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Barbados Tourist Information

Barbados is an island in the Caribbean. Barbados consists of four regions - Bridgetown, Central Eastern Barbados, Western Barbados and Southern Barbados. Barbados is part of the Lesser Antilles and has a tropical climate.

Barbados is divided into the following parishes: Christ Church, Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint James, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Lucy, Saint Michael, Saint Peter, Saint Philip and Saint Thomas.

Must See and Do Tourist Attractions in Barbados

Atlantis Submarines offers tours in the ocean, which take you 50 metres down in a submarine. You can explore Barbados' underwater wildlife without getting wet. Places of interest in Barbados are St. Lawrence Gap, St. James Parish Church, Hackleton's Cliff, Barclays Park, Sharon Moravian Church, Harrison's Cave, Arlington House Museum, St. Michael's Cathedral, Animal Flower Cave, the George Washington House and Barbados National Museum.

Family Days out in Barbados

There is much for families on Barbados, beautiful sandy beaches, submarines to explore Barbados' exotic underwater life, or you can visit a diving school to explore the underwater scenery yourself.

Spas & Wellness in Barbados

Barbados offers a range of luxurious spas and spa hotels where you can relax while getting one of many relaxing and conditioning body treatments. Waves Hotel & Spa, Almond Beach Club & Spa, Shakra Spa and the Coral Reef Club are excellent locations for your spa holidays on Barbados!

Sport in Barbados

Like most of the Caribbean islands, Barbados is an excellent location for watersports. Soup Bowl on the island's east coast is a world-renowned surfing destination. Popular sports also include cricket, golf, polo (and Segway polo), Netball, basketball, motorsports and athletics.

Shopping in Barbados

You can shop duty free on Barbados. The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre offers plenty of goods, as do Dacostas Mall and the Sheraton Mall. You will find anything from rum, beachwear and watersport equipment to high fashion evening dresses and exclusive jewellery, gold and diamonds on Barbados.

Nightlife in Barbados

Nightlife in Barbados is buzzing and ranges from excellent dinners at outdoor restaurants to exciting beach parties. The best night entertainment venues are Moon Town, John Moore Bar, the Beach House, The Mews, Taboo, Oistins, Reggae Lounge and Bert's.

Flights to Barbados

Flights to Barbados land at Sir Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) and there are also cruise ships operating between the islands and internationally.


Places to visit in St. Lucy, Barbados, Barbados

  • North Point & the Animal Flower Cave - The North Point, as the name implies, is the most northerly point of the island. The point offers spectacular views of a very dramatic sea, often crashing waves 50 feet or more up the Cliff, making this an ideal spot for all camera enthusiasts. Here you can also relax with a bottle of Banks beer in the Hut where you can also pay a guided tour of the Animal Flower Cave. The Cave might be closed on rainy/overcast days, due to the strong winds.
  • River Bay - A very popular look out and picnic spot, complete with washrooms, changing rooms and showers. A fresh water river runs inland to the sea, giving the area its name. Swimming is allowed, but caution is required, due to the strong currents further out.
  • Cherry Tree Hill - Approximately 850 feet above sea-level, this spot offers an excellent view of the "Scotland District" which covers the parish of St. Andrew and is named after the Patron Saint of Scotland. It is believed that the name "Cherry Tree Hill" originated from the large number of cherry trees which once existed on this hill.


Places to visit in St. Peter, Barbados

  • Farley Hill National Park - Breathtaking scenery, set in the grounds of the once regal Farley Hill house. A mansion in ruins, tucked away in a forest of mahogany trees, high up on a hill overlooking the rugged Atlantic coast, Farley Hill is an ideal spot to picnic, escape into nature, and hide in the shade of a comforting tree and to simply stare out to sea. It is also a spot favoured by visitors for getting married!
  • St. Nicholas Abbey - Located in the parish of St. Peter. Built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The Barbados Wildlife Reserve - Located in a natural mahogany wood across the road from the Farley Hill National Park in the parish of St. Peter. Visitors are offered a unique opportunity to stroll freely through the Reserve, which is primarily a monkey sanctuary. There are few cages and the animals can be observed as they eat, play and interact with the other animals. Other animals that can be found at the Reserve are ducks, turtles, tortoises, birds, peacocks, otters, racoons, agouti, and deer.
  • Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill - One of the only two intact and restored sugar mills in the Caribbean. Maintained by the Barbados National Trust, the mill includes an exhibit of the equipment used to produce sugar at the time when the industry was run by wind power generated from mills, such as this one.


