Our Guide To The Best Island Sundowners In Barbados

A cinematic sunset is often at the top of travellers' checklists when it comes to deciding on the perfect place to eat, drink and sleep. After all, pink skies (rich yellows, oranges and reds if you’re in the Caribbean) at night ensure you’re in for a day of divine weather when you wake up. The sun sleeps around 6.30pm in Barbados, due to its close proximity to the equator, which may seem like an early curfew; but we assure you it allows for ample time to enjoy the bustling nightlife across the coasts. 

From 5-star stays to scenic strolls and beachfront eateries, you’re spoilt for choice on this Island. Here’s our expert guide to catching the best sundowners in the Caribbean…

While you eat

Lone Star

Renowned as one of the best eats on Barbados, the celebrity-adored Lone Star boutique hotel and restaurant offers a stylish backdrop to savour sundowner bites as the sun sets. Located in the exclusive St James area of the Island, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and glorious views of the West Coast beach, this is a must-visit during your trip. Indulge in Caribbean cocktails and tuck into local specialties for a truly memorable experience. We recommend the Coconut Crusted Jumbo Shrimp!

La Cabane

Rustic charm and beachfront luxuries collide to create La Cabane, a stunning coastal hideaway where vibrant live entertainment, delicious, organic eats and of course, front-row seats to one of the best sunsets in Barbados are at your fingertips. The founders are the pulse of this St James’ joint, and they’ve created a carefree, barefoot atmosphere; we recommend dipping your toes in the crystal clear waters between courses. Try ‘Sam’s Tacos’ if you love seafood, or the rotisserie ribeye for a mouth-watering dining experience. 

Harbour Lights

If you’re staying on the South or West Coast, a night at Harbour Lights is a seriously fun way to catch the sunset before partying into the early hours. Every Wednesday and Thursday you’re invited to their infamous dinner show; where fire breathers, carnival dancers and the house band entertain the crowd during a traditional Bajan BBQ by the beach. Drinks, dinner, entertainment and return transfers from local hotels are all included for a small cost; and if you love it enough, you’ll return the next day for snorkelling and turtle spotting at the beach club.

While you stay

Cobblers Cove

You may have come across Cobblers Cove’s iconic pink parasols and old school glamour on Instagram, but this family-run boutique property on the North Coast is equally beautiful IRL! Park yourself on a lounger with a signature ‘Cobblers Cooler’ cocktail during happy hour; and enjoy an intimate view of Barbados’ exceptional sunset. If you’re a water-lover, coincide it with your daily, complimentary boat trip on the infamous Cobblers Cove pastel-pink boat. 

Sandy Lane

Exceptional service, sumptuous suites, world-class golfing and some of Barbados’ best fine-dining are a few highlights at the legendary Sandy Lane - one of the most prestigious hotels in the Caribbean. For a panoramic sunset, make a reservation at L’acajou; the property's open-air beachfront restaurant that promises a perfect setting for special occasions. Alternatively, cruise into the twilight hour from your complimentary catamaran trip - you won’t be disappointed. 

Coral Reef Club

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection for good reason, the family-run Coral Reef Club, on the gorgeous West Coast, is a luxuriously charming boutique sanctuary in which to unwind. Book a Luxury Cottage, and step into your private plunge pool as the sun goes down; it doesn’t get more intimate than this. Guests love the first-class spa and wellness facilities at this property. We recommend checking in for a ‘Muscle Melt’ massage before your sundowner starts. 

While you explore

The South Coast Boardwalk

Wherever you end up on this scenic stroll will offer fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea and its famous sundowners. The South Coast Boardwalk in Hastings is lined with tasty haunts from which to end your day or start your night - fish tacos at Baby Doll and live music at Blakey’s are firm favourites at Best at Travel, but if you’re just looking to explore during twilight hour, Bajan’s and visitors alike love this beachfront path for their evening jog. 

St Lawrence Gap & Oistins

Located on the South Coast of Barbados, you’ll find St Lawrence Gap and Oistins. The former, a small yet busy street, home to an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and shopping, is a popular destination for socialising with friends - try Primo for breathtaking views. Jump in a taxi and you’ll be at the latter in 5 minutes, a lively fishing village that’s worth a culture visit (especially on Friday’s for the renowned ‘Fish-Fry’). Both spots offer a fantastic view of the ocean, and you’ll be sorry to miss the sunset as you enjoy your catch of the day. 

Carlisle Bay

A trip to Barbados’ isn’t complete without exploring the underwater world; and adding in a dramatic orange sky makes it all the more special. Carlisle Bay - with its unique crescent formation and man-made shipwrecks designed to attract marine life, is a sensational spot for swimming with turtles and tropical fish. This South Coast bay is especially popular during sunset. We recommend a day exploring the area to benefit from all its glory.

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