Barbados, where the people are welcoming and the weather is always fine, is a great choice for your next Caribbean vacation. Whether you like to lie on the beach or you prefer an active vacation, Barbados has something for everyone. Make your trip to Barbados unforgettable when you visit some of these top island attractions.
The Soup Bowl, which is located off the east coast of Barbados near the village of Bathsheba, takes its name from the sea foam on its waves. Barbados is a relatively isolated island in the Lower Antilles, and waves can travel thousands of miles to reach its shores. The Soup Bowl is home to a number of surf competitions and only the most skilled surfers should attempt to ride its waves; nevertheless, this is a good place to glimpse some gorgeous seaside scenery.
The Barbados Garrison, in the country’s capital city of Bridgetown, is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can see some of the world’s most historical buildings, eat Bajan food, browse craft stalls and grab affordable tickets to the horse races at the Garrison Savannah. Many of Bridgetown’s hotels are nearby, so you may be able to book your Caribbean vacation at an establishment convenient to this lively and historic cultural center.
Crop Over Festival
Back in the 1600s, the slaves who worked Barbados’s sugar plantations celebrated the end of the harvest with song and dance. Today, Bajans continue that tradition with the Crop Over Festival, a two-month summer carnival that includes parties, food fairs and calypso band competitions. The grand finale is the Grand Kandooment, a huge street parade that brings the event to a close.
Foul Bay is one of this island nation’s most beautiful panoramic beaches. It’s a little off the beaten track, so don’t expect many amenities — just peace and quiet. The water isn’t as calm here as it is on the western side of the island, so you’ll need to be a strong swimmer if you plan to take a dip.
Mount Gay Rum Tour
Since at least 1703, Mount Gay Distilleries in Barbados has been making some of the world’s best rum. In fact, Mount Gay Rum is the oldest brand of rum in the world. If you’re interested in learning how Barbados rum is made, you can tour the distillery — or you can sit back and sample their product.
Animal Flower Cave
Animal Flower Cave takes its name from the sea anemones you’ll find in the pools here. The walls of the Animal Flower Cave hold interesting and colorful mineral deposits and some of the rock pools are deep enough for swimming.
Gun Hill Signal Station
Gun Hill Signal Station offers a stunning 360-degree view of the entire island of Barbados. It was one of a series built in 1818 and was used to warn citizens of ships approaching by sea or of slave rebellions occurring on the island. Its famous lion statue was carved from a single slab of rock by a signal station officer in 1868.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve in Speightstown is located in a natural mahogany forest. Few of the animals are in cages; most are allowed to freely move throughout the reserve and some, like the monkeys, are even allowed to come and go as they please. Here, you can see native wildlife in its natural habitat, and even get up close and personal.
Andromeda Botanical Gardens
The Andromeda Botanical Gardens take up six acres and are home to palms, orchids, bougainvillea, cacti, begonias, hibiscus, heliconia and other exotic flora. It was founded by local horticulturalist Iris Bannochie in 1954; upon her death, it came into the possession of the Barbados National Trust.
Harrison’s Cave is one of the most famous and popular attractions in Barbados. Here you’ll see breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites that have been forming for millennia. You’ll travel on an electric tram through the extensive cave system, where you’ll see a magnificent underground waterfall.
The teardrop-shaped island nation of Barbados offers some of the best attractions in the Caribbean. Here you’ll find culture, art, great food, an exciting nightlife, relaxing beaches and world-class surfing.