Bridgetown Travel Guide

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Bridgetown Highlights

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     Nice small city that's easy to walk around 

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     It is fun...a little London 

Bridgetown Things to Do

  • Via Dolorosa

    Some places of worship are worthy of exploration – after all this what could show best the local inhabitants and what they are all about. At the same time places of worship can be a tricky point where many views converge, compete and fight. Well, all the better – now we have society in full blossom. Barbadian example did not wait for very long to...

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  • Independence Arch

    Built to commemorate Barbados's independence. And don't my friends look all kinds of independent here?

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  • Columns

    I couldn't find any information about these columns. Perhaps if I had paid more attention when I was there and looked for a plaque or something then I would have more to tell you. However, I did not and will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life.

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  • Careenage Boardwalk/Waterfront

    This harbor canal area is refreshing because there are no cab drivers trying to get you to take a tour, or ride, or both. Plus, the water is a pretty color.

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  • Museum of the Parlaiment

    We were attracted to this museum primarily because of the structure that it's in; it's beautiful. We went in because truthfully there's little else to do in downtown Bridgetown if you don't want to shop for jewelry. And... man, it was hot out! So we went in. It was interesting to read about the history of Barbados, its role in the slave trade, and...

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  • Parliament Buildings

    You'll surely come across this gothic structure if you explore Bridgetown on foot. The parliament buildings have undergone renovations and modifications over the years, but the basic structure was completed in 1874.Parliament consists of the House of Assembly and the Senate. Visitors are welcome to watch the proceedings in the House of Assembly,...

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  • Cross Island bus ride

    Only about 8 hours to see Barbados so we took a bus trip across the island. From Bridgetown to Bathseba and back. Bathseba is on the east coast of the island and swept by the Atlantic Ocean.The center of the island is mostly old sugar cane fields. During the 1800's and early paert of the twentyth century the sugar cane factories were powered by...

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  • Harbor Lights is mmore than just a night...

    Just a few miles south of Bridgetown Harbor Lights is one of those day long destination night spots. It has a great beach behind the club with a fresh water tap to wash the sand and salt off when you have had enough of the sun. A beach cafe for sandwitches and cool drinkw when the sun has finally gor to you, oh, did I mention that the beach comes...

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  • St Mary's Church

    St Mary's Church is found at the end of Broad Street opposite to St Michael's Cathedral.St Mary's was built in 1825 and is the second oldest consecrated ground on the island of Barbados. It is an Anglican church and is open to visitors with free admission.Sunday services are held at 07:00, 08:30 and 18:00 and welcome visitors to the island.

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  • Great Ice Cream

    We stopped here to cool off and look at the harbor. Its location is great if you want to sit in the shade and look at beautiful yachts. Why, you could spend hours here lamenting the fact that you can't afford to own one. We cut our losses and left after one round of refreshments. I was in the mood for a sweet so I ordered the coconut ice-cream....

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  • Many cafes and restaurants...

    Many cafes and restaurants lined up at the inner harbor. Some of them decorated with works by local artists.You can get onto one of these boats and take a tour.

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Bridgetown Nightlife

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    by anne_danella_desouza Written Sep 18, 2007

    In St. Lawrence, there's a very short street loosely called "The Gap" where there are many nightspots close to each other where you can go to joint to joint, "liming" - or hanging out. You'll see many tourists, but hopefully other Caribbean people liming to get a sense of how to party Caribbean-style.

    Dress Code: Island style - casual and light. Girls can wear shorts and skimpy tops, men knee-length shorts and T-shirts or short-sleeved shirts.

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Bridgetown Transportation

  • Great public transport services

    Most people visiting Barbados will be staying in one of the hotels either around St Lawrence Gap or up on the west coast but will want to visit Bridgetown either to shop in the duty free shops or to see some of the sights of Bridgetown. If your hotel does not offer a free shuttle to Bridgetown, then the cheapest way to head there is on one of the...

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  • ZED-R/BUS

    Getting around Bridgetown/ around the whole island is SO INCREDIBLY EASY AND INEXPENSIVE! The bus/ or ZED-R (Which is a little van than hold sometimes up to 20 people UNCOMFORTABLY! haha, but is so much fun) costs $1.50 beigin which is 75cents US. Talk about a bargain! The signs are so easy to read. "TO THE CITY" (meaning bridgetown) or "OUT OF...

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  • Bus to the City

    The bus network is pretty good in Barbados. On any major road, you'll find bus stops at regular intervals. It's a familiar sign - a circular red "bus stop" sign indicating either "to city" or "out of city".The fare is always BB$1.50, regardless of distance travelled.

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Bridgetown Shopping

  • Mainly jewelry, I guess

    The streets of Bridgetown are crowded with lots of stores and shoppers. Many of those stores sell jewelry, fine gold, watches, etc. I wasn't in the market for this sort of stuff so they were pretty much of no interest to me.

