Posted May 20, 2011
The island nation of Barbados is a unique destination for travelers going on a Caribbean cruise, as it offers them an intriguing blend of English and African culture set against a backdrop of the swaying palms, gorgeous beaches and the azure sea.
One of the best ways for you to experience the beauty of Bajan nature is to visit one of the country's many parks. The Andromeda Botanical Gardens is perched atop an oceanside cliff, and you will be astounded as you amble through its six acres of tropical paradise filled with ferns and orchids - not to mention one of the tallest palm trees on Earth. If you love flowers, you'll love visiting Orchid World, a six-acre garden filled with more than 20,000 individual blooms. The largest botanical garden on the island is Flower Forest, which features 50 acres of tropical plants. In addition to the flora, however, this attraction is also home to wildlife like birds and monkeys.
Barbados also features several interesting geological features sure to amaze you. At Harrison's Cave, you can walk through a series of towering caverns featuring rushing streams, a 40-foot waterfall and a glistening lake. Meanwhile, Welchman Hall Gully is a secluded ravine that formed when a system of underground caves collapsed many years ago. Today, these open-air caves have become a habitat for many exotic plants and animals. You can also experience the Bajan landscape on exciting adventure tours, ranging from zipline excursions to scuba diving expeditions.
In addition to its natural beauty, Barbados also has plenty of cultural attractions. The Gun Hill Signal and Sunbury Plantation will give you a glimpse into an older way of life, providing you with insight into how soldiers and farmers lived in the olden days. Lastly, after a tiring day of exploring the island, pay a visit to Mount Gay Rum, where you can celebrate your shore excursion with one of the world's finest liquors.