Top 15 Best Things to do in Barbados

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Barbados Tourist Attractions: Best Things to do in Barbados

Barbados is an ideal vacation spot for active travelers as there are plenty of golf courses, sporting events, and historic homes. There are many beaches in Barbados which are hotspots for avid surfers. Barbados is not only filled with surfers; inland explorers also have many tourist attractions to visit, which will keep them entertained. Barbados is a beautiful vacation destination that will make you come back for more.

Top 15 things to do in Barbados

Go sightseeing at Bridgetown

Bridgetown Barbados Holiday
Bridgetown Barbados Holiday

Many tourist attractions are waiting for you here. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is filled with fascinating historical sites to explore apart from the numerous shops and street markets that serve the city. Some of the city’s highlights are the National Heroes Square, formerly known as the Trafalgar Square, St Michael’s Cathedral, and Parliament buildings accessible by foot. You can then end your tour with a rum punch at Bridgetown harbor at sundown while watching fishermen’s boats, and catamarans sail by.

Have fun at the Crane Beach

Crane Beach
Crane Beach

This is beautiful pink coral sand, and it was once a boat landing where the cargo was unloaded and lifted by a crane perched on top of the cliff. This is one of the famous beaches in Barbados, and it is filled with tourists, cruise ship visitors, and locals who come here to sunbathe on the soft sands, go surfing, peek at the luxury hotel overlooking the beach. You will get to the beach through many stairs, or you can use the hotel’s own elevator to get to the sand level.

Go sightseeing at the Garrison Savannah.

Garrison Savannah Barbados by CaribDigita via Wikipedia CC
Garrison Savannah Barbados by CaribDigita via Wikipedia CC

This is a historic military base, and it is home to the architectural splendor that it can take you a day to explore. The highlights of Garrison Savannah are the beautiful Matthias Church, the famous Savannah racecourse, and the ruins of St Ann’s Fort. The Savannah racecourse was where the plantation owners used to race their horses but are now used for many other sporting activities like flying kites, jogging, or just to pass the time.

Explore Bathsheba

Bathsheba Barbados
Bathsheba Barbados

The village of Bathsheba is the central point of tourist attractions on the Atlantic east coast. The highlight of Bathsheba is the Andromeda Tropical Botanical Gardens and Flower forests nearby. You can also visit Bathsheba Beach, also referred to as the Soup Bowl, because of the giant rock formations that stand like a huge mushroom in the sea. The beach is excellent for surfing and photographs, but it is not suitable for swimming due to its strong undercurrents. You can avoid the crowds by staying along the picturesque stretch of the coast.

Go sightseeing at Andromeda Botanical Gardens

Andromeda Botanical Gardens by Postdlf via Wikipedia CC
Andromeda Botanical Gardens by Postdlf via Wikipedia CC

The botanical garden specializes in tropical plants worldwide, and the park is renowned for its collection and the scenic view of the Atlantic overlooking the hillside. The garden’s highlights are breadfruit trees, rare species of succulents, and palms. A notable tree is the large bearded fig trees that once covered the island in a vast forest, which made the Portuguese sailors name the island Barbados that means bearded ones. You will also get to watch birds in this garden.

Visit the Gun Hill Signal Station

Gun Hill Signal Station photo by SamBlob via Wikipedia CC
Gun Hill Signal Station photo by SamBlob via Wikipedia CC

It was built in 1818, and it was used to signal the approach of enemy ships and the safe arrival of cargo ships. You will have breathtaking and scenic views across the entire island from Gun Hill Signal Station as the station lies on the highland of St. George. You will see a lion sculpture carved by a British soldier from a single boulder in the 19th century at the lower part of the hill.

Go sightseeing at Welchman Hall Gully

Welchman Hall Gully photo via Wikipedia CC
Welchman Hall Gully photo via Wikipedia CC

The gully was formed when the roof of a series of caves collapsed. You will see the un-spoilt landscape and plant diversity at Welchman Hall Gully and the surrounding gully, which must have welcomed the islands’ first settlers. The gully is now protected by the Barbados National Trust, and it is home to 200 species of tropical plants, including bamboo and ginger. You will also get a great look when you are on the stairs, and you might also get to see the green monkeys in the area.

