Crop Over Carnival is an epic Caribbean celebration, and its beginnings have something to do with the last sugar cane harvest of the season.
Find out more about Crop Over Carnival, and other celebrations in the region by checking out our complete Caribbean Carnival calendar.
Described often as “the perfect little beach”, Enterprise Beach is a great choice for a Caribbean beach adventure.
Andromeda’s Botanical Garden is the handy work of Iris Bannochie, a horticulturist who founded it as an extension of her home. To this day, it is still located on the eastern parish of St Joseph, near to Bathsheba.
A Sandals all-inclusive destination wedding takes the worry out of planning, giving you more time to enjoy the moment.
“Bajan culture, history, and food” in a nutshell, the Original Bajan Walking Food Tour is a great option for a fun-filled tour where you’ll be able to eat like a local.
Bathsheba Beach is a sight to behold with its striking coral rock formations and natural pools. Take lots of pictures as you explore what is possibly one of the most scenic spots in Barbados.
Turtles are among the gentlest sea creatures that you can swim with, and this opportunity should not be missed while in Barbados. You can do this on a private charter, or on a catamaran tour which will take you out into the ocean where you’ll be able to swim with hawksbill and leatherback turtles.
Probably one of the most popular attractions in Barbados, you are unlikely to be disappointed with Harrison’s Cave. Here you’ll be able to see signature cave features like stalagmites and stalactites up close, but that’s just the beginning of it.
While in Barbados you can enjoy one of the most amazing sights of your life at Hunte’s Garden, where nature’s ambiance also falls under the spell of Barbados resulting in a truly unique experience filled with blooming orchids, idyllic palms, and lush, magnificent greenery.
Also read: 15 Incredible Things Barbados Is Known For.
Get up close and personal with the island by embarking on a hiking trip. You’ll get to see a variety of plant species, native animals such as the Antillean Crested Hummingbird, and historical sites like forts.
Sandals Royal Barbados is set along the white sands of Maxwell Beach–one of the islands most unspoiled beaches–you’ll find mesmerizing seascapes and lush gardens everywhere you turn. It’s a perfect natural backdrop for a resort of unsurpassed luxury where everything is included.
The Animal Flower Cave features the island’s only accessible sea cave. Once there, you’ll be able to take in fantastic views, and even dip into the rock pool inside the cave. From inside you’ll be able to look out of the naturally formed windows, right onto the ocean.
The island of Barbados is packed with more stunning historical architectural buildings than anywhere else in the Caribbean. The Mutual Life Assurance Society, better known to Barbadians as “The Mutual", was a Caribbean insurance company that supplied a significant number of loans to local plantations after being formed in 1840.
Fish cakes are a Caribbean delicacy, and like in most of the other islands in Barbados, they are made by battering and deep frying them. You won’t have a hard time finding fish cakes in Barbados; they’re available from most local food vendors, and even at some of the more upscale restaurants on the island.
Lovers Lanes, Sandals first 4-lane bowling alley, features a colorful backdrop for a romantic evening of couples bowling and Sandals first ever craft beer bar serving 19 different types of beers.
Barbados isn’t known to be a mountainous island, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get amazing views from some vantage points. Farley Hill is an ideal spot to picnic, escape into nature, hide in the shade of a comforting tree and to simply stare out to sea.
From the moment the sun rises over the eastern horizon, the natural beauty of Barbados is revealed. Sunshine bathes the island further into the Caribbean ocean in a splendid display of orange, yellow and pink.
The Caribbean island of Barbados is known for its colorful and rich culture.
Carlisle Bay is known for its calm waters, which adds to its swimming and scuba diving appeal, making it one of the top things to do in Barbados. Carlisle Bay is a family centric spot, though thrill seeking types can also enjoy the abundance of water sports and other activities available here.
Of course, Barbados is now home to modern buildings, infrastructure and architecture, but the locals are in no hurry to sweep the past aside. These historic Parliament Buildings (once known as the Public Buildings) are home to the House of Assembly and Senate. Packing more than 350 years of history, these buildings were built from local limestone and completed in 1874 by a Gothic Architecture.
Pool areas have been completely reimagined to take full advantage of the island's sultry, tropical landscape, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Sandals Barbado's ocean-side pool. Complete with Sandals signature pool bar and a seaside infinity whirlpool.
Monkeys are a rare find for most of the smaller islands of the Caribbean, but not so in Barbados. The Green Monkey is a common sight on the island, and sometimes even pops up in people’s gardens. Locals believe that Green Monkey came from Senegal and the Gambia in West Africa 350 years ago.
Near Bridgetown and inland from Carlisle Bay, the Garrison is part of the World Heritage area and was the home of the British command in the 1800s. Standing along the west side of the Savannah are some of the Garrison’s more ornate colonial buildings, where you’ll find the world’s largest collection of 17th-century cannons.
Each Thursday the historic Garrison area in Barbados comes alive with the “Changing Of The Sentry” ceremony! The sentries officially take their position in front the Main Guard House and the band parades directly in front of this historic building. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, including the Main Guard House, are a UNESCO designated historic site.
Enjoy amazing views from Sandals Royal Barbados's oceanfront infinity pool.
If you venture into the south east coast of Barbados, you will find Bottom Bay just after Crane Beach and Sam Lord’s Castle. This secluded beach is marked by tall palm trees, rugged coral cliffs and a scenic view of the south of the island.
Built in 1846 to replace the church that was destroyed by the Great Hurricane of 1831, St. John's Parish Church is solid and soaring. The church grounds are serene and the cliff-edge site commands a sweeping view of the picturesque east coast.
As you travel around the island you will see many examples of the Chattel House, a distinct form of architecture that is unique to Barbados.
A Bajan mailman poses with his motorcycle near Bathsheba Park on the east coast.
Named Bridgetown from its original title ‘the Indian Bridge Towne’ – a reference to the rustic bridge left by the Amerindians, built over the Careenage River – the capital enjoys a formidable strategic location on the southwest coast of Barbados.
Dover Beach in St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast of Barbados is ideal for those who prefer less crowded beaches, with opportunities to try out watersports like sailing, jet skiing and windsurfing.
Overlooking the ocean from its rooftop setting, this zero-entry, glass infinity pool is a Sandals first and one of 31 pools featured at Sandals Royal Barbados. While its rooftop location makes it the perfect place to sunbathe, the surrounding lounge areas and rooftop bar are a great place to relax, cool off and take in the breathtaking vistas.
Built by Colonel Benjamin Berringer in 1658, this plantation house, museum and rum distillery opens its doors to visitors who want to know more about its transformation over the years. St. Nicholas Abbey remains one of three authentic Jacobean mansions in this part of the world, and on the extensive estate where the plantation house is located.
Thousands of Barbadians work in the fishing industry as boat builders, fishermen and vendors. The Bridgetown Fish Market is very popular with locals. Located on the outskirts of the capital city, Bridgetown, this large market offers a wide selection of fish.
Holetown was the first town in Barbados and was discovered in 1625 by an Englishman called Henry Powell, who was blown off course and discovered Barbados by accident.
This all-suite resort features Sandals signature accommodations including Skypool Suites, Millionaire Suites and Swim-up Suites – all featuring Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two.
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