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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Andromeda Botanic Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

More than 600 beautiful and unusual plant specimens from around the world are cultivated in 6 acres of gardens nestled among streams,...

Barclays Park

  • Park/Playground

Straddling the Ermy Bourne Highway on the east coast, just north of Bathsheba, this public park was donated by Barclays Bank (now First...

Chalky Mount

  • Local Interest–Sight

This tiny east-coast village is perched high in the clay-yielding hills that have supplied local potters for about 300 years. A few working...

Cockspur Beach Club

  • Beach–Sight

Just north of Bridgetown, the fun-loving folks at West Indies Rum Distillery, makers of Cockspur and Malibu rums, invite visitors to...

Flower Forest

  • Garden/Arboretum

It's a treat to meander among fragrant flowering bushes, canna and ginger lilies, puffball trees, and more than 100 other species of...

Folkestone Underwater Park & Marine Reserve

  • Beach–Sight

The mission of this family-oriented marine park, located just north of Holetown, is to provide high-quality recreational activities in...

Gun Hill Signal Station

  • Historic District/Site

The 360-degree view from Gun Hill, at 700 feet, was of strategic importance to the 18th-century British army. Using lanterns and semaphore,...

Harrison's Cave

  • Cave

This limestone cavern, complete with stalactites, stalagmites, subterranean streams, and a 40-foot underground waterfall, is a rare find...

Hunte's Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Horticulturist Anthony Hunte spent two years converting an overgrown sinkhole (caused by the collapse of a limestone cave) into an extraordinary...

Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

On this popular tour, you learn the colorful story behind the world's oldest rum, made in Barbados since 1703. Although the modern distillery...

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