dying to go and it sounds like you had an amazing trip. Thanks for joining the Thursday Three Link-Up! I hope to see your posts again in the future.

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