Barbados

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
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 plan
The terrain changes dramatically from each of the island's 11 parishes to the next, and so does the pace. Bridgetown, th

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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  • 1. 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, ponds...Read More

  • 2. Barbados Museum

    Library/Archive

    Established in 1933 in the former British Military Prison (1815) in the historic Garrison area, this intriguing museum has artifacts from Arawak...Read More

  • 3. Bottom Bay Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Popular for fashion and travel-industry photo shoots, Bottom Bay is the quintessential Caribbean beach. Secluded, surrounded by a coral cliff...Read More

  • 4. Crane Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This exquisite crescent of pink sand on the southeast coast was named not for the elegant, long-legged wading bird but for the crane used to...Read More

  • 5. 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 tropical...Read More

  • 6. George Washington House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    George Washington slept here! This carefully restored and refurbished 18th-century plantation house in Bush Hill was the only place where the...Read More

  • 7. 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,...Read More

  • 8. Harrison's Cave

    Cave

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

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  • 9. 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...Read More

  • 10. Miami Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This lovely spot on the coast road, just east of Oistins, is a slice of pure white sand with shallow and calm water on one side, deeper water...Read More

  • 11. Mullins Beach

    Beach–Sight

    At this lovely beach just south of Speightstown, the water is safe for swimming and snorkeling. There's easy parking on the main road, and Mullins...Read More

  • 12. Pebbles Beach

    Beach–Sight

    On the southern side of Carlisle Bay, just south of Bridgetown, this broad half circle of white sand is one of the island's best beaches—and...Read More

  • 13. 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, and Bath...Read More

  • 14. 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 offers...Read More

  • 15. Accra Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This popular beach, adjacent to the Accra Beach Hotel, has a broad swath of white sand with gentle surf and a lifeguard, plenty of nearby restaurants...Read More

  • 16. Animal Flower Cave

    Cave

    Small sea anemones, or sea worms, resemble flowers when they open their tiny tentacles. They live in small pools in this sea cave at the island...Read More

  • 17. Barbados Concorde Experience

    Museum/Gallery

    The Concorde Experience focuses on the British Airways Concorde G-BOAE (Alpha Echo, for short) that for many years flew between London and Barbados...Read More

  • 18. Barbados Military Cemetery

    Cemetery

    The cemetery, also referred to as Gravesend or Garrison Military Cemetery, is near the shore behind historic St. Ann's Fort. First used in 1780...Read More

  • 19. Barbados Wildlife Reserve

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This reserve at the top of Farley Hill is the habitat of herons, innumerable land turtles, screeching peacocks, shy deer, elusive green monkeys...Read More

  • 20. 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 Caribbean...Read More

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