Places to visit in St. Andrew, Barbados

  • Mount Hillaby - At 1,115 feet Mount Hillaby is the highest point on the island and affords excellent views over the East and West coasts together with the whole northern section of the island.
  • Barclays Park - overlooks the very scenic Bathsheba area, where the Atlantic waves pound the shores.
    The Park is an extremely popular area for picnics and get-togethers, especially on weekends and public holidays. Barclays Park has also been the site of the semi-finals of the calypso competition held each Crop Over.
  • The Potteries - On the western side of Chalky Mount, you will find local potter's fashioning their wares as has been done for centuries. There are magnificent views.


Places to visit in St. James, Barbados

  • The Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum and Factory - An intrinsic part of Barbadian history, producing sweets, sugar, molasses and of course rum, the story of sugar will spring to life before your eyes. The museum houses a fine collection of original machinery, inside a converted sugar boiling house, and at the end of the tour, you can sample fine sugar delicacies.
  • Holetown - Situated at the centre of the fashionable west coast is Holetown, which was the first settlement on the island back in 1627. Holetown is home to the Portvale Sugar Factory and Museum which gives an interesting insight into the history of sugar manufacture on the island. Also home to a small shopping mall, local shops and a bank.
  • Swimming with the turtles - Just off the west coast near the Almond Beach Hotel you can moor up a boat and swim in the warm waters with the turtles. They actually take food from your hand and you can snorkel to see their true beauty and underwater grace. This is truly a magical experience. Boats trips can also be arranged in the hotel.
  • Royal Westmoreland - This 18 hole championship course is one of the best of Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s designs, as far as the finesse, beauty and challenge of the course is concerned, which perfectly integrates into the surrounding undulating landscape. The driving range, the sanctuary, pool and gym, and the spectacular Clubhouse overlook the Caribbean Sea. The first class service provided by its employees make Royal Westmoreland a truly unforgettable experience.
  • Sandy Lane - Now with two golf courses in operation. The front nine of the old 18-hole course are used as a nine hole golf course by itself. The two new Tom Fazio designed courses have been completed and are open for play now. These two Tom Fazio designed courses make Sandy Lane one of the finest golf resorts in the world. Hole no. 7 of the old course though, a short "down-the-cliff" par 3, will remain an unforgettable memory. If you are up for another real treat, just visit the Club House of the new Golf course and enjoy lunch, overlooking green fairways framed by the blue waters of the Caribbean Seas in the back.
  • Heywoods Golf Course - Small executive course, adjacent to the Almond Beach Hotel at the northern end of Barbados' famous St. James coast line.
  • High tide Watersports - Owned and operated by Willie Hewitt since 1993 and is located at the Coral Reef Club.
    Hightide is committed to providing divers with the kind of professionalism and personal attention they expect from a first-rate dive operation. All of the instructors and dive masters are certified by PADI, adhere to the latest standards in safety, and are trained in First Aid and CPR. Plus we believe in no-hassle diving for our guests.
    We provide free transportation to our shops. We will set up your equipment, load it on our boat, and after your dive we will wash and stow your equipment. You need only to enjoy your dive and your holiday!


Places to visit in St. Joseph, Barbados

  • Hackelton's Cliff - Hackleton's Cliff rises almost perpendicularly within a few miles of the coastline and reaches a height of one thousand feet above sea-level. Naturally, this cliff offers one of the best views of Barbados' east coast. Bring along your camera!
  • Bathsheba and Martin's Bay - No visit to Barbados would be complete without visiting the East Coast at Bathsheba. Huge waves exist and crash against boulders at the so called "soup bowl". The crashing waves form foam which adds to the effect. It is the venue for many international and local surfing championships. Martin's Bay is an attractive fishing village and good photograph opportunities exist.
  • Villa Nova - Villa Nova is one of the last remaining Great Houses of Barbados. A grand plantation house built with hand-cut coral stone in 1834 and set in 15 walled acres of tropical forest and lush gardens, it sits atop the verdant hills of the island's breathtaking East Coast.
  • Andromeda Gardens - These unique gardens were the private creation of the late Iris Bannochie who was an internationally renowned horticulturist. Starting in 1954, Iris created trails of magnificent flowers and palms to run alongside the courses towards the Ocean at Bathsheba below. In 1988, Iris left the gardens in her will to the Barbados National Trust to ensure a perpetual garden would always be available to the public to learn from and enjoy.
  • Flower Forest - A beautifully maintained garden forest with many unusual plants, trees and shrubs from all around the world. Take as long as you like to wander along the paths, absorbing the sights and smells and enjoy the shade provided by the tall trees. Refreshments and gifts can be purchased here and rest rooms are provided.


