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Barbados Things to Do

  • Carlisle Bay Beach

    Carlisle Bay is an amazing crescent-shaped bay with white sands and turquoise waers located just south of Brodgetown, about 15 minutes walk from the Hilton Hotel. It's made up of four different beaches: Needham's Point, Pebbles Beach, Browne's Beach and Adventure Beach. There are also 6 shipwrecks in the bay.Carlisle Bay in the past was a port for...

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  • Carlisle Bay Beach

    A great beach (well, four beaches actually), very wide and with the most perfect water and whitest sand one could imagine. Some waves but no undertow, so the sea is fun. It's possible to practice water sports there, and there's a sea trampoline if you are interested.However this beach is popular with tourists from cruises, because it's so near...

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  • Mullins Beach

    Mullins Beach is a very lively beach, thanks in particular to the excellent Mullins Beach Bar and grill. I did not eat there, but enjoyed the great cocktails. It's possible to rent beach chairs and umbrellas for 40 BD in low season - and if you are interested in water sports, you will find plenty of people offering their services.Great water and...

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  • mullins beach

    I came to Mullins Beach in the low season - and found several people there... the place was not packed, but it was one of the two beaches with most people I have seen in Barbados. Someone told me that in high season, it's hell on earth.While the beach is pretty, the waters calm and clear and Mullins beach bar and grill does great mojitos, I did not...

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  • bridgetown

    Bridgetown, the island's capital: population 110,000 and kinf of sleepy.There are some sparse interesting sights but the city is definitly not a beauty, though it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with its Garrison quarter. it got its name from a bridge that the British found when they first arrived on the Island: it had...

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  • Fitts village beach

    Fitts Village and its beach are located on the west coast of Barbados and the location is ideal for relaxing and swimming. The sea is transarent and calm, and there's some coral reefs there, too if you like snorkeling.What I liked was the fact that it was a very quiet beach - in fact no one was there except us and the man selling coconut water for...

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  • fitts village beach

    The beach at Fitts Village is my favourite Bajan Beach - calm turquoise waters and harldy anyone there. I went twice, and only one we saw people on the beach... a lovely local family on a Sunday morning for an hour. For the rest of the time, we were alone, in the most idyllic place one could imagine.There are several reefs right in front of it and...

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  • the HIstoric Garrison Savanna

    Barbados' capital city of Bridgetown and its Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its full name is Historic Garrison Savannah and it is home to the Barbados Turf Club, a horse racing club established in 1905 and organizing about 25 race meetings a year. Races, however, had started in the century before.The Garrison mostly dates back to the...

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  • Historic Garrison Savannah

    The Historic Garrison Savannah is home to the Barbados Turf Club, a horse racing club established in 1905 and organizing about 25 race meetings a year.It is located near the capital, Bridgetown. Originally this fortifications were built to protect the British colony of Barbados from the French, the Dutch and the Spaniards.It dates back to the 18th...

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  • Dover Beach

    Dover Beach is located right in the middle of St Lawrence Gap... it's quite popular and busy. You can find everything there: loungers for rent, stalls selling drinks and souvenirs, bars, restaurants, hotels, jetskis and so on. It's the only place where vendors have been slightly nnoying.The sea is not on the calm side but at least there is a...

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  • dover beach

    Dover Beach is located in St.Lawrence Gap, on the south coast of the island. It's a large golden beach, pretty wide and very popular - even in the low season. It's not the prettiest in the area but it's lively and there are several hotels, bars and restaurants nearby... you can rent loungers and umbrellas, too.The sea isn't too rough, but not calm...

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  • Alleynes Bay

    Alleynes Bay is located on the West Coast of the island, in the parish of St. James, about five minutes drive north of Holetown.Alleynes Bay is a quiet and lovely long golden beach, not too busy except for some boats taking people out to swim with turtles or snorkeling. The water is crystal clear. No jet skis - in general, and with a brand new and...

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  • Alleynes Bay

    Alleynes Bay is oe of my favourite beaches in Barbados: it's located on the west coast, in the parish of St. James and not far from Holetown. The best way to find it is to pass Holetown, wait until you see signs pointing you to Folkestone Marine Parkand keep going on the main road until you see the Lone Star hotel and restaurant: Alleynes beach is...

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  • Hunte's Gardens

    If you're a plant lover, Barbados is the place for you. There are quite a few botanical gardens to choose from on the island, making it a plant lover's paradise. The most famous, are the Andromeda Gardens, but from the pictures I saw online, I wasn't too impressed, so despite their popularity, I chose to visit the Hunte's Gardens instead, as they...

