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Visit Barbados – See the Sights

Harrison’s Cave – This site is a massive cave system.  It features 50 foot high caverns, rushing streams, glassy pools and a 40-foot waterfall that cascades into an emerald lake.  An electric tram transports visitors over a mile through the cave.  Take the Harrison’s Cave Tour.

Andromeda Botanical Gardens – This six acre botanical gardens sit on a cliff overlooking the ocean.  It’s known for its tropical flora, including many varieties of ferns, orchids, and one of the world’s largest palm trees.

Mount Gay Rum Tours – Visit the Mount Gay plantation.  It’s been in business for 300 years and Mount Gay Rum is well-known around the world.

Carlisle Bay – one of the best swimming bays on the island.  It has several shipwrecks for snorkelers and divers.  There’s a sandy beach, change facilities, shops, bars and restaurants.

Turtle EncounterFeed and Swim with sea turtles from a tour boat close to shore.  Read our Barbados Turtle Snorkel blog.

Visit Barbados – Hotels

Visit Barbados – Transportation

Grantley Adams International Airport connects Barbados with Britain, the USA and Canada via non-stop flights.  The airport is about a half hour from Bridgetown.  The cruise port is at Bridgetown.  It’s less than a 10 minute trip from the port to the downtown area.  You will find lots of cabs at the cruise pier.  They offer fares at set rates to a number of destinations.    A trip to various beaches will cost from $5 to $15, while a trip downtown costs a few dollars.

Barbados Turtle Snorkel

Barbados Turtle Snorkel

Visit Barbados – More Sights

Cab or Tour around Barbados – One way to save money on shore excursions in Bridgetown is to exit the cruise terminal and walk over to the registered cabs that are lined up within the secure terminal area.  Prices are standardized and will run about $30 for a 2.5 hour Barbados Island Tour.  See the surf and gardens at  Bathsheba.  Visit Welchman Hall Gully to see the Green Monkeys.  Or head to Pirates Cove.

Gun Hill Signal Station – Built in 1818 to warn the island about approaching ships.  It’s a restored signal station with views of the island, as well as a collection of military memorabilia.

Farley Hill National Park – site of the abandoned plantation known at the Farley Hill GreatHouse.  There are 17 acres of grounds with lots of cool shady spots under the trees.

Sunbury Plantation House – Built in 1650, this is a sugar plantation estate house.  View the collection of antique carriages and memorabilia.

Tour Bridgetown – Visit National Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square) – a tribute to influential pople in the history of Barbados.  Spend time at a harbor front restaurant.  Look for duty free merchandise on Broad Street.  Enjoy the night life at various bars and dance clubs – an activity known as “liming”.

Barbados Oceanfront, Visit Barbados

Barbados Oceanfront

Barbados Weather

Year round temperatures rarely fall below 23 C (73 F) and rarely exceed 30 C (86 F).   Barbados has more than 70 miles of beaches that cannot be privately owned.  Pleasant temperatures and lots of great beaches help make Barbados one of the most popular Caribbean destinations.  The beaches of the South Coast are protected by a reef.  This draws most of the tourists.  The West or Gold Coast has protected bays and swimming locations.  The East Coast is rocky and has strong currents that attracts surfers.

Visit Barbados – Background

Barbados became British in 1625 and is part of the Commonwealth of Nations.  Before that it was controlled by the Spanish and the Portuguese.   The island of Barbados is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide.  It’s in the most southeasterly part of the Caribbean islands.  Barbados is east of the main Windward Island chain. Being so far south, it is outside the main hurricane belt.  Bridgetown is the largest city and the  cruise ship port.  The population is around 300,000 and nearly one third of the islanders live in Bridgetown.

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