Don't Miss Places In Barbados
he pear - shaped island of Barbados lies in the easternmost part of the Caribbean. Its western coast borders the warm Caribbean Sea, but its eastern coast face the Atlantic Ocean and has a cooler climate with refreshing sea breezes. This low -lying island is mostly flat. It is covered with coral and ringed by pink coral reefs. Barbados was uninhabited when the first British settlers arrived in 1627. It remained a British colony until independence in 1966. Today, Barbadians, or Bajans as they are known, enjoy a higher standard of living than most of their Caribbean neighbors.
These are the top ten not to be missed places in Barbados.
The garden owned by Mr. Anthony Hunte is called an atypical (a "hole" in the middle of the forest), planted with trees and flowers of all kinds. This number one attraction in Saint Joseph Parish, Barbados consists of a harmonious and organized chaos of plants, flowers, shrubs and palm trees, in a sort of natural amphitheater setting.
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Even if you're not a gardener or flower lover, you will love this garden that is full of beautiful secret places; a bench in a corner here, a corner bistro wrought iron there, a fountain and a dining area under a gazebo that will take you 300 years back because of its colonial period design. Picnic or packaged foods are allowed on its premises. The scenery is spectacular, breahtaking beauty and refinement in which Mr. Hunte has been able to create in a place so special.
A visit is accompanied by classical music in the background and at the end of the path leads directly to the owner's house which is a cute, eccentric English gentleman who knows how to entertain his guests. You can meet Mr. Hunte and visit the beautiful balcony of his home where you can find local crafts and of course take a brief excursion to his own distillery that produces the famous Anthony Rum.
St. Nicholas Abbey
The St. Nicholas Abbey is a small fine rum family owned distillery that is dubbed as a pearl in the middle of Barbados. The resort has a large garden where you can relax and take a simple lunch. The entrance fee is customary Barbados level and entirely appropriate. On this rum distillery, you can buy good quality aged rum (10 to 15 years old) and the bottles can be engraved with a saying or personalized with the buyer’s name and date of purchase. So each bottle becomes unique and is a nice souvenir. You can always leave these engraved bottles and incidentally have it replenished there at half the price.
The attentive staffs are all friendly and the property is definitely worth seeing even if the admission price seems very high. The property is surrounded by nature and feels like being transported back into another time. The building itself is very grand, fully preserved, old fashioned, and still furnished as before. Although it is probably the oldest farm house in Barbados, a visit here leaves an impression of how one has lived here 150 years ago. They show an old movie shot during the 1930’s where you see Barbados in the old days and how the owners maintained ownership and upkeep of this family business.
The idyllic Bathsheba Beach is very nice, however it is not a place to swim because the waves are huge and powerful but they are perfect for surfers. The beach is far away but the stones that lie within the water are very beautiful. The color of the sea is Atlantic standard and non-standard Caribbean, must be because it is on the Atlantic side of the island.
You can sit on the cliffs and admire the picturesque sight of big waves crashing on the rocks in a beach littered with huge boulders. It is not a beach where you can lie in the sun but it is definitely worth a visit and proudly shows one of the many facets of the scenic waters along the island of Barbados. It is exciting to see a completely different landscape filled with lush green, small colorful wooden houses and a huge ocean that packs a lot of wind coming from the Caribbean. There are a large proportion of stones in the sand that create a distinctive environment and a panoramic view of its neighboring islands.
You can climb up the nearby hill to take lots of beautiful photos. It is one of the most famous postcard attractions of Barbados that is characterized by its huge rock whose base was fully excavated by the sea.
The rough ocean of the Bottom Bay is wonderful and wild. You get to the beach down a few steps through the vegetation and suddenly you find yourself in a small cove of white sand and palm trees bordered by high cliffs. The sea is beautiful but very wavy and not suitable for inexperienced swimmers. There is no bar or any restaurant and you need to bring along food and drinks. It is probably one of the most photographed tropical landscapes of Barbados. This secluded natural cove transmits a mix of emotions to those seeking energy from the sea to find solitude and relaxation.
The wave is more or less always present so you have to know how to swim or be accustomed to the rough sea. If you do not know how to swim better refrain from bathing around since not only are there no lifeguards, but you will also easily be completely alone at the beach. It is almost always deserted (low season) and the color of the waters is indescribable. The first impression that appeals to every guest as they come down from the stairs to reach the sea is the peace and tranquility. The white sand and the blue sea show an amazing spectacle even if the waters are on its tempest. The beach is located on the eastern side of Barbados and is therefore characterized by waves that are quite strong.
