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Step outside and you'll find adventure waiting for you. Sure you can kick back at one of the island's white sand beaches, but you can also take a Jeep tour of the island, check out the botanic gardens near Bathsheba, ride a zip line, or take the Atlantis submarine tour to see underwater life from a new perspective. There's also plenty of shopping on the island, so you can stock up on souvenirs and other goodies to enjoy. Don't forget to explore Barbados' fascinating history and culture; your trip wouldn't be complete without it.
Glide above the famous "Jack In The Box Gully" - Your tour takes you over eight platforms each with two of our experienced guides who will provide you with information on different areas of the eco-system you are experiencing as well as ensure your safety as you move from platform to platform. You will enjoy beautiful views of our island as well as be informed on the geological formations.
Lasting for approximately 5 weeks, and commencing in July, Crop Over is a Barbadian festival celebrating the end of the local sugar cane crop harvest - hence it's name.
If you have never experienced Grand Kadooment Day, then you've been missing out on one of life's great treasures. A summer street carnival, filled with people consumed with "festival fever", dancing to Caribbean soca music and wearing spectacular, multicolored costumes and body paint. It's the climax of the Crop Over festival - "sweet fuh days" - in Barbados.
Color, culture and heritage (tuk bands, land ship, stilt-walkers), music (calypso, tuk, ring bang and steelpan), alcohol (locally brewed beer and rum) along with energy, friendly spirited people and fantastic summer weather, are all combined to create the Caribbean's ultimate festival -"more than a carnival, sweet fuh days".
Crop Over was resurrected in 1974 from a multi-decade hibernation that began in the 1940's due to hardships of the time and the world war. Since then, it has grown steadily into the island's premiere event, attracting thousands of new and repeat visitors annually.
The cultural diversity of the island is showcased throughout the festival through exhibitions, concerts, street markets, parades and of course mega dust-to-dawn parties (also referred to as fetes or bashments).
There is now a new and fascinating way to sightsee Barbados. Bajan Helicopters, Bridgetown heliport, St. Michaels, offers a tour that involves soaring in an air-conditioned jet 50km (30 miles) over either saw-toothed cliffs and animal-shaped rocks or ultramarine boats floating on serene beaches, depending on which coast you are touring. The helicopter seats up to five people and tours last 20 to 30 minutes.
This magnificent beach is situated on the west coast of Barbados, just south of the Holetown area.
The Caribbean waters here are very calm, making this a great spot for swimming. Jet skis and catamarans pass by, along with the occasional local fishing boat.
Widely known as the "Sandy Lane" beach, this stretch takes its name from the luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel which is nestled in the mahogany trees, directly off this beach. First opened in 1961, this magnificent hotel has gained a reputation as one of the finest resorts in the Caribbean, and has welcomed royalty, celebrities, and the business elite.
Most recently the resort made headlines as the venue for the wedding of golf sensation Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren.
Barbados is the surfing paradise in the Caribbean. The Island is located farthest East than all of the Caribbean Surfing Islands and receives waves to surf from all directions. Book Surfing lessons before you arrive.
Intermediate and advanced surfing are handled through the surf tours which are designed to the surfers needs. "Whatever type of surf you are looking for we can find it for you." Surfing in Barbados is made easy this way.
Zed Layson was born and raised on the island of Barbados-- he is 5th generation Barbadian. Zed began surfing at the age of 7 and has traveled the world as a competitive surfer for more than 24 years. In 1990, Zed competed in the World Surfing Championships in Japan, and also competed in the 1994 World Surfing Championships in Brazil. Zed placed 17th out of 120, ranking him in the top 20 Amateurs in the world. Zed has gained a lot of great experiences surfing and competing all over South America, the United States and of course, the Caribbean.
These expeditions will lead you into the interior of the island to view points where the scenery of Barbados' country side and rugged coastlines will leave you breathless. Take a walk through Welchman Hall, a natural and protected rain forest. See Mt. Hillaby, the highest point on the island. Make a stop on the East Coast to enjoy a delicious Bajan buffet lunch served in a unique and unspoilt setting.
Andromeda Botanic Gardens is located along the West Coast by Bathsheba in the parish of St. Joseph. It is a beautiful 6 acre garden that contains many varieties of orchids, palms, ferns, heliconia, hibiscus, bougainvillea, begonias and cacti. The beautiful and exotic flowers and trees are complemented by a lovely stream that forms pools and waterfalls along the way.
The elegant Apes Hill Club community has been planned around a superb PGA standard, 18-hole golf course designed by golf architects from Landmark, who have had five courses listed amongst the Top 100 Courses in the World. The course will be spectacular from both golf and aesthetic perspectives and the Club House will also have a lavishly appointed spa facility, offering a full range of health and beauty services and treatments.
Set on an historic sugar plantation (c.1686) on the island's crest nearly 1,000 feet above the west coast's pristine beaches, Apes Hill Club offers panoramic sea views in all directions and is cooled by pleasant trade winds. A lush, exalted setting. A place to compare shades of blue in the Caribbean and Atlantic, marvel at the tropical flowers and stately palms, glimpse Bajan monkeys and exotic birds in the forest canopy. A privileged enclave on one of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies.
According to Landmark's most recent construction update, the back nine-holes 10 through 18-will be fully grassed by July 15, making the entire back nine loop playable in the fall. All 18 holes are expected to be grassed by February, 2009.
At Articrafts, Norman Center Mall, Broad Street, John and Roslyn Watson have assembled an impressive display of Bajan arts and crafts. Roslyn's distinctive wall hangings are decorated with objects from the island, including sea fans and coral.
