What to do on a rainy day in Barbados

Things to do on a rainy day in Barbados

It’s a fact that it rains in Barbados.   You don’t get an island as green as Barbados without some rain.  And if you come in the summer you have to appreciate it will rain, possibly everyday.  HOWEVER, it generally rains over night, or first thing in the morning.   Sometimes you get the odd shower during the day though, although it is rare that it rains all day.  But on rainy days, what can you do in Barbados?

You need to have a few ideas up your sleeves for what to do on a rainy day, especially if you have children who will soon be bored.   Thankfully with teens and a villa that has Wi-Fi that has not been an issue for us but I wanted to share with you some of my recommendations

Harrisons Cave

First of all Harrisons Cave.   We first went on our honeymoon and visited a second time after they had a major overhaul of the visitor centre.   The caves themselves have obviously not been changed, that would be silly.  They are, after all, prehistoric.   But the tram that you travel down into this incredible underground cave system has been upgraded.    Definitely worth a visit

Travel deep beneath the earth and explore the wonders of nature. Hear the rushing of the streams and see the calm glassy pools. Be amazed by the different shapes and sizes of the stalactites and stalagmites and delight in the delicate flowstone formations. See the early explorers’ entrance and experience some of their adventure.

Travelling by tram, you will be directed by knowledgeable tour guides who will point out the various structures as well as the new formations which are continually growing in this living cave. At select points you can disembark from the tram for a closer look.


Next is Chilly Moo’s.   A great little “ice cream treatery” this is a must visit for us (even if some of the staff are a bit grumpy).   Around 20 different ice creams to choose from that can be “mashed up” on a cold marble slab with a whole array of “add ins”.   All scooped up and then served in a cup, as a milkshake, a Cola float, or in one of their made-on-the-premises-waffle-cones.



No visit to Barbados can be complete without a trip to Earthworks.   This iconic pottery is all over the island.  And I mean all over.  And rightly so.  Colourful, fun, bright, it symbolises Barbados.   And is a great souvenir as prices start from just a few Dollars.   Bigger pieces can be shipped and cause great excitement when they arrive all boxed up a few weeks after your holiday has ended.

You can see the potters in action behind the shop and it’s a great way to spend an hour when the heavens have opened.    The view on a good day is spectacular.

I wrote about our visit last year here:  Earthworks Barbados

And I want to do this to our downstairs loo!



And finally, the Atlantis Submarine tour.   We have been coming here for six years but this is the first time we have done it.  I highly recommend it, and it would be the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.   Eventually I will write a separate review of it, such was its epicness.

Informative, really well organised, great tour guides and incredible scenery, from 5ft below the Caribbean to 145ft, it was all brilliant.

But I have been singing “I’d like to be, under the sea, in an octopus’s garden, in the shade” for four days.


So there you have it, just a few things to do when it rains!

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  • Ooo looks like so much to do even when raining – that submarine tour looks like it would be fab – – looking forward to reading more about that !

  • That’s it. From now on chocolate oxygen is going to be on my rider wherever I go!

  • Ahem. Freezer bag full of that ice cream in your luggage please 😉 And yes, I think those colours will look fab in your loo!

  • Oh these luxury problems 😉 The submarine looks amazing. I’d love to do that one day *sets up piggy bank for Barbados 2023* 😉

    • hee hee… I know… it is hard to complain about the rain when it is still 80 degrees!

      Thanks for all your comments everybody!

  • hoping to go to bed dreaming of Barbados now and a win on the lottery this week 🙂 great suggestions!

  • I always INSIST on chocolate oxygen. It’s the only type I’ll agree to! 😉 Fab post. Love that you look on rainy days as a positive. And that look would SO work in Fleet. Do it! Rude not to! x

    • I think we need a Greek night round at yours then! Plate smashing at yours and then loo decorating at mine?