Best At Travel
Barbados is located east of the Windward Islands and north-east of Venezuela, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Well-known nearby islands include St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Martinique, the Grenadines, Tobago and Trinidad. Covering an area of approximately 166 square miles, Barbados has a coast line of around 60 miles. Bridgetown, the capital, is situated on the south-western coast, beside a natural harbour.
View pointsNatural beauty spots worth visiting during a Barbados holiday include Harrison's Cave, which features streams, cascades, thundering waterfalls and deep pools, as well as Andromeda Botanical Gardens. Errol Barrow Park, Barclays Park and Grenade Hall Forest (complete with signal station) are other horticultural treats. Lazaretto Gardens, Chancery Lane Swamp, Barbados Wildlife Reserve are also worth a visit. The most spectacular views on Barbados can be seen from view points like the Animal Flower Cave, the Chalky Mount Potteries, Cove Bay, Gun Hill Lion and Signal Station, Farley Hill, Ragged Point, Hastings Rocks or the Bathsheba Community Centre. The cliffs overlooking the small fishing community at Skeetes Bay also offer particularly dramatic views and are a great place for a walk.
Places of InterestThe rich history and culture of Barbados is well documented in a range of museums and through many historical sites, including the Sunbury Plantation House, the National Heroes Gallery, George Washington House and the Museum of Parliament. Other interesting sites include the Tyrol Cot Heritage Village, Arlington House Museum and Hutson Sugar Museum. Experienced scuba divers will enjoy exploring the artificial reef on and around the wreck of the Stavronikita, at Folkestone Marine Park. The boat was deliberately sunk to create the reef and it now lies at a depth of 120 feet (37 m), half a mile from the shore. Other attractions on the island include the Signal Station at Cotton Tower, the Fisherpond Plantation House, Heron Bay, Ilaro Court, Holetown, the Garrison Savannah Main Guard House Oistins and Morgan Lewis Mill. Whether your main interest is the wonders of nature on land or in the ocean, watersports, or culture and history, there will be something available to make your Barbados holiday truly memorable.