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  • Welchman Hall Gully

    Less than a mile from the island's famous Harrison’s Cave, in St. Thomas Parish, lies the lovely, Welchman Hall Gully. The island's top hiking destination, this small eco reserve, is the only example of a tropical rainforest habitat, on Barbados, as well as one of its few wilderness areas. The area offers visitors a glimpse of what the island's...

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  • St. Nicholas Abbey

    This is one of the top tourist attractions on Barbados, and is a MUST on any visit to the island. Despite its name, St. Nicholas Abbey is not a church, but a Jacobean style mansion, though it does have a small chapel which has been converted into a movie room. With an operating rum distillery, and sugar cane processing plant, used for making its...

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  • Farley Hill National Park

    Originally built in 1818, under the name Grenade Hall, this great house was once regarded as the grandest mansion in all of Barbados. The mansion came into the possession of Joseph Lyder Briggs, around 1850, though he never actually lived in it. In 1856, he gave the mansion to his son, Sir Thomas Graham Biggs, a wealthy British plantation owner and...

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  • Cherry Tree Hill

    At 850 ft., Cherry Tree Hill is the second highest point on Barbados, after Mount Hillaby. The hill lies right on the border of St. Peter and St. Andrew Parish. The view point lies, less than half a mile from St. Nicholas Abbey, and approximately one mile from Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill. Many island tours stop at Cherry Tree Hill, as it offers some of...

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  • Bathsheba

    Undoubtedly, the most beautiful area on the entire island, Bathsheba is a MUST on any visit to Barbados. Located on the island's rugged east coast, the area is named after the wife of King David I, who was king of Israel. Legend says that Bathsheba bathed in milk, to keep her skin beautiful and soft. The area was named after her, because the white...

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  • Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill

    Even a short visit to this quaint sugar mill, will make you feel like you've stepped back in time, to the way Barbados used to be.There were once around 500 sugar mills scattered throughout the Bajan countryside. These magnificent structures were used to grind sugar cane, which was processed into rum. Today, only a small fraction of these mills...

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  • St. John's Parish Church

    A top a small hill, in what has been described as the "most romantic location on Barbados", sits a spectacular building, which at first glance, may easily be mistaken for a quaint European castle. This is no castle, but an Anglican church. The St. John's Parish Church to be exact, considered by many to be the most beautiful, and most photographed...

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  • Codrington College

    This school has such a long history, that it would literally take me all day to cover everything. So I am only going to cover what I think are the most important points. If you want to read more, you can do so by following the link at the bottom of the page.At first glance, you probably wouldn't guess that this was a school. To be fair, it's no...

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  • Sunbury Plantation House

    Though not as popular or impressive as the famous St. Nicholas Abbey, the Sunbury Plantation House is also worth visiting, if you want to get an idea of what Colonial era plantation looked like.Located in the rural countryside of St. Philip Parish, this charming Great House was built around 1660, by one of the island's first settlers, an...

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  • Check out the beaches

    Hard to beat a beach out here..... While you cannot swim or should not swim on all beaches on the Atlantic side this place has some impressive places to go for a dip

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  • Go to the Atlantic side and watch the...

    Barbados actually has some good surf or so I have been told on the Atlantic coast.You could make a decent half day adventure out of driving over there and watching the surf.

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  • Garrison Historic Area

    Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison is a 17th century British colonial city that has been decxlared by UNESCO a Patrimony of the Humankind, although I ignored this when I visited Barbados. Just traveleld there in order to get to know all the important Caribbean islands.The garrison served as the headquarters of the British Navy in the...

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  • Calabaza catamaran

    On our 3rd trip to Barbados by cruise ship, I wanted to go see the turtles again and Calabaza came highly recommended on Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor. I contacted them about a month before we arrived and arranged to go on a trip with them, it's a smaller boat and they take groups of 10-12 out. The rest of the passengers were other 3 other cruise...

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  • George Washington House Tour

    We took this tour with our Emerald Princess Cruise. The tour started at the George Washington House and that is where we met Peter and James. This is a UNESCO site and is in the process of being developed as a tour and restoration of several places we visited is ongoing. James gave us a brief introduction and then Peter came live on the screen from...

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  • Tyrol Cot

    The latest addition to the Barbados National Trust, this is the home of Barbados' first Premier, Sir Grantley Adams, and the birthplace of his son, Tom Adams, who became the Island's second prime minister. Built in 1854 out of coral stone, it gives an insight into island architecture and life back then. It also houses the family's memorabilia-...

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  • Catamaran Cruise

    There are many options for catamaran cruises across the island. I went out with Rubaiyat Cruises and had a great time. It is one of the smaller boats which I liked. These cruises have free-running alcohol, which can lead to some unfortunate times depending on the group you are travelling with. Most operators take you out to the marine park for...

