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Welcome to Barbados

This small island (just 21 by 14 miles / 34 by 23 km) in the Lesser Antilles has beach-worthy weather all year around and sits outside the so-called “Hurricane Alley.” The bustling capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bridgetown boasts many multicolored historical buildings as well as some pedestrian shopping streets. The fine sand beaches and azure waters in the south draw travelers from all over the globe while the wild and rugged coast of the island’s north offers natural wonders. In between lies the famous Harrison’s Cave, a limestone formation that contains stalagmites, stalactites, and underground water features. To cover all of that—and the mix of colonial, native, and immigrant cultures in between—tours by car, catamaran, and 4x4 help speed transport and shed light on Barbados’ food and customs. Visitors join local and international surfers at a beach called the “Soup Bowl,” in the quaint fishing village of Bathsheba, peek at the local green monkeys at Welchman Hall Gully, and stop at Saint Nicholas Abbey, which opens a window into what life on the island may have looked like in the 17th century. For more relaxed—but no less impressive—sights, Hunte’s Garden showcases the lush, tropical flora and fauna found in Barbados, and nobody can resist a stop at the famous Mount Gay Rum Distillery, where travelers visit the Heritage Museum and even take a course in mixing the perfect rum cocktail.

Top 10 attractions in Barbados

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Harrison's Cave

Harrison's Cave

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Harrison’s Cave, an underground cavern located in the central uplands of Barbados, is a 1.4-mile (2.3-kilometer) natural wonder chock-full of stalactites, stalagmites, cascading waterfalls, and natural passages. It’s one of the island’s top attractions, and rightly so—it’s an unparalleled underground experience.More
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Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

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The Barbados Wildlife Reserve, located on the island’s northern coast, is a 4-acre (1.6-hectare) area of mahogany forest that is home to a variety of native species. Visit to see a wide variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles, including deer, armadillos, iguanas, flamingos, peacocks, green monkeys, and agouti.More
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Bridgetown Cruise Port (Deep Water Harbour)

Bridgetown Cruise Port (Deep Water Harbour)

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The first stop for many visitors to Barbados, Bridgetown Cruise Port (Deep Water Harbour) is located just outside of Bridgetown, the country's capital city. Every cruise ship docking at the island anchors here, and there can be up to eight ships in port at the same time.More
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Mount Gay Rum Visitor Center

Mount Gay Rum Visitor Center

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Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum, and Mount Gay Distillery—founded in 1703—is the world’s oldest commercial rum distillery. For three centuries, residents and visiting sailors have sipped its sweet golden nectar. Learn how rum is made at Mount Gay Visitor Centre, and taste the drink that shaped Barbados.More
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St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey

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Built in 1660, the beautifully restored St. Nicholas Abbey, with its distinctive Dutch gables and red roof, is one of only three authentic Jacobean buildings in the western hemisphere. On this old sugarcane estate, you’ll find a working rum distillery and a museum depicting 18th-century plantation life on the island.More
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Carlisle Bay

Carlisle Bay

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The shipwrecks in Carlisle Bay, on Barbados’ west coast, make the protected natural harbor one of the island’s most popular snorkeling and scuba diving spots. Six sunken vessels dot the ocean floor and are home to hundreds of varieties of tropical fish, stingrays, and turtles that draw visitors from all over the world.More
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Bathsheba Beach

Bathsheba Beach

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According to an old legend, beautiful Bathsheba—the wife of King David—bathed in milk to keep her skin looking smooth and soft. Barbados locals say the white, frothy waters of Bathsheba Beach, named in her honor, have similar healing powers.Surfers love riding the wild Atlantic waves and navigating the strong currents this beach is famous for, while the more leisurely set enjoy taking in its picturesque landscapes and soaking in the relaxing mineral pools lined by coral reefs. Huge boulders resting along the shore give this destination a distinctly wild vibe, and the nearby fishing village is filled with friendly locals, strong rum shops and quaint restaurants serving up classic Barbados fare.More
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Cherry Tree Hill

Cherry Tree Hill

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As you take an island tour of Barbados, make sure to stop at Cherry Tree Hill, an 850-foot tall overlook on the grounds of St. Nicholas Abbey. Here you can enjoy an expansive view of the island’s Scotland District and the wild, windswept eastern shore of the island. The road up the hill is said to have been literally lined with cherry trees, however today it’s long been replanted with towering groves of mahogany. The hill is a popular stop among guided tours, so if you’ve planned to take one on your trip, you’ll likely end up here. However, you can also make the drive yourself—it’s only about 30 minutes from Bridgetown.More
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Sunbury Plantation House

Sunbury Plantation House

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See how the elites of Barbados lived in luxury on their sugar plantations at the Sunbury Plantation House, the only great house on Barbados with all of its rooms open to the public and often visited by coach buses of travelers looking to explore the area.The beautifully restored great house dates from the 1660s, and it changed hands many times over the centuries. Today it serves as a period museum, furnished with elegant antiques, prints and furniture made from Barbadian mahogany, including a 200-year-old banquet table where the museum hosts dinners. There's also a unique collection of horse-drawn carriages behind the house.More
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St. John's Parish Church

