Taking the little ones on a trip to the island of Barbados may require some pirate accent training before you go. This highly popular tourist attraction is filled with entertaining things to do and see for you and your kiddos. While on the island, located in the Caribbean, you will have a chance to soak up some sun while your kids try to spot local pirates and sea creatures.
With so much water around, being an island and all, there are numerous opportunities to cruise the waterways. Black Pearl Party Cruises (barbadosblackpearl-jollyroger1.com) takes you out on the ocean for a trip on a pirate schooner. See the turtles swimming around as you are accompanied by a helpful crew. Another ideal option for a sea adventure will take you under the water. Atlantis Submarines (barbados.atlantissubmarines.com) offers real submarine rides that allow you to see fish, coral and even a shipwreck 150 feet underwater.
Nature and Wildlife
Kids will love seeing all of the wild critters in Barbados, and they will probably relate especially well to the monkeys. The Welchman Hall Gully (welchmanhallgullybarbados.com) is a nature area offering tours of gardens and geological formations. Your kiddos can watch green monkeys playing and eating in their natural habitat. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve (barbados.org/reserve) is a must-see, featuring parrots, flamingos, peacocks, reptiles, armadillos and, of course, green monkeys. One of the island's most famous attractions is Harrison's Cave (barbados.org/hcave). It is an unusual display of stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls and emerald pools sure to catch your little one's eye.
All of the beaches in Barbados are open to the public, so take your pick. Barbados Beaches Plus (barbados-beaches-plus.com) provides a complete list of beaches on the island with a short description of each. The west coast has warmer and calmer waters well suited for toddlers and preschoolers to splash and play. Brandons Beach (barbados.org/bcbrandons) is in close proximity to the city of Bridgetown. Sandy Lane (barbados.org/bcsandylane) is just south of the Holetown area.
Barbados Museum and Historical Society (barbmuse.org.bb) is not as boring for kids as it sounds. The museum has an interactive children's gallery, including dress-up clothes and other items okay to touch. The social life of the island and the development of the sugar industry are a few of the stories revealed in the gallery. The Arlington House Museum (barbados.org/arlington-house-museum) also has kid appeal with interactive audio-visual features and a talking pirate recalling historical events.