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Barbados is a popular shopping destination. With the many cruise ships that dock on the island, hungry hordes of shoppers always seem to be trawling Bridgeport. However, there is more to shopping in Barbados than just the souvenir shops in the capital. The main shopping area is Broad Street, which is home to a combination of small retailers, department stores, and duty-free shops. A range of smaller shops can be found on Swan Street and Tudor Street, as well as street vendors.

The island is well-known for its pottery, and seeking out the many potteries dotted around the island can be fun and rewarding. There are three famous craftsmen: Earthworks Pottery, Chalky Mountain Potteries, and Red Clay Pottery. Visitors will find everything from traditional Caribbean blue and green creations to more modern designs. Negotiation over price is expected so if buying more than one item, definitely angle for a discount.

For great souvenirs, head to the Pelican Village. Located in St. Michael, visitors can find a variety of handicrafts, including straw items, batiks, painting, and more. There is also a range of restaurants to enjoy, as well.


After a day on the beach, a few hours at a spa may be just what the doctor ordered. Barbados offers a variety of spas, from ultra-lux to moderate pricing. However, the best facilities and most qualified staff can be found at the spas of the various high-end resort hotels. Check out the Almond Beach Club & Spa, Chakra Spa at Accra Beach Hotel, and the Spa at the Sandy Lane for royal treatment.

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