Places to visit in St. Thomas, Barbados

  • Harrison's Cave - A unique phenomenon of nature, Harrison's Cave is an amazing gallery of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave, and stalagmites that emerge from the ground, with streams of crystal-clear running water that drop from breathtaking waterfalls to form deep emerald pools. Visitors are driven in electrically operated trams down through the extensive system of caves and at the lowest level point in the cave, visitors are invited to leave the tram and walk alongside a spectacular waterfall which plunges into a deep pool below.
  • Welchman Hall Gully - Located in the parish of St. Thomas, is a three-quarter mile (1.2km) long "gully" (really a garden) home to a number of tropical plants trees, including nutmeg, bamboo, clove and palms. In addition to the impressive flora, you will find the world's largest pillar (the joining of a stalactite and stalagmite) and the gazebo, which looks out to the Atlantic Ocean. It is believed that the gully got its name from the original owner, General Williams (an early settler), who was a Welshman.
  • Highland Outdoor Tours - The tours on offer are truly unique and very much off the beaten track. You are taken into the country to experience the historical, cultural and breathtaking scenic highlights of the island. Tour the island on a tractor-drawn Jitney, or experience it through horse back riding, scenic safari hikes, and mountain bike riding.


Places to visit in St. John, Barbados

  • Codrington College, St. John - Was originally the plantation home of Christopher Codrington, who at 30 years of age became Governor of the Leeward Islands. The college was founded under his will dated 1702 and opened in 1745 as a theological college, this being the oldest seminary established in the Western Hemisphere. You approach down an impressive driveway lined with tall palm trees and enter the impressive grounds containing water-lily ponds and a forest trail. The theological college is a spectacular building design situated in an equally impressive and serene setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
  • St. John's Church - A classic Gothic church situated on a cliff overlooking the picturesque East Coast. This Church was built in 1836 to replace the previous church which had been destroyed by a hurricane in 1831.
    In the Church Yard rests the remains of Ferdinando Paleologus, a descendent of Emperor Constantine the Great, whose family was driven from the throne of Constantinople by the Turks. Ferdinando died in Barbados in 1678, after being a resident here for over 20 years.
  • Ragged Point - The East Point Lighthouse, located at Ragged Point (the most easterly point of the island), offers a spectacular view of the rugged coastal scenery along almost the entire East Coast of Barbados. In fact, on a clear day you can see all the way up the coastline to the northern points of the island such as Pico Tenerife.
    Off the coast lies Culpepper Island, a tiny island that can be easily reached at low tide.
  • Oughterson House & Barbados Zoo Park - The antique Oughterson House, once the centre of a large sugarcane plantation, now houses this small zoo. You can tour the ground floor and antique furnishings of the house and, outdoors, the fruit orchards and zoo. Much of it housed in former plantation buildings. The animals come from the worlds four corners; zebras and pythons from Africa, alligators and tapirs from Brazil, green monkeys and mongooses from Barbados. There is an admission fee.


Places to visit in St. George, Barbados

  • St. George Parish Church - The hurricane of 1780 destroyed the first church built at this site. A new church was built four years later and this building survived to the present time, making it the oldest ecclesiastical building on the island.
  • Francia Plantation - A must for visitors interested in heritage, history and antiques. It consists of the elegant Great House surrounded by beautiful terraced lawns and gardens.
  • Gun Hill Signal Station - Gun Hill Signal Station, located in the parish of St. George, provides a magnificent and captivating view of the entire. It is the finest of a series of signal stations built in 1818. These stations sighted ships approaching Barbados and signalled to each other in warning of the approaching vessel.
    The signal station was restored and landscaped by the Barbados National Trust and now houses a collection of military memorabilia.
  • Andromeda Botanic Gardens - Nestled on a cliff overlooking the east coast, Andromeda Botanic Gardens is today run by the Barbados National Trust. Spread over six acres of carefully landscaped grounds that are lavishly coloured with blooms, orchids, exotics and shrubs, this garden represents what is arguably one of the finest collections in the region. Andromeda was developed in 1954 by the late horticulturist Iris Bannochie for her weekend retreat. It soon mushroomed into a full fledged garden and eventually she opened it to the public. As she expanded the gardens and acquired more exotic plants and blooms from around the world, Andromeda became a major visitor attraction. She left the property to the people of Barbados, to be managed by the National Trust in 1988.


