Barbados Sights

The terrain changes dramatically from each of the island's 11 parishes to the next, and so does the pace. Bridgetown, the capital, is a busy and fairly sophisticated city. West-coast resorts and private estates ooze luxury, whereas the small villages and vast sugar plantations found throughout central Barbados reflect the island's history. The relentless Atlantic surf shaped the cliffs of the dramatic

east coast, and the northeast is called Scotland because of its hilly landscape and broad vistas. Along the lively south coast, the daytime hustle and bustle produce a palpable energy that continues well into the night at restaurants and nightspots.

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Silver Sands–Silver Rock Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Nestled between South Point, the southernmost tip of the island, and Inch Marlow Point, Silver Point Hotel overlooks this long, broad...

Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

This museum is in an old boiling house in the yard of the Portvale Sugar Factory, one of two sugar refineries still in operation in Barbados...

South Point Light

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

This is the oldest of four lighthouses on Barbados. Assembled on the island in 1852, after being displayed at London's Great Exhibition...

St. Michael's Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Although no one has proven it, George Washington is said to have worshipped here in 1751 during his only trip outside the United States.

St. Nicholas Abbey

  • House/Mansion/Villa

The island's oldest great house (circa 1650) was named after the original British owner's hometown, St. Nicholas Parish near Bristol,...

Sunbury Plantation House and Museum

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Lovingly rebuilt after a 1995 fire destroyed everything but the thick flint-and-stone walls of this 300-year-old great house, Sunbury...

The Careenage

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

In the early days, Bridgetown's natural harbor was where schooners were turned on their sides (careened) to be scraped of barnacles and...

Turtle Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Stretched from Turtle Beach Resort and Sandals Barbados at the eastern end of St. Lawrence Gap to Bougainvillea Beach Resort on Maxwell...

Tyrol Cot Heritage Village

  • House/Mansion/Villa

This coral-stone cottage just south of Bridgetown, constructed in 1854, is preserved as an example of period architecture. In 1929, it...

Welchman Hall Gully

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This 1½-mile-long (2-km-long) natural gully is really a collapsed limestone cavern, once part of the same underground network as Harrison's...

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