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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Codrington Theological College

    Educational Institution

    An impressive stand of cabbage palm trees lines the road leading to the coral-stone buildings and serene grounds of Codrington College, the...Read More

  • 12. Dover Beach

    Beach–Sight

    All along the St. Lawrence Gap waterfront, Dover Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the south coast. The sea is fairly calm, with small...Read More

  • 13. Emancipation Statue

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    This powerful statue of a slave—whose raised hands, broken chains hanging from each wrist, evoke both contempt and victory—is commonly referred...Read More

  • 14. Harry Bayley Observatory

    Observatory/Planetarium

    Reopened in January 2014 with a fresh interior, high-tech fittings, and a new dome—and reequipped with a 16-inch Meade telescope with the latest...Read More

  • 15. Ragged Point

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This is the location of East Coast Light, one of four strategically placed lighthouses on the island. Although civilization in the form of new...Read More

  • 16. Sandy Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This beach has calm waters and a picturesque lagoon, making it an ideal location for families with small kids. It also has several artificial...Read More

  • 17. 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 strand...Read More

  • 18. 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 the...Read More

  • 19. 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 Coast...Read More

  • 20. 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 became...Read More

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