Explore Hunte’s Garden

Hunte's Garden by Alex Dizon via Wikipedia CC
Hunte’s Garden by Alex Dizon via Wikipedia CC

This is made possible by Anthony Hunte, an avid horticulturist, and it is ten stunning acres of tropical plants located on the slope of Saint Joseph Parish. You will get to see numerous florals like palms, orchids, papyrus, and crotons. You will also get to meet Mr. Hunte, who will welcome you and tell you stories and even offer you a glass of rum punch. You can also relax on strategically placed benches while marveling at the gardens as classical music plays through the air.

Go for Harrison’s Cave Tour

Harrison’s Cave Tour by NeilEvans via Wikipedia CC
Harrison’s Cave Tour by NeilEvans via Wikipedia CC

This is a crystallized limestone cavern with waterfalls, streams, deep pools, and cascades. You can tour the cave with an electric tram, and you can then stop to walk to a waterfall that falls to the deep pool below. You will surely enjoy the view of the impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and cascading waters which is illuminated by lights.

Go sightseeing at Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Barbados Wildlife Reserve photo by Postdlf via Wikipedia CC
Barbados Wildlife Reserve photo by Postdlf via Wikipedia CC

The wildlife reserve is found opposite Farley Hill. In addition, you will get to walk among the animals as there is a shady path that passes through the mahogany forest populated with deer, tortoises, agoutis, iguanas, and a diverse collection of tropical birds. You will also see wild green monkeys imported from Africa by the early settlers at dawn and dusk. You will also love the vibrant display of orchids at the park if you are a plant lover.

Explore Farley Hill National Park

Farley Hill national park Barbados photo by Jerrye and Roy Klotz MD via Wikipedia
Farley Hill national park Barbados photo by Jerrye and Roy Klotz MD via Wikipedia

This was once the grounds of a wealthy plantation house before it was razed down by a fire. This is now a picturesque hilltop garden found in a forest of mahogany trees. The park is a popular venue for weddings and picnics. The park’s highlight is that you will see that the ruins now frame flowers and palms. You can also admire the magnificent views of the ocean.

Try out the local delights.

Fish Cake in Barbados
Fish Cake in Barbados

You should ensure you try out the local foods offered on the island. The street-side stands offer delicious macaroni pie, rice, fried chicken, and peas. There is a Fisherman’s pub at Speightstown, and you can try out the traditional specialties like the pepper pot and cou cou. You will also get the best flying fish here. There is a celeb spot in St James and Daphnes, a waterfront restaurant in Paynes that romantically offers seafood and fusion cuisine.

Go diving and Snorkeling in Folkestone Marine Park

Snorkeling
Snorkeling

Not far from Holetown is where the first European colonist that came to Barbados landed in 1627. An artificial reef was formed there in 1927 where fire gutted 109-meter freighter ship was deliberately sunk. The ship now serves as a center of attraction as corals grow on its masts, and you will see diverse fauna of fish swimming through its hull. There is also a reef interpretation center and museum of marine life that you can also go sightseeing.

Explore the flower forests

Barbados Flower Forest
Barbados Flower Forest

In the hills of central Barbados, there is a flower forest that covers 53 acres of peaceful forests and tropical flora on the grounds of a former sugar plantation. If you are a garden lover, you will indeed have an excellent time here as you stroll along a circuit of well-marked trails through lush foliage, and there are many spots for you to sit and relax and enjoy the scenic view of the forest. The tour’s highlight is the beautiful palms, gingers, and many colorful orchids. There is a small café where you can buy snacks after you tour the grounds.

Have fun doing watersports

Surfing in Barbados photo by Tarik Browne via Flickr CC
Surfing in Barbados photo by Tarik Browne via Flickr CC Amazing Things to do in Barbados

The island is surrounded by water, and you will have many places to enjoy an underwater experience. You can swim with turtles or watch vibrant coral reefs, or go snorkeling. There are also some other watersports that you can enjoy here like wind and kite surfing, kayaking, you will indeed have an excellent time on this island.

Best Things to do in Barbados
Best Things to do in Barbados

Barbados will make a lasting impression on the visitors. You will surely love its kind climate, traditional food, and drink hospitable culture, and you can even have an excellent time just by sipping rum punch while enjoying the paradise views.

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