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Barbados: 6 Great Reasons to Visit

Updated on December 1, 2011

Beautiful Barbados

Do you need about 70 miles of silky sandy beaches on a coral based island? Add to that the turquoise waters and endless palm trees and you have Barbados - and your adventure has just begun. A dose of beauty is the best medicine and Barbados has plenty of it. Additionally, for the shopper, Barbados is well known for duty free shopping on quality items such as high-end jewelry.

Once you get here to Barbados, if you can tear yourself away from the powder soft beaches, palm trees and the Mount Gay rum (Barbados is known for its rum and there is a tour available at the rum distillery) take in some of the other attractions. For undersea beauty, include a submarine tour of coral reefs that are 20 million years old. In fact, Barbados boasts of more attractions per square mile than any other island in the Caribbean.

6 Great Places to Visit in Barbados:

1 - Bridgetown - This is the capital and commercial center of Barbados. Here you will find banks, department stores, small shops and vendors. Bridgetown is known for duty free shops that sell items for 30-50% less than the costs in the US and Europe. Large international jewelers have branches here in Bridgetown.

The Parliament Building is here in Bridgetown, and from this starting point - within a half mile there are number of places to visit including Independence Square and Pelican Village, where you can shop for local handicrafts and find plenty of great restaurants.

2 - Folkestone Marine Park - This west coast location is ideal for snorkeling. Reefs are close to shore and are inhabited by tropical fish, anemones and sea lilies, and sponges. You have the option of taking a glass-bottom boat tour. Then there is the Atlantis Submarines Barbados. Here you can sign up for a tour and experience an underwater adventure in an authentic submarine. You'll explore the coral reefs that are about 60 feet high and 2 miles long. This formation started about 20 million years ago.

3 - Andromeda Botanic Gardens - Part of the Barbados National Trust, the colorful Andromeda Botanic Gardens are filled with palm trees and ferns as well as hibiscus, bougainvillea and orchids. There are also shaded grottoes.

4 - Harrison's Cave - This limestone cave system remains the top tourist attraction. You can board a tram and take a trip deep below the earth's surface to enjoy the subterranean waterfall and geological formations.

5 - Mount Gay Rum Distillery - This is the oldest distillery in Barbados and where rum has been distilled for 350 years. During the narrated tour you can sip some of the aged rums. Lunch is available here and of course a gift shop.

6 - Crane Beach - Rated as one of the 10 best beaches in the world by Lifestysyles of the Rich and Famous, this beach was originally a harbor. Located on the south coast, the beach is free from over-development, with cliffs allowing you to look down on the beach at the powdery pink sand, and turquoise water. There always seems to be a nice soft breeze here from the Trade Winds.

Looking for more beautiful places to vacation and snorkel? See links below:

Yes, pink sand beaches!
Yes, pink sand beaches!


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    • TheListLady profile image

      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments - yay!

      EGBourne for taking the time to comment. There is a big difference between me being a tourist - and you being for real!

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      Edwin G Bourne 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      As a bajan descendant you can't forget about Speightstown in St. Peter, the Flower Cave on the tip top of Barbados where you can see the Atlantic Ocean in St. Lucy. A lot of people in the US don't know that George Washington used to stay in Barbados for a couple of months and he was intrigued with the agriculture that was going on over there.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, this was beautiful, I would love to visit the caves, and of course check out the rum! great hub, thanks nell

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed this journey with you. I have not been to Barbados. I'll have to visit sometime. Thanks!

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice article on Barbados. I like your selection of images and I like your writing style.

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      I would go just to watch the sun sets...they look gorgeous!

    • profile image 7 years ago from Barbados

      Great job in capturing the spirit of our lovely island. I would just add the Heritage aspect of a Barbados holiday such as George Washington House (Barbados was the only place outside the US that Washington visited), old plantation homes, the Barbados Museum and the Jewish Synagogue. For more modern history there is the Barbados Concorde experience - Barbados was a regular stop for the London Concorde service and are blessed to be home to one of the retired aircraft.

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      TheVacationLady 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Oh my gosh...the marine park sounds wonderful! 60 feet high coral reefs?! that is a must see for sure!! Thanks for the information!!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Responding to your opening question......a definitve YES! I need a couple of months in a beautiful and serene place such as this. With homeschooling and the other responsibilities mommyhood and wifehood brings, I am in a desperate need for a vacay! :)

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      oooooh anemones and sea lilies just caught my attention...I mean, the pink sand beaches don't sound too bad either. lol Beautiful hub for sure!!! Rated up!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Quite beautiful! And that pink sand works for me. My neighbor just got back - again, maybe her 5th trip.

      What intrigues me is that I can shop there for jewelry for less than here and make up the difference in the cost of a fabulous lovely trip! Makes sense.

      Great hub. Rated up and thanks for all the information.