Barbados

The terrain changes dramatically from each of the island's 11 parishes to the next, and so does the pace. Bridgetown, the capital, is a busy and fairly sophisticated city. West-coast resorts and private estates ooze luxury, whereas the small villages and vast sugar plantations found throughout central Barbados reflect the island's history. The relentless Atlantic surf shaped the cliffs of the dramatic east coast, and the northeast is called Scotland because of its hilly landscape and broad vistas. Along the lively south coast, the daytime hustle and bustle produce a palpable energy that continues well into the night at restaurants and nightspots.

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  • 1. Bottom Bay Beach

    Beach

    Popular for fashion and travel-industry photo shoots, Bottom Bay is the quintessential Caribbean beach. Secluded, surrounded by a coral cliff...Read More

  • 2. Cattlewash Beach

    Beach

    Swimming is unwise at this windswept beach with pounding surf, which follows the Atlantic Ocean coastline in St. Andrew, but you can take a...Read More

  • 3. Cherry Tree Hill

    Viewpoint

    The cherry trees for which this spot was named have long since disappeared, but the view from Cherry Tree Hill, just east of St. Nicholas Abbey...Read More

  • 4. Pebbles Beach

    Beach

    On the southern side of Carlisle Bay, just south of Bridgetown, this broad half circle of white sand is one of the island's best family-friendly...Read More

  • 5. Barbados Military Cemetery

    Cemetery

    The cemetery, also referred to as Gravesend or Garrison Military Cemetery, is near the shore behind historic St. Ann's Fort. First used in 1780...Read More

  • 6. Barclays Park

    City Park

    Straddling the Ermy Bourne Highway on the east coast, just north of Bathsheba, this 50-acre public park was gifted to Barbados by Barclays Bank...Read More

  • 7. Bathsheba Beach

    Beach

    Although unsafe for swimming, the miles of untouched sand along the East Coast Road in St. Joseph Parish are great for beachcombing and wading...Read More

  • 8. Brandon's Beach–Brighton Beach

    Beach

    Just north of downtown Bridgetown and within walking distance of the cruise ship terminal, the sea at this southernmost pair of west coast beaches...Read More

  • 9. Chalky Mount

    Town/Village

    This tiny east-coast village is perched high in the clay-yielding hills that have supplied local potters for about 300 years. A few working...Read More

  • 10. Codrington Theological College

    Educational Institution

    An impressive stand of cabbage-palm trees lines the road leading to the coral-stone buildings and serene grounds of Codrington College, the...Read More

  • 11. Emancipation Statue

    Public Art

    This powerful statue of a slave—whose raised hands, with broken chains hanging from each wrist, evoke both contempt and victory—is commonly...Read More

  • 12. Independence Square

    Plaza/Square

    Located on the waterfront, this lovely, shaded spot is a great place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of Bridgetown, while you enjoy...Read More

  • 13. Queen's Park and Queen's Park Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    This national park is the site of beautiful gardens, a children's playground, a sports/events field, and one of the island's two immense baobab...Read More

  • 14. Ragged Point

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This is the location of East Coast Light, one of four strategically placed lighthouses on the island. Although civilization in the form of new...Read More

  • 15. South Point Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This is the oldest of four lighthouses on Barbados. Assembled on the island in 1852, after being displayed at London's Great Exhibition the...Read More

  • 16. St. Michael's Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although no one has proven it, George Washington is said to have worshipped here in 1751 during his only trip outside the United States. By...Read More

  • 17. The Careenage

    Pedestrian Mall

    In the early days, Bridgetown's natural harbor was where schooners were turned on their sides (careened) to be scraped of barnacles and repainted...Read More

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