Things To Do and Activities on Barbados
Administered by the Barbados National Trust, The Andromeda Gardens is a collection of exotic plant specimens from around the world overlooks the Bathsheba coastline.
Bathsheba, St. Joseph, PHONE: 246/433-9261. COST: $6. Daily 9-5.
Located in the former British Military Prison, has artifacts from Arawak days (around 400 BC) and galleries that depict 19th-century military history and everyday life. Hwy. 7, Garrison Savannah, St. Michael, PHONE: 246/427-0201 or 246/436-1956. COST: $5. Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 2-6.
This beautiful cove accessible from steps from the cliffs above also has a cave to explore. No facilities, so it’s a great excuse to bring a picnic. St. Philip.
Folkestone Marine Park & Visitor Centre
Something for the whole family here. Underwater snorkeling trail also is a popular dive sight. A sunken barge is home to a riot of colorful fish.
Church Point, Holetown, St. James, PHONE: 246/422-2314. COST: Free. Weekdays 9-5.
Gun Hill Signal Station
Strategically important garrison for the 18th-century British army. Capt. Henry Wilkinson had so much time on his hand that he carved a lion from a single block of stone. Come for a short history lesson but mainly for the gorgeous view. Gun Hill, St. George, PHONE: 246/429-1358. COST: $6. Weekdays 9-5.
Golf on Barbados
Barbados offers several options for the golfer. We recommend the courses at Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland.
One of Barbados's most popular attractions this limestone cavern, complete with stalactites, stalagmites, subterranean streams, and a 40-ft (12-m) waterfall, is a rare find in the Caribbean.
Welchman Hall gully in St. Thomas. Hwy. 2, Welchman Hall, St. Thomas, PHONE: 246/438-6640. COST: $12.50. Daily 9-6; last tour at 4.
Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre
A 45 minute tour concludes with an opportunity to buy bottles of Rum.
Spring Garden Hwy., Brandons, St. Michael, PHONE: 246/425-8757. COST: $6; $27.50 with lunch. Weekdays 9-4.
One of the best beaches, Needham's Point is crowded with locals on weekends and holidays. The Carlisle Bay Centre has changing rooms and showers to accommodate cruise-ship passengers spending a day at the beach. South end of Carlisle Bay, St. Michael.
Sam Lord's Castle
Considered one of the island's finest mansions the Regency house was built by the great buccaneer in 1820. Magnificent plaster ceilings created by Charles Rutter, who also crafted some of the ceilings in England's Windsor Castle. Long Bay, St. Philip, PHONE: 246/423-7350. COST: $5; hotel guests free. Daily 10-4.
island tours on 4x4’s, and Jeep Safari island tours in Barbados. Step into safari equipped Land Rovers and prepare yourself for the island tour of your life. Island safari shows you the island like no one else can. They take you to some of the most beautiful places on the island, places inaccessible to others but no problem to their 4 x 4 Safari Land Rovers. While on the safari you will experience both being on and off the beaten track, through gullies and coastal views. It will truly be a day of adventure and exploration.
experience a unique underwater adventure in a real submarine. Imagine yourself in a real submarine, with big view ports all around, fully submerged in the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, as curious exotic fish peek in at you and sea fans sway. Explore Barbados' oldest natural artefact, the coral reef. It is estimated that the 60 foot high and 2 mile ling dive site must have started formation 20 million years ago.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
the Barbados Wildlife Reserve is located in a natural mahogany wood in the northern parish of St. Peter. Here you have a unique opportunity to stroll freely through the reserve watching the animals at close range and in their own natural environment. There are few cages and the animals can be observed as they eat, play and interact with the other animals.
the ultimate adventure of discovery. Come and see how Barbados exhibits its beautiful secrets by air. Air conditioned jet helicopters whisk you to the breathtaking splendour of the rugged eastern coast, revealing amazing wonders that cannot be seen any other way. Skim past pounding surf, and see spectacular blow holes and sea caves. To the west, as you return, are serene, softly curving 'sugar sand' beaches. Hues of ultramarine and aquamarine glimpsed from ships and balconies become many times more astonishing from the air.