When we think of planning holiday trips to Caribbean countries, mostly Cuba, Bahamas or Jamacia come to our mind. But many travellers forget about Barbados, which is highly renowned across the world for pop singer Rihanna. The white sandy beaches with turquoise water are common in all Caribbean nation and thus making Barbados postcard-worthy destinations as usual. But apart from beaches, this tinny Caribbean nation has hidden many travel gemstones in its core.
So take a glance at Barbados and explore more of it thorough my blog.
Glancing at Barbados
Being a Caribbean paradise, Barbados is a heritage island country in the Lesser Antilles of North America. Besides glittering blue seas, travellers here will be fascinated by ancient buildings, a heritage railway, vibrant & colourful Barbadian culture. One of the best time to visit this English looking town is during the carnival Crop Over when musicians and tourists parade in the streets wearing vibrant costumes creates an amazing atmosphere.
It’s capital city Bridgetown is also renowned for stunning caves, forests, farmland, and wildlife reserve. Its hilly, verdant landscape scattered with historic plantation homes, rum distilleries and lush tropical gardens are a major highlight among travellers.
Let us tempt you with some of the best things to do in Barbados.
Tropical Beaches of Barbados
Barbados is known for having some of the most diverse beaches in the Caribbean, where you can relax and lounge at your leisure, snorkel with turtles, or take in some water sports action. Long stretches of crystal-clear turquoise waters make this one of the most welcoming places in Barbados to dip your toes in the sea or relax on the beach chair.
One of the most picturesque attractions in Carlisle Bay on the outskirts of Bridgetown. Pebble Beach, Brownes Beach and Bayshore Beach are tempting for travellers. You can swim in the tranquil water, rent a paddleboard, or simply relax on the beach. Adventure seekers and marine lovers will engage themselves in Scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, fishing, and other excursions.
Snap Pictures With Bathsheba Bay
Bathsheba Bay, set along the rugged Atlantic coast, provides an interesting insight into the ocean’s erosive power. The beach here is adorned with enormous rock formations created by the remains of ancient coral reefs undercut by the constant waves, popular with surfers but not a great place for swimming.
The water in the bay is shallow, and the surf produces a white lather, which gave rise to the name Soup Bowl term used by the surfing community. The trail moves from a high plateau down to the ocean as you arrive at Bathsheba Bay and runs along the waterfront.
Visit Animal Flower Cave
Animal Flower Cave is nestled at the northern tip of Barbados. It is one of the best places to visit in Barbados, not only for the cave but for the panoramic views from the lookout above. Tourist will get a chance of seeing humpback whales from the cliff-side above the cave. Wide natural openings give windows out to the ocean, and pools created by the spray from waves. On the cliff-side above the cave are restaurants for dining out. Views from the restaurant are amazing.
If you are searching for more of a true caving experience and something more adventurous, Harrison’s Cave is the place to go. The North Point, which is also a scenic spot to watch huge waves gushing on the jagged edge of the country, can also be explored. Remember to pack your swimming costume for this one, as you can take a dip in a small pool as well!
Learn Barbados History at Arlington House Museum
In Speightstown, the Arlington House Museum offers a glimpse into the history of Barbados. The museum’s architects grouped exhibitions in the 3 main themes, housed in a beautifully restored 18th-century coral stone mansion.
Travellers will get to know the daily life of past residents which is covered by Speightstown Memories, Plantation Memories tackles sugar cane and slavery, and Wharf Memories describes the history of Speightstown as a trading port. All the tales related to memories of Barbados are conveyed to tourists via inspiring oral displays. So travellers learn the fascinating history of Barbados in a unique way here.
Tour the Heritage Railway at St Nicholas Abbey
St. Nicholas Abbey, built-in 1658, was a Jacobean great house and historic estate in Barbados. This mansion is known for, a historic plantation and distillery and an important thing is via riding a heritage railways present there. In order to see antiques, learn about the works, and discover the grounds, tourists can tour the farm.
This heritage railway is a relatively recent addition to the attractions of the estate and chugs past a birdlife-brimming lake and through a mature mahogany woodland. From this elevated perspective, the views of Barbados’ unspoiled east coast are stunning. The tour ends at Cherry Tree Hill.
Explore the Capital City of Bridgetown
Bridgetown, being Barbados’ capital city, is home to many popular attractions and a perfect place to stroll and go for dinner. Parliament Buildings are famous for neo-Gothic architecture and two of the major locations in the city are National Heroes Square. The lovely Chamberlain Bridge with views across the Constitution River can also be enjoyed by travellers.
You can see yachts docking in the waterway from the bridge and the vibrant structures lining the waterside walkway. Visit the temple of Nidhe Israel and the Cathedral of St. Michael. Taking a tour through the Heritage Area of the Garrison to see the George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels, the Guard House, and the Barbados Museum. This city is full of attractions so spend more time here.
Treasure the Barbados Wildlife Reserve
The Barbados Nature Sanctuary, including the island’s famed green monkeys, is a perfect place to see and enjoy some of Barbados’ most notable animals. At the sanctuary, you will also see the monkeys engaging with other animals, enjoying themselves by plaguing tortoises and other occupants. In this peaceful preserve, shaded paths stroll through the mahogany trees.
Parrots, caiman, maras, and snakes are some of the other resident’s Agoutis, Chimpanzees, Deer, Tortoises and Iguanas roam freely the boundaries of the park, thus for wildlife lovers and photography freaks visiting this park offers a great experience. You can often see green monkeys, lounging in the trees. Try to visit at about 2 pm so that animals can still be fed.
Visit the St. Lawrence Gap Neighbourhood
Saint Lawrence Gap, Christ Church is one of the best-known neighbourhoods in the country of Barbados. Also known as “The Gap”, located on the southern coast of Barbados. It is a colourful section of the street known for its restaurants and shops. In the late afternoon and into the night, much of the action here takes place. As the night goes down, the city gets more alive and colourful. Thus, it’s perfect for party lovers. You will dine along the waterfront in areas like Primo, with an enclosed area and an outdoor patio facing the beach, at the west end, where the street comes down to an ocean-side walkway.
Concluding here, for those who want to experience the wanderlust, Barbados is a good option. So readers don’t think much add Barbados to your next holiday itinerary. For everyone here, there’s a bit of something.