Places to visit in St. Michael, Barbados

  • The Bridge Town Synagogue - There is currently one synagogue situated in Bridgetown. Built in the 17th century (1654) it was destroyed by hurricane in 1831, was rebuilt, fell into disrepair and was sold in 1929.
    In 1983, it was bought back by the Jewish community and was restored to its present state with its beautiful Gothic arches, and is now a Barbados National Trust protected building and an active synagogue.
  • Bridgetown - The capital and commercial centre and has a population of about 80, 000. Bridgetown was originally named "Indian Bridge" for the rude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indians. It was later called the "town of St. Michael" in official documents, before finally being named Bridgetown when a new bridge was built in place of the Indian Bridge, sometime after 1654.
  • Broad Street is the main street of Bridgetown and consists mainly of banks, department stores and duty free shops. Other streets in Bridgetown such as Swan Street, Roebuck Street and Tudor Street consist mainly of smaller shops and businesses, together with wayside vendors.
  • Tyrol Cot Heritage Village - Was the home of one of the founding fathers of Barbadian democracy, Sir Grantley Adams, and his son, second Prime Minister of Barbados, the late J.M.G.M. "Tom" Adams. The house is a monument to a vital period in the island's history, as well as containing Sir Grantley's personal effects - such as his old radio and car licence plate - and a fine collection of antique furniture.
  • Underwater Barbados - Since 1989 Underwater Barbados has been ideally located on the beach in the centre of the beautiful and tranquil Carlisle Bay. The bay is known to have more fish than any other part of the island and is also home to four ship wrecks which were sunk between 1917 and 1996. Along with its sister company, Aquarius Water sports, Underwater Barbados offers a wide range of activities, Services, certifications and training courses such as: Scuba diving / Snorkelling / Kayaking / Swimming lessons / First-aid courses / Photos and video tapes of your underwater encounters and vacation water camps for kids all ages.
  • Atlantis Submarines - Explore the Wonders of the World Beneath the Sea in the Atlantis Submarine. Board the Atlantis and get set for an experience of a lifetime. An exciting 50 minute journey through the natural undersea world of Barbados. You'll cruise along at depths of up to 150 feet in the Atlantis Submarine, a product of advanced design and space age technology. The high-tech, spacious, air-conditioned cabin is precisely maintained at sea level pressure allowing you to enjoy every minute of this unique adventure. You'll gasp as you enter this breathtaking world of coral reefs, sea flora and fauna, a kaleidoscope of living colour, and even a trip past a ship wreck. Your crew includes a seasoned pilot to navigate the reef and an experienced co-pilot to narrate your unforgettable journey.


Places to visit in St. Philip, Barbados

  • Sam Lord's Castle - Situated on the south east corner of the island is this superb mansion which has an interesting past. Built in 1820 by Samuel Hall Lord, who made his fortune by luring ships onto the nearby rocks! The castle features magnificent mahogany columns in the main living room. Sam Lord's an excellent day out with well kept, large gardens and a great beach. The beach opens out away from the hotel and is very pleasant. The waves can be high though, so be careful swimming. The property may charge a small entrance fee as it is run as an all inclusive hotel.
  • Bottom Bay, Crane Beach and Foul Bay - Situated only a few miles away from Sam Lord's Castle are the wonderful secluded beaches of Bottom Bay and the large expanse of coral sand at Foul Bay. Both are excellent beaches and are frequently deserted except for a few people surfing; ideal for that lazy day away from it all. Between the two beaches (in fact only a short distance away from Foul Bay) is Crane Beach, which is home to the world famous Crane Hotel.
  • Crane Beach - Crane Beach, originally a harbour, is considered by many to be one of the island's most beautiful beaches. In fact, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous rated it as "one of the ten best beaches in the world"!
  • The Rum Factory & Heritage Park - Savour the flavour of all that is Barbadian at the centre where Bajan past meets Bajan future. Take a sunlit, scenic ride to the Heritage Park and Rum Factory at Four Square, St.Philip - deep in the heart of sugar cane country - for a real taste of Barbados. In 8 acres of landscaped park, one of the island's oldest sugar factories has been lovingly restored and transformed - bringing the past to life - and creating a centre of the best of Barbados culture and life. Experience the Rum, the Crafts, the Gifts, the History, the Art, the Fun, the Food and the Entertainment. Feast your senses, experience our history, sample the delights.... and don't miss the exciting tour of the most modern rum distillery in the world.... all made more pleasurable by the warm Bajan welcome of our people!
  • Sunbury Plantation House - Over 300 years old and is a lovely setting to be married in. As the bride, imagine walking down the aisle of flagstones to the arch of flowers where your bridegroom will be waiting. As the groom, you will be marrying the one you love amongst the exquisite lawns of the Plantation's grounds as the evening breezes blow through the ageless mahogany trees. You'll both be married under the arch of flowers as you gaze into each other's eyes and exchange your vows.


