What to Do on a Rainy Day in Barbados

Besides drinking rum! (A rum shop tour is also a good rainy day activity)

Barbados is celebrated for its sunshine, yet even paradise experiences occasional rain showers. It’s a fact: an island as lush as Barbados owes its greenery to regular rainfall. During the summer, rain is to be expected, often arriving overnight or in the early morning.

While full-day rain is rare, it’s wise to have plans in case of a passing shower, especially if you have children who may quickly grow restless.

Here are some great activities to enjoy on rainy days in Barbados:

1. Harrison’s Cave – Go underground!

On a rainy day, Harrison’s Cave shines—literally. This underground marvel, largely unchanged since prehistoric times, becomes even more enchanting when rainwater enhances its natural beauty. Take a tram tour deep into the cave system, marveling at stalactites, stalagmites, and shimmering pools. Knowledgeable guides lead the way, sharing insights into this living cave’s formations that continue to evolve.

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2. Chilly Moo’s

For a sweet treat that brightens any rainy day, visit Chilly Moo’s. This cozy “ice cream treatery” offers over 20 flavors, mixed with various “add ins” on a chilled marble slab. Whether you prefer your ice cream in a cone, milkshake, or float, Chilly Moo’s delights with its homemade flavors and relaxed atmosphere—a perfect escape from the rain.

3. Earthworks Pottery

Discover the vibrant spirit of Barbados at Earthworks Pottery, where colorful and lively pottery pieces reflect the island’s essence. Watch artisans at work, creating unique pieces that make perfect souvenirs of your Barbadian adventure. It’s a serene way to spend an hour, rain or shine, with a view that’s always spectacular.

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4. Atlantis Submarine Tour

Dive into adventure on a rainy afternoon with the Atlantis Submarine Tour. Experience the Caribbean’s underwater wonders from a unique perspective, descending from 5 feet to 145 feet beneath the surface. Informative guides and breathtaking scenery make this tour an unforgettable journey into Barbados’ aquatic realm.

5. Mount Gay Rum Distillery

Indulge in Barbados’ rich heritage at Mount Gay Rum Distillery, the oldest in the world. Take a guided tour of the facilities, learn about rum production, and savor tastings of this iconic Caribbean spirit. It’s a relaxing way to wait out the rain, surrounded by centuries of history and a warm Barbadian welcome.

6. Barbados Museum and Historical Society

Immerse yourself in Barbados’ fascinating history at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Housed in a historic military garrison, this museum offers insights into the island’s cultural heritage, from colonial times to present day. Explore exhibits, stroll through the gardens, and gain a deeper appreciation for Barbados’ rich past.

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7. George Washington House & Cafe

Step back in time at George Washington House, where a young George Washington once visited in 1751. Explore the plantation house, museum, and gardens, gaining insight into life on the island during the 17th and 18th centuries. It’s a captivating journey through history, with a café to unwind while waiting for the rain to clear.

8. Limegrove Lifestyle Centre

For those who enjoy shopping and entertainment, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre offers a haven of luxury boutiques, art galleries, cinemas, and dining options—all indoors. Whether you’re browsing international brands or enjoying a leisurely meal, Limegrove provides a delightful escape from the weather outside.

Rainy days in Barbados needn’t dampen your spirits. Embrace the opportunity to explore indoor attractions, savor local treats, and delve into the island’s rich culture and history. From underground wonders to artistic treasures and sweet indulgences, Barbados offers endless ways to make the most of every moment, rain or shine.

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