Come and see Barbados :-)
Barbados may be a small island, but that doesn't mean there aren't lots of places to see and experience during your stay.
Review our top 10 places to see in Barbados and enjoy the many beautiful locations and exciting sightseeing opportunities the island has to offer.
-- Barbados Museum and Historical Society
The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is located in St. Michael, in the historic Garrison Savannah area.
The Museum has a collection of over 500,000 artefacts and with over seven galleries to visit including African and Children's galleries, there's something to suit all interests.
It's a great place to get a feel for the heritage of Barbados and the diversity of culture on the island.
Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 2pm to 6pm. Call (246) 427-0201 or get more details on the museum.
-- Bathsheba and Scotland District
The Scotland District in St. Andrew, and Bathsheba in St. Joseph, are located along the rugged east coast of the island.
They are both great places to take a drive to, either with an organised tour, taxi or perhaps hire a car for yourself.
These areas are different from the rest of the island, which is relatively flat. Here, you will find steep roads and dramatic breathtaking views, so make sure you take your camera.
Parts of St. Andrew were named the Scotland District, due to the similarities with the green rolling hills and fields of Scotland. It is also home to the highest point in Barbados, Mount Hillaby.
Bathsheba is very popular with surfers looking to take on the challenge of the infamous surfing spot the Soup Bowl, home to both local and international surfing competitions.
Although Bathsheba is a quieter area of Barbados, it does have some excellent restaurants to sit and watch all the surfing action or simply take in the gorgeous surrounds.
Note: Swimming here is not advised.
-- Flower Forest
The Flower Forest is one of the most scenic places to see in Barbados.
Located on the edge of the Scotland District in St. Joseph, this beautiful forest of trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs commands spectacular views of the east coast and is not to be missed.
You'll find imported plants and trees, as well as a lovely palm collection, providing much-needed shade and an ideal place for a picnic.
The Flower Forest is open daily from 8am to 4pm. For more information, call (246) 433-8152 or visit www.flowerforestbarbados.com.
-- Garrison Savannah
You'll find the historic Garrison Savannah in St. Michael, along the south coast main road. The Garrison is also home to the Barbados Museum and the actual Savannah - the grassy field in the middle, which is used for rugby matches, parades and special events.
It is most well known as the home of the Barbados Turf Club, where horse racing is held once a fortnight. A day at the races makes for a great family outing, as you cheer on your winning (or losing) horses.
-- Kensington Oval
Cricket has always been a major pastime in Barbados, and even if there are no matches playing while you're visiting the island, it's still well worth taking a trip to Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
Kensington Oval is Barbados' oldest cricket ground, with the ground itself dating back to 1882. The ground was also host to the ICC Cricket World Cup Final in 2007, undergoing a major refurbishment especially for the event.
Guided tours of the Oval are available during the week and there's a gift shop selling cricket memorabilia and souvenirs of the West Indies cricket team.
Need to know more? Call (246) 274-1200 or learn more about Cricket in Barbados. You can also visit the Kensington Oval website at http://www.kensingtonoval.org.
Note: Kensington Oval is not just for cricket fans. The venue also hosts concerts, corporate events and conferences, parties and weddings, and has even hosted the International Hockey Festival.
-- Orchid World
Orchid World is a floral delight set on six acres of land and has over 30,000 orchids of every type and colour on display, from all over the world.
Photo Opportunity: Located in the middle of the island in the parish of St. George, Orchid World has great views of the sugar cane fields and valley, so be sure to take your camera along.
It's well worth taking the time to walk around and experience the lush gardens and orchid houses.
It's open daily from 9am and the paths are wheelchair/stroller friendly. For more information, call (246) 433-0774 or visit www.orchidworldbarbados.com.
Polo has been played in Barbados from as early as 1884 and international matches with top international players are regularly held on the island, as the sport continues to grow in popularity.
There are four main polo fields in Barbados - the main field is Holders (home to the Barbados Polo Club), with other grounds at Clifton, Water Hall and Lion Castle.
Watching a polo match is a great day out for the family and because you're in the Caribbean, the atmosphere is a little more laid back than in other parts of the world.
Click here to learn about about polo in Barbados.
-- Pelican Village Craft Centre
If you love arts and crafts then the Pelican Village Craft Centre, in Bridgetown, is definitely a 'must see'.
Take your time to stroll around the 25 retail shops, gallery, wine bar and bistro, and perhaps stop for a quick bite at the restaurant.
The Pelican Workshops are also well worth a visit to see local craftsmen hard at work.
At Pelican Village Craft Centre, you'll find everything from woven baskets, paintings, photography, wood carvings, leather craft, and pottery.
Shop 'till you drop for unique gifts, home decor, fashion, and jewellery items that are made and designed by local and regional artisans in Barbados and the Caribbean.
Tip: See our Art and Craft Guide for more listings of various galleries, potters and studios island-wide.
By: Brett Callaghan