There is no other island in the Caribbean that has developed such a refined culture as Barbados. Barbados was founded as a British colony as early as 1627. Earlier history includes the Arawak and Carib natives being displaced by Spanish and Portuguese settlers that came and left.
Barbados enjoys an elegance that comes from the roots of British colonialism and this reflects in the architecture, customs and even the sports of the small island. Cricket and Polo are popular and a big part of Barbados Tourism.
Although the island is fraught with museums and cultural attractions, it is not just the colonial charm that surrounds Bridgetown, the capital city and the rest of the settlements and plantations across the island which inspires so many visitors to this slice of tropical paradise.
The island itself is home to a flora and fauna that sits like a jewel in case of pristine tropical beauty of white sand beaches, rainbow corals and sapphire seas. The interior of the island is dotted with natural reserves that exhibit a breathtaking array of plants and flowers. These botanical gardens are not only a relaxing escape but they give visitors a chance to observe Barbados’ natural treasures up close.
There are rolling hills, sugar plantations, tide-sculpted, mushroom-shaped rock formations, sunken ships and much more. Following is an overview of three main attractions of Barbados Tourism, in no particular order of importance.
1. Cultural Attractions
Barbados, being a classic British colony boasts an array of cultural attractions including architectural marvels and museums filled with enough artifacts and exhibits to fill a few days with wonder and amazement. The Parliament Buildings and Museum of Parliament are a fine example.
St. Nicholas Abby and Sunbury Plantation offer unique insights into plantation life. The buildings themselves are impressive and feature beautiful gardens and fascinating exhibits.
2. Natural Attractions
Nature reserves, parks and gardens are plentiful throughout Barbados and each offers a unique display of natural beauty. From rare flowers and tropical plants to a stunning array of monkeys, raucous tropical birds and the entire Caribbean Reef spectacle teeming with the most fascinating creatures in all creation, there is no end to the experiences to take in.
There are caves to be explored as well Harrison’s Cave has high ceilings over tidal pools with their own natural attractions.
Hunte’s Garden, Holetown, Folkstone Marine Park and Barbados Wildlife Reserve are must see destinations in Barbados.
3. Beaches and Coastal Attractions
There is one important thing that most people have in mind when they choose Caribbean vacation destinations. The clear blue waters, white sand beaches and tropical waves attract visitors from the four corners of the globe to engage the fun and sun in so many different ways.
Scuba diving, sailing, catamaran cruising, snorkeling and fishing are all popular activities in the waters off the coast of Barbados. For those who need some introduction to the clear blue water there are many tours and guided trips offered by local tourist centers.
To truly sample all of the delicacies that Barbados Tourism has to offer, allow yourself plenty of time to explore all the natural, coastal and cultural beauties that this charming island has for you.