Places to visit in Christ Church, Barbados

  • Oistins and Enterprise Beach - Deriving its name from Edward Oistine, who owned a large plantation in the area and situated on the south coast of the island it is the principal fishing town of Barbados. It gives a very good insight to the fishing industry of Barbados and there is a lively market which is colourful and busy. Just along the coast (going East) take the right fork in the road and visit the excellent Enterprise Beach.
  • St. Lawrence Gap - Situated on the south coast of the island, it is the fun capital of Barbados offering an excellent array of bars and nightclubs together with some fine restaurants such as Pisces and Josef's. The Ship Inn has a pleasant atmosphere and is an excellent place to stop off for a beer or two. St. Lawrence Gap is located within walking distance from the Turtle Beach Resort.
  • Christ Church Parish Church - Although the present church was built in 1935, it is the fourth on the site - the previous ones being destroyed by hurricane, fire or flood. The Church is best known for the famous Chase Vault, in which coffins mysteriously move around within the sealed vault. A detailed investigation in 1820 offered no explanation and the coffins were eventually buried separately and the vault sealed.
  • Long Beach - The last in the island loop, stretches for more than a mile. A great find since it is little visited, either by locals or tourists. The nearby long Beach Club has some facilities, otherwise, this is a fairly private setting that is surrounded by 'rab' land and some jagged bluffs.
  • The Barbados Golf Club - The original Barbados Golf and Country Club was designed and built in 1974 by the notable architect Col. J. Harris. For more than 20 years it has laid sleeping and awaiting its rebirth. On September 1st 2000 the redesigned and completely reconstructed Barbados Golf Club reopened as Barbados' first public Championship golf course. The 6,805 yard par 72 golf course has been approved and sanctioned by the PGA European Tour to host a PGA Seniors Tournament in 2002.
    Magnificent trees strategically planted 25 years ago give the course a mature ambience. Two lakes intrude and enhance play on five holes and create a dramatic 'Amen Corner' on holes 15 & 16. A series of coral waste bunkers carved through 4 holes adds to the excitement and personality of the course. Ron Kirby, one of the most respected and experienced golf course architects in the world, redesigned the course to be fair, challenging and a pleasurable walk amidst tropical surroundings.
  • Rockley Golf Club - is a nicely kept 9 hole course with fairways between 170 m and 430 m long. Some of them are very narrow and claim a very precise game. On the other hand it is easy enough not to frustrate high handicappers and beginners. Rockley is an alternative for a quick round in between. Prices are moderate, especially compared to European fees.
  • The Barbados Golf Academy - This well designed golf practice ground is the ideal training centre for the golf enthusiasts visiting our island. An excellent driving range and other practice areas make a perfect training and teaching facility for pros and beginners alike. Lessons available.
  • Blue Marlin Charters Inc. - Come fish with us for Barracuda, Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna, Marlin or Sailfish on a four hour and eight hour Private Charter. We offer all inclusive packages with transportation, food, drinks and of course, the bait! Barbados is an ideal fishing destination particularly during the months of January through April when all of our game fish are in full season. These fish can also be caught year round and as Barbados is a coral island we can catch fish soon after leaving the dock. So no more travelling miles before you get out to the fishing grounds!!! And don't worry, you need not be a professional, we can teach you as we go.



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Further tourist information about what to do in Barbados can be found by visiting the Barbados Tourism Authority Official Website. www.barbados.org