Things to do in Barbados

Barbados has a lot to offer visitors regarding beach life and sightseeing. Resorts in St James and St Peter are dream settings from which to appreciate this tropical paradise. More specifically, guests will find luxury, relaxation and a touch of hedonism on the island's renowned west coast.

On the sightseeing front, Harrison's Cave and the Jacobean Mansions are certainly worth visiting. So too is the little fishing village of Bathsheba, which is favoured by surfers and photographers. Graeme Hall Swamp has even more in the way of unusual sights.

All in all, the island is an irresistible option for that perfect, sunny, coastal vacation.

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West Coast Beaches

Western Barbados is known as the 'Platinum Coast'. North of the capital, Bridgetown, visitors will find many splendid beach resorts beside the Caribbean shore's warm, clear waters.

West Coast Beaches

Western Barbados is known as the 'Platinum Coast'. North of the capital, Bridgetown, visitors will find many splendid beach resorts beside the Caribbean shore's warm, clear waters.

Beaches such as Batts Rock, Paynes Bay and Mullins Bay are popular for swimming and sunbathing. Treasure Beach is a splendid hideaway with a reputation for fine Bajan cuisine and luxury accommodation.

All things considered, leisure seekers will relish a trip to this tropical paradise.


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Graeme Hall Swamp

Located near Bridgetown, the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary is Barbados' largest expanse of inland water. Its red and white mangrove trees are home to a number of bird species.

Graeme Hall Swamp

Located near Bridgetown, the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary is Barbados' largest expanse of inland water. Its red and white mangrove trees are home to a number of bird species.

Unfortunately, government plans to develop much of the area have forced the park to close most of its grounds to visitors. Only the Sanctuary Cafe and Lakeside Lawn remain open to the public, though on a limited basis.

Website www.graemehall.com


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Gardens

Barbados has many beautiful tropical gardens. All of them are worth visiting for the tranquillity they inspire.

Gardens

Barbados has many beautiful tropical gardens. All of them are worth visiting for the tranquillity they inspire.

Travellers who begin their adventure in the island's capital, Bridgetown, should visit the nearby Lazaretto Gardens. Located in the parish of St Michael, they're home to several species of tropical flora and feature a magnificent waterfall.

The Flower Forest lies in the Scotland District of Barbados, farther towards the east coast. Visitors will encounter an awesome variety of plants, including brilliantly coloured flowers such as begonias and heliconias, all set against the jungle's lush greenery.

The Andromeda Botanical Garden is another option. Situated in the parish of St Joseph, it contains several varieties of fern, palm, orchid, hibiscus and bougainvillea, as well as other exotic trees and flowers.

Turners Hall Woods are in the Parish of St Andrew. They're one of the last remnants of the indigenous tropical forest that covered Barbados before the first settlement in 1627. Visitors can view indigenous trees like the Sand Box, Silk Cotton, Cabbage Palm, Trumpet Tree and Macaw Palm.

The Parish of St Thomas has a long gully known as Welchman Hall Gully. It contains some impressive tropical trees and rock formations.


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Wildlife

Barbados is a treasure trove of tropical wildlife. Visitors will enjoy encountering the island's colourful species on land and beneath the sea.

Wildlife

Barbados is a treasure trove of tropical wildlife. Visitors will enjoy encountering the island's colourful species on land and beneath the sea.

Ocean lovers should head north to the Animal Flower Cave. Located in the rugged parish of St Lucy, it's home to vibrant sea-anemones. Some of its pools are deep enough to swim in.

The Folkestone Marine Park is a must for Scuba divers. Situated in St James, its artificial reef was created by deliberately sinking the Greek ship, Stavronikita, in 1976. Snorkelers can admire corals, sponges and marine species in the park's Recreational Zone. The park also has a museum and an aquarium.

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is mainly a monkey sanctuary. Set in a natural mahogany wood in the parish of St Peter, its Green monkeys are hugely entertaining as they play in their natural environment. Birds, ducks, deer, peacocks, otters, raccoons, turtles and tortoises also roam in the woods.


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Harrison’s Cave

This huge underground cavern boasts an amazing gallery of deep emerald pools, breath-taking waterfalls, and stalagmites and stalactites. Visitors take electrically operated trams d…

Harrison’s Cave

This huge underground cavern boasts an amazing gallery of deep emerald pools, breath-taking waterfalls, and stalagmites and stalactites. Visitors take electrically operated trams down through an extensive system of caves, ultimately reaching a spectacular waterfall at the bottom level.

