Sightseeing See specific places
to go here.
Begin with Bridgetown, the capital and a hub of activity with such points of interest as the Careenage, home to colorful fishing boats and splendid yachts. Visit
Heroes Square with its statue of Lord Nelson, predating Londonís famed column by 36 years. Fine boutiques and department stores line Broad Street, preferred among well-traveled shoppers. A stroll around the capitalís public buildings reveals the ďLittle EnglandĒ of the Caribbean, and an island steeped in tradition.
The Crane offers shuttle service to Bridgetown and it is easily
accessible by taxi. We've found parking tricky there when driving ourselves.
Head up the coastlines for beaches that beckon with soft sands, waves and winds. Shaded with palms and blossoming foliage, each of the diverse coasts offers a distinct environment, ranging in hue from petal pink to purest white. A tribute to the lost arts of relaxation and recreation, there are 70 square miles of beaches which reflect many moods, with exhilarating Atlantic waves to the east and placid turquoise Caribbean waters to the west.
Home to a collection of exclusive resorts, these popular Caribbean beaches boast soft white sand and crystal-clear waters ideal for swimming and water sports. Beaches include: Batt's Rock,
Paynes Bay and Folkestone Park in St. James; Gibbs Beach and
Mullins Bay in St. Peter; and Carlisle Bay, just south of Bridgetown.
the seas on the West coast are the calmest, but good, safe, quiet swimming is
available in the many tranquil bays along the South West and the South that
touch the Caribbean Sea. If you like calm waters with a soft sandy bottom, then
the West Coast is probably the best of these conditions, but seasonal variations
can cause things to change.
A special hybrid between the Caribbean and Atlantic shores is found on either side of our southernmost point, Silver Sands Beach, a favorite among windsurfers. Winding upward toward Bridgetown are Dover, Rockley and
you will find seas of gentle waves for body surfing and tumbling in the water.
There are rollers for surfing with buggy boards and surfboards and some of the
best windsurfing in the world.
Annual surfing competitions and international surfing meets are held on both the
South and East Coasts.
Dramatically different, our Atlantic coastline, with rugged waves and fine beaches, is nestled amid spectacular rock formations. Most popular among surfers and sunbathers, this coast also welcomes swimmers at Crane Beach, and at sandy stretches surrounding
Sam Lordís Castle and Culpepper Island, off St. Philip. Explore a surferís paradise at world-famous
Bathsheba, with the mammoth waves of the "Soup Bowl" or "Mixing Bowl".
East and North coasts of Barbados meet the Atlantic Ocean where huge waves crash
along the shore and coral reefs. If you love the sea at its wildest you must
visit the East Coast, but don't swim north of
Sam Lordís Castle unless you are with someone who knows the
The East Coast is covered by the Island Safari, which takes you places you couldn't possibly get to by car,
while the interior of the island is better visited on Adventureland Safari.
The East and North coasts of
Barbados meet the Atlantic Ocean where huge waves crash along the shore and
coral reefs. This coast is not recommended for swimming except for a few of the
very protected bays. There are strong currents and fierce waves beating on the
rugged coral to create a spectacle of power of a wild and rugged sea. One of the
best ways to see the North Coast is by the Island Safari.
Barbados is 166 square miles and divided in to 11 Parishes.
Bridgetown is the capital and the hub of Barbados, hosting the main Duty Free
Shopping areas on Broad Street, plus the majority of banks and financial
institutions on the island. The varied architecture and historical buildings
compliment the bustle of every day life. Less than 5 minutes' walk from
Bridgetown along Bay Street is the beautiful beach of
Carlisle Bay. It's home to several boat wrecks, offering some of the best
places to dive and snorkel. It's a hot spot for many of the catamaran tours and
boat trips to moor and let you explore.
Home to the lively South Coast, It offers visitors a Multitude of accommodation
options from Guest Houses to All Inclusive resorts. Windsurfers from around the
world flock to Silver Sands and Maxwell. The Barbados Windsurfing World Cup is
held Annually in January at Silver Sands. The calmer waters can be found at
Accra, Dover and Sandy Beach.
Oistins is the islands main fishing port, the daily catch is sold at the
waterfront market. Every Friday evening a lively Fish Fry takes place where you
can eat fried and grilled fish, fish cakes, sweet potato, macaroni pie, and
coleslaw and much more at simple local restaurants, dance to the lively calypso
music and buy local crafts.
The Oistins Fish Fry has now become so popular, it is the second highest-rated
attraction in Barbados, after Harrison's Cave.
St Lawrence Gap is the happening area, water sports are in abundance in the day,
and at night the strip comes a live with happening restaurants, bars and
nightclubs with the best DJ's and local bands playing music in to the early
Situated on the West Coast, It's famous for the white powdery beaches, luxurious
hotels and world class restaurants serving Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine.
It's also home to the protected Turtle colony, take a boat trip and swim one on
one with this precious species.
Holetown is the commercial heart of the St
James, with banks, supermarkets, police station and local stores. Holetown
Festival, which celebrates the landing of the first settlers in February 1627,
includes a street parade, local exhibits and of course music and dancing.
The first settlement in Barbados, Holetown, was originally
named Jamestown, after its benefactor, King James I of England. The Holetown
Monument commemorates the first English landing in Barbados in 1625.
It acquired the name "Holetown" because of the off loading
and cleaning of ships in the very small channel located within the immediate
vicinity of the town. Holetown is the site of the annual Holetown Festival, a
colorful local festival of crafts, music, and historical parades!
Bathsheba on the East Coast is one the most spectacular places on the island.
The lush vegetation and the wild Atlantic Ocean have formed a unique rugged
coastline. It's famous for the surf. The Caribbean Surfing Championships are
held annually in early November at the 'Soup Bowl' the central beach area of
Bathsheba. Houses and simple accommodation are rented to
locals and visitors, this is one of the most economical places to stay.
The Andromeda Gardens, part of the Barbados National
Trust and the Flower Forest are both set on the hillside with spectacular views
over little fishing villages. They both have a fine collection of tropical
plants and flowering trees including orchids and the Compass Tree named as it
grows pointing east and west.
The North Point of Barbados, hosts one of the three working lighthouses in
Barbados. The coast line is rugged and offers some spectacular views. The seas
are rough and attract extreme surfers when the winds are high.
The Animal Flower Cave is worth a visit. It is a cavern, home to sea
anemones which form the shape of beautiful flowers.
Speightstown is a sleepy fishing village with old English architecture. Heading
inland you will find the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. A large mahogany wood where
the monkeys, porcupines, mongoose, (to name a few) and tropical birds roam and
fly freely through the trees.
Speightstown was the first major port and commercial center of Barbados. Falling
into disrepair and neglected over the years it has now been revived and is the
home of a brand new luxury marina development - Port St. Charles - and a number
of exciting initiatives. There are excellent hotels and restaurants in the area
as well as an art gallery, and some fine examples of original Barbados