Barbados Places to visit

To see everything Barbados has to offer, hire a car and check-out our suggested highlights

By TTM on 27 June 2009 in Destination Guides

Holetown
This pretty town is in the parish of St James is the site where John Powell landed in 1625 to claim Barbados for England's King James. The town busltes with fine eateries, shops and trendy bars.

Folkestone Marine Museum and Visitor's Centre
This underwater park and sactuary is a great place to take the kids. Activities include snorkelling at the Marine Reserve and equipment is available for hire.

Speightstown
This town started life as a fort then became a thriving port and today it is a thriving fishing port. Most of its 19th centurying still exists but to find out more about the town the Arlington House Museum gives an interesting glimpse into the history and life of the town. Art lovers can pop into the Gallery of Caribbean Art located in the Northern Business Centre. On display is a wonderful collection of Bajan, Jamaican, Haiti, Trinidad and Caribbean art.

The Animal Flower Cave
This large sea cave and several hundred chambers,  is located in the parish of St Lucy on the rugged cliff tops at the northernmost point of the island. The chambers are home to large pools, unusual rock formations and some sea anemones which gave the name its name. Steps lead into the caves through an opening in the cliff and the views from the naturally formed 'windows' out to the sea and pounding surf are breathtaking.

Guides are available when all done, an informal cafe called the Pirates Tavern is open 9am-4pm daily for snacks and refreshments while you enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery.

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Grenade Hall Forest & Farley Hill National Park
This trio of attractions are next to each other so plan enough time to visit them all and finish off with a picnic at Farley Hill Set amidst a lush Mahogany grove, you can mingle with monkeys, deers, otters, agouti and mongoose. There's also an exceptional orchid collection, a walk-in bird aviary and iguana sanctuary. Next door is the Grenade Hall Forest and Signal Station which offers a display of pre-Colombian tolls unearthed during its restoration. The forest has over 2km of trails winding through many species of trees and plant life.

Over the road is Farley Hill National Park which houses the ruins of a palatial mansion and features groves of mahogany trees and awesome views of the east coast. This spot is ideal for picnics.

St Nicholas Abbey
This is just one of only three Jacoban houses in the western hemisphere and likely to be the oldest original building on the island. It is open Sunday to Friday 10am to 3.30pm.

Flower Forest
Located in St Joseph is a tropical haven of beautiful gardens whose views sweep onto the Atlantic coastline. Meandering pathways lead the way through lush vegetation where plants are identified with English and Latin names.

Harrisons's Cave
A wonder of nature, this is a series of underground lakes and waterfalls.

Welchman Hall Gully and Forest Reserve
This cool, deep, lush ravine is brimful with tropical vegetation.

Crane Beach
Widely considered as one of the best beaches in the world. It is perched on a cliff top with panoromic views.

USEFUL LINKS

For practical information Check out our Guide to Barbados

Flights to Barbados with Virgin Atlantic

Accommodation in Barbados

 

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