Review the top 10 places to see in Barbados to experience many beautiful locations with some exciting sightseeing opportunities to enjoy while in Barbados on holiday.
Andromeda Botanical Gardens
This haven of peace and tranquility is located in Bathsheba, which is on the east coast in the parish of St. Joseph. These exceptional tropical gardens will convince you that you are in paradise as you wonder around the pathways through orchids, palms and bougainvillea and take in the gentle streams and lily ponds dotted around.
The view here is stunning as it commands a clear view of the Bathsheba coastline, which will take your breath away! Andromeda is the perfect place to relax and be at one with nature in a tropical environment as you watch the humming birds. The gardens open daily from 9am until 4.30pm. Call (246) 433-9384 for further information.
The Barbados Museum is located in St. Michael in the Garrison Savannah area. The museum has seven main galleries covering the history of Barbados. These galleries encompass nature, wild life, archeology, housing, art, military, and Barbados' African roots.
This is a great place to get a feel for Barbados, it's diversity of culture and to learn about it's rich heritage. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm, and from 2pm until 6pm on Sundays. Please call (246) 427-0201 for details.
Bathsheba & Scotland District
When visiting Barbados you have to take a drive out to the Scotland District in the parish of St. Andrew and Bathsheba in the parish of St. Joseph on the rugged east coast of the island.
You can either do this with an organised tour of the island, by taxi or you can hire a car and drive yourself.
This area is very different from the rest of the island, which is relatively flat. Here you will find steep roads and dramatic breath taking views so make sure you have your camera with you.
Bathsheba is very popular with surfers from around the world as they take on the challenge of the 'soup bowl', it is a quieter area of Barbados with some excellent restaurants to sit and watch the surfing action. Swimming here is not advised.
Located at the site of the old Richmond sugar plantation in St. Joseph the Flower Forest is on the edge of the Scotland District and commands spectacular views of this area and is one of the most scenic parts of Barbados.
There are numerous imported plants and trees with a lovely palm collection, which provides some much-needed shade and is an ideal place for a picnic. There is also a bar and restaurant that opens out on to the forest. It is open daily from 9am until 5pm. Please call (246) 433-8152 for further details.
The Garrison Savannah is located in St. Michael on the south coast main road. It was built in the 1600's by the British Army and is these days well known as the home of the Barbados Turf Club where horse racing is held once a fortnight.
This makes a great day out for the entire family as it is quite a small meeting and everything is close to hand from the bookmaker to the paddock. This area is also the home to Barbados Museum and the actual Savannah - the grassy area in the middle is used for parades and special events.
For over 300 years Cricket has been a major pass time in Barbados, and even if there are no matches being played while you are visiting the island it still worth taking a trip to Kensington Oval, which is located in Bridgetown.
In 2007 Kensington Oval was host to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup and underwent a major refurbishment for the event. The ground dates back to 1882 and has a gift shopping selling Cricket memorabilia and souvenirs of the West Indies cricket team.
The ground is open daily from 9am until 4pm. Please call (246) 436-1397 for further information and see the link below for a detailed history of cricket in Barbados and the history of Kensington Oval.
Located in the middle of the island in the parish of St. George, Orchid World is a floral delight with over 20,000 orchids of every colour and type on display from all over the world.
With great views of the sugar cane valley, it is well worth taking an hour out of your day to walk around the gardens and orchid houses. It is open daily from 9am until 5pm and there is wheelchair access. Please call (246) 433-0306 for further information.
Polo has been played in Barbados since 1884 and sees international matches with top international players regularly on the island. There are many polo fields to choose from with the main ones being Holders, Clifton, Water Hall and Lion Castle as the sport continues to grow in popularity.
The bigger events are normally held from February until May. For more information please follow the link below to read about Polo in Barbados.
Pelican Village Craft Centre
Shopping at Pelican Village affords you the opportunity to shop for authentic unique gifts, home décor, fashion and jewelry items made and designed by artisans in Barbados and the Caribbean.