Centrally located in Bridgetown, Articrafts is very popular among tourists looking for some unique and reasonably priced souvenirs. You will not find T-shirts and other similar trinkets at this store, but rather an extensive collection of fine local crafts. There is the standard array of items crafted from straw, hats, bags, etc., as well as an interesting assortment of handcrafted coral and seashell pieces. The tropically influenced woven tapestries for sale are adorned with bamboo, polished coral and other items found throughout the island. Hours: 8:30 am-5 pm Mon-Fri; 8:30 am-1 pm Sat
Welcome to Atlantis Submarines Barbados!
* Experience a unique underwater adventure in a real submarine
* This award winning Atlantis submarine tour is one of the most highly recommended attractions in Barbados for adults and children (min. 3 feet tall).
* 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. Create amazing unforgettable memories on this fully narrated undersea voyage.
* Explore Barbados' oldest natural artifact - 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 is a coral based island, renowned for its aquamarine water, white sandy beaches and friendly people.
Our daily guided ATV Safari tours will take you to some of the most spectacular landscapes here in Barbados. This part of the island is definitely considered Barbados' best kept secret! This fun filled adventure includes stops at points of interest to give you information on the history and geography of the area - which are also great chances for you to snap some amazing pictures!
Bajan Tours, Shak-Shak Complex, no. 4 Frere Pilgrim, Christ Church, is a locally owned and operated company. The best bet for the first-timer is the Exclusive Island Tour, departing Monday to Friday between 8 and 8:30 am and returning between 2:30 and 3 pm. It covers all the island's highlights, including the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, the Chalky Mount Potteries, and the rugged east coast. All tours cost BD$120 (US$60/£31) per person and include a full buffet lunch.
The traditional Bajan beer is Banks, a hugely popular brew by any standard. A tour of this small brewery will show you just how it's made. The "Brewseum" has a lot of fun and interesting memorabilia and provides all sorts of insight into the history of the brewery. At the end of the tour, guests get to sample the finished products (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages).
The Barbados Game Fishing Association is the island's leader where fishing activities are concerned. The BGFA is the organization to contact for information on island fishing tournaments and conservation of area marine life and environments. Whether you are a novice or an expert fisherman, the BGFA is willing to provide information on the sport and sponsored tournaments. Frequent visitors (and fishermen) might want to consider an annual membership.
The Barbados Game Fishing Association(BGFA), is responsible for all game fishing events in Barbados and has firmly established itself as one of the premier Associations or Clubs in the Eastern Caribbean. We have played a leading role in encouraging other fishing associations in the region and, today, we have an active and enjoyable relationship with our contemporaries in Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua and, most recently, Dominica, St. Vincent and Guadeloupe.
The BGFA practices conservation in all of its events either by minimum weight or length and encourages tag and release with pain of penalty for landing undersized fish.
Barbados Golf Club, located at Durants in the southern parish of Christ Church, has become the soul of golfing in Barbados for local players as well as hotel guests and visitors cruising through the Caribbean. The course was approved and sanctioned by the PGA European Tour to host a PGA Seniors Tournament in 2003 and it has also hosted the Barbados Open on several occasions.
Re-designed by notable architect Ron Kirby and re-opened in 2000, the Barbados Golf Club is the island's first public 18-hole championship golf course. This links-style 6,705 yd, par 72 golf course features an expansive triple green. gently rolling hills, wide open fairways and a large central lake that's the cornerstone of the Bajan "Amen Corner".
This Jazz festival is one of the more established ones in the Caribbean having been in existence for over a decade. The Barbados Jazz Festival, which celebrates the best in international and local jazz talent, has become a major annual Caribbean event.
The venues for the festival also reflect the diverse nature of the festival. The modern Sir Garfield Sobers gymnasium suits a large crowd. The open air Farley Hill National Park is ideal for a day of picnicking and jazz. The lovely Sunbury Plantation House is over 300 years old and steeped in history.
The 2008 festival ran from January 14th to 20th. When the dates for the 2009 festival are available, they will be posted here.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a small free-range zoo, about 25km (16mi) north of Bridgetown with meandering paths through mahogany woods filled with scurrying green monkeys, sluggish red-footed turtles and a caiman pond. There's also a small aviary with macaws and cockatoos, as well as un caged peacocks and pelicans. About a kilometer farther north are the 17th-century St Nicholas Abbey, one of the oldest plantation houses in the Caribbean, and Francia Plantation, which has formal gardens and is surrounded by fields of vegetables.
Legend has it that Bathsheba, wife of King David, bathed in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft. Legend has it that the surf covered white waters of Bathsheba, rich in minerals and life is said to resemble Bathsheba's bath in both appearance health giving value.
This is the rugged east coast of Barbados, where visitors come to breath the air, soak in the invigorating Bathsheba Pools and feel alive.
It is breathtakingly beautiful; wide white sand beaches stretch along a dramatic coastline of striking rock formations against which the Atlantic rollers break in cascades of foam. What at first glance are huge boulders washed up on the beach, are actually rock formations broken away from ancient coral reef!
The "Soup Bowl" located at Bathsheba is the surfer's choice while the East Coast Road is a popular picnic spot.
Batts Rock is located on the west coast of the island just a few minutes from the capital city of Bridgetown. Batts Rock is a designated Public Beach area and has picnic benches, shower and changing facilities, drinks machine, and a small children's playground with slides, swings, and see-saws.
