Barbados

Barbados is one of the few Caribbean islands solely colonized by one nation. It's no wonder Bajans describe their country as being "more English than England sheself," surnames like Worthing and Hastings abound. But look around and you know you're not in England: rich and fertile tropical fields meet a glistening, azure sea. The soft pastels of old chattel houses blend with the vibrant reds, oranges, and greens of roadside fruit stands. In short, Barbados exudes a charm all its own. Perhaps it is due to Bajan culture, that celebrated blend of English tradition and the African heritage brought to the island by slaves imported to work the sugar plantations. The potent brew which results flavors every aspect of island life, from music, dance and art, to religion, language and food.

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Points of Interest

  • Harrison's Cave
  • Andromeda Botanical Gardens
  • Mount Gay Rum
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Gun Hill Signal
  • Sunbury Plantation
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

More about Barbados Points of Interest

  • Harrison's Cave

    One of the wonders of Barbados, this massive cave system features 50-foot high caverns, rushing streams, glassy pools and a thunderous 40-foot waterfall that cascades into an emerald lake.

  • Andromeda Botanical Gardens

    Nestled on a cliff overlooking the ocean, this six-acre botanical garden is renowned for its excellent collection of tropical flora including many varieties of ferns, orchids, and one of the world's largest palm trees.

  • Mount Gay Rum

    For 300 years Mount Gay Rum, located on the Mount Gay plantation, has produced one of the world's finest and most celebrated golden spirits in the world.

  • Turtle Encounter

    Swim with amazing sea turtles in their natural habitat.

  • Gun Hill Signal

    Built in 1818 to warn the island about approaching ships, this restored signal station features sweeping 360-degree views of the island as well as a fascinating collection of military memorabilia.

  • Sunbury Plantation

    Built in 1650, this beautifully renovated and maintained sugar estate house is a superb example of plantation life of a bygone era and features an amazing collection of antique carriages and memorabilia.

  • Beaches

    The luscious beaches of Barbados are a paradise of sparkling aquamarine waters, rolling waves, beautiful coral formations and velvety sands that perfectly cushion those who bask in the sun.

  • Underwater Adventure

    The clear waters of Barbados offer exciting submarine tours and snorkeling encounters with gentle sea turtles, dainty seahorses and a brilliant array of colorful fish.

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Best of Barbados: Sunbury Plantation, Tropical Garden & Scenic Drive

4.25 hours | Barbados | B G I - 1 0 0
  • Sunbury Plantation

Get acquainted with the island's colorful Caribbean and British culture beginning with a stroll through the grand Sunbury Plantation House (and learn to make Bajan rum punch and other local cocktails). Next, the power of flowers greets you at Tropical Garden.

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Easy Barbados Coast to Coast Scenic Drive

3.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 1 0 5
  • Gun Hill Signal
  • Beaches

Travel from coast to coast and enjoy the rich and diverse beauty and history of Barbados. After traveling through Bridgetown, you'll stop for a tour of St. John's Church whose views are just as majestic as its interior. Then, venture inland to Tropical Garden and enjoy a rum drink.

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St. Nicholas Abbey, Railway & Rum

4 hours | Barbados | B G I - 1 7 5

All aboard the St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway for a scenic ride along the dramatic west coastline, through the lush plantation fields and mahogany woods. Disembark at the manor house itself and marvel at one of only three remaining Jacobean Mansions. Explore the grounds and the rum distillery for a tasting.

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Local Connections: George Washington House & the Garrison Historic Area with Cultural Expert

3.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 1 0

Discover Bridgetown's rich heritage with a tour of its historic Garrison Area. Visit the house where U.S. President George Washington once called home. Stroll the grounds of St. Ann's Fort, the largest in the British Colonies during the 18th and 19th centuries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Sunbury Plantation, Scenic Drive & Lunch

5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 1 5
  • Sunbury Plantation

Treat your senses to a day of discovering the manmade beauty of Barbados. Admire the whimsical, one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic pieces at Earthworks Pottery. Relive a gentler time with a walk through Sunbury Plantation, a 300-year-old great house furnished with antiques and indulge in deli lunch.

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Andromeda Botanical Gardens & Scenic Country Drive

3.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 2 0
  • Beaches
  • Andromeda Botanical Gardens

Nature's calling with some of the most breathtaking spots on Barbados. Soak up the island's natural wonders of sweeping landscapes, colorful flowers and miles of sprawling beaches with visits to Andromeda Gardens, Belleplane and Bathsheba Beach (home of the famous giant mushroom-shaped rocks).

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Harrison's Cave Signature Park Pass

3 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 2 5
  • Harrison's Cave

Tap into your inner spelunker and explore the wonders down under Harrison's Cave. Enjoy an electronic tram ride through this massive cave system filled with majestic chambers, thundering waterfalls, glassy pools, delicate flowstone formations and beautifully lit stalactites and stalagmites, all created by pure flowing streams over millions of years.