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  • Department Store in downtown Bridgetown

    I wanted to see this store because it had such an unusual name.Ground floor:Cameras Cigars Cellular Services Colombian Emeralds Int'l. Electronics Footwear Perfumes & Cosmetics Leather Accessories Levi's Liquor & Tobacco Lotteries Music Store One Hour Photo Lab Polo Ralph Lauren Resort Wear Sony Centre Souvenirs Sunglasses Swimwear T-Shirts...

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  • Passionate about Jewellery & Watches

    Diamonds International is the fine jeweller and designer watch retailer on the sun kissed island of Barbados.There’s no denying that diamonds really are a girls best friend, and so from necklaces to rings to all sorts of bling, Diamonds International can make sure your jewellery reflects your personal style. From extravagant to surprisingly...

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Bridgetown Local Customs

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    When we parked (parking is expensive and we never found the parking garage back of Cave Shepherd) on the street, a man in uniform came up and told us we had to pay. I'm not sure but I think he was some type of traffic warden.

    Either that or a pan-handler in uniform.

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Bridgetown Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch your step!

    These gutters obviously speak to the amount of rain that the Caribbean gets. One can only imagine that they're of torrential proportions.But MAAAN.... I'd sure hate to fall into one of them! Perhaps it's a good thing that klutz's like me don't live there!

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  • Green Leaf and Bush Tea

    As you enter the city past Constitution River from the bus terminus, there are several stalls and shacks set up selling drinks, souvenirs, tattoos and a variety of other things. I was asked if I wanted to buy a special smoke here a couple of times. There is no pressure or anything and they only seemed to ask a few people (maybe I was just lucky?)....

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Bridgetown Off The Beaten Path

  • Cemetery Inscriptions

    Sometimes it is interesting to wander through the churchyards and look at the inscriptions on the stones. There's often a whole family history there.(under construction)

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  • Pork, Pork and more Pork

    Lemon Arbor, a little rumshop, behind a house, in St. Johns, with a spectacular view from an open deck of a sugar plantation.Serves cheap alcohol, all the locals are friendly and welcoming, and may even buy you a drink even if they are meeting you for the first time.The pork. To die for. BBQ, Fried, Pickled (souse). Mouthwatering.People from all...

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  • Snap shots just like a postcard

    MUST VISIT BOTTOM'S BAY!!! The beach there is absolutely breath taking. It's secluded so those who do their research will know about it. Heavy tides but who cares, the view will be enough!!!!

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Bridgetown Sports & Outdoors

  • Tennis Lessons

    In early January 2012 I travelled to Barbados on a cruise ship. Prior to my arrival I arranged for a tennis lesson with Duncan Evanson of Advantage Tennis Services. Duncan transported me from the cruise port to the National Tennis Centre (part of the Gary Sobers Sports Complex) and then back again after the lesson. The Centre has four hard courts...

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  • Hightide Watersports

    Hightide Watersports is situated in St. James some 15 minute drive South of Bridgetown. They have various boats and offer dive trips to the dive sites along the coast of Barbados. The boats were great, however the dive master leading the dive could have been a lot better. He did not give a lot information about the dive itself and we had to read up...

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  • Dive Dottins Reef

    Close to the wreck site is a reef that runs parallel to the coast - Dottins Reef - average depth here is around 14 - 18 meters making it an easy and relaxing dive. Lots of different corals and again it is teeming with fish both on the reef and also in mid-water.

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Bridgetown Favorites

  • Street Scenes

    The streets of Bridgetown can be pretty grubby. Not to be harsh or pass judgement but this is true. Here are some street scenes.

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  • Remnants of a Time Past

    We saw some photos of Bridgetown which must have been taken in the early 1900's. It looked very nice. Some of the buildings from that era still exist and are still very pretty.

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  • Driving through town

    As we drove through town, I tried to get some pictures of the buildings in Bridgetown without a lot of success. I did get the Parliment building, but my pictures of the Careenage (photo 3 and 4) weren't a success when taken from a speeding car. And I was unable to get a picture of Nelson's statue. Two of the buildings in these pictures (photo 2...

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Top 5 Caribbean Islands: Bridgetown

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Though we associate Barbados as a British settlement, the island was actually given its name by Portuguese sailors and originally settled by Amerindians from Venezula. The combination of British, African, and West Indian influence has contributed to Barbados' unique culture, seen in everything from Bajan music to cuisine. While many people know Barbados for its most recent export, Rihanna, the island's most influential export has to be rum, and the island is quite proud of this, hosting over 1,500 rum shops within its 166 square miles. When you're not jamming out or drinking, there are also 70 miles of beaches to cover: while the west coast offers calm waters and dusty white beaches, the eastern shoreline has waves for surfing and the South has reef-protected waters perfect for snorkeling or swimming. Another unique opportunity in Barbados is to swim with Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles, which flourish in the oceans surrounding the island. The eastern and southern shorelines, with their rocky coasts and reefs, further protect the island from hurricanes, making it another relatively "safe bet" for the season.

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