The sea here is calm and excellent for swimming while the crystal-clear waters and small rocky areas make it an interesting snorkeling location as well. Among the trees that line the shore you will see the ruins of what was, many years ago, a popular beachfront dancing spot!
Batts Rock adjoins Paradise beach and the wooded area between the two beaches is equipped with benches, with the trees providing the perfect shade for picnics.
Best of Barbados operates a unique chain of gift stores in Barbados with the largest variety of high quality Barbadian craft, souvenirs and prints on the island. They offer the full range of prints and designs of the company's founder, internationally renowned artist, Jill Walker. If you are looking for furniture and home accessories from around the world, visit the flagship store, Walkers' World in St. Lawrence Gap.
Our aim is to provide our clients with a high quality introduction to surfing that is safe, professional and fun! There is nothing we like more, than seeing the thrill people get, when they stand up for the first time! This is why we provide our clients with easy to use techniques, low student to instructor ratios and the ideal location.
Groups of 4 people at US$100 thats only US$25 each. Otherwise its US$50 each.
Tucked away on the south coast, past the Crane Beach and Sam Lord's Castle is Bottom Bay, a wide expansive beach with smooth rolling waves riding onto the shore.
The beach is semi enclosed by high coral cliffs, providing a panoramic view of the south shore. The scene is completed by the presence of tall palm trees that add to the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of the bay.
Always a popular picnic spot, it is also becoming a popular place to live and a number of homes are being built on the tops of the cliffs overlooking the beach and ocean. People who live there report spotting turtles and whales in the waters below the rocks.
Bathing here is not recommended, as the waves are very strong, and great care should be shown by those who choose to do so.
Brandons Beach is located just on the outskirts of the capital city of Bridgetown, on the west coast of Barbados. The waters here are very calm and this is a great place to swim, but there is much more to do at this beach!
Weisers on the Bay is a great spot to hang out. Enjoy beach games and watersports or just relax in the shade of a sunbrella. Let one of their smiling waitresses pamper you with the best in Caribbean Cuisine and Cocktails as you dine in the palm covered restaurant!
Brandons is also the home of the Malibu Visitor Centre and Beach Club. Malibu offers several tour packages with such options as a guided tour of the rum distillery and a Bajan buffet luncheon tour. Watersports facilities, including wave runners, banana boat rides, water-skiing, windsurfing, Hobie Cat rides and kayaking are available, along with beach activities such as volleyball, football and paddle tennis.
Brownes Beach is one of the largest of Barbados' beaches, stretching from Bay Street in the north to Needham's Point in the south.
Located just on the outskirts of the capital city Bridgetown, the waters here are quite calm and so are ideal for swimming and sea bathing. A lifeguard is on duty at the beach.
The white sandy beach is the perfect place to catch the rays of the sun. There is not much shade at the beach so be sure to bring your sunscreen if you wish to avoid a tan. No beach chairs are available for rent so also carry along a towel or two.
Brownes Beach overlooks the lovely Carlisle Bay which is often dotted with small boats and catamarans. But it's what's beneath the surface that's really interesting! The bay is home to many shipwrecks which in turn are home to tropical fish, frog fish, seahorses and more! If you're a scuba diver be sure to visit Carlisle Bay.
Cannon Charters is a family owned and operated deep sea big game fishing company. The boat is a 42 foot Hatteras Convertible powered by twin Cummins diesel engines. The boat is ideal for comfortable fishing and cruising.
Fish for Blue Marlin, White Marlin Sailfish, Albacore, Dorado, Wahoo, Yellow Fin Tuna and Baracuda.
Cannon Charters is the perfect choice for comfortable fishing and cruising, whether it be whole day, half day or a shared charter.
Catamaran lunch cruises are offered by Tall Ships located at Shallow Draught near Bridgetown Harbour. The 4-hour-long catamaran lunch cruises are offered daily beginning at 10 am.
Located on the East Coast of Barbados, Cattlewash offers a splendid landscape. With its salubrious climate and fresh breezes, it is an area well known as one of the best health resort areas in Barbados and indeed the Caribbean.
Cattlewash is said to have derived its name from the cattle wading into the sea there!
The area is a very popular get-away spot for Barbadians, especially during the summer months. Although it is a very scenic and relaxing area, there are strong currents in the area and swimming in open water is not recommended. There are however many pools, surrounded by rocks where one can bathe safely.
Cave Shepherd, Broad Street, is the largest department store on the island and the best place for duty-free merchandise. There are branches at Sunset Crest in Holetown, Da Costas Mall, Grantley Adams Airport, and the Bridgetown cruise-ship terminal. The store sells perfumes, cosmetics, fine crystal and bone china, cameras, jewelry, swimwear, leather goods, men's designer clothing, handicrafts, liquor, and souvenirs.
Chalky Mount potteries located just north of Bathsheba. Beautiful potter including cups, bowls, plates, ornamental, etc. in very beautiful original Caribbean colors.
Join Coconut Court Beach Hotel for their very educational snorkeling adventure as you seek out marine turtles and shipwrecks on a Monday and a Wednesday. The adventure includes a beach walk to Pebbles Beach, boat and crew, two snorkeling stops, refreshments and return transportation to the hotel. Duration: approx. 3 hours, Cost per person: US$ 69.00.
Located along the west coast, in the parish of St.James, is the "Colony Club" (also known as "Heron Bay") beach.
Numerous watersports activities, including jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and catamaran sailing are available from the beach and special areas are roped off to ensure your safety and comfort while swimming.
Towards the northern end of the beach are shallow reefs where snorkelers can spot colorful tropical fish and other marine life.
