If youre around on a Saturday, head down to Barbados Turf Club near Bridgetown for some local horse racing (there are about 25 race meetings throughout the year). Held at the Historic Garrison Savannah, tickets are $10 Barbadian and there are plenty of food stalls selling traditional rice and peas, pudding and souse and fried fish, as well as cold beers. Its a great local atmosphere, and a fun day out away from the beaches.
West coast eating on a budget
The west coast is renowned for its money-munching prices, but we discovered a low-cost place to eat that ditches the glamour and gives you a true taste of Barbados. De Outback Bar & Grill is tucked away in Lower Carlton, just off the coast road. Its scruffy and basic but the garden you eat in is pretty and the atmosphere is Bajan. Choose the fish of the day and the rum sours and listen to local musicians banging out tunes under the stars. Fun times for minimal dimes.