Address Allen View, Barbados

Website www.harrisonscave.com


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Bathsheba

Bathsheba is home to a small community of fishing folk. Located on the island's east coast, its rocky terrain makes it a dream setting for photographers. Visitors can look forward …

Bathsheba

Bathsheba is home to a small community of fishing folk. Located on the island's east coast, its rocky terrain makes it a dream setting for photographers. Visitors can look forward to local rum shops, fine restaurants and one of the island's most spectacular beaches, Bath Beach. Locals know it as the 'Soup Bowl' because of its foaming surf. Discerning tourists will enjoy this Caribbean hideaway.

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Jacobean Mansions

Constructed in the 1650s, Drax Hall in St George and St Nicholas Abbey in St Peter are two of the oldest buildings in Barbados. Both are world-renowned examples of Jacobean archite…

Jacobean Mansions

Constructed in the 1650s, Drax Hall in St George and St Nicholas Abbey in St Peter are two of the oldest buildings in Barbados. Both are world-renowned examples of Jacobean architecture, and feature curved Dutch gables and coral-stone finials. Each of them is furnished with antiques.

Drax Hall was one of the earliest and largest sugar plantations in Barbados. James and William Drax established it. The two belonged to a wealthy and influential family, as did many plantation owners who prospered by growing sugarcane.

The Morgan Lewis Mill at St Andrew is another relic of the plantation days. Maintained by the Barbados National Trust, it is one of two restored sugar mills in the Caribbean.

Website www.stnicholasabbey.com


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Surfing the Soup Bowl

Serious surfers should head to the Soup Bowl. Located on Barbados' east coast, the beach is home to the island's biggest and most powerful waves. Its coral-reef coastline, strong, …

Surfing the Soup Bowl

Serious surfers should head to the Soup Bowl. Located on Barbados' east coast, the beach is home to the island's biggest and most powerful waves. Its coral-reef coastline, strong, constant trade winds and year-round swell create the region's most reliable surf conditions. Beginners can rent boards and book lessons.


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Carlisle Bay Diving

The Carlisle Bay Marine Park is a superb site for beginner and veteran divers. Its diverse and wonderfully coloured marine population includes rays, reef squids, frog fishes, moray…

Carlisle Bay Diving

The Carlisle Bay Marine Park is a superb site for beginner and veteran divers. Its diverse and wonderfully coloured marine population includes rays, reef squids, frog fishes, moray eels, sea horses, barracudas, octopuses and more. Divers can also expect a fine selection of wrecks. Old anchors, cannons and pylons lead from one wreck to the next, roughly marking out the park.


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Andromeda Botanic Gardens

Located on a cliff overlooking the town of Bathsheba, the Andromeda Botanic Gardens make a great day out for the entire family. Kids will have plenty of space to run around and adu…

Andromeda Botanic Gardens

Located on a cliff overlooking the town of Bathsheba, the Andromeda Botanic Gardens make a great day out for the entire family. Kids will have plenty of space to run around and adults will be impressed by an array of flowers that includes orchids, hibiscus and heliconia. The attraction is also renowned for its magnificent palm trees and tremendous bird population.

Address Bathsheba, St. Joseph

Website andromeda.cavehill.uwi.edu


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Flower Forest

Barbados' Flower Forest is a wonderful stop for families. Parents can admire beautifully coloured tropical plants and flowers such as roses, hibiscus, begonias and heliconias, or j

Flower Forest

Barbados' Flower Forest is a wonderful stop for families. Parents can admire beautifully coloured tropical plants and flowers such as roses, hibiscus, begonias and heliconias, or join their children as they venture off to discover more gardens.

Otherwise, the area's topography features gentle hills, which offer amazing vistas of the lush countryside and eastern coastline. Cameras are essential.

Address Richmond Plantation, St. Joseph

Website www.barbados.org/flowfrst.htm


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Folkestone Marine Park

Combining a museum and an aquarium, the Folkestone Marine Park features an artificial reef, purposely formed by sinking a ship called the Stavronikita. Divers can expect to see som…

Folkestone Marine Park

Combining a museum and an aquarium, the Folkestone Marine Park features an artificial reef, purposely formed by sinking a ship called the Stavronikita. Divers can expect to see some incredible marine life at the site. Snorkelling equipment is available for hire, though only experienced divers should venture to the Stavronikita because of its depth. Visitors can also enjoy the aquarium, which displays some rare and fantastic marine life.

Address Church Point, Holetown, St James

Website www.barbados.org/folkstone.htm


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