You may even come across a nest of the hawksbill and leatherback turtle on the shore. (Visit the nearby Folkestone Marine Park for diving and snorkeling.)
Heron Bay, a magnificent coral stone house sitting on the beachfront, has hosted many famous guests, including former US President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, and several movie stars. The house was built in 1947 by the late Ronald Tree, a member of the Winston Churchill British Cabinet.
The house is set on 20 acres of manicured gardens, including a small lake, and the property is often opened as part of the Barbados National Trust's annual Open House Program.
With lush greens, five lakes and immaculately cut fairways, the Country Club course is a golfer’s paradise. It is one of three courses at Sandy Lane.
Crane Beach, originally a harbor, is considered by many to be one of the island's most beautiful beaches. In fact, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous rated it as "one of the ten best beaches in the world"!
The name "Crane" was derived from the large crane situated at the top of the cliff which was used for loading and unloading ships.
The Crane Resort & Residences, standing on the cliff above the beach, has been a favorite with honeymooners since it opened in 1867. In the gardens of the Hotel you will find the magnificent Grand Jete Statue.
Earthworks Pottery/On the Wall Gallery, Edgehill Heights 2, St. Thomas, is one of the artistic highlights of Barbados. Deep in the island's central highlands, Canadian-born Goldie Spieler and her son, David, create whimsical ceramics in the colors of the sea and sky; many are decorated with Antillean-inspired swirls and zigzags. On the premises are a studio and a showroom that sells the products of at least half a dozen other island potters. Purchases can be shipped.
About 20km (12mi) northeast of the capital sits the Flower Forest, 20ha (50 acres) of tropical flora and meandering paths on a former sugar estate where you can learn the names of virtually every plant on Barbados. The garden has sweeping views of the Chalky Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. A few kilometers south of the Flower Forest is Welchman's Hall Gully, where a trail winds through the island's only remaining rainforest. Nearby Harrison's Cave is a fascinating network of limestone caverns with stalactites and stalagmites, subterranean streams, pools and waterfalls. A battery-powered tram enters the cave, stopping en route to let passengers examine the more impressive sites, such as the huge domed cavern known as the Great Hall.
Just to the south of Paradise Beach along the west coast of Barbados you will find this quiet area known as Freshwater Bay. The name really says it all - here you will find calm crystal clear waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
The occasional fishing boat and jet ski pass by, with the catamarans heading down the west coast further out to sea. To the south is the Harbour and you can watch as the cruise liners make their way in and out. The northern part of the beach is almost always quiet while to the south you will find more activity as you approach the Malibu Beach Club and Visitor Centre. Here you can learn about local rum production with a tour of the distillery and enjoy a range of watersports activities.
Welcome to Gibbes beach, one of the most tranquil beaches on the island. Gibbes beach is located on the beautiful west coast of Barbados, also known as the Gold Coast and adjoins the popular Mullins beach.
The beach here is considered one of the most unpopulated on the island and is perfect for relaxing in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere under the warm Caribbean sun. The crystal clear and incredibly calm waters are great for a soothing and relaxing swim.
Gibbes beach is excellent for watersports. For a little excitement try the water skiing and experience the wave runners. Gibbes beach is also great for snorkeling.
Holetown and Speightstown are both quite near to the beach and you can find a range of restaurants and bars, shops and supermarkets.
Glory Tours provides fun filled, adventure packed, informative tours. They will show you the sights and share with you the many stories behind them and by the end of your tour you will not only see why they love this little Island Barbados so much but you will love it to. So come along and join a tour of Beautiful Barbados
Glory Tours is a well recognized tour company and its tours are sold through many well known travel sites.
"What a fantastic day we had! We were met by Peter, just outside the gates to the pier. The orchid farm was lovely, we really enjoyed talkingwith some of the gardeners and getting additional information about the orchids. The general tour of the island was very informative, with a
visit to the church and Bathsheba. Lunch was very good- a choice of grilled chicken or fish with salad and macaroni and cheese. Now the fun part- we got to the wildlife preserve just in time for the heavens to open. Armed with large, golf-sized umbrellas, we had to pick our way over groups of fairly large land tortoises creating roadblocks on the paths. We got to see deer roaming freely in the woods, and had a conversation with a large blue parrot seeking shelter from the storm, who dismissed us with a “bye-bye” when it apparently got tired of talking. But, the highlight was snorkeling with the sea turtles. Apparently the deluge was confined to the north side of the island, so the weather was good for the snorkeling. We took a glass bottom boat to where the turtles were, and happily snorkeled among 5 or 6 of them that immediately appeared when the boat pilot started feeding them. Following that, we moved on to an area with a sunken wreck, and were able to snorkel among literally thousands of fish swirling around the wreck. I would highly recommend this tour." happy customer.
Fabulous courses, year-round sunshine and gentle trade winds make Barbados a golfer’s paradise. The golf courses on the island are some of the best in the world, with courses manicured and maintained by some of the best Golf Directors in the industry. The range of golf facilities will appeal to everyone, with everything from invite-only courses to pay-to-play clubs.
One of the three courses at Sandy Lane. Designed by Tom Fazio, this ultra exclusive par 72, 7,343-yard course is second to none.
Greenwich House Antiques was started 30 years ago by the late Lorna Bishop, it is now being enthusiastically run by Mrs. Bishop's right hand man, Richard Lythcott, her daughter, Hilary Knight, and granddaughter, Emma. There is a constant turnover of vintage mahogany furniture, variety of Art Deco pieces, large wardrobes, classic dining tables, and a whole room full of dining room chairs. Greenwich House's workshop also offers a repair and restoration service. Dozens of objects including crystal, silver, china, books, and pictures, fill every available inch of display space, including Barbados mahogany furniture. Located in Greenwich Village, Trents Hill, St. James, a 25-minute drive from Bridgetown. Open daily from 10:30 to 5:30.
