by Female Abroad

When you are finally in Barbados you will have to do something (or you can just hang out at your hotel). In this article you will learn about the island's attractions, shopping, and beaches.

Island Attractions

  1. Sunbury Plantation House: glimpse of life during the 18/19th centuries
  2. Andromeda Gardens: 600+ plants from around the world Jeep Safari: organized tour of animal spots on the island
  3. Harrison's Cave: underground train ride showing stalactites and stalagmites
  4. Flower Forrest: 50+ acres of trails, flowers, birds, and monkeys St. Nicholas Abbey: built in 1650, oldest house on the island
  5. St. John's Parish Church: built ontop of an inland bluff that contains a tomb
  6. Farley Hill National Park: ruins of one of the most opulent plantation on the island
  7. Morgan Lewis Windmill: the only complete sugar windmill surviving in the Caribbean
  8. Barbados Wildlife Reserve: 4 acre mahogany forest with research center
  9. Swim with sea turtles - requires snorkeling
  10. Tyrol Cat Heritage Village: coral stone cottage that was built in 1854
  11. Gun Hill Signal Station: magnificent views of the west coast
  12. Welchman Hall Gully: ornamental plants and trees in a deep gully
  13. Grenade Hall Forest & Signal Station: panoramic view
  14. Barbados Gallery of Art and Barbados Museum: contains archaeological and historical exhibits
  15. Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre: 45 minute rum tour (includes sample)
  16. Trafalgar Square: statue of Lord Nelson
  17. Michael's Cathedral: UNESCO built in 1780
  18. St. Mary's Church: UNESCO built in 18th century
  19. Nidhe Israel Synagogue: UNESCO built in 1654
  20. Hinks Street: old sugar warehouses line it
  21. Sam Lord's Castle: built in 1820 by a "gentleman pirate"


  1. Crane Beach: silky pink sand
  2. Miami "Enterprise" Beach: favorite with locals and ideal with children
  3. Accra Beach "Rockley Beach": white sand, gentle surf with lifeguard
  4. Mullins Beach: good for swimming and snorkeling
  5. Pebbles Beach: white sand, usually crowded on weekends
    Head to the south/west coast for water skiing and parasailing
    Head to south coast for windsurfing
  6. Bathsheba Beach: swimming is dangerous
  7. Folkestone Underwater Park and Marine reserve: popular for diving and snorkeling
  8. Carlisle Bay: popular and has The Boatyard beach club with day packages for cruise passengers


  1. Broad Street: elegant shops in colonial buildings
  2. Duty free shops at the cruise terminal - if you want to buy duty free you have to show your passport and cabin key card
  3. Pelican Village Craft Centre: cluster of workshops that feature local arts and crafts
  4. Harrisons: built in 1954 - the island's premier store
  5. Best of Barbados Shop: mahogany woodcarving