St. John's Parish Church

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One of Barbados’s oldest church sites, the St. John’s Parish Church has experienced a tumultuous history, having been damaged by fires and hurricanes and rebuilt multiple times since it was originally established in 1645. The current incarnation was completed in 1836, while the chancel was added some years later. It was constructed in the Gothic style, and its dramatic location offers spectacular views of the rugged, windswept eastern shore of Barbados. Notable attractions include the grave of Ferdinand Paleologus, a descendant of the Emperor Constantine, and a sculpture by British sculptor Richard Westmacott near the front doors, and one of only two sundials on the island.More

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Top activities in Barbados

Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise
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5-Hour Small-Group Catamaran Cruise from Bridgetown with Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Barbados

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Perfect fay
Barbara_H, Dec 2021
Natural Wonders of Barbados Small-Group or Private Tour with Harrison's Cave
The wildlife reserve was a surpringly fun place to visit..
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Birthday in Barbados
Jacqueline_F, Jan 2022
Barbados Full-day Private Tour
It was great to see all the different landscapes in Barbados and experience the local culture.
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Excellent
Michael_A, Jan 2022
Barbados Island Tour, Monkey feeding & Swimming with the Turtles
This is a great way to see the beautiful island of Barbados.
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Amazing!
Abigail_F, Sep 2021
Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise
The snorkelling was unbelievable and we were able to see turtles and an abundance of marine life.
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Great tour & great tour guide
Linda_C, Jan 2022
Private Full-Day Barbados Excursion
I recommend him to anyone who wants to see and learn all about beautiful Barbados!
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A Fun Way to Explore
Johari_M, Jan 2022
South Coast Bike Tour: on electric or regular bicycles
We can’t wait to visit again!
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Great tour - adventure and explore!
Alexander_B, Jan 2022
Barbados 5 hour Private Island Tour
The places we visited were well worth seeing and the tour really gave us a good look at the country as a whole, allowing us to see the differences between the regions.
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Fantastic Day with the best Driver and knowledge
Brett_C, Nov 2021
Barbados Full-day Private Tour
We didn’t do the tourist bits as we wanted to see the real side of Barbados and we were shown some fantastic sights right the way around the island.
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Excellent, FUN , Funny
Aysh, Oct 2021
Adventure Safari
Dexter through all of the guide show us information about Barbados and the attractions.
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Great Experience
Sarah_G, Sep 2021
Barbados Small-Group or Private Monkey Feeding Experience
It's a lovely nature reserve, was so nice to see all the animals roaming around free and not in cages.
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Excellent private tour of Barbados
Vlad_G, Sep 2021
Private Full-Day Barbados Excursion
Our tour guide first asked us what we want to see and created a plan for the day.
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Excrement island tour
Dana_O, Jun 2021
Barbados Half Day Private Tour
As a life-long resident of Barbados, he gave us lots of history as we stopped to see the beauty.
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Perfect private tour
Malachi_O, May 2021
Barbados Half Day Private Tour
Ahmed was a fantastic driver and guide, in the half day tour we managed to visit many of the best tourist attractions on the island, ate at a great local spot and took some great pictures of Barbados.
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Absolutely amazing
Rachael_C, Mar 2020
Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour
Nik was extremley knowledgeable and we got to see loads of unsual fish, shipwrecks and even turtles!
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Barbados half day tour
laurenorme, Feb 2020
Barbados Shore Excursion Barbados Paradise Sightseeing Tour
A quick and easy tour showing some of the many sights of the island, it’s definitely worth the few hours to visit, without anything feeling rushed.
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Well-run cave tour in Barbados
Jeremy R, Jan 2020
Small-Group or Private Harrison's Cave Tour in Barbados
For cruisers or people staying in hotels this is a great tour to see something different.
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Great Experience
Genevieve_B, Jan 2020
Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise
It was our first Catamaran cruise in Barbados, we had other experience in other destination, but this one with kids, is lovely.
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Great way to spend the day
Ron_H, Dec 2019
Barbados Half Day Coastal Sightseeing Private Tour
Ahmad did an outstanding job of driving us to see everything we wanted to see, answering our questions, taking photos for us, and showing us the island - end to end.
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Highly recommend
Travel60395940368, Jun 2019
Barbados Half Day Coastal Sightseeing Private Tour
Our private tour with Ahmed (I hope I’ve spelled his name correctly) provided us with a local’s perspective to Barbados and allowed us to see more than we anticipated.
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Perfect tour!
Seth_D, Jun 2019
Natural Wonders of Barbados Small-Group or Private Tour with Harrison's Cave
We got to see lots of Barbados and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the island!
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