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Barbados Offers the Perfect Vacation for Teenagers

By Sarah Bresler

The Crane Residential Resort Recommends the Top Eight Activities


Travelling with teenagers can be rough, especially to a resort where there is not much to do besides laze around on the beach. The Crane Residential Resort in Barbados is the exception: not only are there incredibly fun things to do on-site, but they are also experts in recommending the best activities for teenagers on the island:

Get wild on the water
The guest services team at The Crane can arrange a variety of fun activities on- and off-land. Crane Beach is the best beach on the island for body boarding and body surfing. For some added adventure, head to Barry's Surf School for a lesson in riding the waves, in the very destination that is frequented by world famous surfer Kelly Slater. Visit Dover Beach on the South Coast and Mullins Beach on the West Coast for the best water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing, wake boarding and parasailing.

Cruise the West Coast
Spend a day cruising the West Coast of the island with Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises. Departing from Bridgetown in the morning, this cruise sails up the coast while passengers enjoy free-flowing beverages and a lunchtime buffet. Teens will love the opportunity to swim with Galapagos sea turtles and snorkel above a shipwreck.

Explore Crane Beach and the East Coast
Walk up one of the world's finest beaches and discover the pathway that extends through the cliffs. Continue on to uncover a bat cave, secluded beach and lush coconut grove.

Have a bath in Bathsheba
A short drive north along the East Coast from The Crane, is the charming seaside town of Bathsheba. Aside from the cliff-side suites at The Crane, Bathsheba offers the most marvellous sunrise views on the island. Stop and enjoy a soak in the Bathsheba Pools before exploring the area.

Shopping in Holetown
What do teenagers love more than shopping? With duty-free shopping available around the island it can be tricky deciding where to start, but a good jumping point is Holetown – home to Limegrove — a luxury shopping plaza with boutiques housing famous fashion designers from around the world.

Enjoy an island safari
For those more active and adventurous teens who don't mind an early wake up call, the island safari is a perfect fit. Explore the island from the open back of a Jeep 4x4 which ventures off road. Guests will have the chance to get up-close with wildlife and explore the island's geographical magnificence.

Zip through the treetops
Thrill seekers look no further, as the Aerial Trek zip line adventure offers teens a chance to get their adrenaline pumping while speeding through the canopy on Walkes Spring Plantation.

Dance under the stars
Almost every teenager loves a good party. Dance the night away at Harbour Lights, where there is live entertainment through dinner on Wednesdays, which turns into an all-night dance party. Certain nights of the week (namely, Friday) Harbour Lights offers an all-you-can-drink menu for a measly USD 25. Another alternative is St Lawrence Gap, which is the hotspot in Barbados, lined with different themed bars and restaurants, with something exciting going on every night – from live entertainment to karaoke and happy hour specials.
For reservations, call 246-416-6531 or toll free from the U.S. & Canada at 1-866-978-5942, or email moc.enarceht@snoitavreser. For more information visit The Crane at
About The Crane:
Set on forty acres of oceanfront land in the parish of St. Philip on the Southeast coast of Barbados, The Crane is the island's oldest continuously operating vacation resort. Conveniently located just ten minutes east of Grantley Adams International Airport, The Crane boasts a spectacular natural setting on a cliff overlooking the renowned Crane Beach.
Today, The Crane is comprised of the original historic hotel building, built in the late 1700s and expanded in 1887, and a new all-suite development. Eight of nine phases of The Crane's new development are complete. This world-class resort also features a Barbadian village offering retail shops, jazz bar and art gallery; a full-service spa and a modern fitness centre; a choice of gourmet and casual restaurants and flood-lit tennis courts.