Barbados: Main Sights
Live life like the Bajan's
Harrison’s Cave in Barbados is situated in the centre of the island. The incredible crystallised limestone cavern is home to beautiful stalactites and stalagmites which formed over thousands of years ago. Its beautiful emerald pools and breathtaking waterfalls attracts lots of visitors every year. The tour takes place on an electric tram which makes is way through the extensive caves and underground streams. It is open five days a week (Wednesday to Sunday) and will cost around $40 Barbados Dollars for adults and $20 for children. This is a great family activity to do to take in Barbados’ unique geological landscape.
Oistins is a large fishing community in the south of Barbados. Here you’ll find the Oistins Fish Market offering the freshest fish on the island. Here you’ll see the Barbadian fishing boats and local fisherman weaving their own nets. Oistins is the location of the annual Fish Festival on the island where you can enjoy great local music and dance which will build up your appetite for the tasty local foods such as fried fish washed down with the locals’ favourite ‘Banks Beer’ or the traditional rum. There are some entertaining compettions such as the Fish Boning Competition and the grease-pole competition. Here you will get to see Barbados’ vibrant character and enjoy their best produce. Just round the corner from Oistins is Miami Beach where you can cool off in the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
The Parliament Buildings of Barbados are located at the top of Broad Street in Bridgetown. Here you’ll see a strong familiarity with London. Opposite the Parliament Buildings is the old ‘Trafalgar Square’ with a statue of Lord Nelson. The Barbadian statue of Lord Nelson is actually older than the English statue. Trafalgar Square has now been renamed National Heroes Square. The Barbados Parliament was established in 1639 and is the third oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
The Wildlife Reserve in the St.Peters area in Barbados is a beautiful area to enjoy exotic animals and reptiles. It is important to move quietly and respectfully here as this is the animals’ turf. The animals (apart from the parrots and pythons) are free to roam where they wish. The setting of the reserve is brilliant as it becomes an exploration. It is a community devoted to respecting nature as well as to research and conservation. The cost for an adult is $23 (£8) and a child is $11 (£4).
Atlantis adventure tour
The Caribbean Sea is too beautiful to be ignored and whilst in Barbados it’s a great idea to take an Atlantis Adventure Tour in order to experience the beautiful coral reefs. You will travel in a real submarine which is a great activity for both adults and children. You will be able to enjoy the scenic dive sites and the ship wreck off the west coast which is used as a dive site as it homes an array of colourful tropical fish. The trip is around 40 minutes long and is definitely worth the effort.
Island Safari in Barbados
A great way of experiencing the island of Barbados is to take an Island Safari. You will be taken on an incredible cross country island tour in a comfortable safari rigged Land Rover. The safari will show some of the most beautiful places on the island that would be missed with a mere beach holiday as the 4 x 4 will take you places that is inaccessible to most. Off the beaten track you’ll see great coastal views, hidden secrets and go through gullies. The guides on the tours are very informative and entertaining whilst they talk of Bajan folklore, culture and history. This tour offers some amazing photo opportunities and a breathtaking journey. This is a great activity for a group of friends.
Catamaran tours in Barbados
The coast of Barbados is one of its most appealing features of the island with beautiful white sands and fantastic coral which homes some striking tropical fish and sea creatures. In order to make the most of the beautiful west coast of Barbados and to view the island from the sea one of the many Catamaran companies in Barbados will provide you with an unforgettable experience. There are a few catamaran companies in Barbados and it’s worth checking them all out to see what’s on offer. For example the ‘Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises’, ‘Tiami’, ‘Rubaiyat’ and ‘El Tigre’ are just a few of the many companies and most offer services tailored to your needs with food and drinks and there are even ‘cocktail catamaran tours’. Most of the catamarans have great snorkelling services and the crew members on the catamarans in Barbados will give you great information and entertainment. This is definitely a must-do activity when on the shores of Barbados.
Andromeda Gardens in the St. Josephs area of Barbados and has a beautiful array of exotic plants grown along Bajan terraced gardens. The six-acre gardens contain several varieties of orchids, ferns, begonias and cacti amongst many more. The gorgeous exotic flowers are complimented by the picturesque streams and enchanting pools. This place is like a slice of paradise and a great place to visit if you love your horticulture. The gardens were created in 1954 by Mrs Iris Bannochie, a local lady, who at her death bequeathed Andromeda to the Barbados National Trust who now takes care of the gardens. This really is a beautiful and romantic area to visit.
The Cattle Wash is a beautiful and secluded area of the east coast of Barbados. With the Atlantic waves crashing on to the shore this really is a more rugged but picturesque side to the island. You’ll find a few daring surfers in this area but be careful as the waters can be dangerous and if you’re not used to the area it’s best not to venture too far out if you fancy a swim. This is a great place to take a romantic walk and breathe in some fresh Caribbean air.