This is one of the most popular clubs in Barbados located on the South Coast. Open-air beachfront night club. Varied themed-nights cater to a wide cross-section of persons and you are guaranteed a great night out. From the barbecue and spectacular shows on Mondays and Wednesday, to the club nights on Fridays and beach parties on Sundays, there is something for everyone.
Barbados is the home of Harrison's Cave. This magnificent, crystallized limestone cavern is said to be one of the wonders of the world. Its pure clear water and flowing streams helped to create the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites which propagate the cave. You will be amazed by nature's mastery as you journey through this living cave.
Barbados has a wide-reaching program for preservation. There is the Folkstone Park Marine Reserve which has an exciting snorkeling trail and museum; the Scotland District which is an unspoiled area of rugged and forested highlands; while Harrison's Cave sits deep within the Jack-in-the-Box and Welchman Hall gullies, where a profusion of native flowers, plants, trees and animals abound.
Open five days a week (Wednesday - Sunday).
Located in the north-western parish of St.Peter, near to the town of Speightstown, is this wide, quiet beach.
Here you will find a large open area ideal for swimming, and smaller rock-enclosed pools that are perfect for children to wade in. As with most beaches along the west coast, the waters here are very calm.
The shallow reefs are good for snorkeling, and other watersports are available nearby.
Around the corner the beach narrows considerably but there are still small pools in which you can take a dip!
Highland Pottery is worth a visit. Potters turn out different products, some based on designs that are centuries old. The potteries (which are signposted) are north of Bathsheba on the east coast, in St. Joseph Parish near Barclay's Park. In shops across the island, you'll also find a selection of locally made vases, pots, pottery mugs, glazed plates, and ornaments.
Hike Barbados takes you through cane fields, gullies, tropical forests and coastal communities to explore the unique geological and social structure of Barbados. Along the way you will meet new friends, enjoy healthy exercise and observe the delicate balance of the unique heritage and environment of Barbados.
The hikes are FREE but donations are welcome towards the work of the Barbados National Trust (preserving our built and natural environment) and Treading Lightly (problem-solving for sustainability).
Times: All morning hikes start at 6:00 a.m. Afternoon hikes (Stop 'n' Stare only) start at 3:30 p.m. The Moonlight Walks start at 5:30 p.m., you are advised to bring a torch to these walks.
The Horse Racing track in Barbados is at the Garrison Savannah which is less than two miles outside the capital of Bridgetown. It has been the home of horse racing since the colonial days of 1845. The officers of the British Regiment who were stationed in Barbados, used what was then the parade ground to match their horses in races and the wealthy merchants and planters later joined them..
The Barbados Turf Club, which regulates and promotes horse racing in Barbados, was established in 1905 and organizes three (3) seasons of racing per year. These meetings run from January to April; May to August and from October to December.For an afternoon of excitement, go for the sport of kings. The fabled Garrison Savannah hosts quality thoroughbreds and the Barbados Turf Club runs a number of races each year. Another popular sport is polo, attracting skilled players and enthusiastic fans.
Johnson’s Tours is the leading tours and transportation company in Barbados. With origins back to 1860, they are one of the oldest and most established taxi & tours companies in Barbados. With over 140 years experience, they have perfected the art of providing excellent service in quality vehicles to you and your clients.
Johnson’s Tours is based in the centre of Barbados' South Coast and within easy reach of the Grantley Adams International Airport, the Bridgetown Sea Port and the West Coast of Barbados. Johnson's Tours provides a 24-hour, all year round, luxury and professional taxi service to the Island of Barbados. We also offer a wide variety of island tours to exciting places around Barbados.
"Mahogany Bay", or lower Paynes Bay, is located along the west coast of Barbados in the parish of St.James.
A walkway provides public access to the beach, and picnic benches offer an excellent view of the catamarans and sailboats heading down the coast. The Bay offers calm waters and pools bordered by coral reefs.
A small fishing village is also present at the Bay and on the overlooking cliff is a monument to victims of a 1976 plane crash.
At the southern end of the bay is one of the finest restaurants on the island - The Cliff.
Mullins beach, located in the parish of St.Peter, is one of the most popular beaches on the west coast. This is the place to relax in a lounge chair under the umbrellas and shade of the Casuarina or palm trees, take a dip in the safely roped off areas, or venture out further on a jetski!
The beach bar is a great spot to grab a drink, snack or lunch during the day, or to drop by later on for a romantic sunset dinner or nightcap.
If you are renting a car during your vacation, Mullins has a spacious newly built car park conveniently located just across the road.
At the southern end of Carlisle Bay, right on the southwest tip of Barbados, is the historic Needham's Point area. With calm crystal clear waters Needham's Point is a favorite sea bathing spot for locals and visitors alike.
There are almost 3 distinct beaches surrounding the point - the northernmost is referred to by locals as Pebbles Beach. To the south is the area known as Drill Hall beach.
Sandwiched right in the middle is perhaps the loveliest beach of all - Needham's Point itself. The extremely calm waters lap onto the white beach and a reef almost makes a natural swimming pool out of the ocean. It is here that you will find the Barbados Hilton Hotel.