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Bridgetown by Bajan Bus & Three-Beach Hop

4 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 3 0
  • Beaches

Hop aboard the Bajan Bus for a fun and fascinating look at the sites in and around Bridgetown. Drive past Heroes Square before making your way along the scenic and history filled South Coast. Pass by the Historic Garrison Savannah – famous for its Horse Racing and prestigious Sandy Lane Gold Cup. Stop at the Accra Beach for some free time before lounging around at Pebbles Beach and Browne's Beach.

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Guided Photography Tour, Bathsheba & Scenic Drive

3.75 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 4 5
  • Beaches

Grab your camera and get ready to capture the wonders of Barbados with photographer Ronnie Carrington. From the spectacular Scotland District to the charming seaside village of Bathsheba and its beach famous for picture perfect mushroom-shaped rocks, you'll travel off the beaten path to the island's visually stunning and iconic landmarks.

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Foursquare Rum Distillery & Scenic Drive

4 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 7 0
  • Mount Gay Rum

Taste how sugarcane, aromatic molasses and filtered water turn into rum with a look at one of the island's most successful rum distilleries. Discover the secret behind the continued 350-year-old tradition of rum making with a delightful scenic drive of the island.

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Carlisle Bay Beach & Swim

3.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 8 0
  • Beaches

Life really is a beach so take a dive into the warm waters of azure waters of Carlisle Bay. Swim in the tropical sea, stroll along the soft sand or sip a complimentary drink as you relax in a lounge chair beneath the shade of a beach umbrella.

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Harrison's Cave Tram, Trail & Rum

4.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 3 0 5
  • Harrison's Cave

Three of the top attractions at Harrison's Cave Eco-Adventure Park await your discovery. Take the Signature Tram Tour through historic caves to view unique stalactites, stalagmites and crystalline pools, then stroll the picturesque nature trail and engage in Mount Gay Rum Experience followed by a tasting of Barbados's iconic spirit.

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4X4 Scenic Panoramic Drive & Bathsheba Beach

3 hours | Barbados | B G I - 3 4 0
  • Beaches

A 4x4 Jeep safari ride is the perfect opportunity to explore the eastern side of the island. Get off the beaten track and ride rugged roads that lead to coastal scenery, commanding vistas from Edgecliff, and Bathsheba Beach. Stop for photos and see historic Holetown and the glitzy resort properties along the west coast.

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Harrison's Cave, Crafts & Nature Adventure

5.25 hours | Barbados | B G I - 3 6 0
  • Harrison's Cave

Nature lovers will relish the opportunity to discover a trio of natural wonders. Marvel at the spectacular blooms at the Flower Forest Botanical Gardens. Travel underground at Harrison's Cave Eco-Adventure Park to view the unique stalactites and stalagmites and admire pottery made with the island's red clay, crafted by artisans.

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Monkey Zipline & Rum Tasting

4 hours | Barbados | B G I - 4 0 5
  • Mount Gay Rum

Fly through the air on a thrilling zipline adventure that crisscrosses five platforms 100 feet above the lush vegetation and indigenous flora and fauna below. Stroll a picturesque nature trail and celebrate your return to terra firma with a Mount Gay rum tasting, featuring rums made from Barbadian sugarcane.

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Atlantis Submarine Scenic Adventure

2.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 6 7 0
  • Underwater Adventure

Dive to the bottom of Barbados without getting wet! Board the Atlantis submarine and descend up to 150 feet. Marvel at A breathtaking mysterious sunken shipwreck and marine life like barracudas, eels and stingrays through the large, photo-friendly portholes. After you resurface, receive a dive certificate to commemorate your underwater adventure.

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Five Star Sail, Turtle Encounter & Lunch

5.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 8 1 0
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

Sail along Barbados' scenic west coast aboard a 5-star luxury catamaran. Then, drop anchor in breathtaking Turtle Bay for a guided snorkel encounter with wild sea turtles. A buffet lunch will be served onboard as you make your way to your next stop for a restive stroll on the beach.

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Swim with Turtles & Beach Break

4.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 8 1 5
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

Frolic, swim and float with wild sea turtles. Cruise to a sheltered bay for a guided snorkel encounter then enjoy a refreshing beverage en route to a breathtakingly beautiful beach to sunbathe, stroll along the pristine shoreline and swim in the refreshing turquoise waters.

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Turtle Encounter, Snorkel, Beach & Scenic Cruise

3 hours | Barbados | B G I - 8 2 0
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

Take an exhilarating high-speed boat ride to a sheltered bay for a snorkel encounter with wild sea turtles. Then, relax with snacks and beverages as you journey to a stunning beach to sunbathe, stroll and swim in the crystal clear waters of the coral island paradise that is Barbados.

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