Barbados in July and August: 5 things to see and do
Hello and thanks for stopping by our blog, Carnivalista Lifestyle! We’ve dedicated the month of August to spotlight the beautiful island of Barbados and this blog will focus on 5 things to see and do in Barbados in July and August.
Let’s jump right in!
#1: Visit an Oistins fish fry
Of course, at the top of the list is something that involves delicious food! For us, food can make or break a trip. If you’re visiting Barbados in July or August, be sure to have a Friday night included in your trip so you can see an Oistins fish fry.
The fishing village of Oistins has a Friday night fish fry every week, however during the months of July and August, they’re kicked up a notch with a DJ, more locals and even more tourists thrown into the mix!
There’s lots of great people watching; literally all you need is a little bench on the sidewalk and you can watch the people walking by. But, why would you want to not answer the call of the delicious aromas coming from the vendors? Try any kind of seafood imaginable, from different varieties of fish, to (super cheap) lobster. All freshly prepared and served with mouth-watering Bajan specialty sides like macaroni pie! We can taste it right now. In case you wanted a vendor recommendation, be sure to go to Chillin’ and Grillin’.
A visit to Oistins is a must see and do!
#2: take a drive around the island to visit the rum shops
Barbados in July and August is the place to be if you’re a rum drinker. The island is known for the number of rum shops – little, casual bars – located everywhere. Grab a driver from your hotel, negotiate a price and have him or her take you around the island, stopping at rum shops along the way. Trust us, a good driver knows where all the good rum shops are!
One of your stops could be the Mount Gay Distilleries, which is one of our fave places to visit! You can do one of their tours, or just visit the on-site bar for one of their mixologist’s created cocktails. Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop on your way out! You can buy several of their rums like Ponche Kuba rum cream (yummy!) or their XO rum blend.
#3: indulge in the many water activities
Even though it’s the rainy season in July and August, any rain is usually short lived so water activities are a must. And there are so many to do on the island! You can go snorkeling with the turtles off the coast of Carlisle Bay, grab a jet ski or you can do 1 of our fave things to do: go on a Bajan boat ride!
In Barbados in July and August, since it’s around the time of Crop Over, which is Barbados’ Carnival, you’ll be sure to find a Bajan boat ride happening when you visit. So, what’s a Bajan boat ride? If you’re not familiar with Caribbean Carnival culture, a boat ride is an immersion in dancing, sweet soca music, delicious food and as much rum punch as you can handle. It’s the most fun you can have on the water in our opinion! One of the boat rides that we highly recommend is Limerz.
If you wanted a boat ride that’s not so *ahem* intense, then you can always go with a chartered boat tour company like Tiami Catamaran Cruises. We’ve taken groups with this tour company and they always do a great job. Get an open bar, freshly prepared lunch and let the gorgeous blue waters soothe your worries away as you sail all day!
#4: shop at a local market
Take in the friendly and warm Bajan culture by going strolling (and shopping) at a local market. There are several markets on the island, where you can shop for fresh fruits and vegetables plus beautiful hand-made arts and crafts, souvenirs, local snacks and so much more.
One of our fave local markets to visit in Barbados in July and August is in Holetown, which is on the west coast of the island. Known as Chattel Village, this open air market has such a wide variety of vendors, who are all located in pretty little huts, it’s hard to walk through without being tempted to buy something! You’ll find unique jewelry, clothing, sandals and delicious treats to take back to your room.
While you’re in the area, you might want to check out the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, which is located up the street from Chattel Village. Limegrove is an upscale mall with several unique shops that offer hand made skin care items and even high end glasses and sunglasses! Limegrove is an open air mall as well, so you can take in the sunshine as you duck in and out of the stores with your shopping bags in hand!
#5: take in the Crop Over festival
There’s no way we could write a blog about visiting Barbados in July and August without including Crop Over! Crop Over is Barbados’ amazing Carnival and is easily one of the largest festivals that happen annually on the island.
What do you get when you visit Barbados during Crop Over time? Parties, parties and more parties! You can also see the Kadooment Parade, which is a colourful takeover of the streets with feathered and beaded costumes.
And if you’d like to experience even more freedom, then you have to see the Foreday Morning festival which happens from 11:30 pm to 8 am the following morning! Dance without abandon through the streets, paint and mud all over your body…it’s the ultimate in freedom.
Well, that’s it!
The top 5 things to do in Barbados in July and August – hope you enjoyed that. And if you’d like to get a taste of what we’ve mentioned, then our annual Ultimate Girls Getaway experience is just for you. We’ve created an all-inclusive trip where all you need to do is pack and show up! To find out more about Ultimate Girls Getaway, click here.
We’re also going to experience Barbados Crop Over in 2023! For more information about this Ultimate Summer Carnival Experience, click here.
Thanks for reading and as always…
Til de next lime,
Esha and Tarik
About Esha and Tarik: Founders of Events by Ashé, a travel curation company that provides unique and life-changing Caribbean Experiences, Esha and Tarik are passionate about the Carnival lifestyle. They even met during Trinidad Carnival back in 2006! They are so passionate about Carnival that they created Ultimate Trinidad Carnival and Ultimate Crop Over to share these experiences with hundreds of clients around the world. Visit our website or click the links below to learn more!