Ocean Park is a unique Marine Aquarium. In the displays you can experience the underwater life up close. The 26 displays located throughout the park showcase the bright, colorful and exotic fish and sea life found around Barbados and the Caribbean, as well as weird and wonderful animals from tropical seas around the globe. The park is set in beautiful outdoor gardens filled with lush tropical flowering plants and vegetation.
It has a great kids playground, a themed Shoreline Discovery display, sharks, sting-rays, pirhanas and lots of other exciting marine life. Also a really cool Pirate Adventure mini golf course - highly recommend it for the entire family.
Oistin's Friday night Fish Fry is incredibly good food, and more importantly its brilliant fun from start to finish. Most of the fish was bbqued, not fried. Don't miss 'Olnida's Fabulous Fish Cakes" or the hot sauce definitly 'Zen in the art of Fishcakes'. Later on the DJ's get rolling, playing a mix of reggae, old-school rap, and totally old school disco. After that the steel drum bands get going so if that's your interest, don't go until 9:30 or 10 pm. This is a local flavor you won't find anywhere else on the island.
Paradise Beach is a relatively quiet beach located on the west coast of Barbados.
The very popular Cunard Paradise Hotel sat on the shores of this west coast beach and in the early 1980's the beach was a haven of activity as guests enjoyed swims in the tranquil waters, horse rides along the beach, and numerous watersports activities. The hotel is now closed. As a result the beach is now much quieter with the occasional jet ski and fishing boats passing by.
Around the corner from Paradise beach you will find Freshwater Bay and a small fishing village.
A wonderful place for swimming, the area also has some shallow rock formations which may be of interest to the snorkeler.
Paradise Beach adjoins Batts Rock beach and the wooded area between the two beaches is perfect for picnics. (You must use the Batts Rock entrance to access Paradise Beach by car.)
Located along the west coast, in the parish of St.James, is Paynes Bay beach. There is a public entrance to the beach opposite the Coach House restaurant and another entrance a little further to the north. Along the former, you will find two small changing area for patrons of Coach House.
Coach House also runs a small beach stand, where you can purchase drinks and snacks.
Beach chairs are available for rental and there are several shaded areas on the beach to which you can retreat when the sun gets a bit too hot.
The waters here are very calm and the area is safe for swimming.
Watersports activities, including jet skiing and catamaran sailing, are available from the beach.
The East Point Lighthouse, located at Ragged Point (the most easterly point of the island), offers a spectacular view of the rugged coastal scenery along almost the entire East Coast of Barbados. In fact, on a clear day you can see all the way up the coastline to the northern points of the island such as Cove Bay and Pico Tenerife.
Off the coast lies Culpepper Island, a tiny island that can be easily reached at low tide.
This is one of four lighthouses on the island, the others being located at South Point, Needhams Point and Harrison Point.
Reeds Bay is a very quiet unspoiled beach that is well worth a visit if you are driving along the west coast and want a quick dip in the sea. In fact the crystal clear blue waters that gently lap along the shore are very hard to resist!
There is a marked area for swimming. For your own safety please respect this, as there are fishing boats, catamarans and jet skis in the area.
Limited parking is available at the southern end of the bay.
Also known as Accra Beach, this very popular south coast beach offers a combination of exciting waves and calm swimming.
Relax on a chaise lounge or on the soft white sand, under the shade of a casuarina or sea-grape tree, or enjoy one of the many watersports activities that are available from the beach such as windsurfing, sunfish sailing, Hobie Cat rides and snorkeling. Boogie boarding and body surfing are particularly popular.
Vendors kiosks have been established at Rockley Beach, from which you can buy colorful clothing and local jewelry and handicraft.
Rockley Golf Resort is a short 9-hole course, notable for its narrow shots. The shortness of the course is perfect for beginners; and, sacrificing the long drive in favor of the accurate shot will definitely be rewarded by the greens. Towering trees and dense foliage create a pastoral environment. The 2,800-yard course has a par of 35.
Royal Shop, 32 Broad St, Bridgetown, Barbados. This elegant shop carries fine jewelry and watches. Pieces are made from Italian gold, Caribbean silver, diamonds and emeralds.
The Royal Westmoreland Golf Club is universally agreed to offer some of the best par three golf anywhere. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed this world-class 18-hole course, a superb 6,870-yard, par 72 course of unrivaled beauty, every hole offering a dazzling ocean view. It is an elegantly landscaped and manicured golf nirvana and has gained a reputation among the rich and famous. The PGA Senior's Event is the gala occasion for the course and attracts celebrities, luminaries and a significant amount of media attention and generous support for charitable organizations.
Rubáiyát is a classic Peter Spronk original with a unique schooner rig. At 50 ft long, she is sleek, comfortable and fully equipped for day chartering. Rubáiyát is skippered by owner and well-known Barbadian Eddie Cheeseman, who has over 20 years professional sailing experience as captain and has been sailing his own boat since 1998.
Rubáiyát Catamaran Cruises specializes in relaxed sailing tours of the beautiful Barbados coastline. We offer exciting cruises where you get to experience swimming with and feeding of friendly sea turtles. You can discover the sheer beauty of underwater Barbados with our snorkeling adventures, exploring the island's fascinating reefs and wrecks.
So sail away with us...A sailing vacation aboard Rubáiyát is like no other. Your voyage starts from the capital city of Bridgetown, as we sail north bound on the west coast, in the calm waters of the Caribbean sea. Swim, snorkel, dive, read, sun-bathe, eat, drink and be exceedingly merry. Join "Captain Eddie" as we sail away for hours of FUN...
Our "not-to-miss" sailing adventures include Lunch Cruises, Sunset Dinner Cruises, Three Hour Cruises as well as Private Charters.
