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 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, dance clubs, and nightspots.

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Heroes Square

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Across Broad Street from Parliament and bordered by High and Trafalgar streets, this triangular plaza marks the center of town. Its monument...

Nidhe Israel Synagogue

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Providing for the spiritual needs of one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the Western Hemisphere, this synagogue was formed by Jews...

Parliament Buildings

  • Government Building

Overlooking Heroes Square in the center of town, these Victorian buildings were constructed around 1870 to house the British Commonwealth's...

Queen's Park

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Northeast of Bridgetown, Queen's Park has one of the island's two immense baobab trees. Brought to Barbados from Guinea, West Africa,...

St. Michael's Cathedral

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

The Careenage

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

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