In the mood for a bit of romance? The feeling of magic and enchantment that lingers all around this gorgeous Caribbean island is undeniable. But why save the romance for February 14th? These Barbados date ideas will fill your date night calendar for the whole year.
Sunset beach walk
Call it cliche but it doesn’t get much more romantic than a lazy wander along the beach as the sun drops below the horizon on a balmy evening. Tried and tested, there’s a reason every sappy rom-com features some variations of this scene – two lovers walking hand-in-hand down a gorgeous stretch of beach. It oozes romance, and there’s plenty of it to be found on the island of Barbados. The stretch between Brandons and Paradise Beach is particularly stunning, according to local travel specialist Adrian Richards.
Dinner under the stars
You’ll want to keep an eye on the weather forecast for this one, but on a clear night, a dinner reservation at Cafe Luna will truly impress. One of the top-rated restaurants on the island, Cafe Luna is located on the south coast of Barbados with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. The Mediterranean-style, alfresco setting creates the perfect atmosphere to indulge in locally-sourced and organically-produced fare. Find out more: cafelunabarbados.com
Visit an enchanted garden
Romance isn't only reserved for the evenings. Take your date on a stroll through Hunte’s Gardens – the most enchanting place on earth, in their own words. These botanical gardens are a beloved local attraction, located in the St Joseph area of central Barbados. The gardens were established inside a sinkhole of sorts by horticulturist Anthony Hunte, back in the 1950s. Since then, lovers of nature have been coming here to stop and smell the roses. Find out more: huntesgardens-barbados.com
It doesn’t sound so romantic, but once you enter the cool, dark cave, lit by lanterns and spotlights, you might find your date reaching for your hand. The cave itself is very much alive, with stalagmites growing from its edges and water flowing through. Join an expert guide on a tram tour through the caves, or go a little deeper and explore on foot. The Eco-Adventure tour allows you to explore as the early explorers did.
Find out more: harrisonscave.com
Sunset paddle in Carlisle Bay
When the water is calm and the sun is setting, grab a couple of SUPs and head out for a paddle in this gorgeous crescent-shaped bay near the capital, Bridgetown. Once the main entry point for merchants and explorers, Carlisle Bay is now filled with bobbing catamarans, luxury yachts and the odd jetski. The unbelievably blue water below will make you want to forget all your SUP skills and fall right in. When you’ve paddled to your heart’s content, head to one of the nearby bars for a pre-dinner drink.
Snorkel at Pebbles Beach
Take your romance underwater with a snorkelling experience on the south-western tip of Barbados. At Pebbles Beach, turquoise waters gently lap the pristine sand and schools of colourful fish dart around below. If you arrive early enough (I’m talking sunrise early), you may get to see the racehorses from the nearby Garrison Savannah come down for a swim and a play on the sand.
Dinner at one of Barbados’s most popular restaurants
It’s notoriously hard to get a reservation at Harlequin, but if you succeed, you’re in for a stellar evening. Located in the St. Lawrence Gap on the South Coast, the renowned restaurant has been delighting visitors for two decades. The intimate venue welcomes guests to dine on the starlit terrace, with live jazz music playing softly in the background. The menu is diverse with fresh seafood, grilled meats, homemade desserts and plenty of vegetarian options. And the wine list is just as impressive.
Find out more: harlequinrestaurant.com
Picnic on the Cliffs
Live life on the edge and take your date to the top of the cliffs at Cove Bay for a romantic picnic. Pack a bottle of bubbles, or, in true Barbados fashion, a bottle of rum, and soak up the stunning views of the bay. Getting there is half the fun! You’ll likely need to weave through a field of cows, sheep and goats. But the view is worth the trek.
Inspiration for this blog was derived from a group of local Barbados travel experts via Barbados TravelAdvisor.
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