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Barbados Bliss: A 7-Day Itinerary for a Family Vacation

Make your family vacation in Barbados unforgettable with this week-long itinerary that Haute Retreats prepared for its family-friendliness.

Barbados is a beautiful island nation in the Caribbean known for its picturesque beaches, crystal-clear waters, and warm and friendly people. It is a perfect destination for a family vacation, as it offers a range of activities that cater to both adults and children. Here are the best things to do for the best family vacation travel to Barbados.


Day 1: Welcome to Barbados

Start your family vacation by landing at Grantley Adams International Airport, where our team will meet you and arrange luxury transfers straight to your villa. Explore your villa with your property manager, who can answer any questions you have about your villa or Barbados. If you’re staying near Holetown, try Limegrove Lifestyle Centre for food at Peppenero or Lemongrass for Asian fusion noodles and curries. If you’re on the South Coast, go to Buzo Osteria Italiana for authentic Italian food. Most of our luxury barbados villas have a private chef that will be happy to assist you.


Day 2: Hit the beach!

Spend your first full day relaxing on the beach closest to your villa. Stock up on essentials at Massy Supermarkets, and enjoy a magical sunset dinner at La Cabane, a favorite beach bar that caters to everyone.

Barbados is home to over 70 miles of coastline, which means that there are plenty of beaches to explore. Each beach has its unique personality, but all of them offer stunning scenery, clear waters, and soft sand. Some of the most popular beaches in Barbados are Crane Beach, Accra Beach, and Mullins Beach.

Crane Beach is a beautiful pink sand beach perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. The beach is also home to the Crane Resort, which offers a range of activities for families, including water sports, a kids’ club, and beachfront dining.

Accra Beach is a lively beach that is perfect for families with children. The beach is known for its calm waters and soft sand, making it ideal for swimming, playing beach volleyball, or building sandcastles. The beach is also home to several restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Mullins Beach is a popular beach that is perfect for families who want to enjoy a range of water sports. The beach is home to a variety of activities, including jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides. There is also a beach bar and restaurant that serves delicious local cuisine.

Day 3: Cruise the Caribbean Sea

Take a day trip on a catamaran cruise, an all-inclusive of food, drinks, and activities for the family. After a full day at sea, hire a private chef to cook for you and enjoy dinner al fresco under the stars at your villa.


Day 4: Explore the island

You can rent a car yourself, or we can arrange a private tour of Barbados with stops such as Bathsheba and Cattlewash beaches, Cherry Tree Hill for breathtaking views, St. Nicholas Abbey for a historical tour, and Animal Flower Cave for lunch with ocean views. Consider scheduling tours along the way, like Harrison’s Cave, for a limestone cave adventure.


Day 5: Enjoy the culture

If you’re looking for a cultural experience that awakens all your senses, Barbados has got you covered. The Caribbean island boasts a vibrant food scene that will leave your taste buds begging for more. To fully immerse yourself in the Barbadian food culture, a walking food tour with Lickrish Food Tours in Bridgetown is the perfect way to start.

You’ll get to sample street food, fresh seafood, and traditional Bajan dishes, all while learning about the island’s rich history and culture. But the foodie adventure doesn’t end there. Make a visit to the Mount Gay Rum distillery for a rum-tasting tour, and learn how the island’s most iconic spirit is made.

End your foodie journey with a Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show at Harbour Lights, where you’ll feast on a Bajan BBQ and free-flowing drinks, all while enjoying the lively entertainment. Trust us; you will thank yourself for experiencing the authentic Barbadian food culture.

Day 6: Add some Adventure

Explore the wonders of the underwater world. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner, take surfing lessons or try scuba diving to witness the breathtaking marine life. For a more leisurely experience, embark on an Atlantis submarine tour or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment while your children enjoy beach yoga. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to discover the hidden treasures that lie beneath the crystal-clear waters surrounding Barbados. So go ahead, take a plunge, and let the magic of the ocean take your breath away.


Day 7: A perfect ending

As your time in Barbados comes to a close, take this opportunity to truly soak in the paradise around you. Today, make it your mission to unwind and relish in every moment spent on the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Whether you choose to lounge on the soft sand, catch some waves, or simply take in the breathtaking views, let the tropical ambiance envelop you.

Remember, this is your last day in paradise, so go ahead and treat yourself to some much-deserved rest and relaxation. Savor the flavors of the delicious cuisine and bask in the warmth of the sun before bidding farewell to this magical island retreat. Cherish the memories made, and know that you will always hold a piece of Barbados in your heart.