What To Do With The Kids When It Rains in Barbados
There is no denying that with an island as green as Barbados, it does, unfortunately, rain from time to time. Generally overnight or in the morning (and never for very long) but sometimes it might be in the middle of the day, putting paid to any ideas of spending the day at the beach.
Though to be honest, if you sit at the beach under an umbrella it can still be a fun way to spend the day. Especially if you are on Mullins Beach near Holetown because you can relax under an umbrella, lie on a sun lounger and make the most of the Wi-Fi at Mullins beach bar reaching the beach. They even do lounger side service, simply put your flag in the sand and a waiter will deliver your snacks and drinks to you, meaning you really don’t have to get wet. The bonus being of course, if you are staying at Royal Westmoreland you get the lounger, towel and umbrella for free on production of your membership card (issued by guest services when you arrive).
If lying on the beach isn’t your thing how about the cinema at Limegove? They have regular screenings throughout the day, with current films on offer, to suit all ages. They also serve snacks and drinks right to your seat meaning you don’t need to miss a second of the film. While at Limegrove you could also do a bit of duty free designer shopping.
If shopping is your thing then there are lots of other places to do that too! Cave Shepherd is a great place for fragrances and souvenirs, and of course Bridgetown, the capital, has a whole wealth of shops to explore.
Another great place to take children when it rains is Earthworks. You can watch the icon coloured plates, bowls and mugs being made and even order something personalised to be shipped to you at home. Obviously you would need to keep an eye on small ones as all breakages do need to be paid for, but great fun for older children to look at all the colourful china. There is also a cafe upstairs that does great toast panini and milkshakes, with a great view out to the coast. With vertical plastic covers to keep you dry on the balcony when the run comes in sideways!
A pricier option for something to do in the rain might be a trip on the Atlantis submarine. They do dives during the daytime, or in the evenings. Not for the claustrophobic though as this is a submarine and space to move around is non-existent. Though once inside and sitting on the benches the view is spectacular. Well worth a trip.
Also on the “must visit” trip for a rain day is Harrison’s Cave. This underground cave is filled with stalagmites and stalactites, viewed from a motorised train that travels around the cave system with a guide who explains who the caves were discovered, and how they came to be formed. Definitely a trip not to be missed.
And of course, you could always still go in the sea or to the pool, the water will still be warm enough, and after all you are going to get wet anyway so the rain shouldn’t put you off!