It is a long white sand beach that is adjacent to the nearby Hilton hotel. The sea is clear and calm and you can swim a few meters from the shore where there is the possibility of spotting turtles and fish. However, the beach is crowded by hordes of people who descend from cruise ships and are brought here by taxis that await them upon landing, while the sea front is also flooded with catamarans and other boats that take tourists to snorkel or swim with the turtles, ride a jet ski, jump off a trampoline spring or string and a host of other diverse water activities.
For the less adventurous, drinks and meals can be enjoyed under the silver umbrellas or hammocks with free Wi-Fi connection. All these make the atmosphere very touristy and very little Caribbean island. There are all kinds of services through the variety of kiosks situated along its shores. The beach is extremely quiet, without any stones or steps, has crystal clear waters, all white sand, and the beautiful scenery. The showers and toilets are free. The marine park contains reefs and shipwrecks 6 (deliberate, made by the local government) fun is guaranteed with lots of fish and long dives due to the shallow depth of the waters.
The Crane Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Barbados and probably owes its fame mainly to the luxury hotel of the same name. Within 2 minutes walk from the front desk and you get a very impressive glass elevator and in a matter of seconds you open the doors of to the paradise beach. It is a wonderful stretch of fine white sand that stretches between the two pediments of rock and behind a strip of dense vegetation with majestic palm trees. It looks like a postcard. The only cons, for those who love the calm sea and snorkeling adventure it is not is the right place because the water here is always agitated.
For lovers of waves this is the ideal beach. The beach itself is nestled in a wonderful setting between two rock outcroppings which makes the landscape setting so attractive and great for picture taking. When the seas are rough you can find meter-high waves and swimming is extremely dangerous and not allowed. The access via the Crane Beach hotel is only possible by having bought a day pass. Down by the beach you can use this pass to buy drinks or use the sun loungers.
South Coast Boardwalk
The promenade simply crosses much of the south coast, passes through various beaches, begins shortly after St. Lawrence Gap and goes all the way up to Bridgetown. There are numerous restaurants and bars on the way. Everyone you meet around here is very nice. To go along with the water and the nice beach plus to get around the bay and see all this beautiful water and white sand in small bays is highly recommended. You also get a pretty good idea of what restaurants and small shops offer which is located in that direction.
Towards the end of the afternoon, the cool wind breeze in with a perfect view of the breathtaking sunset. There are nice walking path along the right side of the coast where it is also safe to roam at night. When night falls, you can see lots of red, black, and white crabs that build their burrows in the sand. Please make sure that you do not transgress it. You can end the day by enjoying the local cuisine of the restaurants that line the coastal road. Barbadians are known for their variety of cooking styles, using hot sauces, fresh fish, and all kinds of tropical fruit.
The Rockley Beach is also known as Accra Beach and located on the south coast part of Barbados. The beach is excellent with clear and thin sand. The flat waves are perfect for swimming and relaxation. The color of the sea is amazing. It has the entire infrastructure that is typical of a fine beach area such as parking, rental chairs, a great and well stocked bar (The Tiki Bar) and some kiosks selling drinks and snacks.
Just across the beach there is also a commercial center and also a unit of Chefette, a network of fast food. The beach is highly recommended for families with small children. The beach is small but very pretty and the color of the water is fantastic. It is worth snorkeling along the barrier of rocks opposite the beach and a stroll through the boardwalk which begins on this attraction. It is full of bars and places to enjoy the view.
Allamanda Beach Boardwalk
The 2 kilometer-long Allmanda Beach Boardwalk is where the visitor or couples can enjoy long romantic walks beside a beach. It is also ideal for joggers and people who want to check out the small shops and restaurants around this boardwalk area. There is a restaurant here and there. You can also past the rear of the hotel entrances and admire old British style homes. All over Barbados there are constant reminders of the island’s strong historical links with Britain. Old colonial buildings have been preserved, cars are driven on the left – hand side of the road, and cricket is the national sport.
The place is definitely impressive, with a few restaurants that overlook directly on this walk that separates the sea from the mainland. Unfortunately, the impression is that they are camouflaged to look for the action needed to safeguard the coastline from erosion due to being built too close to the sea.
The Hastings Beach is good for those who want to dive because it has some reefs and fish that anyone can see even without the use of snorkel equipment. It is one of the best beaches to stay in Barbados because there are lots to see, taste, and explore. You wake up and go for a straight dive with hundreds of fish in all shapes and sizes. There is not a negative point on this beach. You can walk quietly, talk with the locals and the carefree tourists because everyone is super friendly.