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  • Party Time

    Many tourists visiting Barbados will be staying in St Lawrence Gap. Here you will find a large collection of the island's hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs - everything to suit all tastes. For more information on St Lawrence Gap, check out my dedicated page on the area.

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  • Dover

    Dover rests at the end of Barbados' party zone of St Lawrence Gap. The beach is one of the most popular on the island and is surrounded by hotels - be sure to watch out for the public access signs which indicate the route to the beach. Dover playing field is home of the Congaline Festival. Check out my Dover page for more information.

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  • Bathsheba

    Bathsheba is on the east coast of Barbados. This coast has a wild aspect to it and feels totally different to the coast around the rest of the island. It makes a great place to spend a day during your visit to the island. Check out my Bathsheba page for more information, including how to get there using public transport.

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  • Island Safari Jeep Tour

    This is probably the best thing we have done on the island. Our guide was very entertaining and informed about the history and current events on Barbados. I was concerned about the heat but there was constantly a cool breeze blowing. We met some really terrific people on the tour and got to see some very special places that otherwise we would have...

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  • Compare west

    Comparing the west to the rest of the island is inevitable in geographic and social terms. This is where the sheltered beaches are and the first place to develop into a tourism Mecca. Important detail is the fact that this is the old tourism for the really rich folks who could afford these escapades long time before the masses could follow. The...

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  • Stay south

    South shore of Barbados is where the masses are. They are air-lifted in by the thousands on huge planes landing at the close by international airport practically every hour. Half an hour later the masses are on the beaches or rather 30cm above them since nobody wants to get sandy when multitudes of chaise-lounges are available. Now they can watch...

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  • Go east

    Going east is an essential experience. The rough windward shore is completely different from the placid leeward side. The surf is huge and unrelenting while the hills are practically in their original garb – something impossible to see in the southern part of the island. Bathsheba is an easy pick considering its bus connections with Bridgetown....

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  • Island Safari Jeep Tour

    Island safari's 4 x 4 Land Rovers take you on a tour to places that most tourists to the island miss. Their entertaining drivers/guides have an incredible knowledge of the area including places such as Cove Bay, Edge Cliff and Joes River Forest and BathshebaLunch with a glass of wine. Along the way.: Soft Drinks, Juice, Rum Punch (aka jungle juice)...

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  • Andromeda Gardens Bathsheba

    A lovely, low key place to wander around for a bit. It was nice to then spot the different tropical plants around the island on beaches and in people's yards.

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  • Rome in the Caribbean

    It's always impressed me that a remnant of the empire founded by Julius Caesar and Augustus survived until just 39 years before Columbus "discovered" America. The Eastern Roman (or Byzantine) Empire ceased to exist only in 1453, when the Turks conquered its capital, Constantinople (today's Istanbul).The last Roman emperor died on the city walls...

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  • Visit the Cathedral

    Whilst in Bridgetown visit the St. Michael's Cathdral in the heart of the town, close to Queen's Park.This Cathedral also doubles as a Hurricane Centre.Do go inside to view.

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  • Farley Hill National Park

    Farley Hill National Park and its "great house" ruins are a few miles away fromSt. Nicholas Abbey. The National Park consists of several beautiful acres of tropical trees and plants on a cliff 900 feet (275meters) above the sea and overlooks the entire Scotland District.The Mansion was built 200 years after St. Nicholas Abbey, on the grand scale of...

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  • Island Tour

    As we were only able to spend a week on the island, two days of which were taken up with the wedding and its organisation, we felt that the best way to see as much as we could in a short space of time was on an island tour. We took our trip with Sean of Bajan Tours, who picked us up from our villa and returned us at the end of the day. Although we...

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  • Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza Dinner...

    I am sooooooooo tempted to put this under tourist traps, BUT.... while super cheesy and touristy, it was (gasp) quite fun, and the perfect "first night" experience...Okay, so we arrived on Barbados on a Wednesday, exhausted, but not wanting to waste the night. We didn't feel like getting gussied up for a fancy restaurant, and we didn't want to...

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  • Subterranean Splendour

    Harrisons Cave, said to be the only one of it's kind in the Caribbean. A special tram takes you through the amazing limestone caverns, carved by the slow underground streams over the centuries.The site was known for many years, but it was not until 1970 that a Danish speleologist (cave specialist ) named Ole Sorenson discovered a new and...

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Barbados Hotels

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  • Little Arches Hotel

    Enterprise Coast Rd, , Barbados, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Blue Horizon

    Rockley Beach 1, Christ Church, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Southern Palms

    Travelled to this hotel shortly after 9/11 so it was extremely quiet. It is a very large hotel...

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