Sam Lord's Castle is a limestone coral mansion that has an interesting, albeit embellished, history. The mansion was constructed by Sam Lord who, according to legend, hung 'wrecker' lanterns off the point to lure ships onto Cobbler's Reef. The ships thought they were entering a safe harbor, and when they crashed on the reef Lord purportedly went down to collect the cargo. Although there's little doubt that Lord was a scoundrel, most historians discount the lantern story as folklore. Lord's former home looks like a stately residence rather than a castle and contains a modest collection of paintings and antique furnishings.
Sandy Lane’s courses were designed by Tom Fazio and are acclaimed for breathtaking landscapes and magnificent greens. It is a par 72, 18-hole championship course that beckons players with such features as the famed 7th hole featuring a dramatic vista overlooking the Caribbean. Play the spectacular “Green Monkey,” test your skills on the 18-hole "Country Club" course or enjoy a more relaxing game on the charming "Old Nine" course, constructed in 1961.
With 45 holes of golf on three unique and spectacular courses, Sandy Lane offers golfers of all skill levels an unforgettable golfing experience.
Beautifully manicured courses abound with color and wildlife... a golfer’s utopia.
The Sea Turtle and The Shipwreck adventure: Discover the most hidden bays and best kept secrets of Barbados' West Coast. Explore the underwater wonders of a tropical paradise. Partake in feeding a species of curious turtles.
Live the experience of real off-shore power boating with Barbados' fastest and most exciting adventure tour cruises - Seafari adventures!
Experience the thrill and excitement of sitting in a real Thriller powerboat as it blasts across the waves at speeds of up to 50 mph. Although new to Barbados, it has already proven its popularity in the Bahamas, Aruba, Costa Rica and other locations.
Barbados' specially designed Seafari Thriller powerboat cruises with up to 40 "adventurers" at top speed while ensuring both your complete safety and comfort. It is important to note that Seafari only hires fully trained local captains with years of knowledge of the sea and shoals surrounding Barbados and the Grenadines.
This is by far the most fun way to get a real feel for Barbados
Glide across rugged cliff tops, witness breathtaking views of our stunning coastlines and pounding Atlantic surf, all while you ride around on your very own Segway PT (off-Road X2) model. You get to see a unique part of Barbados, inaccessible even by other forms of transportation. You may even get a chance to get up close photos of our indigenous black belly sheep and other grazing animals!
This amazing little cove is great for swimming. A reef protects you from the large surf rolling in. Its spectacular and only known by the locals
We took the 3 hr cruise stopping to snorkel and swim with the tame sea turtles, and it was just fantastic.
Once back on board we continued on to the shipwreck.
What I loved most about this tour was the size of the boat and the ability to really chat with the captain. Shasa takes a max of 10 guests, its just a much better experience than the bigger boats were you can be one of 50 people.
The most popular times for this cruise are 10am-1pm or for the more romantic at heart a sunset 3-6.
Silver Moon Cruises
With over 20 years of experience in the cruise industry, we offer the only premier luxury sailing tour in Barbados.
During our day cruises a full buffet lunch is provided and drinks are all inclusive. We will sail with you along our exclusive gold coast and show you the island as can only be seen from the Silver Moon. Come sail with us!
Private Charters are also available, and those staying on the West Coast can be picked up by our Luxury Catamaran directly on the beach in front their hotel or guest house.
Silver Sands is a lovely beach located on the south coast of the island. The waves and swells in this area are quite impressive making it an ideal spot of a wide variety of watersports.
During the winter months the tradewinds off the coast of Silver Sands create perfect conditions for windsurfing and Silver Sands is a world class spot for this exciting sport.
Located to the north of Speightstown, Six Men's is a picturesque fishing village. You will often see the fishermen bringing in their catch for sale in the market.
One of the big attractions in Six Men's these days is the fish fry held on Friday and Saturday evenings. Enjoy fresh local fish as you mingle with the locals.
If scuba diving is your interest, join a local dive operator to explore the Pamir, a 165ft long wreck that sits in 60ft of water just off Six Men's.
Just to the south is the Port St. Charles Marina and Heywoods beach.
One of the oldest Anglican churches on the island, and home to a glorious altar painting by Benjamin West, and sculpture work by Richard Westmacott, creator of Nelson's statue in Bridgetown.
The original structure was built in wood by the early English settlers in mid 1628, but was destroyed by hurricane in 1675. A stone structure was erected in the early 1690’s – the church bell was cast in 1669. In 1874 due to the decay of its 200 year old walls, the church was partially demolished and a larger structure was built. The north porch and sanctuary were added in the 1900s.
St Nicholas Abbey, Cherry Tree Hill, St Peter, is a very handsome Jacobean great house built around 1658, which with Drax Hall (a private house also in Barbados) is one of the only three surviving Jacobean mansions in the western hemisphere, the third being in Virginia, USA. The house and surrounding buildings, including an 1890 steam mill, have recently undergone extensive renovations by owner, architect Larry Warren, who purchased the property in 2006. In the stables is a display of sugar in all its aspects, fancy brown sugar, molasses and barrels in which the special blended St Nicholas Abbey rums are aged. A video of a black and white home movie shot in 1935 by the previous owners is available for viewing. Opening hours are 10 am to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Built in 1836 near Hackleton's Cliff, St.John. This classic Gothic church was built to replace a previous structure which had been destroyed by hurricane in 1831. The chancel was added to the church in 1876.
The churchyard contains body of Ferdinand Paleologus (descendant of Constantine), Westmascott statue, spectacular view of East Coast.
