This year has clearly been different, but Kati and I like to go for a long weekend. Barbados is a great destination. Less than 4 hours from Miami, and with so much to do, consider Barbados the next time you’re looking for a winter getaway. The island of Barbados is only 166 square miles of exquisiteness and culture. Located east of the Caribbean Sea, Mount Hillaby, the highest point, serves as a magnificent vantage point with spectacular views.
If you’re looking for the ultimate island experience, away from the harsh, dark winter conditions of this holiday season, try Jamaica’s sparkling stretches of sand. These islands are home to breathtaking corals on the east coast and countless clean, shimmering beaches on the West coast. Barbados is more than a mass of endless beach waters; it is filled with exotic flora and fauna, majestic colonial buildings, bridges, and famous statues of famous plantation owners in Bridgetown.
Barbados is made up of 80% coral limestone, unlike the neighboring islands, which usually consist of volcanic ruins. Coral stones formed the country’s famous ruins remarkably curved into a complex underground wonder of species (limestone) known as Harrison Cave. The underground cave system has developed over time through water erosion, forming a long road of striking limestone that shines all day.
Why Visit the Islands of Barbados?
Barbados is a truly fascinating and enchanting destination that you wouldn’t want to miss this holiday season. In addition to visiting the capital Bridgetown, surfing and swimming in Carlisle Bay or Bathsheba Bay, you can also pamper your taste buds with freshly prepared island dishes drenched in rum, sensational tropical fruits including coconut wine and the famous mouthwatering street fried fish.
Accommodations range from modest studios to luxury all-inclusive hotels with chic spas, water activities, heavenly beaches, cozy restaurants, and earthy eateries scattered throughout the cities.
Barbados was colonized by the British and is an English-speaking nation with various British customs such as horse racing, the sport of Polo, the sport of cricket and endless tea.
Top attractions in Barbados; include grandiose colonial plantation buildings, historic sites, caves, botanical gardens, sugarcane plantations and wildlife.
Popular activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, and hiking.
Let’s explore some of the top attractions to visit in Barbados:
Bridgetown is home to a host of colonial buildings and attractions. It is an organized and beautiful city to walk around, do a little shopping, visit beautiful botanical gardens, have a quick meal on the street or find a quiet place to brunch on a lazy and slow morning. Everything is easy to get, the atmosphere is usually warm and humid, so people take life slowly and easily. You will not find many people with a crazy rash. This is the typical tropical life of the islanders.
You can start by visiting the site-The Parliament buildings are distinctive and easily recognizable by the heavy stone Victorian architecture-coupled with the high clock visible for miles away. National Heroes Square is another place to visit, take pictures and enjoy some time to admire the main square and mingle with the locals.
Right in front of the Parliament buildings is the famous Chamberlain Bridge, with a dizzying view of the Careenage, or the Constitution River. See beautiful yachts moored on the calm waters of the river as well as colorful buildings lined up neatly on the sidewalk.
Walking further inland, you will find other notable attractions, especially the famous St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Nidhe Israel Synagogue. The century-old buildings contain amazing architecture with stoic paintings to admire.
Be sure to walk through the historic Garrison District to see the Barbados Museum, the Garrison tunnels, the George Washington House, and the Guard House.
Baobab, Queen’s Park
This is an imposing, colossal 1000-year-old baobab on the lawns of Queen’s Park in the heart of Bridgetown. Considered the most decadent tree in the Caribbean, it takes nearly 15 matures to stretch the entire circumference of the tree from the huge trunk! There is a small sign scribbled with information about the age and heritage of the baobab. Other attractions in the park include beautiful surrounding gardens, a music tent, and an art gallery.
Speightstown Pier Notaciones
Speightstown offers an incredibly realistic view of island life away from the historic towns of Bridgetown and renovated seaside resorts. The Pier reveals the real life of the locals, vibrant to life with rows of makeshift fishing huts and decaying architecture from centuries of use.
Other attractions include the Arlington House Museum exhibits with restored 18th-century rooms where colonial masters and swashbucklers did slave business. Continue walking along the esplanade, which runs a range of tempting rum bars on the north coast along ivory white beaches.