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'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. 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

  • 2. Bottom Bay Beach

    Beach

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

  • 3. Cattlewash Beach

    Beach

    Swimming is unwise at this windswept beach with pounding surf, which follows the Atlantic Ocean coastline in St. Andrew, but you can take a...Read More

  • 4. Cherry Tree Hill

    Viewpoint

    The cherry trees for which this spot was named have long since disappeared, but the view from Cherry Tree Hill, just east of St. Nicholas Abbey...Read More

  • 5. Coco Hill Forest

    Forest

    This lush, 52-acre tropical forest is ideal for nature walks, hiking, and forest bathing, or if you need a break from the beach. The view over...Read More

  • 6. Crane Beach

    Beach

    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

  • 7. Hunte's Gardens

    Garden

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

  • 8. Barclays Park

    City Park

    Straddling the Ermy Bourne Highway on the east coast, just north of Bathsheba, this 50-acre public park was gifted to Barbados by Barclays Bank...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Farley Hill National Park

    Viewpoint

    At this national park in northern St. Peter, across from the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, gardens and lawns—along with an avenue of towering palms...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Independence Square

    Plaza/Square

    Located on the waterfront, this lovely, shaded spot is a great place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of Bridgetown, while you enjoy...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Silver Sands–Silver Rock Beach

    Beach

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

  • 15. South Point Lighthouse

    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

  • 16. The Careenage

    Pedestrian Mall

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

  • 17. 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...Read More

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