St.Nicholas Abbey, located in the parish of St.Peter, was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Barbados is home to two of these mansions ... St.Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall.
Distinguishing features of this magnificent, well-preserved mansion are: curved Dutch gables, chimney stacks and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques and china. A rare 1930s film of sugar plantation life can also be viewed.
St.Nicholas Abbey is not without its tale of tragedy! The house appears to have been built by Colonel Benjamin Berringer. His neighbour, friend and business partner was John (later Sir John) Yeamans. When Yeamans began to pay attention to Mrs. Berringer, a feud erupted between Yeamans and Colonel Berringer, culminating in a duel in which Berringer was killed. Soon afterwards, Sir John married Mrs. Berringer and claimed the Abbey. A court ruling later returned the property to Berringer's children and the property was named after Berringer's grand-daughter who married George Nicholas.
Meanwhile, Sir John and Berringer's widow left Barbados in 1669 and helped found the colony that is South Carolina, USA, with Sir John eventually becoming Governor of that settlement in 1672. When he died two years later, his widow married again ... for the third time!
Sunbury Plantation House is a 17th-century plantation house, the only one on Barbados that can be explored in its entirety. The house has thick stonewalls built of local coral blocks and ballast stones from the English sailing ships that picked up shipments of Barbadian sugar. The interior retains its colonial ambiance and is furnished with antiques, many made from Barbadian mahogany. The articulate guides are well versed in local history, making this the finest plantation tours on the island.
The barefoot tour guide ... Join Ted, a native to Barbados with over 20 years experience on his one of a kind island tour. Ted will be proud to take you around his Island in the Sun. Being a native Barbadian, he will happily tell you everything and more about the history of the island, its friendly people and other interesting things. Ted's island adventure leaves at 10:00 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Travel in comfort aboard Ted's air-conditioned, 40 seater bus and enjoy complimentary rum or fruit punch from "Ted's bar" along the way.
The tour includes an "all you can eat Bajan buffet lunch" at the friendly, famous Bonita Bar & Restaurant located in the scenic Bathsheba district. Join Ted for an unforgettable, one of a kind experience as you leave no stone unturned.
Price US$ 55.00 per person, children 12 years and under are 1/2 price.
The Boatyard offers unbeatable beach facilities enhanced only by the natural white sandy beach and calm azure water. Upon entering The Boatyard, a beach package is offered at Adventure Beach which ensures you a day filled with fun and pleasure in paradise. The package entitles you to:- Beach Lounge Chair * Complementary Cocktail, Juice or Soft Drink * Rope Swing from Pier * Ocean Trampolines * Iceberg Rock-climb and water Slide * Bar * Restaurant * Fresh Water Showers * Changing Rooms * Beach Games * Free Shuttle back to Cruise Ship
The following are offered at reduced rates:-
Beach Umbrellas * Wave Runners * Kayaks * Snorkeling * Glass Bottom Boat * Scuba Diving at Roger's Scuba Shack * Beach Volleyball * Lockers
Relax in our seafront restaurant, South Deck, and savor the flavor of the Caribbean. We are sure to satisfy your hunger from our extensive menu of local and international dishes.
Sharkey's Bar is fully stocked and just the place to be to quench your thirst after soaking up the warm Caribbean rays. Sip on one of our many exotic cocktails while we pamper you!
Adventure Beach at The Boatyard - where the fun never stops!! The Boatyard Barbados is popular club/bar in Barbados. It is located along the south coast of the island on the outskirts of the island's capital Bridgetown.
The Plantation Theatre offers Bajan Roots & Rhythms, and is the only dinner and stage show in Barbados designed to offer visitors a genuine representation of West Indian culture. Bajan Roots & Rhythms, uniquely known for its interactive segments and party atmosphere, affords its guests plenty of opportunities to join in the fun. This cultural extravaganza is an all inclusive value package, complete with costumes, thrilling choreography, music, song, dance and the red-hot excitement of a fire-eater and flaming limbo.
Welches Beach, on the south coast of Barbados, can now easily be considered one of the islands best. A considerable amount of renovation work has recently been completed in the area, turning what was once a small strip of beach into a lovely wide expanse.
The waters here are very calm and the area is ideal of swimming, however please note that there are no lifeguards on duty at this beach.
On the East Coast of Barbados huge Atlantic waves crash along the shore and these beaches are better suited for walking than swimming. However there are a few good places to splash along this coast - as the waves break over rocks and reefs, small pools are formed close to shore - natural swimming pools!
Is there a Barbados zoo? No, actually we have something even better - a wildlife reserve!
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is located in a natural mahogany wood across the road from the Farley Hill National Park 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.
What types of animals will you spot here?
The Barbados Green Monkeys are common and are especially popular at the afternoon feeding time. Note that the monkeys are free to leave the reserve and often do so during the day.
Birds vary from colourful parrots, flamingoes and peacocks to brown pelicans and sparrows. The walk-through aviary is a special treat!
Reptile lovers will appreciate the collection of snakes (these are in cages!), iguanas, turtles and tortoises.
Non-native animals include the Brocket Deer, agouti, caiman (looks like an alligator) and armadillo.
Located on the south coast of Barbados is the beautiful white sandy beach of Worthing. The sea in this area offers a multitude of delights for all sea lovers!
Just off-shore within swimming distance is an interesting coral reef to discover, filled with tropical fish. On the inside of this reef the swimming is extremely safe, the calm waters make it especially good for children and beginner-swimmers, as the depth of the water varies from approximately 2 - 6 ft.