Locals Guide to Barbados

Do you live in Barbados and want to be updated about what’s going on? Well, you’ve come to right place – the Locals Guide to Barbados ensures you can still find new things for you to see, experience and discover in your own back yard.

Just because you’re local to the island, we are sure you can still find new things for you to see, experience and discover about Barbados.

Whether you’re looking for events, things to do, which restaurants to dine at, or nightlife, history and facts, we have all the information you could need.

Keep up to date with all the island’s latest events by viewing our jam-packed Barbados events calendar.

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Did you know?

According to the 2014 Global Innovation Index, Barbados is the most innovative country in the Caribbean and the world’s 41st most innovative nation. Just one of the reasons you call this blessed little island ‘home’!

Barbados Events Calendar

Our Barbados events calendar guide helps you find out everything that’s hip and happening in Barbados. See all upcoming and featured events or see an Agenda view of daily activities on in Barbados or see the Posterboard view with images of all scheduled events. See our list of recommended venues to ensure you have a very good time. For the mobile user, select the Stream view to combine poster board and agenda views without it taking long to download.

With an easy to use ‘search function’, use it to plan your next outing by checking out what events are coming up well in advance.

What’s more, you can get a discount on some of the events listed if you book through the Totally Barbados website.

Barbados Nightlife Guide

As a local, you probably know a lot of the island’s nightspots, but it can’t hurt to refresh your memory!

As you will know, Barbados is brimming with a broad range of nightlife options, from spectacular dinner and dance shows featuring fire-eaters and stilt walkers to pumping music nights showcasing live reggae, soca and house DJs. So if you like a good party, check out our Barbados Nightlife Guide and have a read through the links below:

1st and 2nd Street Holetown Nightlife
Barbados South Coast Nightlife
Barbados Weekly Nightlife Guide
Barbados West Coast Nightlife
St Lawrence Gap Nightlife

Barbados Beaches

Barbados is blessed with miles of pristine beaches, just ready for you to discover, or rediscover, as the case may be.

As locals, we sometimes don’t get to the beach as much as we’d like but can all agree that there’s nothing better than sinking your toes into the soft, white sand or floating in the clear, blue sea.

Barbados beaches cater to everyone, from the surfer’s favorites along the east coast to the picturesque, calmer waters of the west coast.

To reacquaint yourself with the best beaches, see our Barbados beaches guide.

Not only will you get directions to the best beaches, but our guide also tells you the available amenities, swimming conditions, and where you can find beach access points to ensure you arrive in the know.

South Coast Beaches
West Coast Beaches
East Coast Beaches
North Coast Beaches

Restaurants, Dining, and Places to Eat

One thing Bajans can boast about is the high standard of restaurants on the island. There are many excellent places to eat – some well-known, some more ‘off the beaten track.’

There’s something for everyone; from stunning beachfront dining to lively bistros like the Coffee Bean. The best part is some restaurants offer special discounts if you book through our website!

Want to know more? Find restaurants in our Restaurant Guide by:

— by type
— by location
— by parish
— by cuisine

You’ll never be short of options for all tastes and budgets in Barbados.

Things to do in Barbados

As a local, you’ll be well aware Barbados has many exciting things to see and do. However, no matter how long you’ve lived on the island, there are surely places you may not have seen or fully explored yet.

It’s a great reason for you to act like a tourist for the day and revisit, or even go for the first time, to some of the fantastic locations and attractions Barbados has to offer.

For instance, why not check out the natural beauty of the stalagmites and stalactites of Harrisons Cave?

Whatever you’re looking to do, from art classes to yoga, road trips to catamaran sailing, you’re sure to be amazed as you re-explore the island of Barbados.

» Top 10 Places to See in Barbados
» Tour Barbados
» Tour Barbados Central
» Tour Barbados East
» Tour Barbados North
» Tour Barbados South
» Tour Barbados South East
» Tour Operators
» Tourist Attractions
» Tourist Attractions East Coast
» Tourist Attractions Inland
» Tourist Attractions Map
» Tourist Attractions North Coast
» Tourist Attractions South Coast
» Tourist Attractions West Coast

Barbados History

Want to brush up on your heritage? Let us take you back in time as we detail Barbados’ history from as far back as the Amerindians, all the way up to the present day.

Read all about the rich heritage of our beautiful island on our Totally Barbados history pages:

» 1625 – 1627 – The Early Beginnings of English Settlement in Barbados
» 1628 – 1630 – Barbados Changes Hands
» 1629 – 1639 – Henry Hawley and the First House of Assembly of Barbados
» 1639 – 1641 – Setting the foundation for the future of Barbados

Bajans are renowned sports lovers, and Barbados is teaming with all manner of sporting activities. We are blessed with international standard golf courses and polo pitches, not to mention world famous surfing spots, rally racing events, and of course cricket matches!

If you love sports check out our Totally Barbados Sports Guide. You’ll get all you need to know about World Cup Golf, World Cup Cricket, car racing, fishing, horse racing, polo, scuba diving, water skiing, water sports, wind and kite surfing, and so much more.

Barbados Government

Forgotten who the Prime Minister is? Want to know who’s in charge of Education? Barbados has one of the oldest parliaments in the Commonwealth and has a rich history of government.

Learn all about the who’s who of the Barbados Government on our Totally Barbados Government pages:

» Barbados Government
» The Cabinet of Barbados
» The History of Barbados Parliament
» Barbados Parliament

People of Barbados

Yes, that’s you! As you would know, Barbados is a melting pot of individuals from many different diverse cultures and influences – both local and international. In fact, this small island has produced a large number of world celebrities, some of whom have been kind enough to spend time and share their stories with us.

We’re sure that you’ll learn something new about these famous Barbadians and feel inspired by their incredible achievements. Find out more on our Meet a Bajan pages. Who knows? You may even spot someone you know!
Barbados Rocks!

Barbados is a beautiful country with so much to offer both locals and visitors alike. Totally Barbados encourages all locals living in Barbados to re-discover our island home and help us spread the word to the world about beautiful Barbados.

Hopefully, our pages motivate you to reconnect with your homeland and remember just why it is that Barbados ‘rocks’.

Tip: Don’t just take our word for it – check out a video from one of our website visitors – ‘Barbados Rocks!’ – and fall back in love with this island paradise you call ‘home.’

By: Brett Callaghan